NEW MUSIC: Nina Harries – Will, I’m Not

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Nina Harries is a British double bassist and vocalist hailing from Northampton and trained in classical music at the Royal College of Music. She dials into a nice dark and moody trip-hop vibe on this track. “I’ve got a bad feeling” she sings in a haunted, Portishead style before the skies darken and thunderous percussion arrives and her vocal is blasted with distortion. The production comes courtesy of Peter Miles.

NEW MUSIC: Mercvrial – Pink Frost

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‘Pink Frost’ stands as one our favourite singles, certainly a contender for our favourite New Zealand song of all time. With that in mind we approached this cover by Mexican quartet Mercvrial with caution but they definitely pull it off. They retain that haunting, swirling melancholic mood, inject some electronic elements (sounding like mid-period Depeche Mode) but without sacrificing the sad heart of the song.

The cover comes from their new EP The Stars, Like Dust, out now.

MEW MUSIC: Intenso – Meek

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Short-circuiting digital post rock and scattered fragments of jazz inhabit this track from Intenso, a trio from Perth, Western Australia. ‘Meek’ starts glitchy – insistent yet tentative – before swelling and morphing into a heaving polymorphic mass of synthetic scree and noise manipulation. Fascinating, disturbing and hypnotic sounds that will pummel you into sonic oblivion over seven intense(o) minutes.

NEW MUSIC: Mazoulew – Shogun

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For fans of Four Tet, dub techno, Burial, Photek

These days our electronic music tastes veer towards the avant garde, experimental, dark and ambient end of the spectrum. This recent release from UK producer Mazoulew hits the spot, nimbly managing to combine a four to the floor rhythm with some sci-fi programming and textures that conjure up late-night, streetlight-lit city streets. It’s alive and vibrant but definitely on the darker tip.

Head over to his Spotify page to hear a couple of other recent singles that show the range of his work.

NEW MUSIC: Reunion Island – Erasto Dream

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Texans Reunion Island (now based in Brooklyn and Dallas) deliver a finely tuned and sparkling synth swathe on this track of instrumental electronica, recorded at Soma Studios with John McEntire (Tortoise), who also contributed drums to the album the song comes from – Collapse.  There’s a Krautrock and kosmiche vibe to the song with it’s metronomic rhythm but over the top of that digital sounds spark and scatter across the stereo spectrum, giving life and perpetual motion to the track.

Reunion Island is Ashley Cromeens, Matt Leer, and Brad Loving.

NEW MUSIC: Donny Benét – Second Dinner

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The smooth sailing prince of low-slung synth pop and disco funk is back with a new single Second Dinner’. It’s another winning slice of coy 80s electronic pop with shades of Bryan Ferry fronting a sultry disco house band with Giorgio Moroder producing.

TOUR DATES:

  • 04 Oct – Fat Controller, Adelaide, SA
  • 10 Oct – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
  • 11 Oct – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay. NSW
  • 18 Oct – The Rosemount Hotel, Perth, WA
  • 19 Oct – Mojo’s Bar, Freemantle, WA
  • 25 Oct – The Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne, VIC
  • 02 Nov – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

NEW MUSIC: Bensnburner – Meanwhile

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Deep rhythms, warm tones and hypnotic glitches collide with hypnotic synth mantras and smears of post-rock guitar on this track from German composer Bensnburner. It comes from his new album (late September release) which was recorded in an empty 400 square metre hangar with a 30 metre high ceiling that created a seven second reverb.

NEW MUSIC: Orion’s Belte – Cherchez La Ghost

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It’s hard to ignore the killer groove and minimal exotic funk of this track from Norwegian trio Orion’s Belte. They released their debut album Mint last year and have already followed it up with the EP Slim in 2019.

‘Cherchez La Ghost’ is their brilliant take on the Ghostface Killah track, mixing a great breakbeat with effect-laden pedal steel and an nervous twitch of a magical low-slung bass-line.