Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including Kult Kyss, Jack Grace, Set Mo and more.
Kult Kyss - Chi Cup
It's no secret that Melbourne electronic duo Kult Kyss are one of our favourite electronic acts of the 'next generation', with singles such as last year's I Am One scoring them a spot on our 2018 'ones to watch' guide alongside a bunch of other talented gems. Set to support The Presets on their upcoming HI VIZ album tour, the pairing have returned with another brilliant single in Chi Cup, which showcases the strengths and talents of both Rromarin and Haxx across this single's thumping four minutes. Pairing Rromarin's chanting vocals with a thick, house-y bassline and glitching melodies, Chi Cup is a distorted take on their commonly warped, house-infused sound, which balances on the boundaries of left-field industrial while keeping this solid electro-pop backbone for accessibility.
SZA - Love Galore (Jack Grace Edit)
SZA's sultry CTRL was one of the easy musical highlights of 2017, and its Travis Scott-featuring ode to past lovers, Love Galore, was one of the album's many strong points. Paris-via-Sydney musician Jack Grace obviously feels the same, injecting his own subtle spin to the single with a new edit – his first piece of work since his If I Tremble EP (and accompanying Australian shows) back in April. Jack Grace's edit combines the single's opening vocal line with lush synth layers that are slightly washed-out and hazy, giving the edit this expansive, piano-backed feel perfect for the rainy days approaching with the turn of the seasons.
Set Mo - Fault Lines
In case you've missed the news, Sydney electronic duo Set Mo are releasing a single every month this year, spreading out an album's worth of material over twelve months to "show the journey" of how the songs were created, and to show "how the story has developed over time." After last month's offering Communicate, the pairing are back with their fifth cut for the year in Fault Lines, a single that showcases their characteristically bright and sun-stroked house sound perfectly. "[We're] Pretty sure this is actually the quickest song we've ever written," they say on the single. "The sketch for this song which is pretty similar to the final version, was done in about three-and-a-half hours."
Bob Moses - Heaven Only Knows
I've managed to catch Bob Moses live twice now, once supporting RÜFÜS DU SOL and once playing Laneway Festival, and despite never being well-versed in their recorded work they've both been stellar highlights each time. Heaven Only Knows is the first time I've really caught them release a piece of work at the time of release and I'm glad because it's a great track, blurring the lines between indie-rock and electronic by combining punchy percussion with these thick synth melodies and their confident, tall-standing vocals which have the flavour of a big indie-rock epic.
Westerman - Edison (Ross From Friends Remix)
Westerman's charming single Edison has been a surprise favourite of 2018 thus far, with the UK musician following up a brilliant pairing of songs – Confirmation and I Turned Away – with another gem. Now it's been remixed by UK lo-fi house break-out Ross From Friends (who is currently celebrating the release of his own new EP Aphelion through Brainfeeder), who has transformed the single's woozy feel into a hazy, long-winded epic that combines the soft melodies of the original with a subtle house beat that pushes the single further into house territory.