Kimberly Anne – Liar (Jakwob Remix)

Kimberly Anne is an up and coming singer-songwriter from the south of London, who released her first EP ‘Hard as Hello’ in March. It has become a very personal and emotional EP, almost a self-revelation to the world, and at the same time a setting-up of herself as an artist. Since, she has toured through the UK on her own and as a support artist.

This remix of ‘Liar’ by fellow London resident and producer Jakwob, that will also be found on the EP puts a whole different spin on her music.

Until now, Drum and Bass was criminally underrepresented on Electric Women. But I’d like to change that with this gem that was in my posting queue for some time already. And I think it’s a good moment to do so, after Saturday’s quite melancholic posts. And as Mondays are everyones favorite day anyway, it’s only appropriate to have some energizing sounds to start the new week with. Jakwob did a great job here, with Kimberly’s splendid source material.

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Flying Lotus feat. Laura Darlington – Table Tennis

Today, being a very quiet Saturday for me, I seem to be haunted by songs from the past as I stumbled across this little gem from Flying Lotus. In ‘Table Tennis’, where he cooperates with songstress Laura Darlington, he incorporates sounds of a table-tennis game and the life-support machines of his mother to create a daunting and melancholic atmosphere.

This is only amplified by the soft and toned down voice of Laura Darlington over the unique beat. Laura has already worked together with FlyLo after this. Among other tracks, she provided the vocals for ‘Phantasm’ from his album ‘Until the Quiet comes’. She is also one half of Ninja Tune artist The Long Lost, along with her husband Daedelus.

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The Knife – Heartbeats

It’s a weird feeling, knowing that one of my favorite groups and one of the most influential electronic bands of our time will disperse in a couple of months. Only two days ago The Knife announced that they will stop playing together and explained their motivation shortly after in this interview for Dazed. I feel a bit nostalgic about it, but also eternally grateful for their music.

It was The Knife that introduced me to the idea of having a political concept behind their music, while still having an awesome sound. And it was ‘Heartbeats’ that really kickstarted my interest in electronica in general.

‘Heartbeats’ is widely considered one of the best songs of the 2000s and it was a cover by José González that brought the song and The Knife itself into media spotlight. They have loads and loads of equally amazing songs, but this was the one that started it all for me.

Year: 2002

Genre: Synthpop

More From The Knife:

Official Website | YouTube

Susie Suh x Robot Koch – Here With Me (Bearson Remix)

It was about time I finally shared this wonderful track. I’m not sure whether it is a good thing, that I planned to post this almost 3 weeks ago when I found it on Thump, but never got around to actually doing it. At first it might look like the track wasn’t too good to begin with, otherwise I’d have posted it immediately. But on the other hand, I always keep coming back to it and my love for it is growing every time. By now it has become one of my favorite tunes of the last months.

Susie Suh is a Korean-American singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, that usually produces introspective folk music. ‘Here with me’, which she wrote and produced together with Robot Koch from Berlin, is in its original version a very mellow and soothing tune. The remix by Bearson doesn’t lose any of it’s original qualities but adds a tropical house feel that makes this a superb feel-good song to listen to, not only on relaxed summer evenings.

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Zhala – Prophet / I’m in love

Being associated with two of Sweden’s biggest icons of contemporary pop is definitely not a hindrance to success in the music industry these days. And Zhala can boast exactly that. She performed as a chorist for Lykke Li and got signed on Robyn‘s very own music label Konichiwa Records in 2012.

In early 2014 she released her first EP ‘Prophet’. And it’s the title song that stands out from the rest of the pop tunes on that record. ‘Prophet’ is soaking with rave influences. So much that Zhala describes her own music as ‘religious rave’. It’s a label most appropriate for the tune that starts with a thumping, but still relatively mellow beat. But as soon as the sharp synths set in around the minute mark it steadily develops into a hardcore rave tune which feels almost comically exaggerated close to the end of the song.

It’s a very promising first release and the premiere of her newest tune, the catchy and upbeat ‘I’m in Love’ on the last weekend on P1 shows that we can expect a lot more from the Swedish songstress.

Year: 2014

Genre: Synthpop / Rave

More From Zhala:

Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube

Shindu – Down The Line

‘Can’t go back. I Lost the track. Nothing is right. Everything is wrong.’ Oh, how I can feel them right now… They are a Belgian duo that goes by the name of Shindu. It consists of Chibi, who provides the vocals and Chris, who’s in charge of the beats. They were formed in 2011 and have not stopped to create amazing electronic music ever since.

Their newest release, which I stumbled upon while browsing through amazing ‘Electronic Rumors’, is the above linked video to ‘Down the Line’. It accompanies their recent single release of ‘Trust me’ as a B-Side. And I must say that I like it even better than the single itself. It has a kind of retro 80’s ‘Drive’ atmosphere to it and sheds light onto the darker times during one’s life.

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ill-esha – Crossroads (Buku Remix)

Hailing from Vancouver, ill-esha is one of the most important figures of the glitch hop scene. Being one of the co-founders of ‘Glitch Hop Forum’, she has become well known for her DJ performances, where she not only DJs but also provides live-vocals at the same time.

Ill-esha also already had successful Drum & Bass and Dubstep releases and this remix of ‘Crossroads’ by US-American producer Buku takes her into yet another direction, that of trap music.  I plain love the combination of ill-eshas delicate vocals and the relatively hard beats. This really deserves some love.

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