Australian synth-pop powerhouse Cut Copy is back with a their fifth studio album, Haiku From Zero. First single “Airborne” was released in July as a teaser for the new record, closely followed by the mesmerising “Standing in the Middle Of The Field” and more danceable “Black Rainbows”, which you can stream below.
Released via Cut Copy’s own imprint Cutters Records (licensed to Astralwerks in the US), Haiku From Zero is the band’s first full-length release since 2013’s Free Your Mind. Less immediately danceable than some of their previous work, this new release still features the kind of 80s-throwback vibes that have come to define Cut Copy, with electronic grooves and psychedelic synths featuring prominently from start to finish.
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Originally from Byron Bay, but now based based in Berlin, Parcels are five passionate musicians whose interests cover innumerable genres ranging from folk pop to disco-funk and psych rock. Released last January, their highly anticipated debut EP, Hideout, showcased their unique brand of indie pop, featuring laid-back grooves, infectious choruses and psychedelic synths. Now Parcels are offering the perfect end-of-summer soundtrack by giving the EP a full makeover with completely reworked versions of their originals.
They invited the finest selection of producers to remix five of their tracks and, boy, are we in for a treat! From the psychedelic electro of Inagwa, a side project of Aussie band Tora, the mesmerizing rhythms of French producers L’Impératrice, the versatile electro of German duet Mouse on Mars, misty vibes brought by Helsinki-based Disco Despair, and an electronic ballad courtesy of Dutch trio Kraak & Smaak, the Hideout Remixed EP is an incredibly diverse collection, demonstrating the eclectic aesthetic of Parcels’ universe.
As their latest offering is being acclaimed as “rapturous retro-pop” (The Guardian), the young musicians best deliver their unbridled energy on stage. Following a European Tour supporting Two Door Cinema Club, Parcels embarked on a summer festival tour with shows at Le Printemps de Bourges, Great Escape, Dot to Dot Festival, We Love Green, and more.
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Young beat maker and producer Kazy Lambist has been wowing audiences in his native France since 2015, dropping consistently brilliant remixes (Moi Je, Sarah Blasko) and dancefloor friendly originals and garnering critical acclaim from the likes of indie trendsetters Les Inrocks for his breezy blend of synth pop and house.
Kazy Lambist recently shared infectious new single “Be Yourself”, a refreshing slice of laid back house with dance-inducing grooves, snappy beats and smooth synths. Both “Be Yourself” and its glorious predecessor “Shutdown” will be featured on Kazy Lambist’s forthcoming debut LP, which is scheduled for release later this year.
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Norwegian electro duo The Familiar captures the haunting icy rhythms of the Arctic Circle in magical and lush soundscapes that redefine genre boundaries. Norwegian-American vocalist Ruth Mirsky and Tromsø-based multi instrumentalist Mads Martinsen conjure up the uncanny darkness of winters with no sun and the unyielding light of summers with no night.
Taken off their 2016 EP Seconds, single “Patience” is a modern, yet intimate slice of gloomy synthpop, weaving together Mirsky’s poignant plea for patience and Martinsen’s pulsating, synth-driven beat. This irresistible tune definitely hits all the right buttons, confirming The Familiar’s position in the Scandi alt-electro scene.
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After announcing the release date for their debut EP Visions IV (due August 25), Aussie indie-electro act Nocturnal Tapes offer up another taste of their new record with the single ‘Wake Up’ – recorded and produced by the duo themselves at their home studio and mixed by Adrian Breakspear (Gang of Youths, Cosmos Midnight, Kučka).
New cut ‘Wake Up’ is an intricate slice of house-infused electronica which glides along effortlessly blending organic and electronic instrumentation, and culimnates with the soaring vocals of front man, Harry Suttor.
Since their 2016 inception, Nocturnal Tapes have released a slew of tracks strongly embraced by the likes of triple j, ABC’s Rage, community radio and worldwide blogs; which resulted in a top twenty position on the esteemed Hype Machine charts.
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