With over 20 million streams on SoundCloud / YouTube, a support slot with RÜFÜS under their belt and a series of European shows scheduled in October, Byron Bay electronic 4-piece Tora have finally released their album Take A Rest. Singer Jo Loewenthal explains: “Most of the songs […] were influenced by experiences we had whilst touring the world, resulting in quite a broad sound. Some of the songs have flies, bamboo creaking in the wind, washing machines and even the sound of us scraping and hitting cactuses with rakes.”
Produced and mixed by the band in the idyllic surrounds of Byron Bay, before being mastered by Grammy nominee Andrei Eremin (WAFIA, Chet Faker & Hiatus Kaiyote), Take a Rest continues Tora’s DIY ethos, effortlessly shifting from smooth grooves and bass-driven beats to soaring falsetto vocals.
“A lot of this album is more upbeat and dancey than anything we’ve made before,” Loewenthal said in an interview, “so the title is not so much referring to the sound of the music, but more so an encouragement for the listener to forget about their problems for a moment and ‘take a rest’ from their responsibilities while they listen.”
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Member of Hot Chip, 1/2 of the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award nominated remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label, Joe Goddard is a man of many hats. Following hot on the heels of singles ‘Lose Your Love’ and ‘Music Is The Answer’ he recently released his brilliant new album Electric Lines via Greco Roman / Domino Records.
The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career.
Combining an unquenchable thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music, Electric Lines confirms Joe Goddard’s place in the front rank of British producers.
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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.
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Made up of twins Vuli and Moody and childhood friend Klue, Sydney trio True Vibenation blend hip-hop with everything from future beats to dancehall to trap music and even a touch of pop. The band’s second album ON was named ‘Album of the Week’ by Triple J and they hit the touring circuit hard, selling out their Sydney launch and playing to packed venues across Australia.
With hundreds of shows under their belt, True Vibenation have developed a strong following thanks to their unique combination of infectious hooks and razor sharp raps with roaring live horns and genre-bending electronic beats.
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After scoring a string of massive hits across Europe as Whigfield in the 90s, Danish pop star Sannie Carlson is back in the spotlight but under her real name this time. Her first single as Sannie is a brilliant electro tune called “How Long”, released on dance label Armada.
Calling on superb chords, mesmerizing string play and a lovely vocal to hit the spot, Sannie brings things back to the dance florr with this new single, which also features remixes from the likes of Alex Neri & GG Canu, ATFC, and Grant Nelson in addition to the original mix.
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