Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including Retiree, Mark Ronson and Diplo's Silk City, plus more.
Retiree - Magic Eye feat. Sui Zhen
After returning with a new single in Pumice Stone earlier this year, Australian electronic outfit Retiree have followed it up with another brilliant track, Magic Eye, while also using the release to announce their newest album. Featuring the incredible Sui Zhen on vocals, Magic Eye is another dreamy, washed-out single from the group, mixing together soft electronic shades with this hazy acoustic landscape that swirls around underneath vocals from the group, with Zhen's joining in here and there too. "It was really nice teaming up with Becky (Sui Zhen) to finish this one," the group says on the single, which crosses their signature sound with a warm nostalgia. "We started writing the song before a break up and finished it after it ended. It’s a strange time to write a song. I feel like from the start, the tone of the song was kind of indicative of the situation." Grab their new album House Or Home on September 21st via Rhythm Section International.
Silk City - Feel About You feat. Mapei
After launching onto the scene with their catchy, Daniel Merriweather-featuring debut Only Can Get Better, Silk City has just dropped another ear-worming house gem, making it two-for-two with their latest, Feel About You. Like their debut, the partnership of Mark Ronson and Diplo as Silk City brings some great results, with Mapei's uplifting and catchy vocal soaring above a very classic house beat loaded with that mid-00s house charm - an instantly recognizable charm that aided the rise of so many of today's electronic heavyweights, like Calvin Harris. It's the latest sign of Diplo's electronic production dexterity, with the Major Lazer figurehead, solo producer and Silk City member also launching another project, LSD, with Labrinth and Sia earlier this year.
The Prodigy - Need Some1
It's been a while between drinks for The Prodigy, with the legendary UK dance group being fairly quiet release-wise since the release of their latest record, The Day Is My Enemy, back in 2015. Need Some1 is their big returning single and the first taste of their upcoming new album No Tourists (out November 2nd), and it signals a return to the group's much-loved, much-celebrated previous sound. It's classic The Prodigy reminiscent of their early work, quick-paced and fierce as it drives with a relentless pulse over its three-minute duration. "Need Some1 demonstrates the thing about our band that I love: it’s multi-sided," says the group's frontman Liam Howlett on the single. "We have the freedom to drop a tune like this alongside tracks led by Keef and Maxim, and still represent what we are about in the same way. When asked what the new album sounds like, my response is Evil Rave. We own that sound."
Ekali x SLUMBERJACK - Helios
It's always nice to some creative and forward-thinking trap music in 2018, especially in a time where a lot of seems quite washed up (and a lot of trap producers have moved on into other realms, like more pop-centric production). It's even nicer to see it come from our ol' Perth pals SLUMBERJACK (who are now international heavyweights frequently in the US) and Canadian don Ekali, who have teamed up for a new one titled Helios. Taken from Ekali's upcoming debut EP due later in the year (via OWLSA), Helios is a crashing collaboration that perfectly unites this quite SLUMBERJACK-esque, synthy cinematic sound in the single's 'verses' with a clanging breakdown thick with bass and swirling synth melodies that give the track this deep, almost dub-like twist. Make sure to check out Ekali's full EP when it drops a little later this year.