It’s been another whirlwind week of new music. This is what we got excited about.
London-based artists Sivu and Marika Hackman paired up for “I Hold” and it was a match made in quirk-pop heaven. Billowing flutes, glitchy electronics and frail vocals lean on each other for support in world full of dreamy desire and chants of “I wanna be yours”.
We were astounded by Welsh vocalist Violet Skies’ debut track, “How Mighty”. Opening and closing as a spindling piano ballad, bold electronics soon flood the space with oscillating bass throbs and synths akin to electro-soul goddess, Jessie Ware. What an impressive start.
Rising Norwegian star Cashmere Cat’s latest track sounds like a million ideas rolled into one. “With Me” is a bewildering experiment of contrasts between the heavy and the gentle: dirty synths fight with tender xylophone pops and airy vocals quick-foot snappy beats. New release, The Wedding Bells, is out in the new year.
With an influx of inventive synth music in recent years, especially from the Nordic lands, it’s refreshing to hear such rooted folk-pop perfection from Swedish duo, Solander. “All Opportunities” teems with grave strings, rumbling percussion and gorgeous vocals, making it far too easy to become part of its thriving lifeblood.
Finally, London artist Dornik did what we wanted him to do. He released a track that deftly builds on his debut single, “Something About You”, with the glistening, upbeat RnB of “Rebound”. Colourful vocals cling to a danceable, metronomic rhythm that is fully complimented by playful bass and starry synths. Infectious stuff.
Listen to our selection of the week’s best tracks below: