Almeeva – Part Fiction

Greg Hoepffner is the drummer of Paris electro-pop band Kid North, but the French musician also produces and creates electronic music under the moniker Almeeva. His latest effort Oblite EP is set to be released on July 9th, but Hoepffner has shared the dynamic lead single “Part Fiction” ahead of time. 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…

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…

Benjamin Munoz – Anchors

Influenced early on by one of the best electronic music scenes, Benjamin Munoz discovered the sounds of the U.K. underground back in high school, listening to drum n bass, jungle, house, and garage after his local record store owner showed him a secret collection of records. Now ready to develop his own style, Munoz has released the accumulation of influences in his latest single “Anchors”. Psychedelic textures and strobe bass melodies demonstrate Munoz’ love and appreciation for his favourite genre. Included in the mix is an influence from Japanese culture, which…

The Last Gunslinger – Mental Noise EP

(If you like: Infected Mushroom, The Crystal Method, Pendulum)  L.A. electronic duo The Last Gunslinger have mastered the art of party music. Through live instrumentation and stellar DJ sets, the pair of DJ Vidal and Anthem have entertained the world with their concoction of dubstep, house, and trance. After releasing a number of tracks last year, the duo have shared their new Mental Noise EP – a collection of three bass-pounding, dance floor shaking electronic hits. Having shared the stage with Tiesto, Pendulum, Infected Mushroom, and Shpongle, there is a deeply rooted…

Sights & Sounds – Megaphono: Feb 4, 2016

Ottawa’s west end played host on Thursday for the third day of Megaphono. 12 different performers took over various record stores and cafés, as people sipped on lattés, browsing through shelves of vinyls while Ottawa indie acts entertained listeners. But the real party started later that night at Babylon Nightclub… You can head to www.megaphono.tv for more information and a full schedule, and check out Wednesday night’s gallery.   Frayd Just a few months shy of graduating from high school, Ottawa electronic artist Frayd opened the night at Babylon. Playing a…

YACHT – Ringtone (Joe Goddard Remix)

Having recently released their latest album I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler, L.A. future-pop duo YACHT are closing a fall tour across Europe (tour dates below). Known for their shapeshifting critique and detail-oriented opinion of technology and the world, YACHT’s latest collection keeps true to their style. Off the record is the neo-funk/trance-pop hit “Ringtone”, which caught the eye of Hot Chip member Joe Goddard. The fellow electro-pop artist returned to basics and remixed the single, heavily footed in old-school disco/retro-house stylings. “I love YACHT, I think their music and their live…

TOKiMONSTA x Gavin Turek – Hemisphere Remixes EP

L.A. DJ TOKiMONSTA is known for her artistic fusion of R&B, dance, and classic electronica in her sound. Featured around the world, from NPR to BBC1, TOKiMONSTA was proudly the first female artist to join Flying Lotus’ crew Brainfeeder. Continuing to become a prominent leader in the next generation of electronic music, the California artist released the You’re Invited EP with friend and collaborator Gavin Turek in August. From the electro-R&B collection, the pair have released a series of remixes of the lead single “Hemisphere”. Ranging from progressive house to deep house to big room, the…

Ladyfrnd – Farewell Remixes

Vancouver ambient/electronic duo Ladyfrnd are calling it quits. Composed of HUMAN and Gang Signs member Peter Ricq, and vocalist Yuki Holland, the pair have released their final release in the form of a collection of remixes of their July 2015 release Farewell EP. The Farewell Remixes EP takes fans on one last journey through a few popular tracks reconstructed by HUMAN, Gang Signs, Ryan Wells, Heroshe, ma/am, ACTORS Stalkers, and donné. Transforming Ladyfrnd’s tranquil, often-times tropical style into varying forms, the new EP provides a fresh take on old songs; from hyper-textured forms of trance and…

Above & Beyond – We Are All We Need

4/5 Since forming in 2000, British electronic act Above & Beyond continue to be one of the most successful and active artists in the electronic world with their progressive trance style. After countless singles and remixes, the trio composed of Jono Grant, Tony McGuinness, and Paavo Siljamäki have released their fifth full-length album We Are All We Need. The opening interlude “Quieter is Louder” gracefully transitions into the hit and title track “We Are All We Need“, which features long-time collaborator Zoë Johnston (who is featured on five songs on the album) on the track…

Mr. Oizo – The Church

4/5 Best known as filmmaker Quentin Dupieux, the French artist has countless side projects as a director, producer, writer, and most importantly as Mr.Oizo (pronounced like the French word for bird “oiseau”). His music career took off in 1999 with the hit “Flat Beat“ (featuring the famous puppet Flat Eric), and since then has released five albums including his latest work The Church. With so little happening, but so much at the same time, The Church is a fun and unpredictable experience from start to finish. Stimulating all parts of the auditory sensory, “Bear Biscuit“ blasts…