[Audio] Liskka’s self-titled EP

 

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When last we checked Liskka were an all girl trio, now we’re not so sure. Formed from the ashes of Boy/Girl swirly Indie-Electro outfit Happy Hunting, Jana Tyrell enlisted Susie Wedderburn and Hannah Ashman to form her new group, launching with the effervescent As It Goes (I Give). Now, however, it appears that Liskka are, well, a Boy/Girl Indie-Electro outfit (again). The giveaways being copious amounts of male vocals on the new tracks and a Mr. Rick David listed as Jana’s other band member. Anyway, whatever the make up of Jana Tyrell’s band of troubadours; Liskka have just released their début proper EP via Pink Bird Records, a five track affair loaded with experimental Popisms and a wealth of influences.

You’ll find As It Goes (I Give) squeezed onto the end of the EP, a cacophonous Future R&B track wrapped in Chillwave duvet. Eclectic percussion meeting girl harmonies in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. As with most of the EP, the track battles with chaos and brings the charm out of the noise; at once alarming and enchanting, the track kinda’ gets under your skin.

Of the new tunes present Cold really stood out for us on the EP, a symphony of broken samples, reverb washed chords and ethereal vocals. Still keeping an R&B swing, but pushing it to it’s most unrecognizable limits as Liskka’s sonic experimentalism layer the organic with the synthetic to haunting effect. The enigmatic arrangement and obscure instrumentation made human by Jana’s versatile voice. Far From Us is more traditionally Shoegaze, a tad to guitary for our tastes and features male vocals prominently; as does the EP’s opener Night Terrors, a perfectly pleasant IndiePop anthem but we do feel Liskka works best with an intangible female voice at the fore.

The self-titled EP’s remaining track, Ghost In The Machine, certainly delivered on everything we love about Liskka and was the other stand out new track in our humble opinion. Building it’s own majesty on an multiform swing groove and a mystical sound pallet. Switching things up a little, Liskka play around with breakbeats and fuller synths as the song builds, resulting in the most powerful track on the EP. Disjointed and dissonant elements coming together in Liskka’s talented hands to create a beautiful whole. Which is much like Liskka in general actually, and the EP in total. Sometimes it doesn’t work, more often it does; and when it does it delivers something truly captivating.

♫ Liskka – Ghost In The Machine

♫ Liskka – Cold

♫ Liskka – As It Goes (I Give)

Liskka’ Liskka EP is out now.

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[Audio] TVÅ’s ‘Always Be’

 

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CSCN, Casine’s singles label, is going from strength to strength. It’s a really good idea for a sub label; keeping the artist development with Cascine and letting CSCN just be a celebration of songs that they love. This time it’s Swedish duo TVÅ who get some CSCN love. Their single, Always Be (backed with Keep Me A Secret) gets a single release. Prepare for some ScandiPop goodness.

This brother and sister pairing have come up with a couple of beautiful and lush SynthPop tunes. Always Be is a glistening, gentle array of tundra synths. Turning icy elements into a warm and inviting whole, TVÅ deliver a tune that swirls around you and wraps you in it;s emotional depths. Incredibly understated, Always Be incorporates sparse drums and distant keys into a track that sounds full as the biggest production. Sublime stuff.

♫ TVÅ – Always Be

TVÅ’s Always Be is out now.

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[Audio] Leeuw’s ‘Waters’

 

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OK; first things first. Leeuw is pronounced “Lay-U” (apparently Dutch for ‘lion’). I know, I know, it’s hard to get used to, but it’s best that you start saying it right now because you’ll probably be saying it a lot in the future. The reason you’ll be saying it a lot in the future is because it’s only a matter of time before Leeuw become huge. That’s just a fact. Leeuw is otherwise knows as Californian Laura Maus (ex-of an indie-folk duo called Sense Motive) who is making some of the most compelling ElectroPop we’ve heard for a while (and that’s saying something, being the website that we are). She’s teamed up with producer Wolves for her début single. It’s called Waters, press play below.

Riding over skippy, almost Trap-y beats, Waters serves up layers upon layers of crystal clear synths for Leeuw’s heartfelt vocal delivery to glide over like silk. Kinda’ like an L.A. version of Avec Sans, there’s similarities of sound between the two, with Leeuw adding a west coast Funk quality to the mix. Managing to be both uplifting and haunting at the same time, Waters’ stacked soundscape is loaded with mystery while Laura’s introspective vocals feel very close and personal. After this kind of assured début, we’ll definitely be keeping an ear our for more from Leeuw.

♫ Leeuw – Waters (Prod. By Wolves)

Leeuw’s Waters is out now.

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[Audio] Orthy’s ‘Listen To Her Heart’

 

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Just dropped  is the new single from Austin based smooth Disco producer Orthy. Their second release for New York’s Dither Down label. The tune’s called Listen To Her Heart and the release comes backed with a host of reMixes of tracks from Orthy’s E.M.I.L.Y. EP of last year from the likes of AIMES and Cosmic Kids. The track is actually a reworking of the Tom Petty song of the same name; give it a listen.

