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

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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:

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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:

Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube

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


More From Melanie Martinez:

Facebook | YouTube

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


More From Takako Minekawa:

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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.

 

Olivier & Robyn Florence – Fever

Olivier is a young 16-year-old producer from the Netherlands. For his first single ‘Fever’, he teamed up with the wonderful Robyn Florence. It was released in the end of August and all profits that are eventually generated will be donated to the Dutch ALS foundation.

Lyrically, it is a song about sexual self determination and unwanted advances in public spaces. In particular about the tragically common phenomenon of people not being able to read other’s emotions (or not minding them) and subsequently making unrequited and unwanted approaches.

While Olivier wrote and produced the track, Robyn, who first met Olivier in school, had a great influence on the creative direction and co-wrote the lyrics in addition to providing the vocals. As yet she was primarily covering songs and putting them up on YouTube or Soundcloud. So this is a new step for both of them. And a great one at that, as the surprisingly mature sounding ‘Fever’ is an early testament of their promising talent.

Unfortunately, the full song is not out there on SoundCloud, so here’s a link to a 60 second preview on SC, for those that don’t use Spotify.


Year: 2014

Genre: House


More From Robyn Florence:

Soundcloud | YouTube

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