News – Kelly Moran Announces New EP “Origin” Out May 17 via Warp Records – Shares New Single ‘Night Music’ – plus live at Moogfest 2019 April 27th

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Just days before the Moogfest 2019 launches her new tour, Brooklyn based composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Kelly Moran announced a new release titled “Origin”, an EP of a handful of demos and unreleased music recorded during the “Ultraviolet” sessions.   “Origin” features seven songs of largely stripped back and acoustic recordings, featuring the artist at her home piano and recorded in one take.

As for the single “Night Music” from the upcoming EP, it goes back to the recordings of “Ultraviolet”, initially improvised during the same session from which it emerged, as were “Water Music,” “Reflexive Music,” and “Halogen”, but eventually was designated for this EP.

“These recordings show firsthand my musical discoveries in real-time for when I was having my major creative breakthrough,” says Moran.

Listen to it here.

It wasn’t that long ago that she released a video for the track “Water Music and her announcement of her appearance at Moogfest 2019.  Click on the link for more tour details.  As for her Moogfest appearance, she will open the Saturday, April 27th evening performance at the Carolina Theatre, playing at 630pm, then Thomas Dolby at 815pm and GAS – Wolfgang Voigt– closes it out at 10pm.

Info on Moogfest 2019 tickets.

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Amycanbe’s new EP “White Slide” is out now – listen to the single ‘Grano (‘Flow’ mix by Mark Plati)

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Last Friday (April 19, 2019), Italian electronic and dream pop music artists Amycanbe released their four song EP “White Slide” from the label Open Productions. Its a collection of remade and remixed tracks from their last full album, 2015’s “Wolf”.  The tracks were mixed and re-imagined by musician, record producer, and songwriter Mark Plati of David Bowie fame.

Speaking about Mark Plati’s ‘Flow’ mix of ‘Grano’, Amycanbe’s Marco said, “For our last few records we collaborated with Mark Plati (who has mixed 90% of our songs since 2009); he really has a good ear for music! He has the talent to get the maximum potential from a song, as we envision it in our minds. For example ‘Grano’ is absolutely perfect; exactly how I imagined it. It has always been our favorite song from the Wolf album, and probably one of his favorites as well. He chose it for a remix (almost a re-work), which we would like to include here in this release – very nice, great fun!”

Plati’s ‘Flow’ mix picks up the pace at spots where the original reserved for more introspection and pensiveness.  While not breaking record pace or at least pushing DJ Trax benchmarks – the song does break down into piano and atmospherics – it does ascend somewhat finishing up in rocking fashion albeit compromised by the style expected by Amycanbe.  Listen to it below.

Born and based in Cervia, Italy, Amycanbe was formed by Mattia Mercuriali  (bass, guitars, keys) and Marco Trinchillo (drums, keys) in 2002 and became a quartet in 2005 with the addition of Francesca Amati (vocals) and Paolo Gradari. Amycanbe has had some slight lineup changes throughout the years, with Paolo’s departure and Mattia “Matta” Dallara (keys) joining in.

According to their bio, they’re inspired by legendary acts across the genre spectrum such as Nina Simone, Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Portishead, Aphex Twin, and David Bowie. With their brand of dream pop, fans from The xx and The Naked and Famous to the Cocteau Twins will enjoy Amycanbe’s music as part of their collection.

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Watch the video ‘Pieta’ from electronic artist CIFIKA – EP “Prism” out now

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CIFIKA, the 27-year-old electronic vocalist and producer born Yousun Cho, just recently completed what was known as the longest run of live dates from a Korean born artist in promotion of her latest release – the EP “Prism – released early March 2019.  To the unfamiliar – in short – her music blends genres like R&B and low-fi with dark electronic soundscapes and combines lyrics in both English and Korean.

From the new EP ” Prism” watch the video for the single ‘Pieta’ below.


