From absurd to ambient Olof Cornéer travels to the other side of himself in 'The Last Days of New Glasir'.

Olof Cornéer is one half of the electronic duo Dada Life who primarily produce big room EDM/Electro House. Dada Life is a reference to the absurdist movement of the early 1900’s in Switzerland which makes a lot of sense when you sit down and strap in for any of their outlandish music videos and bombastic beats. Priding themselves on being uncompromising in their approach to derisory sensibilities, Dada life were consistent on delivering music that pushed the boundaries of the of the silly and well, absurd within EDM and Electro House.  

After taking some time out in 2014 to address some serious health issues Olaf started a new solo project in Night Gestalt which carries a narrative based around space exploration in reaction to the desolation of our planet. The concept albums are to be made in three parts, each telling their own story as part of a larger theme. 

‘The Last Days of New Glasir’ is the title track from the second album which was released on the 10th of May and I think it’s fair to say that Night Gestalt is as far removed from the productions of Dada Life as is the fictional ONE spacecraft Olaf imagined is from earth. 

The track with it’s free floating synth notation/melodies and vocals feels like that image we have seen a thousand times of a stunning isolated iceberg floating away into arresting oblivion surrounded by nothing except its own tragic fate. There are uplifting moments among some truly spectacular melancholy.

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Do something Reckless this summer with Miami Horror

Summer is an exciting time of year. The intensity of life comes full force, encouraging us to feel first and think later. It’s intoxicating, irresistible, and energizing, so it’s no wonder that some of our strongest feelings of nostalgia are linked to this season. And just in time to feel the heat, Australian synth-pop group and summer festival staples Miami Horror have dropped a brand new single that is perfectly poised to capture everything that summer represents, entitled “Restless”

Funk guitars, warm synths, and syncopated drums open the track in familiar Miami Horror style, recalling their early days during the heyday of french electro and blog house, but soon we’re treated to guest vocalist Kevin Lavitt’s soft voice that instantly places the song within the realm of more contemporary artists working with 70s and 80s aesthetics. It’s a real testament to founding member Benjamin Plant’s ability to remain relevant to current trends without jettisoning the core of Miami Horror’s oeuvre. Lyrically, Lavitt ruminates on a feeling that we have all felt before: do they like me? Like, really like me? Of course it’s a bit cheesy, but say anything in the right voice and it goes from cheesy to romantic. And if indulging in your emotions isn’t a quintessential aspect of summer, then I don’t know what is.

Check out the full-on 70s inspired video for “Restless” above, and get yourself ready for some of that summer love.

— review by Autonomy

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Sample, soul, sincerity in Anthony Bailey's 'Don't want you to go'.

We covered a release from Anthony for his ‘Maelstrom of Thoughts’ Ep back in February when we talked about higher values within a hip-hop collective and how Bailey distanced himself from the lime-light instead always putting his peers front and centre stage. Not much has changed in that regard where you will still find blank bio’s on all of his socials and music platforms which is extremely refreshing. Remember the days when there was such a thing as mystery/privacy! When all you got was a few random interviews and some accompanying stills. In an age where all abstruseness can be banished with one click it’s gratifying to see an artist still holding it down and applying a rare, ethical code to his craft. 

Speaking of craft ‘Don’t want you to go’ is a track built entirely around a vocal hook that is unapologetically omnipresent throughout, showing a reverence for sample flare and technique. What this creates is something nostalgic, warm and sincere while being celebratory about the trade of hip-hop. Perfect summer, lo-fi listening. 

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Robot Orchestra leads the way to space with 'Strange Beauty'

Like a rocket launching to space, brand-new German label Block Opera hits us with a kick-off compilation titled ‘Cosmic Void’. Seemingly inspired by the Voyager spacecraft’s iconic golden records, a send-off to would-be extra-terrestrials, Cosmic Void collects tracks from artists from around Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, to be pulled from the march of time and held in posterity for some unknown future. The compilation releases the 5th of July, but today we get a sneak peak at one of the tracks, Robot Orchestra’s ‘Strange Beauty’.

Germany’s thriving beat scene can trace its roots back to LA in a myriad of ways, but the track from Cologne producer Robot Orchestra, ‘Strange Beauty’, seems almost directly connected to the sound that was defined by the recently-defunct institution Low End Theory. Artists such as Lorn and Dorian Concept spring to mind, the latter of whom is also Austrian himself. The beats have a west coast swagger, the lead synth is pure retro-space-future, and the harmonies are sidechained to the moon and back for a lurching composition that certainly lives up to the Robot Orchestra moniker. If, like Sun Ra, space is your place, give a listen to Strange Beauty above, and keep an eye out for the full compilation from Block Opera, dropping digitally and on double-LP vinyl, 5 July 2019.

— review by @autonomy

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David Löhlein delivers broody, driving goodness in 'Exo'

David Löhlein is a producer, DJ and promoter from Stuttgart Germany. Starting his love affair with music at twelve years old by playing the trumpet, his passion for music grew into full realization when he discovered electronic music in his late teens. From there he decided to become an active member of his community by throwing events before developing into a well rounded DJ and producer. You can find many of his releases on; Vision Ekstae, Gynoid Audio, Translucent, and Counter Pulse. 

David has crafted a trademark sound for deep and dark driving techno and In his latest title track from his ‘Exo’ Ep, David delivers a groover that is perfect for building tension and atmosphere in any big room setting. ‘Exo’ would not be out of place on a release run from labels such as Bush, Blueprint and Drumcode back in their heyday in the mid-late 90s. ‘Exo’ is full of warmth while remaining broody and full of purpose. Field recorded ambient sounds give a sense of danger while the chopped and delayed vocal offers a sultry and grounding release from the darker elements giving the track a well rounded feel while still being singular in its intension to forge atmosphere.

‘Exo’ working perfectly as a reliable builder for moments before you plan to take the roof off the place. A solid release from a consistent producer who has a strong focus on delivering exciting, high energy, dynamic techno. Perfect for your library of weekend bangers. 

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Seb Wildblood Allows us into his Personal Space in "Sketches'

South London producer and label head honcho Seb Wildblood has had a very busy year juggling not one but three labels as well as touring globally to put wax to waves at various notable festivals. Often regarded as one of the most prolific figures in the Uk underground scene, Seb impressively has managed to carve out  time to work on his debut LP ‘Sketches of Transition’ which is due for release on the 26th of July on All My Thoughts. 

Church and Coastal Haze are both labels that stretch the limits of house and deep house often venturing into experimental territory where few tend to tread. Fused with Jazz and heavily influenced by 90’s production styles that borrow from a lot more genres than just house, Church and Coastal Haze have grown to forge a reputation for being taste makers that never hold back in terms of imagination and flare. 

’Sketches’ is a departure from the output of both Church and Costal Haze by being more grounded and introspective, delivering an opening to an album which feels a lot more personal. The lead synth melody is constant throughout supported only by a few other elements, playful percussion and a lazy warm and fuzzy bass-line that drop in and out to converse with the principal melody. What Seb creates is a beautiful simplistic down-tempo track that creates moments of serenity while still managing to be uplifting and vivacious. Perfect lounge listening for any day of the week.

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Minimal and deep with Romania's NTFO

‘Ro-minimal’ is the often used term to describe the unique blend of minimal techno and micro house crafted within Romania’s boarders. Pioneering DJ / producers Rhadoo, Inspirescu and Raresh worked within a tight knit community to build early iterations of the sound throughout the 90s and 2000s. But it wasn’t until 2006 when the wider world began to take notice, thanks largely to Chilean-born techno trailblazer Ricardo Villalobos. Booked to play an event in Bucharest with Raresh as the opener, Villalobos was so impressed with the encyclopaedic musical knowledge of the local producer / DJ that upon returning to Germany he advised Cocoon (his booking agency at the time) to immediately add Raresh to the roster.

Then in 2007, a much-needed platform for the rapidly growing home-grown sound was created with ‘Sunwaves’ festival. A 5 day festival on the picturesque Black Sea Coast in Mamaia, it’s quickly garnered international attention for it’s excellent lineups, lengthy sets and passionate crowds.

As the Ro-minimal sound keeps evolving, it will no doubt continue to be characterized by it’s strong local community and eclectic, drawn-out sonic modulations. And today’s guests- NTFO, certainly fits the bill as being a continuation of this dynamic, minimal Romanian sound.

The duo’s recent release ‘Dobr’ serves as an excellent entry point not only into this unique minimal sub-genre, but also into their already rich personal discography. The EP opens with the title track ‘Dobr’ establishing the clean and technical approach that unfolds throughout release. With just the right amount of coloration within the mechanical framework, Dobr EP is a shining example of not only the underground electronic scene in this region of the world but also of two experienced musicians at the peak of the powers.

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Exploring Far Away Galaxies with Voyager II

Just as various elements continually mix throughout our solar system, London electronic jazz duo ‘Voyager II’ coalesce different sounds and styles into their own unique musical blend. With Eamon Foreman on Guitar and Sergiu Fanica on Drums, the duo take an organic and uncluttered approach to spacey electronica with hints of their jazz roots shining though.

’Falling’ harnesses the spontaneous energy of the duo featuring live takes of both drums and guitar to give the track a kind of natural and unedited energy. With a dynamic and smooth mixdown courtesy of Marcin Cichy, the track really breathes with a kind of coherence while just the right amount of drum saturation keeps the syncopated rhythms up front. It’s the kind of track that achieves that rare balance of technical and musical prowess and reminds us that perhaps it doesn’t take a spaceship to experience moments of weightlessness.

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London's Sleepless finds his Flow state

Enigmatic Jazzy beat producer ‘Sleepless’ swings through the blog once again following up last years release of his album Serene.

And it’s no wonder he keeps popping up on countless blogs, channels and playlists; his sound, aesthetic and consistency in crafting infectious jazzy hip-hop is second to none.

His recent single ‘Flow State’ showcases his own unique take on the genre- forgoing sampling and chopping techniques for a dynamic take of entirely live instrumentation. ‘Flow State’ succinctly expresses that creative headspace that all artists aim to achieve, where logic and rationality give way to instinct and spontaneity. It’s one of those tracks that sounds almost as if it could have written itself, bringing with it an organic groove and natural connectedness of each musical element. But somewhere in between those smooth horns and cascading keys we know there’s a music producer steadily carving out his own air of effortlessness.

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Datach'i finds another way to process death with 'Bones'

Longtime electronic producer Datach’i has a new album coming titled ‘Bones’, and while new music by great producers is usually cause for celebration, for Datach’i, it is a sombre moment. The album is a deeply personal reflection, made during the producer’s father’s battle with cancer and recent passing. The album releases 26th July 2019 on Planet Mu subsidiary label Timesig, but today we get to hear the 4th track from the album, ‘Rockledge 3A.’

You may think that writing music during such a difficult moment in life would produce decidedly darkly coloured music, but Datach’i shows us that there are other ways to process death. The intimacy of Rockledge 3A is readily apparent; however, it is also surprisingly upbeat. Synthetic polyrhythms abound, and warm, analog chords create an all-encompassing optimism, perhaps channeling an appreciation for what once was, rather than dwelling on what is no longer. Like Datach’i’s last album, ‘System,’ Bones was written, sequenced, and produced entirely within his custom-built modular system. Typically, modular-based music tends to lean on the side of dense and technical, but Datach’i’s musical touch instead imbues Bones with an emotionally rich palette. Clearly, he would rather prioritize sensitivity and intuitive appeal over rugged complexity, and it makes for a wonderfully listenable introduction to the album, despite, or perhaps in common cause of, the heaviness of its subject matter.

You can stream Rockledge 3A above, and if you like it, be sure to pre-order Bones via bandcamp for access to limited edition bonus materials, including the chance to win a TipTop Audio 'One' Modular sampler.

— review by autonomy

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