[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] IYES’ ‘So Crazy’

 

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Whoop! There’s a new tune from Brighton based ElectroPop experimentalists IYES. Last year this duo really did the business with a string of tunes, such as Breathe and Toys, which were not only catchy and compelling, but also interesting as hell. These guys have a new EP (the first of many to come), as they put it, brewing; and right now you can have a taste of what to expect from the forthcoming release in the form of the first track to be taken from Part One. This is So Crazy.

So Crazy takes it’s time to get started; rocking a minute of intro, an effected vocal and synthesizer brap that eases it’s way into IYES return to ChipTune sounds and an introspective vocal. So Crazy fills itself with IYES particularly unique blend of Future R&B, Bass and ecclectic electronic sound, wrapping you in a smokey and enveloping groove. Vocals spark with passion while the duo use abrasive synthetic sound in a way that creates beauty. We’re very much looking forward to the EP, and the EP after that, and the EP after that…

♫ IYES – So Crazy

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[Download] Du Tonc’s rework of Aaliyah’s ‘Rock The Boat’

 

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The Matts are at it again. Following their surprise monster of a reMix of Pixies’ Monkeys Gone To Heaven a couple of months ago; the Matt Van Schie and MiGHty mOUse coalition of Du Tonc have rocked up with this slick reworking of the late Aaliyah’s 2002 tune Rock The Boat. The duo have a new single out pretty soon, but until then feat your ears on this bubble and laid back Disco reMix. Free download too; which is nice.

Du Tonc serve up a warm and hazy slice if the most laid back Disco sounds around. Utterly without a care int he world, this reMix of Rock The Boat totally strips you of all your troubles and orders you to flippin’ chill. Du Tonc’s trademark combination of cheeky Tropical licks, robust lazy basslines and blissed out keys transport of to a sunnier and altogether more nostalgic place while they pepper the tune with dreamy synths and a hint of talkbox. Believe us, you’ll feel 100-times better after listening to this tune.

Aaliyah – Rock The Boat (Du Tonc Rework)

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[Audio] Julio Bashmore reMixes Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’

 

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Last month the Disclosure dropped Holding On, the first single from their forthcoming new album Caracal. Featuring vocals from Grammy award winning singer Gregory Porter the track is a warm and glowing slice of UK Deep House. This tune has now been given a relentless dancefloor reMix by Bristolian producer Julio Bashmore. Most likely for slated for a forthcoming reMix single, ‘cos there’s no way this track and stay unreleased.

Bashmore takes his time building up hypnotic groove based on undulating loops. Contrasting the reMixes rumbling baseline and knife edge hook with Porter’s comfortable and soulful vocal makes for an intoxicating six minutes. Loaded with a classic build, and groove you can get lost in, this track is summer festival gold and not to be confused with Bashmore’s own Holding On.

♫ Disclosure (Feat. Gregory Porter) – Holding On (Julio Bashmore’s Elevated Mix)

Disclosure’s Holding On is out now.

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[Audio] Aeroplane reMixes BANKS’ ‘Beggin’ For Thread’

 

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One of our prized pick-ups from this year’s Record Store Day was the second reMix 12” from L.A. Future R&B experimentalist BANKS. The reMixes Part 2 release featured two version of her most often reMixed track Beggin’ For Thread; one of which came straight from Belgian Disco maestro Aeroplane. Vito De Luca’s mix has just hit the digital world on his SoundCloud page, so if you didn’t manage to get hold of the record you can wrap your Internet ears around it right now.

You know where you are with an Aeroplane reMix. Vito consistently delivers quality like a brand name you can trust. Cleanly produced Disco and House, bright and shiny, with Pop sensibilities that what Aeroplane stands for and on this reMix he flips BANKS’ enigmatic presence into a bouncy DiscoPop existence, her smoky vocals taking on a new upbeat quality among Aeroplane’s buoyant bass and lush pads.

