Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including SG Lewis, James Blake, Shallou and more.
SINGLES / REMIXES OF THE WEEK
James Blake - If The Car Besides You Moves Ahead
On his first major single since 2016's brooding highlight album The Colour In Anything, James Blake offers nostalgia. Combining a warping, left-field production with glitching samples and Blake's tender vocals, If The Car Besides You Moves Ahead is a return to Blake's experimental, CYMK-era of the early 2010s, pulsing with this haunting presence that'll almost leave you uncomfortable. It's something that only an artist like James Blake could execute correctly, with If The Car Besides You Moves Ahead's unsettling feel somehow not feeling too jarring even to those unfamiliar with Blake's characteristic vocal chops. Here's hoping his dive back into his earlier sound will provoke some more material from the electronic figure in 2018.
SEAVERA - Make Me Uncomfortable
Melbourne indie-electro duo SEAVERA are poised to make some big moves in 2018, with the release of their new single Make Me Uncomfortable arriving with news of their forthcoming debut EP, which will arrive in early March. The EP's leading cut is a brilliant piece of dark electronica, combining Tori's evocative songwriting and vocals with a subdued production which is both classy and effective, driven by snappy percussion and lush chords. Having won Pieater's workshopping competition late last year, don't be surprised to see SEAVERA become a much-discussed name in Australian electronic by the end of 2018 – they've got some incredibly special music on the way. See them supporting Woodes on her east-coast tour this March – deets HERE.
SG Lewis - Aura feat. J Warner
London's SG Lewis seems to be one of those names which just can't break into the Australian electronic world, which is honestly incredibly surprising considering the strength of singles including Holding Back and All Night. Aura is his latest attempt at gold and it might just do it, with the UK producer crafting a funky, Kaytranada-esque future-funk single which heavily leans on this sultry R&B vibe to create magic. It's slick and tasteful, with a funk-infused bassline and crisp percussion clangs pathing the way for soulful piano melodies and J Warner's R&B-heavy vocal which are both addictive and easily-repeatable.
George FitzGerald - Roll Back feat. Lil Silva
English electronic musician George FitzGerald is set to be one 2018's electronic highlights, announcing the release of his second album All That Must Be – which will through Domino Records on March 9th. Including collaborations with Australia-bound Bonobo, Lil Silva, Hudson Scott and others, All That Must Be, if the album's lead single Roll Back is anything to judge from, will further solidify FitzGerald's position as one of electronic's most reliable songwriters. Roll Back is a woozy, indie-leaning single, combining Lil Silva's sombre vocals with a gradually building production that teases across the single's three-minute duration. "I wanted to mirror the uncanniness you feel when a massive event happens in your life," says FitzGerald on the single's message. "Everything looks and sounds the same but it’s somehow different. Your surroundings are less intelligible."
Shallou - Lie feat. Riah
Los Angeles-based musician Shallou was one of our favourite electronic finds of 2017, with his soft and enchanting single You & Me (and his whole EP released prior to the single) winning us over with its blissful vibe not too far off from names such as The Kite String Tangle in Australia. Lie is his latest effort and as always, it's another brilliantly produced number from the quickly rising name, combining Riah's emotive vocals with a dizzying production heavily built around refreshingly light synth melodies and percussion. It's a single perfect for those warm, summery days we're currently experiencing, with Lie feeling like one of those songs perfectly matched with the Australian's summer hot, bright days and everything these days encompass.