Nice To Touch is a new project from Canberra, Australia. The solo project’s first offering ‘Asagaya’ is an absolute stunner. Crunchy percussive textures coupled with some soothing vocal sounds make for a highly impressive debut, especially the track’s latter half which flourishes beautifully. The track was made in Tokyo and will feature on Nice To Touch’s soon to be released debut EP. Grab ‘Asagaya’ for free here.
I was pointed in the direction of new Irish duo Terriers by my buddy Brendan (Feel Good Lost) earlier today. The impressive duo display a keen appreciation for the smooth, downtempo elements of electronic music in their production style. Yesterday saw the release of Terriers’ excellent debut EP Marie Celeste. The three-track EP is a vibe-laden electronic treat and is free to download here. Get a flavour of the release with ‘Truant’ below.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Melbourne-based artist Dylan Hill. Today saw the return of the talented musician with another brilliant track ‘The Fall’. Beautifully produced, ‘The Fall’ is flush with sensual electronic textures and magnetic vocals. Free download here. For more from Dylan Hill head to the cloud.
At this stage I’ve pretty much exhausted most, if not all, superlatives when it comes to praising the music of Russia’s Lomovolokno. His latest treat, ‘Pshn’, melds beautifully moving vocals with some crackling percussive sounds to stunning effect. The Russian artist has a new release out soon via Project Mooncircle, stream two tracks from the release here. ‘Pshn’ will not feature on the release but is free to download here.
Residing in Brighton, Simian Hunters is a producer delving into the world of ambient/electronica-based music. Last month he released his mighty debut EP, Blue Howl. The two-track release is laced in rich electronic textures and treats. One of the tracks, ‘A Place Called Home’, is right up there as one of the best tracks I’ve heard all year. Soaring synth patterns tinged with gorgeous nostalgia-laden vocal coos and warm percussive beats give the listener a beautiful textural experience. The Blue Howl EP is free to download here.
‘Ballast’ is the excellent new track from Detroit-based artist Porto Novo. This downtempo gem is flush with warm textures, delicate vocals, and smooth percussive treats. Porto Novo has an impressive collection of tracks on his soundcloud page, where you can also grab a free download of ‘Ballast’.
Hailing from Telford in the UK, VEGA is the recording moniker of Levi Thomas. The talented musician’s latest opus is the sensual ‘Pulchritudo’. Soft piano keys set the track in motion before the crisp percussion sounds and soulful vocal samples kick in beautifully. ‘Pulchritudo’ is free to download here. For more, head to the cloud.
I’ve been enamoured by the unique sounds of London-based musician Marrak of late. The impressive musician’s soundcloud page is an eclectic mix of experimental, percussive sounds. Marrak’s latest offering, ‘Meaning What’, is arguably his best work yet. Delicately crafted, ‘MeaningWhat’ takes the listener on an irresistible aural journey with its percussive sounds and soothing vocals.
Formerly operating under the moniker Network, Sydney resident Angus Mills returns with two stellar new tracks as James IV Stewart. The most recent of which, ‘Midnight Express’, is the title track from his forthcoming debut EP. The Midnight Express EP is out soon via the excellent label The Finer Things. ‘Midnight Express’ is a bouncy, vibe-laden electronic journey from the outset and throughout, with some slick percussion, rolling synths, and crisp vocal samples. Free download via soundcloud.
Based in Adelaide, Anima is yet another highly promising Australian electronic artist to emerge. Not a whole lot of information is available about Anima other than a soundcloud page with a few impressive tracks. ‘Another Valley’ is an absolute stunner with its echoing vocal sounds and vibe-laden percussion. This track is free to download here, stream below.