Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including Feels, SG Lewis, Northeast Party House and more.
Feels – Research
Perth's own Feels have become one of our favourite local acts over the past twelve months, whether it's in the spotlight on dynamic singles such as Moon Holiday, Glasshouse and Prior Engagement or what they do behind the scenes running the Women Of Music Production Perth (WOMPP) group – which you can familiarise yourself with HERE. Research is their latest track and it's the first of many to arrive in 2018, bringing together their signature bubbly melodies with thick, intricate layers of percussion to create a refreshing slice of rather minimalist electronica. "We were lucky enough to spend two weeks in the Ableton Live School studio in Sydney this January," says Elise, one half of Feels, on the single. "In the studio, we had access to synthesizers, drum machines and effects pedals we had never used before. On our first day in the studio, we decided we would ‘research’ - we experimented with new sounds. Research came so naturally to us in one sitting. We both had so much energy being in a new city and enjoying our summer break from our day jobs. This track is the first document of our ongoing research in 2018."
SG Lewis – Sunsets Pt. 2
If you've been keeping up to date with the world's electronic market at the moment, chances are you've already come across London's SG Lewis. On his summery anthem Aura, released at the start of this year, the musician and songwriter crafted a perfect future-funk belter, one you've no doubt heard dropped on triple j countless times over the warmer months. This year, he's releasing his debut album through a series of mini-albums, the first, Dusk, arriving on Friday. Alongside Aura, Sunsets Pt. 2 is one of the easy highlights of the mini-album, with SG Lewis bringing together a remarkably smooth and sensual chill-house vocal with laid-back vocals and bunch of great vibes into one tidy package. It continues on those summery feels, feels that we may be hearing live in Australia sometime soon if a recent tweet is anything to go by. Here's hoping it all comes to fruition soon.
Set Mo – Near feat. Asta
A couple of months back, Sydney production duo Set Mo announced plans to release a new single every month this year, kicking things all off with the Scott Quinn-featuring Nightmares. Admittedly, we've been a bit lazy in forgetting to cover their mission since its announcement and first single, but we're jumping right back on board with the release of their new tune Near, which features the vocals from triple j favourite Asta. It's a bit more of a laid-back house track than some of Set Mo's other tracks, but it's still packed full of those tropical-leaning, sun-stroked vibes we've come to love from the pairing, piecing together a chiming house melody underneath Asta's warm vocal line. "The original piece of music, before there were any lyrics, we gave the working title of Near as the track had a warm, comforting feel to it," Set Mo agree, continuing to explain the single's creation. "When we got in the studio with Asta we explored this concept and the broader idea of feeling someone's presence and aura. This is when the song Near truly came to life. Asta has an amazing voice and we love the more laidback seductive feel in the verses contrasting with the lift in energy and power in the chorus."
The Jungle Giants – Feel The Way I Do (Northeast Party House)
Currently in the midst of an absolutely huge Australian tour (full dates HERE), The Jungle Giants are jumping on the remix train. After remixing Client Liaison just last week, Melbourne friends Northeast Party House have transformed Quiet Ferocity's lead single into a track a little more suited for the D-floor than at-home listening, giving the single a bit of a party-starting kick by infusing a sick funk-tinged house vibe track. The remix stretches out Feel The Way I Do and plucks out the best moments – whether it's echoing vocals, the addictive central melody, or the general percussive rhythm of the original – and amplifying them above a funky house beat that'll whip up an absolute storm. Now, let's maybe get Northeast Party House to remix the rest of the tracks on the album then, hey?
Robin S – Show Me Love (Basenji Bootleg)
Over the past few weeks, Basenji has been rolling out a series of bootlegs of his all-time favourite tracks – HudMo's triumphant and brassy Chimes and Jojo's anthemic Baby It's You among them. They're being used to hype up his upcoming Australian return (find the full dates HERE), exploring the clubbier side of Basenji that has largely been missing since he went down the singles route all the way back with his Trackpad EP (not that we're complaining, because the radio-friendly singles side of Basenji has been putting out some of Australian electronic's best singles, like most recently, the Tkay Maidza-featuring Mistakes). His latest is an edit of Robin S' iconic 90s house single Show Me Love, and it sees Basenji add his heaving club charm to the single's easily singable chorus to create a bit of a left-field thumper that we can easily see being dropped over the weekends in favour of the original.