Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including Luke Million, Golden Vessel, Bicep and more.
EP / ALBUM OF THE WEEK
Luke Million - Come Together EP
Adelaide synth king Luke Million has been a favourite of ours since the Arnold days, with each of his tracks and remixes layering nostalgic disco-synth melodies and vocals to create a sound that just oozes with the 80s/90s but with a slightly more modernised touch akin to Daft Punk. After last year's favourite Stranger Things Theme remix, Million has returned with his new EP Come Together and it's a scorcher. On Come Together, these Daft Punk comparisons are even more evident. The leading title track combines catchy, 8-bit vocals with layers of upbeat synth and funky bass as if it's a lost Random Access Memories B-side, which continues when Million flexes his production muscle on the pulsing middle track Return To Transylvania, which grows in power as it continues.
The EP does have some different sounds too, however. Hypnotised is a more radio-friendly, indie-shaded take on his sound with strumming guitars and vocals from the Last Dinosaurs team in what's quite a surprising collaboration. Additionally, the Fluir-featuring Alive is a track more suited for the clubs, with a funk-house touch which brings something different to the EP while also not distracting from the overarching theme of the record. Come Together is all class, and definitely worth a listen.
SINGLES / REMIXES OF THE WEEK
Golden Vessel - Less~More feat. OKBandlands
After this year's charming Tell The-Girl - one of our favourite tracks of the year thus far - and the woozy Elkkle and Mallrat collaboration Shoulders, Golden Vessel has had a dream run thus far. Less~More continues this run, with the Brisbane-based producer teaming up with OKBandlands for another sensational cut from his forthcoming Right/Side EP, which'll drop towards the end of September. Less~More is quite a tender moment (that said, something which is quite expected from Golden Vessel), with OKBandlands' sultry vocal work gliding above a stripped-back, percussion-focused production which oozes with his comfortable production warmness. Another sure-fire knock out the park by one of Australian electronic's best.
Kidswaste - Fade feat. Hunting Stories
It's been a while since we've last heard from French producer Kidswaste, who shined with guest-loaded Spleen EP released through Next Wave Records towards the start of this year (and his remix of What So Not's Lone as 1/6th of the Slow Hours crew). Fade is his first single since and it's a massive change of pace for the otherwise quite synth-reliant producer, who takes on more of a traditional, indie-leaning sound with the new single. Comparisons to Of Monsters & Men not far-fetched, Fade is a soft and delicate moment from the producer as he continues to shine in 2017 (he just signed to Counter Records FYI, so expect a lot more from him before the year's out).
Bicep - Vale
In case you've been living under a rock for the past couple of months, the self-titled debut album of much-loved English house duo Bicep arrives this Friday, and in the build up to the record, they've just released another charming single in Vale. Following up from the thumping Aura and the more delicate and glistening second single Glue, Vale is somewhere in between. I wouldn't really call Vale something built for the clubs (like Aura or past fan-favourites like Just), but it's not exactly introverted, with a clanging bassline and snapping percussion coming together underneath vocals and punch synth for another standout single from the legendary house pairing. With rumours also circulating that the pair will be hitting up Australian shores before the year's out, Vale (and their full debut album, when it drops) is definitely worth a listen.
Tiber - Good 4 U
Geelong native Tiber is definitely worth checking out if you haven't quite gotten around to it yet. The producer has been one of Australia's most consistent thus far, from his leading single Wings (the first on Moonbase's Trench Records imprint) to his glistening collaboration with fellow exciting newcomer Sequel. Good 4 U - the first single from his forthcoming Moments EP later in the year - continues this form, with Tiber piecing together another standout single for the occasion. It's quite a fun track, with pitched vocals combining with a nostalgic future-beat breakdown which quickly warps into something more menacing as the single progresses.
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cut To The Feeling (Kid Froopy Remix)
While it's not exactly new material or the long-awaited Australian tour dates everyone is holding out for, Carly Rae Jepsen is back in my emails again, and for that I'm grateful. The occasion is a remix by US-based producer Kid Froopy - someone we were lucky enough to introduce to the world a few months back with his blissful single Dreams. Kid Froopy's remix of Cut To The Feeling - Jepsen's most recent single - is a perky and upbeat moment, with the rising producer adding a more electronic touch to the single's otherwise poppy feel, with plucking melodies and punching bass uniting underneath Jepsen's vocals. "I love Carly Rae Jepsen’s music,” says the producer in a quote accompanying the release. "EMOTION was really big for me, so getting the opportunity to do this remix was great, and I'm super proud how it turned out. She could literally punch me in the face and I would just say thank you." Same.