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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


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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


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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


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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


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Ryat – Howl

Christina McGeehan, better known by her stage name Ryat, is a producer and multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles. She was recently signed to Ninja Tune (link), while formerly releasing her music on Flying Lotus’ (insert Link) label brainfeeder (link), both ranking among the highly influential labels in electronic music. This can easily interpreted as a testament to her great talents.

‘Howl’ is taken from her 2012 album ‘Totem’ and it’s a glitchy experimental synthpop song that inevitably evokes memories of Björk. Especially the longing, slightly tormented voice of Ryat shows an uncanny similarity to that of the Icelandic icon. It creates an atmosphere of nostalgia and I suddenly feel a strong urge to go and explore mysterious and gloomy Scandinavian forests full of friendly creatures from fantasy worlds.


Year: 2012

Genre: Experimental / Synthpop


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Gazelle Twin – Men Like Gods

This is one for the darker hours. ‘Men like Gods’ is taken from Gazelle Twin’s debut album ‘The Entire City’ which was released to great critical acclaim and at times almost rave reviews.  Gazelle Twin’s style is often, not without reason, likened to Fever Ray‘s aesthetics as well as her sound. (Planningtorock also comes to mind.) Elizabeth Walling, who’s project it is, creates dark haunting soundscapes and, as you can see for yourself in the video above, the accompanying visuals to it.

Some call it art-pop, or avant-garde electronic. Whatever you might call it, it is there to bring to light your unconscious fears and it does so beatifully. The incredible remix by Ghost Eyes and the accompanying video, are also highly recommended. Anyway, Gazelle Twin’s dark mind will definitely haunt you for a while if you give yourself in to it.

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