No, his debut solo single ‘WALL’ is not a tech-house track, despite what his press shot may look like, but rather rich and fragile cinematic pop that builds and erupts into something simply mind-blowing.
‘WALL’ is neo-classical and electronic in its nature. Initially intended as a remix of the song of the same name by composer Nils Frahm, it quickly developed into a track of its own.
Sounds like: Aquilo, Solomon Grey, Son Lux, Nils Frahm, Ulrich Schnauss
Mysterious UK-based duo Weslee share their visuals for ‘Boy Like You’.
Another lip-smacking and dreamy song, the Alexandra Gavillet-directed video for ‘Boy Like You’ takes inspiration from Kanye West and centres on the infatuation of the lead male figure through a series of personal camcorder style shots filmed around a hazy American summer.
Sounds like: Ben Khan, Kacy Hill, Blood Orange, Wet, Off Bloom
Rising Swedish teenager Amanda Mair shares ‘Empty Blockings’.
In the video, Amanda broaches the highly important topic of anxiety and depression,
“I wanted to show the feeling of the continuously searchers desperation. The every day hope for running away from anxiety and sorrow but the faith is to weak and puts you in a circle of running and running until you don’t know what you’re running away from.”
Continuing with his monthly release schedule, VILDE, shares ‘Maintain’.
The music of VILDE – an innovative music project set up by Stockholm-based Thomas Savage, former member of Kins – is dutifully firm and ‘Maintain’ stands by that mentality with its racing drum beat and Savage’s claustrophobic vocals.
Elaborating on the themes behind ‘Maintain’, Vilde explains, “The subject matter of the song is somewhat of a crammed amalgamation of ideas. Part inspired by the film ‘Ace in the Hole’, where a news reporter begins to twist events in a dark way to gain fame through his portrayal of the story. There’s some pretty bleak imagery in the lyrics, yet bits of optimism seep through too, provoking a sense of solitude, release & calm.”
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Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss, TV on the Radio, BØRNS, Tim Hecker, Future Islands
VILDE is the innovative music project of Stockholm-based Thomas Vilde, former member of Kins.
We have no idea what ‘study dance’ means, but this is how VILDE describes his new single, ‘Strictly Speaking’, and we dig.
It is the third in a series of monthly releases, following ‘Produce’ and ‘Dreamboat’.
Whilst ‘Strictly Speaking’ commences as an energetic rendition (Hayden Thorpe from WildBeasts comes to mind), it soon takes an unexpected turn down a street of ominous and heavier bass lines, before taking yet another turn into an lighter, more ethereal landscape.
This is song construction that is not often seen within music these days, and it’s a very welcome change.
Sounds like: Wild Beasts, Spektor, Radiohead, Thomas Azier, James Blake, Ulrich Schnauss
Jon Hopkins is a London-based electronic producer. His album, ‘Immunity’ has been shortlisted for this year’s Mercury Music Prize.
The album features the dusty techno track ‘Breathe This Air’ which has been reworked by Hopkins and now features the choral vocals of Purity Ring‘s Megan James.
The beautiful yet eerie video, directed by Anthony Dickenson, silently follows a story of two parallels. One of a young woman who is cleansing herself in a lake after suffering a loss, and one of a hunter who appears to be struggling during the aftermath of a car crash in which he has injured a deer.
The story lines unfold throughout the track until the abrupt ending. Watch below:
You can listen to the original ‘Breathe This Air’ on ‘Immunity’, which was released on 3 June 2013 via Domino Records.