Nej!Las – “Wash Out”

With our ears constantly to the ground (and consequently, always with neck ache) we felt obliged to check out this track from Detroit-based Nej!Las, which is doing crazy numbers on soundcloud.

Ordinarily, we’d pass over something as generally faceless and personality-free as techno, but that label does it no favours and, frankly, misleads an audience that would more than likely, really enjoy it.

Yes, the sounds come courtesy of a machine but the depth and texture of the atmosphere created are more in keeping with the scores of modern cinema – dark; edgy; suggestive, yet without giving you a simple narrative to follow. This is music for people who invest at least SOME input into the listening experience themselves – who allow themselves to be swept away and to formulate their own images to fit the music. Have a listen, you might surprise yourself.

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Modiwo’s Guide to Happifying Your Brain

Has there been a feel-good song in recent times that has actually made you feel good? As in, actually uplift you rather than qualifying solely through not driving you to the brink? Enter Modiwo, a many-armed collective fronted by the hugely endearing Oxana Gherghel, who has a voice to turn your blood to squidgy jelly. Their single, Never Give Up, is the sound of summer, if summer hadn’t been a lousy write-off weather-wise; it’s music to kick off your shoes and gently prod your blisters to; it’s music that is unashamedly pop, in every good sense.

Featuring an equally lovely video, it’s already attracting attention from both print press and radio. Say you liked them first and impress all your friends.

From composing music for Black Swan to being listed in Billboard charts, AT-ATs On The Beach release EP escaping electronic music cliché

LA based electronic production team AT-ATs On The Beach (ATATOTB) release debut EP escaping the electronic music cliché, infusing dance beats and heavy baselines. Focusing on maintain a unique approach to electronic music; ATATOTB delivers a new experimental style of music, reflective of their creative sound and diverse art form. Featuring remixes of Elton John, Rolling Stones, Eagles and original mixes, the debut EP sets the group apart from the rest.

Previously working under the moniker, InFiction, they focused on creating original electronic music influenced by their backgrounds as film editors and producers. They have composed music for films such as Black Swan, The Thing, The Last Exorcism and Wrath of the Titans and are known for their edgy theatrical remixes and melodies crafted specifically for the downtempo, chill community.

Now a new era of downtempo house has landed in the world of electronic music. This experimental mix of theatrical themes, rhythmic beats and other instrumentation are a few things that set Los Angeles based production group AT-ATs On The Beach apart from the rest.

Listen to ‘Sympathy For The Devil (AT-ATs On The Beach Remix) here:

Electronic + Hip-Hop + Classical = M3staken

Taking three seemingly contrasting genres and fusing them together with quality musicianship is the up and coming producer, M3staken (M3). He has put together a soundscape-esque concept album consisting of 8 experimental and boundary pushing tracks, called Apex.

Born and raised in South Carolina, M3 made ‘Apex’ as an attempt to create a unique fusion of classical, hip-hop and electronic styles. He states that “as a primarily hip-hop based artist, it was important for me to emphasise the amount of musicality there is in hip-hop, while also using a mix of classical styles and modern techniques”.

As M3 notes, he is mainly a hip-hop artist, but he finds inspiration from a wide range of genres and musicians including Jamie XX, FKA Twigs and Joey Bada$$.

In addition, M3’s repute as a musician cannot be denied due to his preference of using live classical pianos rather than samples, escaping the hip-hop cliché.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/m3staken

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeJtRw31YnOdiDgsNhyhKyQ

https://m3ssi.bandcamp.com/releases

 

 

Pimlican Release R&B Fusion Hit ‘Runaw’y’

Fusing a potent blend of R&B, pop and dance music, musical collective Pimlican have followed up their single ‘B’ck 4 More/P’lya’, with their latest infectious release, ‘Runaw’y’.

Published via Pimlican’s own label, Belgrave Road Records, ‘Runaw’y’ employs a killer vocal hook with a powerful beat and unique instrumentation. It is this sort of well-crafted songwriting that has earned Pimlican airplay on Tim Robinson’s radio 6 show, BBC Introducing and BBC Radio Leeds.

The inspiration for the name ‘Pimlican’ came from spending many nights in Pimlico, waiting for appointments with people involved in the music industry. The idea of the collective is to deliver unique live performances; therefore, anyone can get involved in Pimlican as long as they help evolve the live show, never sticking to a completely rigid format.

‘Runaw’y’ utilises rap to both contrast and complement the strong vocals at play in the track, so it’s a must listen for an urban music fan.

Find out more on Pimlican here:

Links:

http://www.belgraveroadrecords.com/

https://pimlican.bandcamp.com/

https://twitter.com/belgraveroadrec

https://www.facebook.com/belgraveroadrecords

https://soundcloud.com/pimlican-97234536

Retro Soundscapes in ‘Tennessee’ by INJIN

The 80s may well have come and gone, but singer-songwriter, INJIN, is resurrecting the sounds of this amazing era with a distinctive rock-infused edge in his new music.

A musician from a young age, INJIN would rework the tracks of rock Gods such as Pink Floyd and Deep Purple, and this has given him the tools to create a unique brand of rock music, almost incomparable to anything else.

His latest track, ‘Tennessee’ is an intriguing hybrid of a track featuring pacific-esque wind instruments and a pulsating drum beat that takes listeners back to the epic-feeling power pop of the 80s. The wind instruments evoke a definite native American sound to the song, working unexpectedly, yet interestingly against a background of deep synths and electronic effects. As you can imagine from this, INJIN’s music is far from the ordinary, but you instantly know that there is a high level of craftsmanship and production that has gone into ‘Tennessee’.

Despite INJIN’s unique style, for frame of reference, there are hints of Simple Minds in his music, as well as 80s cult band, Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

INJIN’s tough childhood has influenced his song writing to form the personal album ‘Tennessee’ that escapes from the conveyor belt material being constantly churned out in today’s music industry. The rock ballad title track was released earlier this year with a stunning music video that sees INJIN wandering picturesque landscapes in search of the unknown – definitely worth a watch (and a listen).

Check out more on INJIN and his amazing life story here:

Links:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOGESmecNfwnIsyXiJFIwxw

https://soundcloud.com/user-474221544

https://twitter.com/injinrogerjames

http://www.injin.co.uk/

Childish Gambino releases PHAROS VR music video

From the new album ‘Awaken, My Love!’, Childish Gambino releases a VR music video for ‘Me and Your Mama’. Created in collaboration with Microsoft, the video allows you to view Gambino in concert in 360 as if you’re sat in the front row.

People with VR goggles can view the video to create an immersive experience. However if you don’t have VR goggles you can watch the video on Youtube in 360, forming a fascinating experience.

The performance was originally recorded at a Joshua Tree concert in September, where ‘Me and Your Mama’ was debuted. The full album was fully debuted live over the course of six shows in three days.

Watch the video here: