Kelly Lee Owens has been ruling London’s underground dance scene for a few years. Having previously collaborated with Daniel Avery on his 2014 debut Drone Logic and a pair of limited-release 12″ singles, she’s set to release her Oleic EP – her first for legendary label Smalltown Supersound. New track “CBM” is a dancefloor thriller, a pulsating treat. Oleic drops on 21 October.
Take note, here are the essential sounds from the past seven days.
Kelly Lee Owens – “CBM”
Douglas Dare – “Oh Father”
Douglas Dare, who recently announced details of his new album Aforger, has shared the striking visuals for his stunner of a second single “Oh Father”. The video, which was directed by Jeremy Carne and Nikolas Kasinos, was filmed in one continuous take in Berlin. “Oh Father” is an intensely personal track, pulling no punches both lyrically and sonically. This single take video is perfectly juxtaposed to the discordant sounds. Aforger will be released on 14 October on Erased Tapes.
Weirdo – “Attitude”
Mysterious Berlin-based producer Weirdo returns with new track “Attitude” and is in fiery form. A more aggressive sound than past records , there’s a palpable sense of frustration with drums battling against guitar licks all while still maintaining a pop sensibility with a refrain that will remain lodged in your brain.
Punctual – “Eva”
“Eva” is the debut track from Bristol-based duo Will Lansley and John Morgan. This is a gloriously deep-dive into old-school house while injecting that fresh, youthful vibe their home city is famous for. Citing the likes Floating Points, Todd Terje, Robert Glasper and Lone & Max Graef as influences, this duo look set to take dance music in some exciting directions.
Elohim – “Hallucinating”
Having made waves with her brand of dreamy electro pop, Los Angeles’ Elohim is shifting gears and displaying her versatility on new single “Hallucinating”. Mariachi meets new-wave, the track has a bouncing beat and a lightness that we didn’t expect from this artist. Long may Elohim keep surprising us. “Hallucinating” is out now via B3SCI Records.
Bo Rocha – “Real Kids”
“Real Kids” is the third track to be released from Bo Rocha’s forthcoming “Hold My Gaze” EP. With infinite charm, she delivers a powerful vocal performance. Bo Rocha will be playing a show at Peckham’s Rye Wax on 12 September.
Liana Bank$ – “Table For One”
Liana Bank$’s “Table For One” arrives hot on the heels of debut track “LVLUP” and is another reminder, if one was needed, as to why people are getting so excited about this new talent. Bank$ says of the track: “Let’s be real. No one actually wants to be alone, but deep love with the wrong person can become extremely dangerous. I’ve found that in those instances, solitude is saviour. Plus now you don’t have to share your food, pretty lit if you ask me!”
BAYA – “Call To Say Hello”
Lifted from his debut EP “Oslo”, “Call To Say Hello” is the work of BAYA – a singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Blending influences from his varied cultural backgrounds (Norway, Scotland, Ivory Coast and USA), the music has a sound that can’t be placed. With a bass heavy groove and modulating synths it’s equal parts late-night disco romp and hazy summertime jam. With a distinctive voice and ability to weave disparate sounds, expect to hear much more from Baya.
Dan Deacon – “Change Your Life (You Can Do It)”
Frist heard in the “NewNow” episode of Adult Swim’s Off The Air, “Change Your Life (You Can Do It) is the new single from the never less than remarkable Dan Deacon. More motivating and inspirational than any half-time pep talk, the track is palpably euphoric. Deacon has the ability to propel you into an electro-pop induced state of giddiness. While it may not change your life, it will definitely make you feel great for 4 minutes.
Ella Vos – “White Noise”
Highland Park native Ella Vos has released her debut track “White Noise”. A delicately produced track, the light and airy beats allow Ella Vos’ vocals to shine. Having previously been heard on Just A Gent’s recent single “Rolling Dice”, it was only a matter of time before Vos transfixed us with her own material.
Vince Kidd – “Almost Angels”
Shedding his talent show TV cloak once and for all, Vince Kidd returns after a brief hiatus with new cut “Almost Angels”. The video, directed by London’s Ben Charles Edwards, is a gritty tale of forlorn love set against the brutality of inner-city London and we can’t get enough of it. If you ever wondered what the Pink Ladies would look like in 2016, well this is your answer.
Shirazee – “Different”
As a former writer for artists such as Ty Dolla Sign, Usher, Kiesza and Twista, Shirazee embarks on his own journey and has travelled all over from Ghana, Paris, London & LA whilst developing his sound. Debut single “Different” is a nod to his African roots with Dan E taking on remix duties. The music video is the key thing to his story though – it was shot on an iPhone 6 (by him!), in 13 different countries and it took Shirazee a year to shoot the whole visual. What a guy!