Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including ZHU, Hundred Waters, LCD Soundsystem and more.
EP / ALBUM OF THE WEEK
ZHU - stardustexhalemarrakechdreams
As one of the most consistent and hyped names of the electronic music world, the fact that ZHU was able to surprise-release a new EP over the weekend with little-to-no fanfare is quite an incredible feat. His new, four-track EP stardustexhalemarrakechdreams is the next piece in his confusing release schedule, picking up where last year's Generationwhy left off by showcasing ZHU's precise, yet fun and energetic house sound which he's really made his own across the past few years. The general theme of the EP seems to be dark and heavy, whether it be the teasing house breakdown of the opening intro Stardust to the brassy, triumphant affair Exhale. The EP's biggest moment, however, comes in the form of a rare production collaboration with electronic legends Nero, with the two parties blending together their sounds perfectly to create a heaving, tech-leaning side of ZHU which I don't think anyone has really heard from his so far.
SINGLES / REMIXES OF THE WEEK
Hundred Waters - Fingers
OWSLA's Hundred Waters are one of the most intriguing names on the electronic market at the moment, but I can't exactly pinpoint whether that's due to their seemingly reclusive online image or the mysterious, haunting tones which ooze from their singles. Following on from the sensational Blanket Me, Fingers is the third taste from the LA trio's forthcoming third record Communicating, and it's not one for the squeamish. Much like the singles before it, Fingers has this strange, haunting feel to it, largely stemming from Nicole Miglis' airy vocals which are platformed by the stripped-back production the sits behind it. Oh, and if you're not a fan of the odd insect here and there, you should probably keep away from the single's official video clip because trigger warning - it'll make you scream.
LCD Soundsystem - Tonite
In the build-up to their forthcoming returning album American Dream, Splendour headliners LCD Soundsystem have already treated us to two fantastic singles - Call The Police and the album's title track, American Dream. Tonite is the third single from the upcoming, highly-awaited release and it takes us back to some of James Murphy's more ravey stuff under the LCD name, with a really acid-house-like synth line relentlessly pulsing underneath Murphy's vocals, which continue to be as on-point as ever despite such a long time away from the recording studio. Here's hoping the rest of the album is as good as what we've heard so far.
SAATSUMA - Crescent
Melbourne electronic duo SAATSUMA are still in that relatively 'new and underrated' phase of their musical careers, but they're destined to do great things in the very near future. After charming us with a woozy house remix of NUSSY's Hard As Diamonds a few months back, the pair have returned with Crescent - a new piece of original music and the latest from their forthcoming debut album Overflow, which is set to be released independently on September 1st. Crescent sees the duo continue to tease their previously-unexplored house side, with a 4x4 house groove pulsing underneath lush, warming vocals and warping synth. Good stuff.
Donatachi - Take Me feat. Kady Rain
We're constantly talking about underground Australian producers bringing left-field club music to our attention, with Donatachi being one of the best. After releasing the hip-hop-infused PC jam A/S/L at the start of this year comes Take Me, another hyper-pop gem which sees Donatachi layer his bubblegum bass sound with the sugary sweet vocals of Kady Rain, which soar above the single's perky beat. Take Me boasts that really crisp, playful pop sound that Donatachi has consistently to impress with, and will no doubt continue to as his career continues to grow and grow.
Ekali - Babylon feat. Denzel Curry
Ending things on a bit of a banger (to say the least) is Canadian production king Ekali, who has been nothing but impressive in his rise to the top over the past few years. Babylon is his biggest track yet in terms of both sound and status, combining a warped, bass-heavy production with Denzel Curry's effortlessly quick flow for his debut release under the OWSLA umbrella. Babylon brings together the worlds of electronic and hip-hop seamlessly, making both sides of the single equal - something which a lot of other 'Soundcloud producers' have been unable to do.