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
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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
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.
Genre: Electronica / Experimental
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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.
Genre: Electronica / Dream Pop
More From Laurel Halo:
Official Website | Soundcloud | Facebook
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.
Genre: Electronica / Experimental
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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.
Genre: Experimental / Synthpop
More From Ryat:
Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube | BandCamp
Samaris are a three piece electronic downtempo group hailing from Iceland that incorporates many of the elements a lot of people have come to love about Icelandic music. The ethereal vocals, wide and roomy while at the same time minimalistic soundscapes and a certain melancholy about their whole performance.
‘Ég Vildi Fegin Verða’ is a trip-hop track that incorporates vocals, electronics and clarinet sounds, all base elements of Samaris’ compositions into one dreamy tune that narrates old Icelandic poems.
One has to mention that Samaris consists of two women (Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir and Jófríður Ákadóttir) and a man (Þórður Kári Steinþórsson) of which only Þórður is responsible for the electronic elements in their music, whereas Áslaug and Jófríður do the singing and play the clarinet. I mention it only to take note of the fact that even in the (naively imagined) feminist north of Europe and within a mostly-female band the electronic instruments are still a domain of men. But they are composing the music together and all of them form parts of an electronic band so they have a more highly legitimate place here.
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