Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including Elohim, TEED, Four Tet and more.
Elohim – Panic Attacks feat. Yoshi Flower
Los Angeles musician Elohim is someone we've been quietly watching for a while now, whether it's her collaborations with Whethan and Louis The Child or on her own accord with singles such as F*ck Your Money. Ahead of her upcoming, self-titled debut album (which will arrive on April 27), the talented singer-songwriter has shared another gem in Panic Attacks, which sees her link up with hyped R&B newcomer Yoshi Flower for the upfront and honest track that really highlights her knack of crafting brilliant low-key pop. Panic Attacks is quite mellow and minimal, with both Elohim and Yoshi Flower exchanging verses (or intertwining on the single's chorus) above a subdued piano backing that brings out a more beautifully haunting side to the single. "I can only hope for this record to be an escape and a way of coping, growing, inspiring and finding peace," said Elohim on her new album in an interview with us recently, and with Panic Attacks' haunting yet comfortable presence, we can definitely see that coming to fruition early on.
T.E.E.D. – Leave A Light On
It's been a long time between drinks for the UK's Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, but after three years of silence, he's back. In contrast to the club-ready and house-y sounds of his well-celebrated 2012 debut album Trouble, Leave A Light On is a much more stripped-back affair, with T.E.E.D. electing to keep things subdued and spare in a style that focuses more on electro-pop songwriting for the day-time than heaving bangers for the night. It's still magical though – as you would expect from T.E.E.D. – with the musician's eerie vocals opening the single above a quiet piano backing that eventually blossoms into a percussive electronic gem that oozes with emotive songwriting and glistening synth work. Welcome back Orlando, it's nice to have you back.
Hudson Mohawke - Chimes (Basenji Bootleg)
With an east-coast headline tour quickly approaching (dates and tickets HERE), Australian electronic gun Basenji has revealed plans for a four-part bootleg series, with the constantly impressive producer reworking four of his all-time favourites into clubby gems every week this month. The first is a brassy remix of Hudson Mohawke's iconic Chimes, with the echoing horns of the original left to just a tinge underneath the bootleg's quick-firing, dancefloor-ready club groove. In an era where club music is becoming more and more synonymous with house, trap, drum-and-bass, Basenji's momentum-building rework of Chimes takes us straight back to the Jersey-influenced sounds of the likes of Wave Racer and Cosmo's Midnight, and has us real eager to see what else he has in his sleeve across the next month and beyond.
Riton & Kah-lo – Fake I.D.
The partnership of Riton & Kah-lo have blessed us with many house-driven club gems in the past year, many of which combining Kah-lo's infectious and catchy vocals with Riton's brilliant production work to create 4-on-the-floor magic which have soundtracked many of our late nights. Fake I.D. is their latest release together and it's more of an experimental take on their house sound than we're used to thus far, with Kah-lo's vibrant vocals chanting above a clanging house production that has this world-ly sound to it, keeping things fresh and unique while much of the house music world draws more and more from the same few trends that seem to dominate commercial house. The video, shot in Lagos to highlight Kah-lo's heritage, matches the vibrant, party-like sound of Fake I.D. with a coordinating video clip that complements the track perfectly. "It's always great being back home in Lagos and having Henry in town, showing him around Lagos was a lot of fun," says Kah-lo on the clip. "He really got on with everybody."
Bicep - Opal (Four Tet Remix)
Over the past few months, Four Tet has gifted us an incredible amount of new music. There's, most notably, been his long-awaited return album New Energy in September last year, which then came with official remixes of tracks by Todd Terje, Jamie XX and others. Bicep are the latest act to get the Four Tet treatment, celebrating their now-finished Australian tour with Four Tet's persistent, eight-minute rework of their album cut Opal that really draws out the best moments of the original and amplifies them ten-fold. In typical Four Tet fashion, his remix of Opal is very relentless and textural, with the long playing time giving the legendary producer plenty of room to move around and toy with Opal's melodies (plus others that he intertwines himself) and keep things exciting as the single's duration grows longer and longer. With Bicep's Australian tour now out the way, here's hoping that Four Tet is one of the next on the list for some Australian shows – it's been too long.