Out 15th October
Recorded on the Dutch Island of Texel, Amy Root's brand new EP follows on from the extremely well-received Elif. Removing themselves from the humdrum of the modern world, absorbing the emptiness of natural beauty manifested a subliminal dimension to existence. This subtle drama and vibrant nature became the emphasis that made Ava a reality. Each track has been uniquely inspired by the works of Joseph Mallord William Turner, a well-respected British painter. The Dutch duo have used the sensations and ideas within the images to compose exciting and ethereal sound adventures.
Rumbling atmospheric storm sensations bulge with imminent progression as harmonious swathes of layered string and vocal curdle and foam from every focal point. Waves of euphoric tonality crest overhead as adjustments in the micro-layer prepare fertile ground. Zeal is hedonistic and enchanting. Formless currents manifest and merge within helpless bubbles that blow upon fantastic oceans knitted from memory and dream.
Delicate pianos describe Sofia. The breezy undertone whisks a secondary sensation before a strangely effected yet poignant and effective vocal emerges from under the stairs. Now under the stars, amidst an eternal expanse of potential and glow, a rhythm shutters the emptiness with hinged rhythms. Repeating vocals cast hypnotic disparities through the dramatic drifts of creativity that clothe a distinguished beat.
Crumbling surroundings fall into place as a squeaking rhythm cycles out into the wilderness. Panel drums rattle with rhythmic vibration as a sea of synths begins to wash over the dry shore. A tidal presence forms a delicate brushstroke across tranquil nature. Vocals add a flavour of mysterious soul that haunts the time with grasping eyes. Ava progresses into a choppy space-disco as meandering tones collide in metered bursts. Dwindling elements fall into wider spaces that describe chapters of meaning.
Intendant rises up on a ladder of beats. Crisp and seductive rhythms jamboree in a dilute of flavours mingling together under one roof. A vocal echoes through the pressure, and new drums with cymbal strikes bounce into the central fold. Bass rolls in motioning manoeuvres in lists of chipper breeze and merging formations of rhythm. Marching pace synthesisers with tubular resonances throb in shaken pulses of dance tempo.
Deep sensual scratching creaks like pressured timber moving against itself as a symphonic warm effervescence coils up from vaporous cauldrons. Drum and bass rhythms then articulately transpose their-selves into an acrobatic routine that meets all the requirements laid before them. Wandering trumpet sounds grow like balloon animals bending under twisting resonances that create more than what they were. Turmoil throws us into a futuristic blend of interesting tones and rampant rhythms that slam ideas down like three of a kind hands.
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Out: 1st October
Back on the scene after his first record on Cosmism Records not long ago, Corvad presents Berserk. This energetic work, inspired by Kentaro Miura, offers up a double-A of artistic contrasts. Exploring fiery synthesisers and soul-crunching rhythms, this staunchly independent music-maker wields his freshly sharpened double-edged sword.
With resonant beats in eerie surroundings, reverberations of movement swirl around the tempo. Ghostly wails climb glass walls as crunching bass smashes down into the drive. Mechanical drums from heavy industry clang and bang as manic sounds howl and chant to the time of a pushy bass drum. The progression of percussion maintains a surfing elevation as gated synthesisers and programmed transitions run through various feelings. Berserk is a massive triple pounder that keeps hitting us with extravagant flavours and punchy beat changes.
Clipped beats run alongside hat-taps that build into a vocal sample. Swervy synths then froth the undercurrent as the sample loops on the word Integrate. The title of the track, the line builds into a throbbing synthesiser melody that hits us with tempo-driven force. Beats rain down in shifting processes that mutate and twist the zapping sounds into spirals of forward thrust. The vocal sample adds a human touch yet the constant warping of the sound feels like we're in a cybernetic projection.
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Bawrut & گليثر٥٥ Glitter
في السماء (Fe Samaa)
Ransom Note Records
Out 28th September
Taken from the prominent In The Middle LP and featuring the exquisite talents of Moroccan DJ and vocalist گليثر٥٥ Glitter, Fe Samaa enchants and inspires through Bawrut's familiar escapist imagination. Founded upon Balearic design and retouched with modern ideas, this Orbital style composition fuses a multitude of influences. The Arabic spoken word element of the piece reflects a story of migration and movement. The words speak of the hopes for a decent life we all have and the disparity between those able to achieve it and those who are not.
The music opens with Gregorian chants and spoken word. Haunting words echo through spacious chapel voids and mysterious atmospheres. An electronic composition is untied, raindrop like melodics scatter in introspective scales as bass thumps in with progressive swerve. The spoken word evolves into singing, repeated words sing the title as a chorus. Fe Samaa grows in prowess, like a filling glass of liquid, glowing in illuminated splendour. More spoken words appear, dramatic and empowered, harmonising under-layers of vocal elevate the poetry as drums thump in time to a heartbeat.
The second track is Crossing For A Golden Blanket. An ethereal sound lifts from the nothing, drifting and humming to its inner fire. Bass lifts the sound, rolling in like a mountain-range. The tectonic forces drone and add pressures beyond the sky. As the intensity rumbles and rises, a second rhythm floats in and attaches to the groove. Deep and resonant bass with surging power holds the tone in rhythmic bouts of hypnotic relevance. Sensitive vocal samples wash through the mixture of elongated zaps and scrolling bass kites fluttering through sensual mists.
