I’m really happy to introduce • dot • today. She is a producer and singer from LA, who has founded her own all-female(!) record label ‘Unspeakable Records’. And because this most definitely deserves its very own lengthy article, I’ll leave it at that for now.
‘Super Moon’ is taken from the first compilation released through her record label, ‘Unspeakable Volume One’. The sampler is available as a download or as limited edition on cassette via their bandcamp.
It is a super chilled tune, built from some superb drum samples and a futuristic line of vocal samples and synths. I don’t think I’m going to relax to anything else in the next days.
‘Space Race’ is my other Dot favorite, with which I might have fallen deeply in love.
It has some unbelievable gamey samples and some pleasantly wobbling and progressive synth sequences. The combination with her assertively whispered vocals (‘Are you ready? Go!’) through out the track just gives me the chills. Definitely one of this year’s favorites.
Genre: Future Beats / Chill
More From Dot:
Official Website | Soundcloud | Unspeakable Records | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp
This Minimal House stunner is a remix of Mari Kvien Brunvoll’s ‘Everywhere You Go’ by Ricardo Villalobos . Mari is a Norwegian Jazz singer who comes from a very musical family. Her performances are inspired by the sound of pop and folk, and while on stage she uses a variety of acoustic as well as electronic instruments. So it’s only fitting that Ricardo put her wonderful voice to some very enchanting electronic beats.
It’s a bit disappointing though that there are only very limited resources with infos about Mari. At least I learned, that there still are people that use MySpace. Astonishing. But when it comes the music itself – it is “nothing less than magic”.
Genre: Experimental / Techno
More About Mari Kvien Brunvoll:
MySpace | Facebook
DJ and producer Rosa Lux (Rosali Batzer) is one of Denmark’s more famous representatives in the electro scene, having even made a name for herself in broader Danish society due to a few appearances on danish TV programs in the last years after her first successful single. Her debut album ‘Monsters’ already came out in 2011 and she continued to be a regular among Copenhagen and Europe’s night clubs.
‘Wilderness’ is a collaboration with artists from Germany, namely Audiolith producer Rampue and electropop duo ‘I’m Not A Band‘. Together they produced a wonderfully relaxing Tech-House track that simply clings to your eardrums. It’s a testament of how well-deserved Rosa’s fame in the Copenhagen club scene really is, even when she’s only providing vocals here. For a proof of her beat-making qualities, listen to the gold-awarded ‘Min Klub Først’ feat. Alberte & Josefine Winding.
Genre: Tech-House / Deep House
More From Rosa Lux:
Official Website | Soundcloud | Discogs
Hailing from San Francisco, Holly Herndon is currently studying for a doctor in computer music at Stanford University, all the while touring with her music and sound art. Her musical self was shaped in the dance and techno scene of Berlin in the late 90s, where she stayed for several years after moving away from her home in Tennessee. Since then she moved back to the US and has been highly active in the art and electronic music scene.
The Berlin influence is still recognizable in the accentuated techno style of a lot of the beats she produces. A combination with sometimes ethereal and eerie vocal parts defines her very own sound. These vocals and her tendency to experiment partly resemble Fever Ray/The Knife‘s approach to music. In case an archetypal example for Holly’s diverse style even exists, it’s ‘Fade’. It’s dark and it’s danceable!
Genre: Experimental / Techno
More From Holly Herndon:
Official Website | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook
I was planning to focus on less vocal-heavy electronic sounds for a while already, so I’m glad to have come across this little beauty of a remix by Kate Simko. It puts a slightly different electronic spin on the original by Philip Glass while keeping the faintly oppressive but melodic atmospheric elements.
Kate Simko started working as a producer and composer in Chicago around the change of the millenium, which also explains her strong influences from Chicago House. Besides this and Detroit Techno classical music and jazz are by far the genres with the greatest impact impact on her mostly warm and soulful electronic sound. Her own background in music theory and piano also influenced the currently London-based artists latest project: the London Electronic Orchestra, where she merges live orchestra and electronic sounds to create something entirely new and incredibly wonderful, as can be seen below.
Genre: Electronica / Classical
More From Kate Simko:
Official Website | Soundcloud | ResidentAdvisor | YouTube | Facebook
Sometimes I love remixes just for the sake of making me rediscover a long forgotten gem. At other times they bring songs onto a whole new level. And there are also those few tracks where both coincide in one tune.
The MK remix of Emma Louise’s cooperation with german producer Wankelmut is one of those exceptions. It’s a much more progressive, sweeping house beat set to Emma’s vocals and the melodic sequences of the original. And although this seems to be quite a controversial remix, judging by the comments on Soundcloud, I like it way better than MK’s original take on the song. Even though I must admit that I share the reservations about the general quality of production and some parts of the song, this has too much style to dismiss it that easily.
Emma herself is a talented singer-songwriter from Australia, who had her first greater commercial success with the feature of Wankelmut. The original version (‘Jungle’) of this tune already is a wonderful song and in 2013 she released her first full album ‘Vs Head Vs Heart’ that was positively received by the critics. I’d love for her to work together with more electronic producers in the future. It would really suit her.
More From Emma Louise:
Official Website | YouTube | Facebook
Laurel doesn’t only share a childhood idol with me (Britney Spears), later on she also fell in love with Laura Marling. And if that wouldn’t already be enough to make me like her an inappropriate lot, she is also an incredible singer-songwriter. The 19-year-old girl from London released her impressive debut EP ‘To the Hills’ in April of this year.
All the while electronic remixes of her songs are making the round on the blogosphere. And although the Live City Remix gets a whole lotta’ love right now, my favorite version of Laurel’s beautiful ‘Shells’ is this deep house variant that has been retouched by Hannes Fischer. I can’t stop playing this 7 1/2 minute beauty… Except for listening to Laura Marling, of course.
Genre: Deep House
More From Laurel:
Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube | Facebook