Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including Braille Face, Ribongia, Planète and more.
Braille Face - Leave Your Heart
Over the past 18 months, Melbourne's Braille Face has become one of the Australian underground's most consistent musicians, most recently releasing the vibrant and lively single Run For Your Life after winning us over with his debut LP Kōya the year prior. Leave Your Heart is the multi-instrumentalist's first slice of new music for 2018 and it's another sure-fire winner from Jordan White, who explores a somewhat indescribable sound on his return. Leave Your Heart is bright and perky, taking on a more pop-centric flavour through it's spotlighted and at-times warped vocals that take centre stage above the single's clanging production underneath. Yet, while the immediate feeling of Leave Your Heart is this refreshing brightness, the single has this strange, almost twisted quality to it which I'd really love to be further amplified and explored in some sort of darker remix of the track. Nevertheless, it's another great single from the continually impressive musician, who will no doubt continue to grow and evolve in 2018.
Ribongia - Shakti
Sydney's Ribongia is one of Australian electronic's most inventive and forward-thinking names, continually being one step ahead of the crowd with his earthy, percussion-soaked productions that are often shaded with tropical-like tinges. Shakti is the producer's long-awaited returning single and his first for 2018 and in real Ribongia form, it's another percussive gem that grows and warps as the track progresses. It's colourful and summery, with a playful synth melody that is twisted and distorted multiple times through the track layered with layers of light percussion and bass kicks. It's the first single from his forthcoming debut album M∆∆T (which will arrive through October Records on March 16 with collaborations with Hvncoq, Owen Rabbit and more), a record we can't wait to hear in full come March.
Kult Kyss - Chase The Sun
In 2017, Melbourne electronic duo Kult Kyss became one of our favourite rising electronic acts, most notably taking on a dark and menacing sound for their raving, late-2017 affair I Am One. We went on to name them one-to-watch in 2018, something which we wholeheartedly back with the release of their newest cut, Chase The Sun. Following suit from their The Presets-approved take of This Boy's In Love, the pairing have this time taken on Planet Funk's iconic Chase The Sun for their newest rework, which sees them continue to explore a dark, ravey vibe with pulsating bass and dark synth melodies combining with Rromarin’s unique vocals for twisted, electronic gold. Continue to keep an eye on the pairing as they strive in 2018 – which includes the debut of their live show at April's By The Meadow Festival in Victoria.
Planète - Alone In Parallel / Faded Memory
Melbourne's Planète is a name familiar to many up to speed with Australia's house and tech scene, having supported names including Jacques Greene and Jon Hopkins off the back of a range of productions and remixes for the likes of LANKS and Jack Grace. Alone In Parallel / Faded Memory is his newest two-side, with the production maestro continuing to explore his long-winded house sound through two extensive, yet vastly different productions. Alone In Parallel is your more standard affair, with twinkling synth melodies glistening above a percussion-fuelled 4x4 bass line that feels relentless as the nine-minute long production continues. Faded Memory is a single built more-so on a UK garage base than a house base, with Planète taking a more left-field and percussive route that showcases his craft for producing exciting releases that don't feel too boring nor 'all the same' despite their six-minute-plus durations in a vein similar to Four Tet.
Godlands - Everybody Knows
Australian producer Godlands is quickly gaining a reputation for her energetic live shows and roaring productions, with the rising name set to play the Excision-topped Touch Bass festival this year off the back of supports for the likes of Baauer. Everybody Knows is her latest effort and it's another high-octane trap production, with the producer bringing together thick bass kicks with warping synth and dripping samples to create a track that wouldn't feel out of place amongst trap's heavy-hitters and their own sets. Keep an eye on Godlands as she continues to grow into one of Australian bass' biggest exports as we dive deeper into 2018.