PROMO: Atroxity – “Cult Of The Scarab”

Disclaimer: Released on Beatradar, author is the artist.

… “But what have YOU been up to lately, man!”, I hear you all ask. Screaming, begging for insight.

Or not.

But yeah, this time around I’ve not only written about one of our own label releases, as if that wasn’t biased enough. Oh no, I’ll trump that with a blog post about my own EP, released just yesterday. So, I just as well tagged this one as a PROMO in the headline right away.
At least I’m transparent about it.

Not that I’ll promote it so much with words, I just wanted to give you a chance to check it out. The EP consist of three individual tracks + one extended version of the title track. Here’s some notes on the tracks:

Cult Of The Scarab

This track I find particularly hard to genre pinpoint, since it has roots in a wide range of house genres, from tribal to progressive. Or maybe none of the above. Personally I get Yello vibes from it…

And I’m not shy of adding my own tracks to our playlists, but this track here I simply found no place for!

Trivia: This is not only the title track of this EP, but the first single from the upcoming album, planned for release in Q3 2019.

Outpost 10-3

This house track belong to the deeper side of the house pond. Personally I think the groove of the track only becomes better for each play-through.

Trivia: The title is taken from a location in the online role playing game Anarchy Online.

Yeah (It Works)

Here’s another one of those tracks where it’s really hard to pinpoint the genre. But it has a definite old-school flavour to it, that’s for sure. Mid 90s or so?

Trivia: I was very close to scrapping this track, when I just for fun played it along with the above two and discovered that it kind of fit well into the mix of those. It will only be featured on this release.

Cult Of The Scarab – extended version

Here’s the real version of this track. This is how it is supposed to sound. The short version (more radio/playlist friendly) is really just a edited down version of this one, not the opposite.

Thanks for listening!

On Monday we return to our regular schedule, discovering great new electronica from new and emerging artists that’s not me! 🙂

Sky Civilian – “Alone”: The pink soap bubble machine got me

By nature I really prefer the darker and more… Upfront electronica. Aggressive, punching. Some would probably describe it as “masculine”, in the stereotypical sense of the word.

Or, so I thought. Because if it’s one thing I’ve discovered while writing for this blog, it’s that I really am quite easy to charm. Annoyingly easy. Multiple examples of that in the past.

And here’s another track that really is just plain CUTE. It doesn’t check a single item on my preference list: It’s not hard hitting. It’s not dark. It’s not industrial or aggressive. It’s not punchy.

Instead it’s sweet, calm, floating, dreamy, with a kick drum that sounds like a bloody soap bubble machine – the pink model with red hearts on.

But I love it.

To find out about the artist behind the name we need to head over to the states. There we find Maggie Thornton.

After a decade of orchestral French horn playing, she spent her first humble paycheck as a music theory teaching assistant on a pocket mono-synthesizer. Using only this synth, a piano, her voice, and an 8-track recorder she produced 3 tracks that set the tone for her productions to come.
The focus was on vocal sweetness, compositional simplicity, and rich, layered analogue tones.

And, well, what can I say. She succeeds. With a good margin.

I think I’ve selected enough cute tracks by now to make a “cutie” playlist out of it. I need to do that. But in the meantime you’ll find this track on our “Beatradar Selections” playlist, along with all our other discoveries as we uncover them.

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Inka Upendo, “Mellow”: A gentle touch midst the dark beats

One of the things I love about writing this blog is that my scope for the blog, underground electronica, is constantly challenged.

Challenged, because I come across so many tracks that can’t be called strictly “underground” or artist “undiscovered”. Still, I just feel I need to write about it. And I hope you are with me on that.

This time it’s because of this lady, Inka Upendo from Finland. Her first single release, “Limbo”, has been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music, and she was invited back to play a session for BBC Music Introducing in Devon and Cornwall. She has performed live shows in Falmouth, Winchester and London, and at the festival Kontula Electronic in Finland.

So she definitely do not qualify to our definition of an “undiscovered electronica artist”. It’s rather that she is at a place where a lot others ultimately want to be.
But I think she’s well worthy of an exception to our house rules.

It’s easy to get associations to early Björk, but she’s definitely no copycat. And the track is so well produced. Not overproduced, not by a long shot, but with enough layers and details to warrant several plays.

It will be interesting to follow the future evolvement of this new talent. And that comes from a guy that basically prefer his music very underground, deep, dark and non-vocal. So that says something.

“Mellow” is added to our “Beatradar Selections“, a Spotify playlist that holds all our selections. It’s become quite the cool playlist with a very wide range of quality electronica.
So if tour taste in music is as diverse as mine, you’re more than welcome to follow it and enjoy our ride!

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KRY4 – “Love”: A Cypriot Affair

A tight, intense, classic club bass hammers the bottom and sets the score in this one. Highly dramatic arrangements on top. Bloody catchy, is what it is.

But what I find interesting about this track is the vocals. A slightly haunted, plagued voice repeating the word… “Love”(!).
So much can be interpret into that and I don’t know WTF is going on here, but I do know that I find it simply irresistible!

Behind the artist name KRY4 is mr Kyriacos Vasiliou from Nicosia, Cyprus. The land of Aphrodite. Not to mention the home of my favourite beach café along the Mediterranean sea: The very hidden and largely undiscovered Sirena Bay. That place is pure zen.

Sirena Bay. Another Cypriot gem.

Ah man, I gotta get back there soon… But for now, let’s get back to this release again:
His single contains three versions of the track, each remarkably different from the next, and all worth hearing. In addition to my pick there’s a techno version and a downbeat/chill version. Good stuff, I love diversity like that.

With great music and less than 50 followers on Spotify he sure is an undiscovered artist. Perfect match for this blog. Can’t wait to hear your future releases, KRY4!

PS: I’m always up for listening to new music by undiscovered artists. Think you got a track for me? Jump over to my feedback form and send me your suggestion!

William French – “Light”: An illuminating moment

Four Tets fantastic remix of “Opal” springs to mind when listening to the lead in the Norwegian producer William French‘s latest creation, “Light”. Do I also hear a little bit of Röyksopp?

Not to imply this is a copycat, not at all. But there’s elements sprinkled all across this track that makes one go “hmmm – this reminds me of…”.

But as often is with music, it’s more about how you do it more than what you do. Case in point: Lest we remember the music genius Prince were often called “the Prince of thieves”.

And this track here is an elegant piece of down-tempo, dreamy electronica. Gorgeous stuff. The melody is catchy, the mix is flawless. The arrangement is layered enough to offer new discoveries for many rounds. It’s all in the details.
See, that’s where many less experienced producers fail: You’ve heard it all after the first playthrough. This track, on the other hand, can easily be played on repeat – and that in itself is a stamp of quality.

So, Willy: Shine your light on us! (Pffft… Sorry. Bad pun.)

Add this little beauty to your relevant playlist, because Light deserves to lighten your days!

… Duh. Sorry, I just had to… I’ll close the door on my way out.