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Watch video for Slowness single ‘Rose’; third album “Berths” out in June

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Here’s a quick feature on a relatively new single from the San Francisco shoegaze trio Slowness. Released in early April, the title of the song is ‘Rose’ and its from upcoming new album “Berths”.  Schoolkids Records will be releasing the long-play on vinyl, as well as digitally, in June.

This release follows up their 2014 album ‘How to Keep from Falling off a Mountain’ and 2013 album ‘For Those Who Wish to See the Glass Half Full’.

Formed in 2008 in San Francisco, Julie Lynn and Geoffrey Scott started recording demos from the pod to the four track recorder. In 2009, they enlisted Erik Karl on drums to help turn those demos into the songs that would become their 2011 debut EP ‘Hopeless but Otherwise’. They would eventually be joined by current drummer Christy Davis.

Watch the video below and look out for the new album.

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Listen to the new episode of This is Chill – Chill #54 uploaded

Chill #54 is available at This Is Chill Mixcloud page.  Click on the link or listen to the player above.  At over 90 minutes long, its one of the longest episodes of the series.  With Moogfest 2019 happening next week (April 25th to April 28th, 2019), and other new releases, it was difficult to keep it under an hour, much less 45 minutes.  Chill #55 will most likely be the same.

Speaking of Moogfest 2019, many of the artists on this episode will be performing at the 15th anniversary festival.  This episode features tracks by The Field, Ouri, Matthew Dear, Spelling, Debit, Faten Kanaan and Wolfgang Voigt aka Gas.

Also of note, Xeno and Oaklander is on tour and will be making several appearances in the Southeast United States especially in Orlando. Check their event list for more info and here’s Dais Records sharing their tour on their instagram page also.  Yeah i know ‘Moonlight’ is not from their latest album but couldn’t help myself.

And there’s new music from Uppermost, Janus Rasmussen and Robot Koch.

Chill #54 playlist

uppermost – days and nights
lauge and baba – southern hemisphere
phonseca – i see a dream
janus rasmussen – lilla
the field – cupid’s head (gas mix)
robot koch – another world
ouri – we share our blood
luckyandlove – soul alive
xeno and oaklander – moonlight
merely – the sunset beach
matthew dear – bunny’s dream
spellling – haunted water
Robyn – who do you love? (wolfgang voigt GAS mix)
Bizarre – any day
Azaleh – submerged
Debit – Dreams last long (Jewels You were meant for me ambient remake)
Faten Kanaan – The Rises


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Watch Merely’s new video ‘The Sunset Beach’ from her latest album “Hatching The Egg”

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Earlier today, Kristina Florell – aka Merely – released another single and video from the current album “Hatching the Egg”.   Titled ‘Sunset Beach” and directed by Hanna Nilsson and Rasmus Svensson, co-founders of PWR Studio, its described as a bright and obscurely tilting video, with the viewer’s morning taking a darkly surreal twist, contrasting the track’s euphoric pinnacle.

Merely says of the video: “A woman lives in a tiny house, and this home is her entire world. But she dreams of something more.”  Its the follow up single to ‘Crazy Heart’ which was featured on this site earlier this year.

In between, the classically trained instrumentalist and vocalist from Sweden also played a couple of shows, including a performance in the states at SXSW 2019 in Austin,TX.

With ‘Sunset Beach’, expect more experimentation with electronic production environments and digital techniques that created Merely.  From her first two full albums -“Nirvana” and “Uncanny Valley” – to the third and current release “Hatching the Egg” , Merely continues as she has begun, mixing layers and blurring borders between the organic and digital, building vast, airy soundscapes and ethereal harmonies, always with her roots deeply buried within the rich soil of contemporary pop and dance music.

Watch it below.   Her current album “Hatching the Egg” is out now from YEAR0001.

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New single ‘Easy’ from Tycho now available – plus list of future tour dates

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Yesterday (April 17, 2019),  San Francisco-based Tycho released a new single titled ‘Easy’.   It is available now on Mom + Pop Music x Ninja Tune.  If you haven’t heard it yet, expect Tycho’s trademark vibrant, cinematic electronics topped with hushed vocal descants, adding a new layer of instrumentation and hinting at a new direction for their next chapter, which is set to unfold over the summer of 2019. Listening to it a couple of times already, if you’re a Tycho fan in short you won’t be disappointed.  It adds those elements expected and a subtle yet inviting beat.

“Music can transport us to other realities but can also ground us firmly within ourselves” says Scott Hansen, Tycho’s primary composer, songwriter and producer. “After a trilogy of records spent exploring the outer reaches of experience I am focusing inward to reveal a human side to the music.”

“The past 13 years have seen Tycho evolve from the part-time solo project of a graphic designer into a band that achieved things far beyond any of our wildest expectations” he continues. “My journey as an artist has been defined by an iterative cycle with each album building on and refining an overarching vision. ‘Easy’ is about coming to terms with my past and defining a clear vision moving forward. It’s a comforting voice that reminds you not to get so lost in the work, but to take it easy and enjoy the ride. ‘Easy’ is the bridge to the future.”

Watch Tycho’s ‘Easy’ below.

While not necessarily breaking news, on Tycho’s Facebook page, he did mention tickets going on sale at least three days ago for his Australia shows.  Here’s more info on the list of cities he’s appearing at later this summer and after.

Tycho live dates:
July 21 – Byron Bay, AUS – Splendour in the Grass
July 23 – Melbourne, AUS – Forum
July 24 – Sydney, AUS – Sydney Opera House
July 26 – Niigata Prefecture, JPN – Fuji Rock Festival
September 19 – Slippery Rock, USA – Resonance Music & Arts Festival

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News – Flying Lotus new album “Flamagra” out May 24th – watch ‘Fire is Coming’ video

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Flying Lotus announced new album “Flamagra” out May 24th on Warp Records. Its his first release in nearly five years.

“I’d been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place. I’d always had this thematic idea in mind—a lingering concept about fire, an eternal flame sitting on a hill,” Lotus says.  “Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people would go on dates there and some people would burn love letters in the fire.”

“Flamagra” features (in order of appearance): Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, David Lynch, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi, Solange and more.

Watch the video “Fire is Coming” below directed by Flying Lotus and David Firth.

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Indie pop duo Ummagma to release first LP in 7 years titled “Compass” available June 21st – first single ‘Caravan’ out May 8th


Look out on the horizon for the indie pop electronic rock duo Ummagma’s new album “Compass” to be released.  To the unfamiliar, they have been described by Brooklyn Vegan as “Ethereal pop indebted to Cocteau Twins and the rest of 4ADs 80s output.” Rolling Stone described their music as “massive with an intricate fabric” and a “full kaleidoscope of sounds, harmonies and musical instruments”.

Its their third full album for the duo formed in Moscow since 2003 and the first in seven years.

Now based in Peterborough, Ontario (Canada), the duo consisting of Shauna McLarnon and Alexander Kretov completed this album over the course of five years and multiple moves.

According to the bio, expect an album of grace and change, of familiarity and exploration, of emotion and euphoria, of sky-scraping cinematic highs and intimate and intriguing lows. This is the sound of a band allowing themselves to jump creative divides, to kick down musical barriers, and rip up the rule book or perhaps just ignore the fact that there ever was one in the first place.

In between, they have recorded a couple of EPs. One titled “LCD” featuring Robin Guthrie(Cocteau Twins) and Dean Garcia(Curve). The other “Winter Tale” with 4AD icon AR Kane.

“Compass” is scheduled to be released June 21st via Manchester-based label Leonard Skully Records.  Also, the indiepop duo presents the lead single ‘Caravan’, a song that reflects their journey and evolving dreams from their formation in Moscow, nearly a decade in Ukraine and eventual settling in Canada. Out on May 8, it comes with b-side ‘Ty i Ya’, the band’s first non-English offering with vocals by Alexander Kretov in his native Ukrainian.

“Caravan is about a personal journey – one that begins in the mind before any borders have even been crossed,” says McLarnon. “The trip is so much better when you truly want to be part of it. You map your own destiny in many ways and dreaming is a great place to begin.”


Until then, check out their video for the song ‘Lama’ remixed by Robin Guthrie from their 2017 EP “LCD”.

News – Drab Majesty announce new album release “Modern Mirror” out July 12th – watch video of new single

The LA based duo of Deb Demure and Mona D – aka Drab Majesty –  announced the release date of their new album “Modern Mirror” today (April 16, 2019).  Its scheduled for July 12th via Dais Records, along with touring plans.   Its their third release.  For anyone unfamiliar with Drab Majesty, they have steadily built a devoted fan base worldwide with their singular hypnotic sound and mysterious, constantly-evolving presence.  They have toured with Smashing Pumpkins, Deafheaven, Crystal Castles and appeared on NBC TV’s Carson Daly.  The unique line up of Drab Majesty, the metal gaze Deafheaven and noise and industrial rock influenced Uniform sold out their 2018 appearance in Orlando.

In addition, they released a new single. Check out the video for ‘Ellipsis’  below.  Its from the upcoming album.  Directed by Thomas McMahan, ‘Ellipsis’ romantically plays up the distorted concept of courting through modern technology in a world that has yet to adapt.

In discussion of “Modern Mirror”, they traveled to Athens, Greece as groundwork for a modern reinterpretation of Ovid’s “Narcissus”. Each song on the record tells a piece of the story in which the listener’s own self-identity has become warped and dissociated through rapidly expanding technology, losing touch with the origins of their own personalities. It fuses synth-pop-noir aesthetics within the cautious instruction of Greek mythology and modern science fiction, birthing a hybrid of romantic dreamy malaise, captured for a future moment. It’s a journey of self-reflection, nostalgia, love, beauty, and heartbreak told across eight addictive and emotional synth pop anthems – a seemingly classic tale delivered unblinkingly through the frame of the modern world.

“Modern Mirror” was produced by Josh Eustis (Telefon Tel Aviv) and mastered by Dave Cooley, with appearances byJasamine White-Gluz (No Joy) and Justin Meldal-Johnson (NIN, Beck, M83, Air) with packaging and design by Juan Mendez of Jealous God/Silent Servant.

Pre-orders have been posted here.

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Current Drab Majesty tour dates

Drab Majesty tour dates:

April 17 – Rostov, RU – Line
May 10 – Austin, TX – KVRX Festival
May 17 – Chicago, IL – Garfield Park Conservatory
May 28 – Istanbul, TR – Zorlu PSM
June 01- Barcelona, ES – Primavera Sound
June 02 – Dublin, IE – Workman’s Club
June 06 – Birmingham, UK – The Flapper
June 07 – Nottingham, UK – Rock City (Beta) *
June 08 – Glasgow, UK – Audio *
June 09 – Guastalla, IT – Handmade Festival
June 11 – Roma, IT – Wishlist Club
June 12 – Pomigliano D’Arco, IT – Floor Club
June 14 – Mosfellsbær, IS – Oration Festival

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News – The Cinematic Orchestra adds more US dates to their World Tour

British nu jazz and electronic music artists The Cinematic Orchestra recently (April 15, 2019) announced more tour dates in the US after originally listing a LA appearance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall for late November.  See the details below.  Founded in 1999, by Jason Swinscoe and now joined long-time collaborator and friend Dominic Smith, they are supporting their newest album “To Believe”, just released March 15, 2019 – the first in over ten years. It has received praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, Q Magazine, GQ, Bandcamp and many more.

In addition, the Cinematic Orchestra shared a new live video for “Lessons” from their new album. Filmed by acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Brian “B+” Cross (Mochilla) whilst the band were in Joshua Tree, USA earlier this year.  The live video goes back and forth between the footage and the band performing in the studio.

B+ said of the video, “The desert has been an important reference for Jason and Dominic during the creation of this project. We took photos out there three years back in the beginning of the publicity for the campaign. It was wonderful to go back out to Joshua Tree and hear the music performed live by the full band. It was an honour to capture the energy in the room over six takes and then intercut it with some observational shots we created using a pretty sophisticated drone. Drone technology was created in Southern California and all the stark beauty it can capture underwritten by the military industrial narratives we live with here is present in the work. Thinking about these deeper themes is central to this new Cinematic project and it was a privilege to be part of these conversations.”

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The last time i wrote about them, they were in the midst of a string of performances in the UK.  Just completing the BBC 6 Music Festival in Liverpool, they will be touring again, this time in Japan starting April 18th.  Here’s more details and the US tours also.  Southeast US appearances include Nashville, Asheville (NC) and Atlanta.

2019 live dates:
18 Apr Sankei Hall Breeze, Osaka, Japan
19 Apr Hitomi Memorial Hall, Tokyo, Japan
16 May Compensa Koncertu Sale, Vilnius, Lithuania
17 May A2, Wrocław, Poland
18 May Studio, Kraków, Poland
19 May Stary Maneż, Gdańsk, Poland
20 May Palladium, Warsaw, Poland
21 May Sala Ziemi, Poznań, Poland
23 May Astra, Berlin, Germany
24 May Live Music Hall, Cologne, Germany
26 May Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland
30 Jun Harbourside, Bristol, UK

New US Tour Dates:
27 Oct White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX
28 Oct Mohawk, Austin, TX
29 Oct Canton Hal, Dallas, TX
30 Oct Exit / In, Nashville, TN
31 Oct The Loft, Atlanta, GA
01 Nov Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
02 Nov 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
03 Nov Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA
05 Nov Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
07 Nov Paradise, Boston, MA
08 Nov Palais Montcalm, Quebec City, QC
09 Nov Corona Theatre, Montreal, QC
10 Nov Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
11 Nov Russell Industrial, Detroit, MI
12 Nov Thalia Hall, Chicago, IL
14 Nov Englert Theatre, Iowa City, IA
15 Nov Gothic Theatre, Denver, CO
16 Nov Metro Music Hall, Salt Lake City, UT
18 Nov The Neptune, Seattle, WA
19 Nov Vogue Theatre, Vancouver, BC
20 Nov Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
22 Nov Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
23 Nov Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

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News – More Deerhunter Tour Dates for 2019

Atlanta’s Deerhunter just finished a leg of touring that ended at the Stopover Music Festival in Savannah. Supporting their eighth studio album “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?”, the indie band who has experimented with and recorded a medley of dream pop, shoegaze, psychedelic and post rock songs will be touring again in late April.  More details below.

Earlier this year, Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox recently sat down for an interview that aired on NPR’s All Things Considered, listen HERE.

Check out a live concert performance from them above.  Click on the “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” link to purchase the album.

Deerhunter Tour 

April 25-27 MARFA, TX, Marfa Myths Festival
April 29 AUSTIN, TX The Mohawk
April 30 DALLAS, TX Canton Hall
May 1 HOUSTON, TX White Oak Music Hall
May 2 NEW ORLEANS, LA House of Blues
May 3-5 ATLANTA, GA, Shaky Knees Festival
May 25 MADRID, Tomavistas
May 27 BARCELONA, Primavera Sound opening party
May 30 WINTERTHUR, Salzhaus
May 31 DORTMUND, Way Back When Festival
June 1 NEUSTRELITZ, Immergut Festival
June 3 COPENHAGEN, Den Grå Hal
June 4 OSLO, Rockefeller
June 7 LONDON, Field Day Festival
July 6 YELLOW SPRINGS, OH Springsfest

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Slowcore music artist Drowse teases new album with first single ‘Between Fence Posts’- watch video here

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Portland based musician Kyle Bates – aka Drowse – earlier this month set the motion for his slowcore third release “Light Mirror” out June 7th on the Flenser label.  No jokes about how far out that is literally.

During the process of his recording, in April of 2018, Bates left his home in Portland, OR, to pursue an artist residency in barren northern Iceland. Mostly in self-imposed isolation, Bates pondered the nature of solitude, and what it means to be “closed” or “open” to the world. Upon returning home, Bates worked obsessively and alone, save for collaborating with Maya Stoner, his longtime creative partner. The dichotomy of his Icelandic musings materialized in a very real way as he neglected his personal relationships in favor of his art. While he was confronting his life-long fear of intimacy, and reconciling himself to a diagnosis of Bipolar 1, Bates found that the means he employed to conquer these obstacles—self reflection through art—carried with them an equal measure of misery.

With the newest album, expect experimental electronic, noise pop, black metal, krautrock, and Kyle’s talent for world-building.  The lyrics are heavily influenced by filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky and poet Louise Glück.

Watch the new video ‘Between Fence Posts’ with the music beginning’s calling on the spirit of “Twin Peaks”.  The lyrics detail – “Inside Black Vines, Wither as they Glow, You are the Moonlight, Shining In, Between Posts”. And the legend of Laura Palmer is depicted as a shoegaze dream pop queen teen hijacking the jukebox for what can’t be found, ascended to the nether worlds on Loveless, Souvlaki, Heaven or Las Vegas….a mound.


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Listen to new ford. remix “Places We Don’t Know” from Kasbo; EP of same title out now

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Last Friday (April 5, 2019), producer Kasbo latest EP “Places We Don’t Know Remix” was released.  The label on the product says this EP declares the ford. remix “Places We Don’t Know” a slice of chilled out, atmospheric bliss.  I can’t say i disagree.  That said can’t say there wasn’t that much of a drop from the original version. There’s other remixes on here – from Tennyson and Billboard among the others – that follow the same idea, bright yet ice cold tracks, with beats at times stopping dead in its tracks to absorb the atmosphere of wonkiness and other worlds.

The Swedish producer has had a busy year with his debut full album “Places We Don’t Know” – receiving praise from Magnetic Magazine and Spotify’s Electro Chill – and the subsequent tour of  the states in the Fall of 2018 including scheduled appearances at Hulaween in Live Oak, FL and an Atlanta stop at Terminal West.  Just last month (March 29, 2019), he performed at Miami’s Ultra Festival.  At this time, he’s scheduled for two big festivals in the Summer and Fall.   Here’s the dates below.

18-20 July 2019 – Camp Bisco – Scranton, PA
27-28 September 2019 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO

“Places We Don’t Know Remix” EP is out now via Foreign Family Collective and Counter Records.

Here’s the youtube link for the single below.


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Listen to ‘The Way We Choose’ remix from Berlin’s Yeah But No

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Berlin electronic music artists Yeah But No recently released a second remix of songs from their 2017 self titled debut album.  The follow of first remixes was released in 2018. Comprised of techno producer Douglas Greed and singer Fabian Kuss, their aim since their 2014 formation is to merge electronic music with classic song structures into a smart and captivating listening enjoyment.  Remix two consists of producers Miyagi, the Micronaut, Schlepp Geist and Dapayk.

While the remixes don’t necessarily stay stuck in chill mode, even its gritty beats and guitar blow ups are ultimately bottled up in monotone seduction and pensive intent.

Listen to the Youtube audio below titled ‘The Way We Choose’.

Expect a second full album later on this year (2019).


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Watch ‘Four Leaf Clover’ from the latest album”Here’s The 101 On How To Disappear” from the indie dream pop band Dakota

Watch Dakota‘s video ‘Four Leaf Clover’ from the latest album “Here’s The 101 On How To Disappear” released on Feb 8th on Sinnbus.  Its their fifth overall release.

