Single Review – Lapsley – Hurt Me

One of XL Recordings more recent signings is the singer-songwriter Holly Lapsley Fletcher or ‘Låpsley’ as she’s known as, from Merseyside. She’s already been highlighted as a rising star on the British music scene with her self produced Trip Hop and Chillwave sound which is replicated well with her new single ‘Hurt Me’. The song balances the soft beats and sunken piano chords against her strong and able vocal as it explores it’s various tones in it’s enforced isolation from the shifting sounds and beats. Though it may not be the dance inducing Trip Hop of AlunaGeorge, it is certainly the contemplative side of the genre and can be appreciated in it’s own way. Expect an album from the 19 year old at some point next year.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Single Review – Neon Indian – Slumlord

The Texas based electronic outfit return with the announcement of their third studio album VEGA INTL. Night School set for a October 16th release. The new track from the album is the funky ‘Slumlord’ with features a more groove orientated disco and space rock sound with a electronic tinge that guides the opening of the track as the rhythm is forged from the warping and distorted chords. From there it is taken over by a rolling bass line, poppy synths and the soft, easy listening vocals of Alan Palomo who looks to have moved Neon Indian to a more retro themed sound, away from the modern chillwave of their last album.

Owen Riddle @oriddleo1995

Sunday Suggestion – Tycho – Ascension

Tycho is a producer from Sacramento, California and who also dabbles in photography and design. He has been producing ambient techno or ‘downtempo’ music for around a decade now with his debut album Sunrise Projector reaching it’s tenth year now. He’s had plenty of experience while remaining relatively obscure and mysterious; much like his music. His fourth effort Awake is set for release on March 18th from which he’s already released an intriguing title track. I want to look back at ‘Ascension’ from 2011. It is a very drawn out and washed out sounding track as you’d expect, with the muffled beat rotating the song steadily in the background as the lighter synths bounce off it, the shimmering synth sounds away from it. The beat is replicated by a bass line and a tune is cut out via a more immediate and sharper synth. As the songs progresses smoothly and gradually; you get the odd echoed vocal sound or light guitar strumming but it is all minimal and so it should be. It carves out it’s own cool and sleek path.

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