This is only a catching up feature due to my overly busy, pointless life and general aloofness. IG88, AKA Branden Clarke one of Nueva Foma‘s new inductees released his label debut and to no one’s fault but my own, I failed to talk about it on Cultbreak. After I flailed myself for several hours I finally listened to the album from top to bottom and found, as expected, a marvel of breaking melodious vocals, upbeats, downbeats, joy, sadness and memory. It is not often that a record tells a story.
Have a listen:
IG88 is yet another great addition to the Nueva Forma catalog; a label that insists on not disappointing those of us looking for great new music.
From Denmark comes the 19 year old wonder kid that’s changing the face of modern Pop following the footsteps of James Blake and others with the same inventive and fresh take on indie-electronic music that sometimes feels a bit experimental.
The debut album Sunken Ships, which was recorded over the last two years in Aarhus, Asbjørn’s home town, was released last month and immediately started collecting very positive reviews. The first single from the album The Criminal, came out a while ago and bellow you can watch the video for it directed by Mads Fridolin:
Iwona Skwarek and Bartosz Szczęsn from Poland are the duo behind this electro-indie-pop project who’s first EP Fail was launched last year.
This year they moved to the Portuguese Label Discotexas relaunching them-selfs into the scene with their new single which has already collected great enthusiasm among the genre fans. So take a look at the video for Stars directed by Balbina Bruszewska & Katarzyna Baraniewicz:
The debut single from Swedish performer Zhala, that you might recognized from being a supporting singer for Lykke Li, couldn’t have been better received throughout the blogosphere last week. And honestly it has all the merit as this is one of the best singles to have came out this year so far.
Slippin Around is an incredible mix of electro, pop and indie vibes that steadily build into a tribal and dark frenzying making this a memorable track and leaving us impatiently waiting for news on a debut EP. Check-out the equally amazing video directed by Makode Linde:
In case you haven’t noticed, British Colombia native Teen Daze has been releasing tracks for his upcoming LP and insidiously ensnaring those that catch a glimpse. The Future is the third single from “All Of Us, Together” and it is yet another great addition to a brilliant Hamelin sythed(sic) catalog of sonic explorations.
From Cape Town, South Africa, Johnny Neon is the electronic project of Johnny Kotze and Ben Rausch. The band first started out in 2004 as Johnny‘s project of which went by the name of The Hot Lips back then. The band wrote and produced a fair number of songs which later became their first EP released independently. Johnny then moved to Johannesburg in 2006 which is where he met Ben and together they created the moniker Johnny Neon.
This month we got a brand new video for an older song, Hearts, directed by Dave Meinert and its a pretty cool video that follows a day in a dog life that Dave portrayed by putting a GoPro camera on a dog using a custom built rig from soccer shin guard and an H-harness:
Boy Crisis has been around since 2005 but they’ve had bumpy ride along the way with some critics dishing the band and some praising it, oddly enough for the same reasons. While this might seem confusing for most, the Brooklyn band had apparently disappeared since we virtually haven’t heard from them in a few years, leaving a lot of people wondering if their ride was over for good.
However, a new video directed by Jovan Todorović and Đorđe Peševski Kiborz for L’Homme (an old song) has recently surfaced which might mean that the band is planning a reboot of some sort. And you know what? We’re happy about that, since we can all use this light-funky-feel-good-electro-pop to brighten our days with everything that is going on in the world right now.
So here we are, supporting the eventual comeback of Boy Crisis and, at the same time, contributing to a little extra joy in your day:
Johan Bengtsson, also known as Mitch Murder has a great way of looking at what he does: “‘The concept behind Mitch Murder…is to try and keep it as 80’s authentic as possible. with all the 80’s influenced house and “chillwave” etc out there now, I try to make music that sounds as if it was still 1984.”
So remember when I said I was not a fan of remixes? Well the problem was that I was not listening to the right musicians. Mitch Murder proved me wrong once again with this brilliant, moody remix of Lazerhawk‘s Arrival. If you have never heard of either of these amazing artists please look for their work here and here. Mitch Murder will take you back to the 1980’s california sound while Lazerhawk reminds us that EDM is still branching out into new notable areas and subgenres. Lazerhawk is all about the gap years of the late New Dance Sound of Detroit and 80’s synth movie music with a dancefloor twist.
One of the most promising artists of this year, virtually unknown a year ago, MMOTHS is the electronic project of Jack Colleran from Ireland
I think its awesome how the music scene works these days, when a young kid, with his 17 years of age, starts jamming on Ableton, one snowy night and creates a couple of tracks, uploads them on Soundcloud and a few months later, his music has reached all corners of the globe and has labels on the other side of the planet trying to sign him.
Thats exactly what happened to Collerman in late 2010 and little over a year here he is, signed to SQE, a new label based in Los Angeles, and releasing his first self-titled EP, that came out earlier this month! Stating Bon Iver as a major influence and having played piano all his life, his music is this delightful electronic ambient bliss filled with reverbs and chilled beats that ultimately translates into something that hypnotizes you from the first note.
To promote the release of the EP we get the first official video for Heart directed by Jamie Delaney and Keith Nally. A track that was originally produced without the vocals, but that after he signed on with SQE gained a new voice with Keep Shelly In Athens:
Also, bellow i’ll leave you with the outstanding unofficial remixes of Bon Iver‘s Babys and Passion Pit‘s Little Secrets and one of his first tracks that got him on the radar. Head off to his soundcloud and grab his EP if you want to hear more!