Grumbling skies surge with persistent potential as house-style synths break over the distant hills. Vocals from LIBERATO present another side to Bawrut's influences. An upbeat rhythm snakes its way upwards as sensual close-in vocals sing a whispered progression. The rhythm continually climbs through evocative samples and comfortable synthesisers. Repeated vocal lines build an escalation of dancing spirit and soulful expression. JE ‘O TTENG E T’O DDÒNG provides an upbeat disco atmosphere to meld with the blurry deepness we know from the artist.
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Fuego en Casa Records
Out 5th October
Celebrating the end of restrictions in Europe and beyond, Madrid 79 has produced a so-far stand-alone track that's all about the party. Of course, the virus has not gone away so it's not the end of danger, but the responsible of us can go out and enjoy ourselves in relative safety. Crossing busy high-streets and mingling with strangers, we put our faith in others to do their bit with us. Those of you who have been reading about electronic music long before The Electro Review showed up in 2018 will remember Future Music Magazine. This classic publication often gave away free samples on CD as incentive to get into production. This track by Madrid 79 is made from these samples. It just goes to show that with a bit of know-how and an artistic mind, great stuff can come from anything.
Huge synth chords flummox into a groovy sequence, bumped up by whistle synth and droplet bass that thunders in the sub-tones. Uplifting happy melodies chime and chirrup in a silken layer floating on the top of siren sounds and the warming pad synth pinned to snappy drums and sunken bass. Vocal samples repeat in hooky lines of phonic expression. An old-skool wash is drenched over the framework of progression and relax. Every new bar reinvents the mixture to bring out all the flavours.
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Werra Foxma Records
Out 31st September
Not every artist is capable of making work that makes you stop thinking and pay attention. Most can only add to the things already on your mind. Missouri based electronica musician Oceanographer is one of the former. His manipulations of sound are capable of turning heads and making them move to the subtle swaying of the beat. When it comes to ambient music production, none are better at fusing delicacy with intrigue than Oceanographer. Nectar is a latest LP and to offer a distinctively fascinating journey into the serious and sentimental.
Soaring horns travail the skyline in flutters of gusty tone, layers of harmonising character join in tapestries of kite-like bunting that stretches into nets. Bells join the foray in an echoing corridor of adjustments. High and low tones merge through a wood effected amplitude as synthesiser tones brush the arthropod-like colour changes with inventive and intuitive strokes. Meeting Of Hearts adapts to a beautiful humming between resonant inflections of humanity and machine that dance to the patterns of mutual acceptance.
The enchanting Cloud King follows in which a singing-bowl drone melody evolves into fractal chimes and harmonic resonances. Distorted percussion pours from one side to the other in Dali-esque betrayals of nature. Repeating chimes playfully gurgle like infant toys being used by intelligent elves only they can see. A dappling of form overpowers the majority of the sensation with bass that clinks and claps over furniture and drapery.
A tubular scratching kinesis opens into watery backgrounds that bubble and waft with sunny dances. Disparate funnels of moving air coalesce into a waterfall that churns with torrential and effervescent opaqueness. Walls of crystalline pressure buffet the moving current of time that swiftly swims through interdimensional waterscapes and flow. Twinkling lights decorate the upper reaches of the charming surrounding, contained yet positioned within a well-defined evolution. Kettle Dance sweeps us away in clouds of vapour.
Ghostly debris and train sidings clatter with gradual motion as carriages pass through on long-distance journeys. Slowing down to a crawl, empty architecture illuminates under the glare of rolling lamps. Greasy metalwork slides against oily machinery which loops through alien dreams and evaporations of old memory. After The Rain, Before The Rainbow is that magical chapter in which nostalgic phantoms reminisce against charcoal hued skies. The sun comes out through a lattice of speckled cloud-fare and wisps that glisten underfoot.
Kaleidoscope Joy unveils on soaring chimes and sparkling rivers that glitter and splash with luminous physics. A circular image manifests as melodic rhythm pushes higher with harmony lent by generous pad synthesisers that rise in warm currents. Multi-layered and blissful, the music forms imaginary realms of infinite splendour within compartments of tone and choice of sound manifestation.
Next, a slight tone breaths into existence, meandering and shifting like differing liquids flowing into the same glass. A surge of decadent cushioning forms within, odd keys lend a sense of awkward abandon to a joyous medley of character and sense. New tones submerge from hidden surfaces and become part of the mixture with calling and otherworldly non-linear intentions. Aurora opens like forest flowers, bringing a mingle of instruments and percussion together in a flux of energetic sundances.
Sweeping choruses of aquatic song beckon the senses as Sightings ends the album. Passive incantations form over whisking sensations that caress with gentle perceptiveness. Spongy rhythms fizzle in warming air while distressed tones crumble into long instilled ethers. Foaming sprites of distilled sound vibrate into floral bouquets stitched with fairy-lights and rugged vesper books. A manifestation of promise, long-awaited wishes granted, and folded realities meeting in the centre.
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