Dot – Super Moon / Space Race

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.


Year: 2014

Genre: Future Beats / Chill


More From Dot:

Official Website | Soundcloud | Unspeakable Records | Facebook | Twitter | Bandcamp

Mari Kvien Brunvoll – Everywhere You Go (Villalobos Celestial Voice Resurrection Mix)

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”.


Year: 2013

Genre: Experimental / Techno


More About Mari Kvien Brunvoll:

MySpace | Facebook

Rampue feat. Rosa Lux & I’m Not A Band – Wilderness (Original Mix)

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.


Year: 2014

Genre: Tech-House / Deep House


More From Rosa Lux:

Official Website | Soundcloud | Discogs

Holly Herndon – Fade

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!

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Year: 2014

Genre: Experimental / Techno


More From Holly Herndon:

Official Website | Soundcloud | Twitter | Facebook

Philip Glass – Houston Skyline (Kate Simko Remix) / London Electronic Orchestra

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.


Year: 2014

Genre: Electronica / Classical


More From Kate Simko:

Official Website | Soundcloud | ResidentAdvisor | YouTube | Facebook

Emma Louise & Wankelmut – My Head is a Jungle (My Head is a Dub MK Remix)

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.


Year: 2013

Genre: House


More From Emma Louise:

Official Website YouTube | Facebook

Laurel – Shells (Hannes Fischer Remix)

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.


Year: 2014

Genre: Deep House


More From Laurel:

Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube | Facebook

Copeland – Smitten

Inga Copeland’s lack of creating a coherent or even recognizable media image for herself during her membership of ‘Hype Williams’ is yet another slightly experimental and unorthodox aspect of the female producer and songstress. This self-uploaded ‘video’ of her playing one track of the self-released ‘Smitten’ EP’s 7″ fits right in to that picture.

And what a song it is. Thumping beats, simple melancholic synths and Inga’s voice that sounds like she’s a bit resentful but above all, full of pity for whoever she is singing that song to. The Smitten ‘EP’ was made available only a few weeks before the release of her debut album ‘Because I’m worth it’, that is also full of highly recommended, albeit sometimes hard to digest tunes.


Year: 2014

Genre: Electronica / Experimental


More From (Inga) Copeland:

ResidentAdvisor | YouTube

Laurel Halo – Thaw

This is why I love music! The unofficial video with footage from Philippe Garrel’s ‘Le révélateur’ and the song ‘Thaw’ itself by Berlin-Based musician and producer Laurel Halo, evoke emotions in such a way only great music can do.

I feel like listening to ‘In the Aeroplane over the Sea’ for the first time once again, like going to my very first Ska-Punk-Concert melting together with the crowd in a choreography of uncoordinated movements. I feel like dancing in a room full of black light and strange sculptures to mysterious Goa-Music. I’m starting to vaguely remember watching clips of nature documentaries with the accompanying sound of french circus music, I come across abstract animations and memories of a war long-gone but ever so c lose flickering over a screen with the rough soothing sounds of Godspeed! in the background.

I feel a bit creeped out – it’s something entirely new. I encounter as yet undiscovered emotions. A slight queasyness spreads through my body. But still, I feel whole. Like this is an unknown place – but a place I always belonged.

I feel like I arrived.


Year: 2012

Genre: Electronica / Dream Pop


More From Laurel Halo:

Official Website | Soundcloud | Facebook

iamamiwhoami – blue blue

It’s a no brainer whether to post a video or a soundcloud link to songs by iamamiwhoami. Jonna Lee‘s audiovisual project, that is produced by Claes Björklund and visually directed by the WAVE collective, connects videos and sounds like no other contemporary electronic artist does. So posting only the track without any accompanying visuals would almost feel heretic.

The project was started over 4 years ago with a series of mysteriously named videos that were uploaded on YouTube and which created a hype even before any official release or announcement was made. By now, iamamiwhoami has released two full albums and a third one, ‘BLUE’, that is due to be released in November 2014, is already in the making.

‘blue blue’ is the fifth ‘chapter’ from the upcoming album and, as always, is accompanied by a beautifully filmed video. It has been made available on iTunes on the 4th of September and although I always feel like some of iamamiwhoami’s freshness has been lost over the last years, the track and video still neatly build up the excitement towards the release of ‘BLUE’.


Year: 2014

Genre: Synthpop


More From iamamiwhoami / accompanying label towhomitmayconcern:

Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube