Swedish indie-pop royalty Lykke Li gears up for album number three with new single Love Me Like I’m Made Of Stone, a dramatic number produced with Björn Yttling (of Peter Björn and John fame) that sets the singer’s voice against a slowly strumming acoustic guitar serving as background for a confession about loving and being hurt.
Mannequins on 7th Street is an electronic duo from Belgium currently living in London formed by Alexandre Lambrecht and Tim de Fontain. We’re loving their new single “Out Of Sight” with its sparse and fragmented production, a sort of masterclass on intimate electronica reminding us once again that spaced synths and beats don’t always have to sound cold and distant.
CEO’s sophomore album is out today and we’re celebrating that fact by sharing its fantastic title track. Like an invitation to enter a fantasy world, “Wonderland” opens with a cacophony of samples which morph into a classy pop melody, before reaching a chorus that basically consists of voice chants and an uplifting synth line.
FKA Twigs might just be one of the coolest ladies in music right now. Last year she mesmerized us all with her EP2 release and two breathtaking videos for “Water Me” and “Papi Pacify” while landing on the top spot of everyone’s “Acts to Follow in 2014” list. She’s signed to London’s hip Young Turks label and there’s a new video out shot in Mexico earlier this year, part of a feature on visionary artists that is now showing at Dazed & Confused's website.
Who knew a Beck album would name a new artist in 2014? Sea Change is the moniker of Ellen A.W Sunde, a musician who lives between Oslo and Berlin and creates music with a mixture of improvisation, noise, acoustic instruments and synth pop. She has a great single out titled “Let’s Dance” that strikes us for having a very cold, low-fi electronic vibe and yet the whole affair sounds rather intimate and cozy.
New week, new music. Introducing Black Channels, a two-piece from London we discovered recently who have a rather good debut single out now titled “Oracles”. The track has this gloomy ethereal vibe that we really like but it’s actually a bit on the fence between darkness and light, starting with a noisy bass line that is suddenly overtaken by subtle synths and delicate vocals which emanate a radiant stream of beauty, a sort of quiet, almost intimate, goth-tinged electronica sound that will gradually pull you in.
King Krule has premiered the video for “Lizard State”, a track taken from his 6 Feet Beneath The Moon debut (and A First Class Riot’s album of 2013). The black and white video is inspired by Alfred Hitchcok’s Dial M For Murder movie and starts with an actual clip of the murder mystery maestro himself.
Imogen Jones is a young artist from Sydney who goes by the moniker of Lupa and her music is now starting to reach a wider audience. We’re loving her new track “Eyes Unclouded”, a solid indie electronica piece made of staccato strings, heavy bass beats and a clap machine that halfway through the song get all mixed with layers of delayed vocals for an extra sense of darkness and mystery.
Oscar Key Sung is a twenty-three year old singer/producer from Melbourne that experiments with minimalist R&B elements mixed with a spacious house production. His single “All I Could Do” is a rather good example of this, an hypnotizing track filled with uplifting synths, layered house beats and pitched down vocals that underline Oscar’s smoky crooning.
Is New Zealand taking over the music scene? After the immense success of Lorde’s “Royals” there’s a new example of musical talent coming from dark synth-pop duo Broods (brother and sister Caleb and Georgia Nott) who are set to release their debut EP on January 28.