Northern Territory multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Resin Moon, who also makes music under his own name Dave Crowe, has captured the attention of many over the past few months with his original productions inspired by desert landscapes and analogue machines. Influenced by artists such as Air, Son Lux and Gotye, his sound delves into unknown musical territories and shows a distinctive flair for subtle electronica with a pop twist.
Following Resin Moon’s big win at the NT Song of the Year Awards with the song “Salt”, his next single “Feels” got playlisted on Triple J radio. In “Feels”, Resin Moon delivers some beautiful vocals over a swelling bed of warm synths, with unexpected twists and turns.
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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.
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Australian duo Bag Raiders have shared the Checkmate EP, the last in a series of EPs released over 2015-2016. The pair keeps things tropical and chilled with this groovy new offering.
The title track of this new EP is a euphoric dancy electro number featuring vocals from SAFIA frontman Ben Joseph. “Checkmate” is built around infectious melodies and catchy vocals backed by soaring synths and intricate beats.
The EP features two other tunes alongside the title track: “Magic Feel” and “Breakdown”.
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Created in 2013, Moscow-based band Mana Island is an ever-evolving project combining the talents of Alexey Doronin (vocals), Nikita Stashevskiy (guitars), Dmitry Lukyanenko (bass, keys), Maxim Bazilevich (guitars, keys) and Ivan Amelchenko (drums, percussion). Seeking inspiration in completely different music styles, the Russian outfit is best known known for sleek, bouncy, upbeat tunes and sun-kissed vocals. Their latest single “DOTS” is a sensual electronic soul song, made with an eye on the current trends in pop music from The Weeknd and Active Child to Robyn and Sohn.
Mana Island’s 2015 debut album Levin and several singles (including “Bae”, a collaboration with Daniil Brod from Pompeya) have made the name of Mana Island recognizable to a wide indie music audience in their native Russia and it won’t be long before their following crosses the border to expand to the rest of the world.
Find out more on Mana Island’s SoundCloud and Facebook. Download their music on
Cooling you off from the summer sun, British/French electro duo Loframes and Paris-based dreampop wunderkind Anoraak team up for a disco-chill release. “Since You’ve Gone” guides listeners through a sea of psychedelic guitars, lush chords and ethereal vocals that will resonate with anyone who’s ever been in love.
Accompanying the original are two remixes that retool the song for clubs. Brooklyn’s own Lefti boosts the tempo and trades disco for synthpop, paying homage to an era of neon skylines and underground clubs. Swiss producer Worship closes out the EP with layer upon layer of synths building the track up to an ecstatic climax.
Follow Loframes on their Facebook and Anoraak on his Facebook. Buy their joint EP now on