I stumbled across this UK producer last week. According to his SoundCloud URL, M.O.T.O stands for “Master of the Ordinance.” His latest EP, on which the track below debuts, is five tracks of handmade electronic vibe experiments. You can hear the care with which each track is delicately stitched together using a collection of poignant samples and soft melodic production. The result is an EP perfect for unwinding at the end of the day.
Dutch electronic duo Nick Klein is comprised of one part vocals (Nick Klein) and one part production (Ferdous Dehzad). They only have three tracks up on their SoundCloud, the latest among them being “Paralyzed.” Between Nick’s smooth-as-butter vocals, and Ferdous’s innovative production, they’ve crafted something pretty addictive. Listen below, and stand by for their upcoming debut EP.
George Clanton, a.k.a. Mirror Kisses, really knows how to sex things up. And his new Hackers-themed video for single “Keep A Secret” is no exception. Utilizing the green screen to its full effect, George sings about love in all its wonder and aching, while dancing in that swoon-inducing way only he can. The track is from his upcoming and to-be-named LP, so keep an eye out. In the meantime, go ahead and put yourself beside Angelina Jolie and Jonny Lee Miller and see if you can keep a secret.
Young Denver artist Anton Krueger makes music under the moniker Bollywood Life, and we’re super excited to be the first to let you hear his debut track “Liquid Kid.” There is a consistent flux throughout the track that successfully provides that elusive catharsis we all crave, the hold and release over and over until our hearts are beating and we feel the blood pumping through our bodies. Then the steel drums come in and push you over that edge of bliss, and everything turns liquid inside, flowing perfectly in rhythm.
Blanche is another collaboration made possible by the internet. This time the collaboration is between Los Angeles artist Steffaloo, and anonymous producer nknwn. With nknwn taking care of the lush and enveloping production, Steffaloo handles the lyrics and vocals. Their vibes mesh perfectly to create a sound all their own, and their debut EP, one, is a great intro to the project. Hear the standout “Fool For You” below, and listen to the full EP here.
Pretty Sad is comprised of members from all across the great EU—Denmark, Scotland, and the UK. But thanks to the internet, they’re able to share their sounds and collaborate in perfect harmony, creating some really great lo-fi pop pleasure. Their three song self-titled EP is being released digitally on Portland/San Francisco imprint Shelflife Records, in anticipation of their full-length due out next year.
Grab the digital copy of the Pretty Sad EP via Shelflife.
The creative incarnations of Logan Hyde continue, and this time, I think it’s going to stick. We last heard his musings as Psychedelic Black, but now he’s dropped the fancy band names, and is simply going by his name. The Boise artist croons gently in his debut single “My Only Friend.” The simple electric guitar foundation slowly gets peppered with minimal but effective psychedelic production, all creating a perfect home for Logan’s crystal clear vocals. His debut full-length, Innocence, will be out sometime next year, so be on the lookout.
Aaron Landgraf previously recorded under the name Ambassador Engine, and hasn’t released music in over three years. Reborn as Gawain, Aaron just released his latest effort Loyal on the amazing Patient Sounds imprint late last month. The album is a bedroom-produced narrative, each track telling more of the story, through both the music and Aaron’s soft and disarming vocals. You’ll see why he calls Gawain a “music and literary” project.
Melbourne producer Thrupence just released his latest original mixtape Lessons. It’s thoughtful, introspective, and a perfect companion for those long winter nights. Jack Vanzet has a propensity for crafting naturalistic sounds infused with beats and production so smooth it feels as if you’re swimming in it.