XAMVOLO – RUNNER’S HIGH [VIDEO]

Electro alt-R&B artist XamVolo has released a visual accompaniment to recent single ‘Runner’s High’.  The singer-songwriter and producer describes his sound as “a messy mind over raw, dark jazz grooves” and this definitely comes across in the rough and ready atmosphere of the video; the weightlifting scenes perfectly match the fat bassline, sharp synths and brooding…

TA-KU & WAFIA – MEET IN THE MIDDLE

Perth producer Ta-ku teams up with Brisbane vocalist Wafia for ‘Meet In The Middle’, the first release from their collaborative ‘(m)edian’ EP, out on Future Classic on June 24th. A downbeat spin on electro-R&B, the woozy, synth-driven production and the exchange of soulful vocals, underpinned by the considered arrangement, combine to pack a real emotional…

RALEIGH RITCHIE – YOU’RE A MAN NOW, BOY

18 months in the making and involving six producers [including Chris Loco, Sounwave and Mike Elizondo], Raleigh Ritchie’s debut album ‘You’re A Man Now, Boy’ is pretty neat for a side project.  Much of the LP follows the narrative verse and swelling chorus format, but Ritchie makes it sound fresh with his engaging lyricism.  His ability to…

ELWD – THERE’S LIGHT SOMEWHERE

ELWD returns with his third LP on Bad Taste Records, ‘There’s Light Somewhere’.  Retaining the glitchy, chopped-up, experimental sound we’ve come to know and love, the Northern beatmaker goes slightly darker this time round.  Hip Hop is the major undercurrent, but the record dips the occasional toe into Chillout, Ambient, Jazz and Soul, as well as Jungle, Breakbeat…

ROIS – LOVE HIGH EP

Vincent Coleman and Nickolas Hughston started experimenting with their alt-R&B, electro-soul sound back in 2014. Their debut EP as duo Rois, ‘Love High’, is the result of that work. Vincent’s lush vocals weave their way across Nickolas’s atmospheric production – from the layered harmonies, gentle percussion and down-tempo beat on the title track to the…

LETHERETTE – RAYON

‘Rayon’, the opener to Letherette’s new ‘Refresh’ EP, marks the UK production duo’s return to Ninja Tune, having not released new music on the label since their self-titled debut back in 2013.  And what a return it is; straight in with a bouncing bassline, percussive claps and warm synths; there’s no doubt that ‘Rayon’ is one for…

RALEIGH RITCHIE – KEEP IT SIMPLE [FT. STORMZY]

Starting 2016 strong and leading up to his album drop on February 26, Raleigh Ritchie has come over all funky. ‘Keep It Simple’, with its warm synths and shimmering disco vibes, is the perfect antidote to the miserable January weather.  Musing on how to stay cool in a relationship’s early days, the sharp songwriting that…