Matthew Jordan Hemerlein, better known by the stage name Lo-Fang, is a singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles. A classically trained musician, he plays the piano, cello, guitar and violin on his debut album, Blue Film, released in 2014 via British indie label 4AD.
Lo-Fang - Light Year
Hemerlein conceived and wrote the album while travelling around the world and across the United States over a period of three years. He polished his dreamy, mid-tempo tunes with the help of Gotye producer François Tetaz.
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Having spent years embedded in collaborative projects, Brooklyn-based artist Xan Young is now flying solo, with a project that represents his unadulterated voice, the product of years of maturation in experimental pop and club music.
Sonically, his new track “Honest” thumps with a driving bassline topped by crystalline soulful vocals and waves of blazing synthesizers. Young showcases his talent as both a songwriter and producer on this new release.
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London duo Tender shared their latest single “Nadir” via their SoundCloud in May and the song has already racked up over 60K plays. This is the first single taken off Tender’s forthcoming debut album, Modern Addiction, out Sept 1st on Partisan Records.
Tender is the musical union of Dan Cobb and James Cullen, two friends who have been creating dark and seductive grooves in their North London basement for the last couple of years.
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Active since the early 2000s, Christchurch-born purveyor of genre-bending soul hip-hop Ladi6 started out in all-girl crew Sheelahroc, but quickly made a name for herself with her sophisticated combination of sultry vocals, razor sharp beats and cosmic synths.
After a long silence, Ladi6 has shared “Royal Blue,” taken from the highly anticipated Royal Blue 3000 EP. This electronic-tinged yet soulful track is an interesting take on dancehall grooves with a twist.
On the EP, producers Parks and Brandon Haru have managed to expand on Ladi6’s sound by pairing minimalist atmospheric beats with warm, heartfelt vocals. The result sounds fresh and new despite its clear nods to early funk and hip-hop.
Check out the official site or Facebook. The Royal Blue 3000 EP is out June 2 via Bandcamp or
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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