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


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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:

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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:

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Melanie Martinez – Dollhouse (Treasure Fingers Remix) / Toxic (Cestladore Rework) [Double Feature]

Today’s Electric Women took a path that becomes a more and more common phenomenon in the modern music industry, but which (thankfully) is still a rarity in electronic music. 20-year old Melanie Martinez’ first dip into fame and appearance in popular media was her participation in the third season of American TV-Show ‘The Voice’. She was eliminated after reaching the Top 6, but still managed to build upon her newly found popularity.

Treasure Fingers just released a remix of the lead single ‘Dollhouse’ from her debut EP with the same name. In his hands it has become a fine house / garage song that perfectly compliments Melanie’s vocals.

One of my favorites releases from last year has taken one of her most memorable performances on The Voice, the cover of Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ as a base. The rework by Cestladore, which he simply calls ‘Melanie’, puts a whole different spin on that song again. It’s one of the best trap tunes I’ve heard yet. So good that it really might be post-trap already, like Cestladore himself tagged it on Soundcloud.

It seems like Melanie Martinez is becoming a producers’ favorite to remix and it’s definitely worth the effort, if one takes these two tunes as any kind of benchmark for it.


Year: 2014

Genre: Garage / Trap


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Takako Minekawa & Dustin Wong – Party on a floating Cake

After being absent from music production for over 10 years, Takako Minekawa became involved again after seeing Dustin Wong play live in Tokyo.  Dustin is the guitarist of the now defunct band Ponytail and after corresponding for a while, they soon discovered, that they had similar musical visions and interests. Their fruitful collaboration resulted in the release of ‘Toropical Circle’ in 2013.

Toropical Circle is a combination of  Takako’s experimental pop full of quirky quirky synths and Dustin’s distorted and childlike guitar chords, condensed into a perfectly stereotypical Japanese experience in all its expected weirdness, for which you can still never really prepare.

And yet it never feels too much. And while almost every song can stand on its own, they form a coherent whole together. There is more to discover than would be possible by listening to it once. ‘She He See Feel‘ sounds like an East-Asian version of Metronomy, while ‘Party on a floating Cake’ has to be one of the most telling names in musical history. It’s a beautifully relaxed happy go lucky song, that’s cobbled together through the means of video-game synths, dreamy guitar chords and Takako’s serene voice.


Year: 2014

Genre: Electronica / Experimental


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Adi – Save Me From Myself

After featuring Music Junkies a while ago, Adi Ulmanksy, who will play at the Berlin Festival tomorrow, is the next upcoming act from Tel-Aviv’s club scene. On her songs the very versatile Adi fulfills the roles of producer, singer as well as rapper. After releasing her first Mixtape ‘Shit just got real’ in early 2013 and the ‘Hurricane Girl’ EP later that year, she has become one of Israel’s most internationally acclaimed electronic artists.

‘Save me from myself’ came into being during her recent stay in London and originated from a deep feeling of melancholy. The soulful vocals, together with her almost avant-garde beats, create a deep and warm atmosphere. I don’t mind Adi being lonely again every once in a while if this is what she makes of it.


Year: 2014

Genre: Futurebeats / Nu’ Soul


More From Adi Ulmansky:

Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube

Berlin Festival’s Electric Women

As the Berlin Festival starts this evening, I wanted to take the opportunity to present most of the women of the weekend’s lineup with a small playlist. Below you can also find the featured artists with their respective stage and time.

One can only hope that the festival won’t be as disastrous as its organization has been in the last weeks and months. From changing the venue a few weeks before the festival, to mixing up the timetable and their failure to deliver a better line-up despite all their announcements – it feels like the festival has become a complete farce.

Nevertheless I will enjoy this weekend completely dedicated to electronic music and try to see as many of the women as possible. Even with the likes of Moderat, Hudson Mohawke, Rustie and Mount Kimbie performing as well.


Austra | Fr, 23.30-00.30 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Meggy | Sa, 03-05 | Ipse (Berlin Festival meets FWTB)

Ellen Alien | Sa, 05-07 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Aerea Negrot | Sa, 07-09 | Ipse (Berlin Festival meets FWTB)

Fidelity Kastrow | Sa, 10-14 | Badeschiff

Magda | Sa, 16-18 | Badeschiff

Coely | Sa, 19-19.45 | Glashaus

Nina Kraviz | Sa, 19.30-22.00 | Badeschiff

Eva Be | So, 04-07 | Arena Club

Nod one’s head | So, 15.00-16.00 | Badeschiff

Highasakite | So, 15.45-16.30 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Warpaint | So, 17.00-18.00 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Jessie Ware | So, 18.30 – 19.30 | Warsteiner Mainstage

Nene Cherry & Rocketnumbernine | So, 22.00-23.15 | Glashaus

Adi Ulmansky | So, 23-00 | White Trash Food

Hawk House | t.b.a.