Listen To Her Heart sees Orthy mix-up laid back breezy Indie-DiscoPop with Chillwave. Experimenting with sounds and effects, Orthy’s sonic landscape is enigmatic and occasionally abrasive, but he wraps everything up in a warm, reverb washed, groove for his smoky vocals to drift over. With a generous helping of nostalgia, Orthy serves up something to drift off to.

♫ Orthy – Listen To Her Heart

Orthy’s Listen To Her Heart is out now on Dither Down.

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[Audio] Goldroom’s ‘Embrace’…again.

 

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Oh I don’t know what’s going on anymore. The man Goldroom’s Embrace, with Ariela Jacobs on vocals was one of our top tracks of 2013, and now the track is back, Jack. This time around Embrace features the vocals of original co-songwriter George Maple, and is the lead track on Goldroom’s freshly released new EP; It’s Like You Never Went Away (which has also got the Chela featuring stunner Fifteen on again). As we’re just pulling into Summer (fingers crossed!) it seems like the prefect time to dust off the old Embrace and give it another spin.

Like a fine wine Embrace seems to have got better with age. And more alcoholic; in the sense that everything feels like it’s been honed and refined and made, for want of a better word, richer. The new production sheen and slight tweak of arrangement seem to make the track more focused with Maples vocals a hair’s breadth more soulful. Other than that it’s nice to have a track that ruled our summer two years ago return to the top of the playlist pile.

♫ Goldroom (Feat. George Maple) – Embrace

Goldroom’s It’s Like You Never Went Away EP is out now. 

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[Video] LIGHTS’ ‘Same Sea’

 

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Same Sea is the latest single to be taken from Canadian keytar warrior LIGHTS third album, Little Machines. It’s now available in music video form, as slick as the tune itself.

Directed by Amit Dabrai, the clip sees a far future LIGHTS scanning for various LIGHTS throughout her history. It’s a shiny and clean Sci-Fi epic.

LIGHTS’ Little Machines is out now.

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[Audio] Colleagues’ ‘Talk It Out’

 

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We’re a week or so away from the release of Swedish ElectroPop outfit Colleagues forthcoming EP; Visits. We’ve already had a gander at a couple of the tracks from the release; Tears back in march followed by Somewhere early last month. Both of which have been floating our boat. Now, in the final furlong before their début release, we can take a listen to another glorious slice of chill Pop from Visits; Talk It Out.

Were treated to more of the same dreamy SynthPop with this one. A euphoric track, Talk It Out comes filled to the brim with lush synths and energetic beats. Another heartfelt and passionate vocal performance flow over a tumbling and kinetic synthesizer symphony, resulting in a massively anthemic powerhouse. A future live favourite.

♫ Colleagues – Talk It Out

Colleagues’ Visits EP is out 18th May.

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[Video] Korallreven’s ‘Limitless’

 

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As it turns out, death wasn’t for Korallreven as they are back with a brand new video, This is for Limitless, the third single to be taken from their pretty special sophomore album, Second Coming.

Sweedish director André Jofré, the clip is a hauntingly beautiful (punch me for saying that, it is tho!) night-time excursion with it’s tongue firmly planted in it’s cheek.

Korallreven second album, Second Coming, is out now on Cascine.

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[Download] Goldroom covers Fleet Foxes’ ‘Mykonos’

 

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Well, he’s been teasing it all week and now it’s here. The captain of the Chilled disco ship, Mr. Goldroom has unleashed his cover version of Indie outfit Fleet Foxes’ 2009 single, Mykonos. It’s Josh’s favourite tune from Fleet Foxes so not only does he perform a rare cover, but has also chose to sing on the track himself, something we’ve not heard much from since the his NightWaves days. Check it out below, it’s an absolutely free download, ‘cos Goldroom loves you.

Goldroom meshes some sweet nautical Disco vibes with a cheeky Indie vibe on this one. Driven by a pumping bassline, Josh’s cover of Mykonos threads lush pads, synthetic snares and big synth sweeps trough a tapestry of wicked little licks and a dreamy paradise atmosphere. His vocals do the track justice, and you can tell he’s having fun with the track. Top-down sunshine feels from this one.

Goldroom – Mykonos (Fleet Foxes Cover)

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[Audio] Colleagues’ ‘Somewhere’

 

Colleagues

We hope you all had an awesome long bank holiday weekend, but now it’s time to get back to work, back to the grind; time to face your colleagues once more. Although some colleagues can be a chore to deal with, thankfully some colleagues are pretty chill. Our Swedish Colleagues are of the chill variety; brightening up our workday with their sweet variety of dreamy ScandiPop. They are about to release a brand new EP, Visits, in May; here’s the first cut; Somewhere.

Somewhere is a skippy five minutes of tundra electronics and distant vocals. From the get-go, Colleagues serve up a symphony of machine percussion and piercing, frigid synths tempered with spacious, passionate vocals. A roomy and inviting SynthPop excursion with a sweet DreamPop feel, you should really consider letting Somewhere carry you away somewhere.

♫ Colleagues – Somewhere

Colleagues’ Visits EP is out 18th May.

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