Electronic

New Release: Jack Steadman – Mahalia

We posted on Jack’s solo project back in May this year – introducing the world to the Future-Garage vibes of I Will Change You. Since then, he’s been busy touring the world with his band Bombay Bicycle Club, promoting their third album A Different Kind of Fix (which is really good by the way, go cop that). So it’s nice to know he’s got enough musical juices left in him after all that to then sit down and create songs like Mahalia…

Artist Spotlight: DJ iZem

Co-founder of internet world-music radio station Groovalizacion, DJ iZem has now turned his hand to producing his own. Turns out he’s rather good. Exposed to so many different musical cultures at Groovilicion, it’s no surprise that Debaixo D’Agua, his debut EP released this month, is an eclectic affair. Full of energy, it effortlessly blends dub, soul, hip-hop, Brazilian, post-dubstep…

New Release: Burial x Sisqo – Stolen Thong

Since his 2006 self-titled debut was released on Hyperdub, Burial has become one of the biggest names in Electronic music with what is now recognised worldwide as one of the most unique sounds to grace the garage scene. For those unfamiliar with Burial (where have you been?!), I recently…

New Artist: Juk Juk

If you want to get your beats noticed, there aren’t many better people to turn to than Four Tet’s Keiran Hebden. And there are few better ways than to hand-deliver it to him after a set. That’s what Caleb Waterman did at London’s Plastic People and now he’s signed to Hebden’s label Text. Winter Turn Spring is a prime cut of 2-step, brought alive with some great vocal sampling and scratchy bass. Sit back and let it take you away.

New Artist: Psychologist

It takes a brave man to make music through minimal sound effects and the raw power of his own voice. Before James Blake took such a leap of faith at the end of last year, there was Iain Woods, the man behind Psychologist. And whilst the former basks in his critical acclaim, the latter carries on creating less recognised, yet equally magnificent music. His sound falls somewhere in between two ends of the minimalist spectrum – the bass-driven Blake and the piano-led melodies of Oupa and Perfume Genius.Recorded in a church, Waves Of OK is the first of two EPs released by Psychologist this year and, as a result, each of its five unnerving songs have a real hymnal quality. The standout is Come In Waves, which sees Woods’ voice take centre stage, so distinguishable that the piano and bassy sound effects are just an afterthought. Be sure to explore some other highlights on Psychologist’s Hype Machine page, and watch out for the second EP release later this year, which contains further electronic explorations.