Expect the latest album from the band consisting of Lisa Brammer, Lana Kooper, Jasmine van der Waals and Annemarie van den Born to blend washed-out walls of sound and sunny california feelings, driving garage rock and melancholic, meandering dream pop, and combine all this with clever and sharp, sometimes bitter observations about everything interpersonal.

In short, it flew under my radar so this goes to those new to Dakota. For their fans, they shouldn’t be disappointed about the newest release.

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Listen to the Nicolaas single ‘No Stranger Thing’ featuring Lucy Mason – original version and Pages remix


Last March, producer Nicolaas debuted his single ‘No Stranger Thing (feat. Lucy Mason)’. This direction happened after he became creatively stagnant within the world of hip-hop, craving inspiration and a new challenge. Traversing the musical landscapes of the ’80s, synthwave, and funk has brought to the foreground a sound comparable to Breakbot, Gunship, and Kavinsky. Influenced by disco, boogie, and funk, his sound has been directly influenced by the likes of Nile Rodgers, Blondie, and producer Shep Pettibone (David Bowie, Madonna, Whitney Houston) while also channelling more contemporary artists like Daft Punk, Toro Y Moi and Parcels.

Two weeks later, a different version was added, remixed by UK producer Pages.  It took the original mixture of chillwave, funk and ethereal with a vaporwave vibe and upped the pace a little yet somehow found itself in an even more atmospheric position than before.

Listen to them here.  Both are available from the Haven Sounds label.



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Listen to vocalist and producer Sôra’s new single ‘Unchained’

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Last month (March 29, 2019), vocalist and producer Sôra released her newest single titled ‘Unchained’.  Click on the youtube link below.

If you’re not familiar with her collaboration with fellow producer Uppermost, the bi-cultural  Sôra (mother’s British roots and father’s French lineage) cites influences from artists such as Erykah Badu, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams, Hiatus Kayiote, and Kendrick Lamar, Sôra’s sound lies at the intersection of electro and soul. Drawing parallels to acts like FKA Twigs, CocoRosie, Tove Lo and My Brightest Diamond.  With this track, although she has a neo-soul style that works especially with the chorus, at times the swagger in between made me reconsider if this track was too hard, but if sites like Tasty, Chill Masters and Chill Vibes are providing support, then i’ll stick with my first impression – and especially how the spacey loops and minimalist, sensual invoking piano keys balanced it under a mellifluous vibe.

The single is released by Colligence Records.


Listen to the single ‘Half Past Nine’ from Canadian indie dream pop band Close Talker – from new album out Fall 2019

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Earlier this year (Feb 2019), Canadian indie band Close Talker released their new single ‘Half Past Nine’ from their upcoming album “How Do We Stay Here?” due for release in the fall of 2019.   Founded in 2012, their mixture of indie, pop and shoegaze has resulted in three releases with 2019s album to be the fourth.

In discussing the single, they focus on the intimacy of a concert, where its a place where you can find people from every walk of life come together for the same reason. It’s a place where you share something in common with complete strangers and a place where you can experience something transcendent with people you will never even know. ‘Half Past Nine’ is about a concert the three of us attended, at our favorite summer festival. It’s about looking around at friends, at strangers, and seeing each person sing along to words that mean so much to them – words that have carried them through times only they know about.

It’s about holding on to the moments that you never want to end, and then desperately trying to remember them after they are gone. It takes hindsight to recognize when something profound has happened, but every now and then, you’re able to sense it right in the moment. This song is about those moments and the attempts to cling to them.

Watch the video below.  More info on the new album to come.


