Electric Feels: Your Weekly Electronic Music Recap
The best of the electronic world in the past week, including Jon Hopkins, ZHU, Oscar Key Sung and more.
Jon Hopkins - Everything Connected
Two months ago, electronic music maestro Jon Hopkins announced his returning album Singularity, due out May 4th, with the charging return-to-form Emerald Rush – a track we named as one of the best songs of 2018 thus far. Singularity is out next week and it's shaping up to be an absolutely massive follow-up to his breakthrough record Immunity four years back, with Hopkins treated us to an old unreleased favourite titled Everything Connected. Everything Connected, a track familiar to any of Hopkins' loyal and dedicated fanbase due to its recurring presence in live shows, is another synth-drenched electronic journey that picks up where Emerald Rush left off, taking you on a captivating, tech-fuelled journey across the single's lengthy almost-six-minute duration. It's one of the electrifying high points of the record, a record designed to take you on a bit of an adventure when you play it front-to-back – a listening method that the album was explicitly built for. Be sure to pre-order Singularity HERE.
Oscar Key Sung - Simple Luv
Over the year or so, underground Melbourne musician Oscar Key Sung has been putting out some of the best electronic to come out of Australia in a while, pairing brilliant, often left-field productions with his incredible songwriting skills to treat us to anthems such as Shallow, Fools (which featured HTMLflowers and Ah Mer Ah Su) and D.Y.T.. Last week, he officially announced his long-awaited new EP No Disguise with a brand new single Simple Luv, which sees Oscar Key Sung's mentioned skills in songwriting and production pushed in the limelight through a percussion-soaked, dancehall-tinged instrumental and his own captivating vocals. "Simple Luv is a naive and hopeful manifestation spell," Key Sung says on the single. "I intended to conjure all I want by imagining it clearly in a song. It is implicit in the song that I have been lost: “tunnels without a light”. But for no smart reason, I still believe there is a veritable garden of Eden waiting just beyond." Make sure you check out his new EP No Disguise when it drops on May 25 through Good Manners Records, and see him on a headline tour this May/June – dates HERE.
ZHU - Stormy Love, NM. feat. JOY.
One of the surprise releases of last week came from the always enigmatic producer ZHU, who seemingly dropped a new, seven-track EP/album titled Ringos Desert Pt.1 on Friday with basically no promotion behind it. One of the highlights from the album features a very familiar Australian name in JOY., who has teamed up with ZHU on the album's leading single Stormy Love, NM.. Stormy Love is another of ZHU's action-packed house jams, with JOY. going on duet mode with ZHU's characteristic falsetto above the single's brooding, guitar-tinged production. It's a great collaboration and one we didn't really see coming, so hopefully, it's a taste of what more to expect from ZHU and JOY. in their own solo projects throughout 2018.
Pluko - Asleep feat. MOONZz
Pluko is a name you might've found yourself familiar with if you've been keeping an eye on Foreign Family Collective's latest output. He popped up earlier this year to remix Hayden James' downtempo Graace collaboration Numb and ODESZA's triumphant album highlight Higher Ground, both joining a steady stream of singles, beats and remixes that have littered his Soundcloud account for the past two years. His latest sees him join ODESZA's Foreign Family Collective team with his own work, linking up with LA vocalist and songwriter MOONZz for a dreamy collaboration that is bound to push him further into the limelight. In Asleep, neither Pluko's production nor MOONZz's vocals overshadow each other. Instead, they seem to perfectly complement one another's washed-out haziness – something that's important in electronic collaborations. Keep an eye on the producer as singles like Asleep push him further into the international limelight in 2018.
Odd Mob - Intrinsic
Brisbane's Odd Mob has been pushing out some exciting house productions for a while now, but the now-solo project's latest track, Intrinsic, his perhaps his best to date. It's a bit of a hypnotic and enchanting house release, taking the banger-ness that typically surrounds Odd Mob's productions and instead, replacing it with something a little more low-key and radio-friendly. Layered with clever vocal sampling and breezy synth melodies, Intrinsic is a turn in the right direction from Odd Mob, and hopefully a taste of what more's to come from the musician this year. "Intrinsic was made to be a fusion of many things," he says on the single. "I wanted a bit of a rustic feel alongside more modern production. I wanted to make something completely different with familiar house elements." Check out the single below, and see Odd Mob on an east-coast run of dates across the next few months, more deets HERE.