Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including Vera Blue, Falcons, Yeo and more.
EP / ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Vera Blue - Perennial
Your debut album is an important achievement, so it's crucial to make sure you pull it perfectly. Rising Australian musician and triple j favourite Vera Blue has done this to a tee, mixing together her old, indie-leaning sound with an exciting, electronic-flavoured future direction on her lengthy debut album Perennial. Spanning 14 tracks and a touch over 50 minutes, Perennial eclipses Vera Blue's previous work, tracing her development as an artist and as a human being. Tracks including the album-opening First Week and Said Goodbye To Your Mother are emotionally raw and tender, with Vera Blue's gorgeous vocals soaring above stripped-back instrumentals infused with acoustic guitar, soft piano work and the odd touch of strings. Meanwhile, other tracks including the leading single Private and the bouncy Lady Powers are far more refreshing and lighter, showing a more electronic-leaning side of Vera Blue that we've really yet to experience before this album aside from a few select features.
The album is a little muddled in parts, particularly when Vera Blue places soaring electronic productions sitting back-to-back with soft acoustic ballads. These transitions between sounds are present across much of the album, ridding Perennial of that smooth flow that could've made it a much easier listen than the disjointed pattern the album's tracks sit in currently. However, with the number of stand-outs that Perennial provides, we're not complaining too much, especially considering the live master-class she just put on at this year's Splendour In The Grass (the first show on her lengthy new tour - which runs until September).
SINGLES / REMIXES OF THE WEEK
Kid Froopy - Drive Slow
Earlier this year we introduced the world to Kid Froopy, an emerging, low-key name in the electronic music world who slyly has released singles on outlets such as Moving Castle and Zed Dead's Deadbeats label. Last week he returned with the release of Drive Slow, a punchy, yet quite laid-back and refreshing release which is sure to impress. Combining an easily-accessible electro-pop feel (particularly evident in his vocals) with a more indie-leaning shade, Drive Slow is simplistic but effective, merging together light synth melodies with washed-out percussion and this aforementioned vocal line, which gets a little wonky and pitched up (and down) as the track progresses onwards.
Yeo - Chasing Shadows feat. Fractures
Will we ever stop talking about Yeo? Probably not. Just weeks after charting in our mid-year report with his dancehall-tinged Asta collaboration Never Wanted That and adding his own masterful spin on KLP's Changes, the Australian production gun has returned with another single from his forthcoming sophomore album, this time teaming up with Fractures for an inviting track entitled Chasing Shadows. The single has quite a relaxed feel to it, with the lush vocals of Fractures blending together seamlessly with a percussion-driven, polished production courtesy of both sides of the collaboration. As previously mentioned, the single is one of many from his forthcoming album Desire Parth (out August 18), an album which is quickly shaping up to be just as impressive as his debut.
Hounded - Wild Heart
Since appearing in our 'Who To Watch' list for 2017, Sydney's Hounded has done nothing but impress. His new single Wild Heart continues to cement our claim, tapping into that tropical-infused house sound that he's been nailing for a while now for an invigorating, chilled-out affair perfect for those relaxed occasions. Wild Heart boasts a slight tribal feel, largely through the muffled vocals which chant throughout the track, a vibe which battles it out with his well-known tropical sound above a pulsating bass line and lush melodies.
Falcons - Want Your Body
It's been a while since we've last covered Falcons (specifically, since he remixed GoldLink and teamed up with Ekali and Vanessa Elisha over a year ago now), but that doesn't mean he's been quiet. Over the past six months, the producer has linked up with GoldLink twice, remixed Ugly God with Athletixx bud Promnite and most recently, dropped a stand-alone single on Fool's Gold Records called Want Your Body. Want Your Body highlights Falcons' characteristically frenzied sound, with deep kicks of bass combining with clanging percussion and a soaring vocal sample which is sure to delight every banger fiend.