Enigmatic New York-based project R. Missing unveiled their debut EP last March to great reviews. Released via Terminal Echo, Unsummering explores shadowy soundscapes filled with gloomy synth lines, moody beats and hazily deadpan vocals.
Sometimes compared to The Knife, Austra or Velvet Underground, R. Missing is the latest musical venture from indie band The Ropes. Under this new moniker, vocalist Sharon Shy and musician Toppy expand on their previous palette of nihilistic Morrisey tinged lyricism and go one shade darker. Musically, fraught guitar and synth textures paint an image of an unstable world, held together only by tightly programmed electronic drum beats.
You can follow R. Missing on Facebook and SoundCloud. The Unsummering EP is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
Lastlings are siblings Amy and Joshua Dowling, an indie electro duo from Gold Coast, Australia. Last March they released their second EP, Verses, on the newly launched imprint Exist Recordings, founded by Danny Harley from the Kite String Tangle. The EP features singles “You”, “Time” and brand new tune “Urges”, which is already a favourite with their ever-expanding fan base.
The pair have a particular talent for combining dreamlike pop soundscapes, elegant beats and steamy R&B grooves. This unique mix provides an ideal backdrop for Amy’s sensual, breathy vocals which make this collection of electro gems so incredibly addictive.
Lastlings explain “Verses is a collection of works that embodies our experiences over the past year. Ultimately, we hope to be able to provoke thoughts and emotions that would otherwise go unfelt and allow our listeners to draw their own conclusions based on their own imaginations.”
Lastlings have recently been on tour with Glass Animals and RÜFÜS, as well as wrapping their first headline tour, but they’re going to be at ‘Big Pineapple Music Festival’ in May so get there.
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Following two critically acclaimed EPs Tension (2013) and Circles (2015), Icelandic alternative electro band Vök will release their highly anticipated debut album Figure on April 28 via Nettwerk Records. Mostly written in their home studio and recorded with producer and Jack Garratt collaborator Brett Cox, the album sees the Reykjavík-based band taking their sound to new heights.
With influences ranging from from The Weeknd’s intimist RnB to Little Dragon‘s quirky electronica, Figure spans a whole spectrum of emotions and sounds, full of distorted pulses, near-whispered melodies, echoing guitars and dreamy hooks.
Vök took their time to deliver this first album but they are now ready to share it with their fans and the four-piece will be touring extensively throughout 2017 to bring it clubs and concert halls across Europe (Netherlands, Germany, Poland, France, UK and more).
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Based out of Brisbane, Australia, Max Byrne is a young and talented artist/producer who makes chilled electronic music under the moniker Golden Vessel. Influenced by Flume, James Blake or Chet Faker, his smooth blend of down-tempo beats features elements of hip-hop, trap and soul, all laced in a pristine lo-fi sheen.
2016 was a big year for Golden Vessel with the roll-out of his incredible debut Before Sleep EP which saw him working with some very talented Australia artists such as Lastlings, Tom Eggert of MTNS, OKBADLANDS, Abraham Tilbury, and Woodes.
After taking his live show on the road late last year for his first headlining mini-tour, Max is already back in the studio working on his next round of releases and collaborations. His first single for 2017 is “Tell The Girl” featuring vocals by Emerson Leif and released in collaboration with Exist Recordings.
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After the success of singles “October” and “They Are Not Like You”, Bristol-based duo Icarus present their first new track of 2017: “King Kong”. Brothers Ian and Tom Griffiths have delivered a beast of a track, recalling the exuberant energy of Basement Jaxx or Groove Armada. “King Kong” exudes potent dynamism from every element of the production, from the booming bass to the urgent percussion.
“Last year we put out a lot of atmospheric stuff, but with ‘King Kong’ we’ve switched our style again,” explains Tom. “It’s something more experimental and more light-hearted. We don’t want to overthink it too much, and we don’t want to stick to one particular lane because we like writing all sorts of tracks.”
There’s much more to come from the ICARUS camp and their Fly Boy label in the near future. Already confirmed are two huge festivals: Annie Mac’s Lost & Found Festival in Malta this April, and then Croatia’s infamous Hideout Festival in June.
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