Jim Guthrie & JJ Ipsen – Aspect Imaginarium

The music of singer-songwriter/composer Jim Guthrie is often described as optimistic, insightful, and charming; which definitely explains his continued work conjuring up encompassing music for film, commercial, and video game soundtracks. His latest endeavour is the soundtrack for roller coaster creation game Planet Coaster inspiringly titled You, Me, and Gravity: The Music of Planet Coaster. The 16-track collection has Guthrie joining forces with multi-instrumentalist JJ Ipsen, blending together their creativity and imagination through folk-rock tunes. Leading the way is the glowing, inspiring single “Aspect Imaginarium”. Warm guitar layers, an engaging piano track, a glowing…

Almeeva – Part Fiction (Live Music Video)

Also known for his role with Paris electro-pop band Kid North, Parisian musician Greg Hoepffner works under the moniker Almeeva as a solo electronic artist. After recently sharing his latest Oblite EP back in July, Hoepffner has taken to a rooftop to show off his lead single “Part Fiction” and the Paris sunset. Incorporating elements of house and trance into his lush, synth-pop sound, “Part Fiction” begins with Almeeva’s reverb-drenched vocals overtop a repeating melody and pounding bass kick. The song eventually slows and shifts into a futuristic trance loop that builds and builds with each…

Alexis Taylor – I’m Ready (Official Music Video)

(If you like: Patrick Watson, Bon Iver, Ólafur Arnalds)  Hot Chip frontman Alexis Taylor has released two full-lengths and an EP as a solo artist, often leaving behind his energetic, electronic music persona behind. His previous side projects have touched on indie rock, gospel, and avant-garde, but for Taylor’s upcoming third album Piano (out June 10th), he’s turning to the elegance of the 88-key instrument. Soft, sombre, and simple, his lead single “I’m Ready” is an intimate recording of Taylor and his piano. The quietness of it all is magnified by his “older…

Benjamin Munoz – The Bonds That Fail Us

Although originally from Hamilton, Ontario, electronic artist Benjamin Muñoz has relocated to the U.K., the home base of his musical influence and admiration. Growing up, Muñoz discovered a love for the underground electronic music of the U.K., from drum n’ bass, to jungle, to grime. His embarked on a solo career after his former band New Hands split, and has now released his second single “The Bonds That Fail Us”. He explains: “The Bonds that Fail Us’ is a tune about indecision. I made it in Bristol and was sick of bouncing…

Massive Attack x Azekel – Ritual Spirit (Official Music Video)

(If you like: Alt-J, Nine Inch Nails, Portico)  U.K. electronic duo Massive Attack ended their drought of new music in January with their latest Ritual Spirit EP, the first record since their 2010 album Heligoland. Massive Attack shared the music videos for “Voodoo Blood” and “Take It There” earlier this year, and have now added to the collection with the release of the visual clip for the EP’s title track. “Ritual Spirit” features the stunning Kate Moss in a darkened room, moving in and out of the scarce light from a sole, hanging bulb.…

M83 – Do It, Try It

(If you like: Röyksopp, Twin Shadow, Phantogram)  French electronic artist M83 (a.k.a. Anthony Gonzalez) has been working away on his upcoming album titled Junk since releasing the soundtrack for 2014 film Divergent. His intergalactic, synth-driven style has solidified Gonzalez as a leader in the electro-dream pop genre. Set to release Junk this April, M83 have shared the lead single “Do It, Try It”. Revolving around the Röyksopp-esque chorus, the new single dances between jangling electronic piano verses, and swelling, ambient synthesizers that have shaped the M83 sound over the years. Enjoy the single below, along with the oddly-hypnotizing accompanying clip of…

Speaker Face – Vertical (Official Music Video)

Electronic ambient-folk duo Speaker Face are looking forward to 2016. The Toronto-based pair are excited to release their debut album in the spring. Composed of Eric Wright and Trent Freeman, their music flirts between the natural and artificial world of instrumentation, aiming to “blur the line between what’s generated electronically and what’s generated by a human being”. Droning bass textures, loops, and hints of jazz rhythms are fused together with hypnotic, experimental violin and piano tracks to create a stunning product. Featuring vocalist Rachel Sermanni, “Vertical” is undeniably soothing and organic. Captivated by…

Dralms – Shook (Official Music Video)

It has been a busy year for Vancouver songwriter Christopher Smith; the mind behind minimalist electronic act Dralms, he has released two EPS: Crushed Pleats and Pillars & Pyres, played a number of shows, and released the full length Shook on October 2nd. Adding to the list, the music video for the lead single and title track “Shook” has been released. Having a keen eye for detail, and new ideas, the visual accompaniment features revolving flowers, a mattress, and Smith slowly spinning in the centre. As for the song, it was previously described as “…hauntingly spellbinding, and pleasingly alluring,…

Snowday – Evoke EP

“Now that we have the space, we have more instruments, and you will hear them all on Evoke, including a 100 year-old Nordheimer upright piano, a Rhodes electric keyboard, a new drum kit, and a wealth of new percussion instruments. The end result sounds dark and organic, and really conveys deeper emotions than we maybe managed to capture with As We Travel”.  – Cam Sloan  Sloan makes up half of Toronto-based ambient electronic duo Snowday. Chad Skinner accounts for the other, and the two longtime friends released their debut record As We Travel last…

TIO – Through the Heavy Clouds (Official Music Video)

Combining cool, sedated hooks with textured synths, and spacious tones and sounds, dream-pop/electronic group TIO have released their latest single “Through the Heavy Clouds”. Telling the story of distant lovers through two separate cameras, the new music video artistically provides an ever-changing backdrop for the dreamy, M83-esque track. TIO explain: “The noise of time is not sad. Time lingers and repeats through the camera. Captured and re-captured, played and re-played, we see each other through the lens of time. Two worlds, two cameras: Through the Heavy Clouds captures two lovers separated by space, but connected through images…