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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


More From Kate Simko:

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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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Laurel Halo – Thaw

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.


Year: 2012

Genre: Electronica / Dream Pop


More From Laurel Halo:

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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

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


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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

Amy Steele – Bury You Deep (Gemini Remix)

UKF is one of the go-to brands when it comes to two popular ‘harder’ genres of electronic music – namely DubStep and Drum & Bass. And the Dubstep branch of UKF just posted a well-done remix of Amy Steele’s ‘Bury You Deep’ by British producer Gemini.

Amy Steele manages more and more to make a name for herself as a singer-songwriter, while studying for her degree in medicine at the same time. Her songs seem to become favorites for remixes by electronic artists as ‘Bury You Deep’ has also been transformed into a Drum & Bass tune by technimatic, while other songs have been remixed as well.

Gemini’s remix of ‘Bury You Deep’ is my clear favorite, though, so far.  The drop and the overall feel of the track could be a bit heavier but it’s still a pretty good tune and the video accompanying it is also worth watching, showing some nice work by cameramen and gymnast alike.

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