Category Archives: Minimalist

JAMES BLAKE – THE COLOUR IN ANYTHING (Alt/Downtempo – UK)

James Blake

After three years of relative silence since the release of his album Overgrown, English singer songwriter James Blake finally announced a surprise new full length a few weeks ago. The Colour In Anything was released at midnight on May 6th following a few festival announcements and pictures of mysterious Quentin Blake murals.

The 17-track LP features collaborations with Bon Iver and Frank Ocean (who co-wrote some of the tracks) and is co-produced by Rick Rubin. Blake uses emotion and abstract images in the video for “I Need a Forest Fire” featuring beautiful vocals from Bon Iver.

Directed by UVA, the clip shows various art installations that play with light, shadow and shapes. As the song reaches its climax, a digitally rendered butterfly takes flight for the stunning final shot.

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ONUKA – MISTO (Electronica – Ukraine)

Onuka
Onuka is an electrofolk project created by Ukrainian electronic artists Evgeni Filatov (aka The Maneken) and Nata, former vocalist of Tomato Jaws and KOOQLA. They are joined by 7 musicians playing keyboards, drums, traditional flute, trombone, French horn, bandura (Ukrainian traditional instrument) and electronic samplers.


“Misto” is taken off Onuka’s debut album, which was presented live on the 17th of October 2014 in Kiev and shot to #1 spot on iTunes Ukraine and then returned to the top of the chart in December.

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SON LUX – BONES (Experimental/IDM – US)

Son Lux

Bones is the fourth studio album released by American musician Son Lux (a.k.a. Ryan Lott), who first came to public knowledge in 2008 with his breathtaking debut, At War With Walls and Mazes. Released in June via Glassnote Records, following the single “Change Is Everything”,  this new record is his first album as a full 3-piece band.

Guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang originally joined Lott on his Lanterns tour and the trio quite naturally decided to record new songs together, giving birth to Bones. The Son Lux touch is not lost though: multi-layered arrangements, raspy vocals and lush strings are the pillars of this new album. The songs come across as a clever mix of sharp hip-hop beats and soulful electronica.

Check out Son Lux’s SoundCloud for more tunes and head over to their Facebook page. Buy the new album on

JEROME LOL – DELETED/FOOL EP (Electro/Minimal – US)

Jerome LOL

Los Angeles native Jerome Potter, better known by the artist name Jerome LOL, has been active since the early 2000s through different collaborations (LOL Boys, DJ Dodger Stadium), a label he created with Sam Griesemer aka Samo Sound Boy and his solo work. Released in 2014 on Friends of Friends, the Deleted / Fool EP includes four originals and features vocals from Sara Z and Angelina Lucero.

While it is clearly less dance based than Jerome LOL’s previous work, the EP retains the same electro sensibilities and manages to strike a balance between downtempo sophistication and raw dance vibes.

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RAVINGGEORGE + OSCAR & THE WOLF – YOU’RE MINE (Minimal/Tech – Belgium)

RavingGeorge and Oscar & The Wolf

22-year-old techno girl Charlotte de Witte, who goes by the DJ name of Raving George, teamed up with singer/songwriter Max Colombie, of Oscar & The Wolf fame, to deliver a club-ready jam that combines icy-cold minimal beats with melancholy vocals. Straightforward and uncompromising, this beautifully produced new song takes its full flavour as the evening turns deep and dark.

Wrapped in layers of hazy synths and pulsating laptop beats, Colombie’s mesmerising voice speaks of passion, cursed love and intangible dreams. Listen to the track on SoundCloud but be warned, once you have heard it you will want it on repeat for the next few days. The single is out now with an exclusive remix on Pias Belgium.

More on RavingGeorge on her official site or Facebook. Find Oscar & The Wolf on their website or Facebook and catch them live in Germany, Belgium, France and Spain till November. Buy on