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, followed by We Are Rising in 2011. Released in October 2013 via Joyful Noise Recordings, Lott’s third album Lanterns has spawned a handful of very successful singles, including “Alternate World” (stream below).
The song features guest vocals from Ieva Berberian, Cameron Schenk, Aaron Strumpel and Shara Worden, which provide a counterpoint to Lott’s raspy vocals. Other guests include Chris Thile on the mandolin and Christopher Wray on pedal stell and bass.
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After a busy summer performing at key festivals such as Bestival, Parklife and Lovebox, Bristol-based production duo Icarus return with new track “They Are Not Like You”. This emotionally charged cut sees the brothers further refining their skills, building on the sound they developed on recent tracks “October” and “Home”.
“They Are Not Like You” kicks off with a simple looped refrain and this hypnotic voiced slowly gives way to the main vocals. The lush production features a burbling distorted bassline and Icarus’s trademark syncopated live percussion. The result is one of their finest moments to date, further cementing their sound.
Icarus will be announcing a new autumn tour very soon. Follow them on Facebook for more info and check out their music on SoundCloud. Buy the new single on
Moderat are Modeselektor and Apparat, two electronic music heavyweights who have brought IDM from Berlin to the farthest flung corners of the world for the past 10 years. Released last April, III is the third and final installment in their trilogy of dystopian albums. One standout track from the album came as the song “Running,” which has since been making its rounds in the remix world.
The song’s sonic palette spans intricate percussions, cascading synths, a driving kick drum and a wealth of feel-good vibes. This is a highly emotive kind of pop, built for dancing, but never simple. As described by Sascha Ring (aka Apparat), “Running is about being part of a mass. A mass that constantly needs to move to function, but one that’s not deciding directions by itself.”
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In 2015, UK electro artist Ambassadeurs (aka Mark Dobson) kept very busy with a slew of EPs and the release of his debut album Patterns on his own Lost Tribe Records imprint. Now back in the studio recording his second album, he is dropping the Halos EP in the interim to keep fans of his sound happy. The EP was written during an escape in the autumn from the city to the countryside.
The change of scenery from concrete to wilderness is reflected in the more organic sounds on this 4 tracker, which was written with the bare minimum of equipment to hand, even sampling some old cassettes that were left behind in the cottage where he was staying. The EP explores a more 4/4 sound than his debut album while still retaining the signature aesthetic of Ambassadeurs productions.
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Blue Hawaii is a recording, DJ and live project from Montreal, Quebec. Created by Alex Agor Cowan and Raphaelle Standell (one third of art rock band BRAIDS), this electronic music duo released their first EP, Blooming Summer, in 2010 and debut album, Untogether, in 2013 both via Arbutus Records. They toured Europe, Asia, and North America numerous times in 2013-14. As a result of the live shows, they became deeply interested in dance music – their performance being known for transitioning into a DJ style set with improvised material including live vocal loops and lines.
In late 2014, the duo released new single “Get Happy” and a mixtape featuring edits of old songs and new song “All of My Heart”. While Standell releases and tours with BRAIDS in 2015, Cowan continues Blue Hawaii by DJing worldwide and producing new material and remixes (including one for Tei Shi).
Blue Hawaii - All of My Heart
Listen to more tunes on Blue Hawaii’s SoundCloud and buy their music on Bandcamp or