Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including Wayfarer and Aphir, Ross From Friends, Whethan and more.
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Wayfarer x Aphir – Trust
Under their solo aliases in Wayfarer and Aphir respectively, Melbourne pairing Ryan Koller and Becki Whitton have each become two of the Australian electronic underground's most spectacular names – the former combining the worlds of electronic and hip-hop for intricate and precise productions, while the latter has become one of "Australia’s new wave of female electronic innovators," as proclaimed by triple j's Tim Shiel. Trust is the first single from a collaborational pairing between the two parties, and it sees the respective strengths of both Wayfarer and Aphir combine to create a seamless blend down-tempo electro-pop that glitches with this experimental goodness. "Getting close to people can be weird and hard sometimes, and this song is all about the politics and paranoia that so often slow-creep into the early stages of a new relationship," says Aphir on the single's meaning. "We wanted Trust to feel as exciting and uneasy as it does to navigate the personal encounters, rumours, and past connections that get tangled together when you try to figure out someone new."
Lorde – Green Light (PINES Remix)
Adelaide two-piece PINES have become rather well-loved on Pilerats, with their percussive electronic sound on singles such as Tell Me and This Life drawing comparisons to ODESZA's summery early work. Now they're back, returning with a triumphant remix of Lorde's Green Light that further strengthens their glittery, percussion-soaked flavour. "We really love the track and we'd much rather have this out in the world for people to enjoy rather than sitting on our hard drives," says the pair on the single. "Also, we actually played this a couple of times live (at Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg last September and then at FOMO Festival in January) and both times the crowd has really got into it. We're currently putting the finishing touches on a heap of new original material for 2018 too, hence why we want to get this one out now as well." Stay tuned to see what else the pair have up their sleeve for 2018.
Ross From Friends – John Cage
'Youtube house' pioneer and recent Australian visitor Ross From Friends has become one of the underground's most adored producers, with his low-key and mellow house sound soundtracking notorious venues like London's Fabric and Field Day Festival. John Cage sees him make his debut on esteemed electronic label/tastemakers Brainfeeder, with the single combining subdued house kicks with light synth melodies and heavy sample usage to create dreamy, experimental goodness. "It’s honestly an absolute rush to sign to Brainfeeder," says Ross From Friends on the signing, which will see his forthcoming EP Aphelion released through the label on April 6th. "It has always been pushing such a forward-thinking sound, one that constantly grabs my attention with every release. I put these four tracks together with Brainfeeder in mind; I wanted to explore the music that I’ve been developing over the past seven years as Ross From Friends while trying to explore the explosive sound that the label is best known for."
Beck – Up All Night (Oliver Remix)
LA house duo Oliver were one of 2017's big success stories, building on years of remixes, singles and the odd EP to release their debut album Full Circle to rave reviews. After treating the house music world to a pack 'remixes and rarities' with their Full Circle release earlier this year, the pairing have now returned to the remix world to take on Beck's colourful return single Up All Night. Their remix pairs the single's light-hearted and relaxed vocal with a nostalgic, disco-funk instrumental that is packed full of summery flavour, perfectly complimenting sun-soaked weather that appears to be happening across Australia right now. Add a touch of French house goodness over the top, which Oliver has done with his remix of Up All Night, and you have pure gold.
Whethan – Be Like You (feat. Broods)
Over the past few years, Whethan has gone from a small Chicago producer on the verge of breaking out to one of the US' stand-out songwriters, collaborating with names including Charli XCX and Dua Lipa and playing events such as Coachella and Lollapalooza. His latest is a new single with NZ electro-pop pairing Broods titled Be Like You, with the now LA-based musician combining a dark and brooding production overflowing with dark bass with Broods' light-hearted and festival-friendly vocals that you can just see being slaughtered over the radio across the next few months. The young name is gearing up for another big year in 2018, and hopefully, that year includes his long-awaited Australian tour debut (maybe with his good friends and fellow Chicago success story Louis The Child, who are still yet to make the trip to Australia too).