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saturday nite with… ICARUS

Icarus

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.

Follow them on Facebook for more info and check out their music on SoundCloud. Buy the new single on

NOCTURNAL TAPES – PIECES (Electro – Australia)

Nocturnal Tapes
Australian electronic duo Nocturnal Tapes has only been working together for about 2 years but their musical palette is quite broad, with influences ranging from hip-hop, blues and funk, to psychedelic, electronic and dance. New single “Pieces” sees them significantly progress by introducing Tech-house influences, drawing inspiration from Caribou, The Presets and LCD Soundsystem.

With solid 4/4 beats, escalating arpeggio and vocals awash with reverb, the track shines a different light on the band’s creative depth but their pop sensibilities and smart approach to songwriting still remain intact.

Bonus track: “Superficial Light”

With more new material up their sleeve, this is an act to keep an eye on in the coming months. Find out more on their Facebook or SoundCloud. Buy the music on

ICARUS – HIDING (House/Electronica – UK)

Icarus
Hot on the heels of their recent single “They Are Not Like You”, Bristol-based production duo Icarus have released a brand new track ‘Hiding’, which sees brothers Tom and Ian Griffiths stripping their sound back to its dancefloor-orientated deep house essence.

“Hiding” kicks off with big drums and haunting looped vocals, which perfectly complement the hypnotic synth line that runs through the track from start to finish. The result is a forward-thinking slice of deep electronica with dark undertones and a very danceable beat.

Follow them on Facebook for more info and check out their music on SoundCloud. Buy the new single on

LEO ISLO – GOLDEN GRAVE EP (SynthPop – US)

Leo Islo

Leo Islo is the moniker of Portland-based producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Matt Pahler. Born in Chile and raised in the small mountain city of Flagstaff, AZ, he began touring as a drummer playing at venues across Arizona at the early age of 17 and it wasn’t long before his passion for music led him to songwriting. Artists like Neon Indian, Toro Y Moi, Caribou and Washed Out became early influences in his production style, a well-balanced mix of retro synths, ethereal vocals, warm guitars and analog beats.

2015 was a breakout year for Leo Islo and saw his transition house-driven beats through a series of single releases that garnered accolades from influential bloggers and won him a devoted fanbase. “Oh Dystopia” charted on the Spotify Viral Charts while “Higher Living” went on to place well on the Hype Machine Charts, peaking at #10.

In 2016, Leo Islo continues to build on his previous achievements with the Golden Grave EP. The release shifts seamlessly between lo-fi, house and indie pop, incorporating aspects of each of these styles to build the foundations of Pahler’s unique sound.

Find Leo Islo on SoundCloud or Facebook. Buy on

SØNDER – CASTLES (DeepHouse – UK)

SØNDER

SØNDER is the brainchild of UK-based South African producer Ashton Fox, who has been making music for a while now under various monikers. Obsessed with music from an early age, he grew up playing the violin, piano and guitar – performing in various orchestras and bands until he discovered the endless possibilities of electronic music.

Since 2014 Fox has been releasing club bangers as SØNDER with the aim of making electronic music that can accompany walks and long journeys but that can also find its way onto a dimly lit dancefloor. With plenty more music on the way and a live show currently in the works, SØNDER’s journey has only just begun.

Find out more on SØNDER’s Facebook and SoundCloud.