“Darkside” is the latest cut from LA- based artist Tepu and the follow-up to the delicious “plastic wizard”. On “Darkside” distorted vocals blend with a distorted beat. This is a glitchy, warped pop gem – music very much meant for the nighttime.
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Tepu – “Darkside”
Austra – “Utopia”
Austra, the recording project fronted by vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, has shared the dystopic visuals for new track “Utopia”. Directed by THAT GO, the video sees Katie trapped in a modern apartment, the hostage of an electronic device. “Utopia” will feature on Austra’s third LP Future Politics which is released on 20 January. THAT GO says of the video: “Katie came into the video project with a lot of ideas about the future. We discussed everything from food trends to Star Trek: The Next Generation. The video is more near-future than distant-future, with recognizable technology and modern protein sources.”
Cherée – “Please”
Brit school graduate Cherée makes her debut with “Please”, lifted from her forthcoming EP “L-EP”1. Drawing influences from growing up in North West London and her Scandinavian and Ghanaian heritage, Cherée serves up the sweetest vocals you’ll hear this year.
Sudanim – “Inner Monologue”
Sudanim returns to Her Records with the monstrously epic “Inner Monologue”. Opening with some distorted vocals and the stab of drums, “Inner Monologue” continues to build to fiery and frenetic breakdown. The track will appear on Sudanim’s forthcoming “Hives” EP, release date TBA.
ROCH – “This Is Now”
ROCH is back with new track “This Is Now”, a darker, more intense track than previous single “Vienna”. Dreamy and pulsating, it’s a disorientating listen. ROCH said: “I wanted to create a track with repetitive drums and oscillating, pulsing synths.” Mission Accomplished.
Rose Elinor Dougall – “Stellular”
Rose Elinor Dougall has shared the title track from upcoming album Stellular. A synth-heavy jam, “Stellular” sees Rose’s cut-glass vocal dancing over a shimmering beat. Stellular is released in January 2017 on Vermilion Records.
Mined – “Pangs”
Peacefrog signee Mined, aka Kofi Holmes Attivor, has dropped his debut single “Pangs”. Accompanied by mesmerizing visuals, which were directed by The Rest, the track was inspired by the “pangs of longing you get for people that are no longer in your life”. Written in his room in London, he uses music to escape saying: I’ve always been more drawn to poignant honest music that evokes a sense of melancholy, or sadness or nostalgia”.
Woodes – “Rise”
Woodes brings an ethereal charm to her track “Rise” which is lifted from her debut self-titled EP. The stage name of 24 year-old Melbourne-based singer/songwriter Elle Graham, Woodes started writing music in high school. There’s an otherworldly quality to Woodes’ music with distant and tranquil vocals. “Rise” is a heavenly listen.
Lil Jabba – “Industry”
“Industry” is your first taste of Lil Jabba’s long-awaited second album Grotto. It’s an unrelenting musical onslaught that is constantly shifting genres. A thrilling listen that revels in its unpredictably and showcases just how expansive “dance” music can be. A musician and painter, Lil Jabba now operates out of a Brooklyn loft studio. Grotto drops on 31 October via Local Action.
Becky Hill – “Warm”
Becky Hill continues her seemingly never-ending run of bangers with new single “Warm”. Discussing the track, Becky said: “‘Warm’ is a product of a great friendship between myself and Shift K3Y. The follow up to ‘Back To My Love’, it’s a reinforcement of who I am as an artist, and a reminder of how excited I am to put my own music out. Being released on my own label, I’ve never felt more me with the release of ‘Warm’!”
Lao Ra – “Bang Boom”
The world fell in love with Bogota’s Lao Ra with the release of “Jesus Made Me Bad” and now she is back with the Black Butter-released “Bang Boom”. Brimming with attitude, Lao Ra has quickly established herself as future pop force. Wistful, nostalgic and singing with bite, “Bang Boom” is the kind of summery jam that will brighten up these increasingly dark winter months.
s a r a s a r a – “Supernova”
French electronic producer s a r a s a r a has shared “Supernova’” which will appear on debut album Amor Fati. There’s a joyous disconnect between s a r a s a r a’s delicate vocals and the driving bass-heavy track. s a r a s a r a makes her UK headline debut at London’s Old Blue Last on 21 November while Amor Fati is released 11 November 2016 via One Little Indian.