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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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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.

 

The Knife – Heartbeats

It’s a weird feeling, knowing that one of my favorite groups and one of the most influential electronic bands of our time will disperse in a couple of months. Only two days ago The Knife announced that they will stop playing together and explained their motivation shortly after in this interview for Dazed. I feel a bit nostalgic about it, but also eternally grateful for their music.

It was The Knife that introduced me to the idea of having a political concept behind their music, while still having an awesome sound. And it was ‘Heartbeats’ that really kickstarted my interest in electronica in general.

‘Heartbeats’ is widely considered one of the best songs of the 2000s and it was a cover by José González that brought the song and The Knife itself into media spotlight. They have loads and loads of equally amazing songs, but this was the one that started it all for me.


Year: 2002

Genre: Synthpop


More From The Knife:

Official Website | YouTube

Zhala – Prophet / I’m in love

Being associated with two of Sweden’s biggest icons of contemporary pop is definitely not a hindrance to success in the music industry these days. And Zhala can boast exactly that. She performed as a chorist for Lykke Li and got signed on Robyn‘s very own music label Konichiwa Records in 2012.

In early 2014 she released her first EP ‘Prophet’. And it’s the title song that stands out from the rest of the pop tunes on that record. ‘Prophet’ is soaking with rave influences. So much that Zhala describes her own music as ‘religious rave’. It’s a label most appropriate for the tune that starts with a thumping, but still relatively mellow beat. But as soon as the sharp synths set in around the minute mark it steadily develops into a hardcore rave tune which feels almost comically exaggerated close to the end of the song.

It’s a very promising first release and the premiere of her newest tune, the catchy and upbeat ‘I’m in Love’ on the last weekend on P1 shows that we can expect a lot more from the Swedish songstress.


Year: 2014

Genre: Synthpop / Rave


More From Zhala:

Official Website | Soundcloud | YouTube

Shindu – Down The Line

‘Can’t go back. I Lost the track. Nothing is right. Everything is wrong.’ Oh, how I can feel them right now… They are a Belgian duo that goes by the name of Shindu. It consists of Chibi, who provides the vocals and Chris, who’s in charge of the beats. They were formed in 2011 and have not stopped to create amazing electronic music ever since.

Their newest release, which I stumbled upon while browsing through amazing ‘Electronic Rumors’, is the above linked video to ‘Down the Line’. It accompanies their recent single release of ‘Trust me’ as a B-Side. And I must say that I like it even better than the single itself. It has a kind of retro 80’s ‘Drive’ atmosphere to it and sheds light onto the darker times during one’s life.

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TEED X Anna Lunoe – Feels Like

It’s Anna Lunoe – again! The only appropriate reaction to her newest song comes from ‘dropthebassline’ who ask whether ‘Anna Lunoe can ever make a bad track?’ Slowly I’m beginning to think that’s not at all possible.

For ‘Feels Like’ she teams up with notorious producer ‘Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs’ to produce one of this year’s best techhouse tracks yet.  It is released on TEED’s very own new label ‘Nice Age’ and is special in its modes of creation, because both Anna Lunoe and TEED contributed vocals and production, so it really is a collaboration down to its core.

Both, the new TEED label as well as Anna Lunoe’s development to one of the leading ladies of global house culture are exciting prospects for the future of electronic music and ‘Feels Like’ is a testament to that.

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XXYYXX feat. Vanessa Elisha – Unknown

I’m so stoked. The new XXYYXX EP seems to be right around the corner, as electro’s wonderkid releases ‘Unknown’, his latest track featuring Vanessa Elisha.

Vanessa Elisha already made some waves (sorry for the pun) with her ‘Midnight Swim’ EP where she teamed up with a diverse array of producers for some fine soul-infused electro. The choice to work together with XXYYXX not only indicates that she really has a knack for choosing the best people to work with, but also that she’s amazingly good at what she does.

To me, ‘Unknown’ doesn’t yet reach up to something like ‘About You’. But hey, that was one of the most mind-boggling debuts ever had. So it’s still one hell of an awesome song.

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