♫ ♫ BANKS – Beggin For Thread (Aeroplane reMix)

BANKS’ reMixes Part 2 is out now.

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[Audio] Leo Kalyan’s ‘Fingertips’

 

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London based Future R&B noodler Leo Kalyan is gearing up for the release of his début proper EP later this month. After a string of well received singles and the Stranger mixtape Leo is ready for his première label release on Believe Records, to be titled Silver Linings. Both Annie Mac and Mista Jam have supported his tunes on Radio1 as we are sure they will this new one. It’s called Fingertips; check it out.

Kalyan weaves a laid back, almost Tropical, breezyness into his sound on Fingertips. An emotional rush of hazy synths and springy, rolling R&B beats which Kalyan makes his own with this typical heartfelt croon. A woozy groove with a big rush of a chorus, Fingertips is a sweet teaser for the forthcoming EP.

♫ Leo Kalyan – Fingertips

Leo Kalyan’s Silver Linings EP is released 29th July.

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[Audio] Disclosure’s ‘Holding On’

 

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Unlike their most recent offering, Bang That, the surprise new offering from Disclosure is actually from their forthcoming sophomore album. Holding On is the first single from the new full length record, which is due out in the vague area of ‘before the end of the year’ and comes equipped with a smooth vocal from Grammy award winning singer Gregory Porter. Check it our below (in a squished official YouTube stream, ‘cos the SoundCloud stream is only a minute and a half. We’ll never understand some of these decisions…)

Holding On has us eagerly awaiting the new album. This one adds a little Garage skip into the Disclosure sound. Keeping up the neo-UK Deep House-whatever synths, peppered with a little early 90s House vibe, Disclosure serve up what is surely bound to be another live crowd pleaser while Porters soulful, warm, vocals tie the track together nicely. Warping synths ahoy!

♫ Disclosure (Feat. Gregory Porter) – Holding On

Disclosure’s Holding On is out now.

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[Video] Roniit’s ‘Runaway’

 

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Denver’s own moody ElectroPopper Roniit has unleashed a bran new video upon the world. It’s for her track of late last year, Runaway. A chilling blend of Electro Goth and Future R&B.

The clip was directed by Hannah Purport; who delivers ominous and smokey visuals to match the song’s atmospheric vibes.

Roniit’s Runaway is out now.

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[Audio] Years & Years’ ‘Worship’

 

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Having scored a UK number one single with King, London ElectroPoppers Years & Years can;t really be called up-and-coming or hotly tipped anymore. They have pretty much delivered what was expected of them with a storming round of festival shows last year and a string of acclaimed singles (including said #1). Earlier than we had expected, the band have just announced the forthcoming release of their début album. To be titled Communion, the LP is due to drop in June’ check out the first new album track, Worship.

Worship continues with Years & Years’ trend for mixing up ElectroPop and Indie-Electro with R&B tinged vocals from singer Olly Alexander. The track rolls on skippy beats and pseudo-Tropical keys that set a laid back, but dancefloor friendly mood for the intensely passionate track. It’s heartfelt dancy ElectroPop at it’s finest.

♫ Years & Years – Worship

Years & Years’ Communion is released 22ndf June.

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[Audio] SLK’s ‘Hush’

 

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We’re not big fans for inter-artist comparisons, but SLK is kinda’ like London’s answer to BANKS. Delivering a warm concoction of avant-garde Future R&B, combining experimental electronics with soulful vocals. Her new single, Hush, follows on from a critically acclaimed EP last year titled Form. Check it out below.

Hush starts out moody, and the gets moodier and moodier. Haunting beats and eerie, backtracked samples pair with subtle and ominous synths that forms a musical atmosphere for some particularly British sounding vocals. There’s a lot to like in here; if you’re into your Downtempo, or Future R&B, or experimental electronics, even a little Dub, SLK serves up an eclectic and involving tune right here.

♫ SLK – Hush

SLK’s Hush is released

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