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News – Moogfest 2019 Adds Questlove and Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) to Lineup, Announces Free Outdoor Programming, Updates Exclusive Conversation Series, Workshop scheduling and More

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Durham, N.C. [April 11, 2019] [press release] — Moogfest complements its lineup announcements with the addition of QuestloveArabian Prince (N.W.A.), and Madame Gandhi, plus the unveiling of this year’s free programming to take place at the American Tobacco Campus, the Full Frame Theatre, and Quarter Horse in downtown Durham, N.C., April 25–28. Additionally, Moogfest updates its exclusive conversation series, which includes: Martin Gore of Depeche Mode; Thomas Dolby in conversation with Jason Leopold; Mute Records founder, DJ, and producer, Daniel MillerGAS in conversation with The Field; and William Basinski in conversation with Craig Leon and Kelly Moran.

Fruit Co. will be the site of two special DJ sets, one by Arabian Prince, co-founder of iconic rap group N.W.A., on Friday, April 26 and the other by Questlove, drummer and frontman for Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots, on Saturday, April 27.

Free festivities at the ATC on Saturday, April 27 will feature singer/songwriter/beat maker Suzi Analogue, electronic thrash provocateurs Fartbarf, footwork originator RP Boo, and Dr. Dre collaborator and Raleigh native, Mez. The ATC stage will also feature the Modular on the Spot picnic, an outdoor modular synth performance co-founded in Los Angeles by modular synthesist and skate photographer Eric “Rodent” Cheslak, which will include a rotating cast of musicians playing for four hours.

Also on April 27, there will be a screening and discussion at the Full Frame Theatre with filmmaker, writer, and political organizer Astra Taylor, director of the documentary, What is Democracy? Topics discussed in the film and panel include: Who gets to participate in democracy? What is freedom? Can democracy even exist in an era of concentrated wealth? How can the people reclaim the power that is supposed to be theirs? Half of the tickets for the screening will be offered for free on a first come, first served basis.

The gathering at Quarter Horse on April 25 will be a celebration of diversity, featuring Party IllegalMamis and the Papis, and The Conjure — three local DJ collectives dedicated to transcending the patriarchy and exalting womxn, femmes, POCs and the LGBTQ+ community. On April 26, MicroMachines takes over Quarter Horse for a performance celebrating all things tiny, portable, and battery-powered with a crew of fellow micro-gadget wiedling artists. On April 27, beat maker collective Raund Haus teams up with Raleigh-based company Erogenous Tones who will feature their visual synth, STRUCTURE for a journey in visual synthesis.

Moogfest is also announcing the addition of Madame Gandhi to its final lineup. This will be the second appearance at Moogfest for the outspoken activist, drummer, and solo artist who made her festival debut in 2018. This year, Madame Gandhi will be presenting Femmes to the Front: An Electronic Jam Session. For this jam session, Madame Gandhi (former drummer for M.I.A., Thievery Corporation) welcomes musicians of any background to experience her creative process live and join in. Various electronic music instruments will be set up during this collaborative moderated jam session, though attendees are welcome to bring their acoustic and electronic instruments to the session as well.

Additional free programming at Moogfest includes the Modular Marketplace, a bazaar featuring the top designers of boutique music tech tools and their latest creations where attendees of all experience levels can explore electronics up close, and the Moog Pop-Up Factory, where Moog Production Engineers live-build Moog Synthesizers on site. Beyond manufacturing, the space is an immersive music tech playground where the minds at Moog create one-of-a-kind interactive experiences all technology fans can be inspired by.

The Moogfest Engineer Pass provides VIP access to the festival and the unique opportunity to work alongside Moog Music Engineers during a two-day synth-building workshop. Participants learn the foundations of analog synthesis and are guided through the process of building their own unreleased analog Moog synthesizer — no experience is necessary. This behind-the-scenes experience gives attendees the opportunity to engage Moog engineers while gaining insight into the art of electronic design. This year’s unreleased Moog design explores how electronic instruments can create an analog of the human experience, speaking directly to the way in which physical circuits can resonate within oneself, creating a “Spectral Shift.”

Moogfest Workshop schedule will be announced this Friday April 12.
Engineer and VIP sign up for workshops and Full Moogfest Day to Day Schedule will be announced by Wednesday April 17.