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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

Kito & Reija Lee – Starting Line

Being friends since they were thirteen it seems only natural for the two Australians Kito & Reija Lee to work together. Since they started collaborating in 2008 they have combined their respective talents. Kito is responsible for beats and production while Reija provides the enchanting vocals. They have been signed to Diplo’s ‘Mad Decent’ label, and earlier worked together with Skream, which generated a lot of publicity for them. Their first EP ‘Sweet Talk’ was released on Mad Decent in 2012.

‘Starting Line’ is taken from their newest release, the ‘II EP‘. And as they say on this interview for ‘DoAndroidsDance’ it’s a real co-production for the very first time, in that they helped to evolve the song together, deviating from their usual step-by-step process of Kito producing a beat and Reija subsequently writing the lyrics for it.

It’s full of beautiful synths, soaking with memories of the sound of the 80s, combined with the beauty of today’s electro-pop style.

Year: 2014

Genre: Electro Pop

More From Kito & Reija Lee:

Soundcloud | Facebook

Bella Loka

Being a part of the music industry with its very own calendar and demands can be hard on ones personal relationships. As a result, making music together with your partner could be one way to circumvent those problems, albeit creating others at the same time, like how to separate and professional life.

Bella Loka, consisting of David and Tea Boothby, a young couple from Camden, London, seem to be heading in the right direction with that. Concurrently they also succeed at creating catchy electro-pop tunes.

David is mainly responsible for the laptop production and guitars whereas Tea is in charge of vocals, piano, songwriting while also contributing guitar sounds. On top of that, she is the one that usually comes up with ideas for new songs, writing them for guitar and piano at first, while David takes care of the necessary managerial duties that come with being a musician.

Their sound, although clearly aimed at a mainstream, pop-affine audience, has its roots in the diverse influences of both Tea and David. Tea sums it up when she says that, “[f]rom the earliest age I was exposed to an incredibly eclectic mix of roots, soul, gospel, folk, rock and pop through my mum and dad’s love of music and widely differing music tastes”, while later on developing her very own taste listening to the likes of Queen, Radiohead, Björk and David Bowie. Bowie seems to be something both can agree on. David, who otherwise has a strong bias towards guitar-heavy music, mentions his abstract fear of Bowie “becom[ing] a borderline obsession”.

On the 2nd of September they are releasing their first EP, ‘Escape’ and at the moment they are extensively touring clubs and venues in the UK. Among the songs on the EP, ‘Colin’ stands out musically with a progressive pop-beat that really carries the song along with Tea’s always prominent vocals.

My personal (lyrical highlight) of the mini-album is ‘Wake Up (You Could do much Better)’. It is a song about personal progress and the necessity of dealing with traumas from the past, topics of great personal importance for Tea. “I wrote Wake Up after a period of intense frustration and the positive message of “you could do much better” was a kind of Eye Of The Tiger moment for me”.  It developed into a dark exploration of personal traumas, also incorporating experiences of domestic abuse that happened to people close to her.

Otherwise Tea has a very positive outlook of the music industry, being aware of the hardships of women, especially their ongoing sexualization when it comes to marketing. But her personal experience speak of different reactions by her listeners: “What we’ve been finding at shows is that there’s a real appetite amongst the music-loving public to see women making real art and music without feeling the need to diminish themselves in that way.”

And Tea and David definitely are making ‘real art and music’. Escape is a solid pop EP, that has good aspects to develop upon and it will be exciting where Bella Loka is taking their sound. Making it sound more rough, edgy and losing some of the polished popishness could really do them well. Considering their diverse influences they might very well succeed at that.

Year: 2014

Genre: Electro-Pop

More From Bella Loka:

Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube | Facebook

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

More From Ryat:

Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube | BandCamp

White Sea – They don’t know

Morgan Kibby only recently became known as a solo artist with her Indie / Electro-Pop project ‘White Sea’. Before that she toured with M83 (who can also be seen in the video to ‘They don’t know’) among others, while writing some of the songs and providing vocals for several bands as well.

After her time with M83 she started posting songs online under the monicker of ‘White Sea’ and released her first album ‘In Cold Blood’ in may of this year.

‘They don’t know’ is one of the highlights of that album and its almost folkish beginning, that quickly develops into an almost orchestral room-filling electronic sound makes for some good listening. Unlike some of the other songs on her album ‘They don’t know’, for me at least, it also never passes the threshold to cheesiness. It’s just right on the edge. And that’s definitely where it feels the best.


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Peking Duk ft. Nicole Millar – High

Wonderfully dancey tunes – a happily weird music video – strong vocals and lyrics. That is all that makes this track so damn good. It’s an Australian collaboration between the up and coming producer duo Peking Duk and singer Nicole Millar who has just released her first solo tune.

Also recommended: Yahtzel’s tropical beats remix of ‘High’.

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[Playlist] Electric Women of Dream Pop

So this is a premiere, my very first post of a playlist for convenient listening. I’ve decided to make this first one about the vast landscape of (electronic) Dream Pop, as quite a few of the hitherto published posts could be categorized into this genre, there is a reasonably good representation of Women in the bands in question and last, but not least, it has always been one of my absolute favorite genres. The boundaries of dream pop are broadly set here, as I not only not agree with the notion of a necessity of strict separation between the genres, moreover I think that those boundaries inhibit musical development and progress so I’ll go with what I’d say could be categorized under the umbrella term of Dream Pop.

Dream Pop is primarily defined by ethereal vocals and a focus on the song’s texture. It has been often used in the 80s and 90s for a sub-genre of alternative rock, but thereafter has been used for a wide difference of sounds including, but not limited to, bands that are otherwise labeled as playing synth- or electro pop music.

There have been excessive discussions on which bands are to place under this term, and whether Dream Pop is part of the electronic music scene or not has been a controversial question. In addition, the differentiation between Dream Pop and the closely connected genre Shoegaze has been questioned multiple times as well. But to me those debates surrounding exclusionist notions of music are moot. So in case anyone is still wondering what Dream Pop is, better start listening to the tunes and see for yourself.