After releasing their first single back in 2016, VEiiLA returns with, as dark as the title suggests, their brand new EP “Dive”. The track list includes 5 absolutely new records and a fresh reworked version of RDMV STR. About a year off since the previous release wasn’t spent in vain: besides studio work, VEiiLA played a handful of shows, sharing the stage with such acts like The Neighborhood, Sian Evans of Kosheen, Alex Clare, Above & Beyond and ATB, and released a number of videos, bringing their live sound to the new dimension.
“We are heroes. We are savages.” With the new EP VEiiLA rediscovers their so-called music for introverts in the new, darker and more intimate shape. Songs like Dive and Never Come Back are soaking with sadness yet remaining charged with energy. On the other hand Mantra, a hypnotic techno anthem, being the most “cheerful” in the album, as well as RDMV STR, bring darkness to the realm of rebel and a dead certain desire to make it their own way. The album’s title “Dive” reflects a state of solitude and edginess of a character behind those songs: whether your whole life is like cliff diving or you need to dive into the darkest depths of your soul to find yourself, these sounds will be with you.
Belau is one of the most promising chillwave newcomers: their first song, Island of Promise was chosen to the top hits of 2015 at Deezer Hungary and appears in HBO’s series, Aranyélet. In one and half years they had more than 100 live performances in 14 countries. The debut Belau full-length album, The Odyssey was released in 2016 featuring several outstanding guest vocalists, and won the Hungarian Grammy in best electronic music album category. After their long EU tour they are ready to release their brand new video.
“Take You to The Sea” – claims about their compositions. Belau originally started as a solo project, later it become a duo. In the world of Belau a constant buoyant mood and a sense of optimism meets innovative electronic beats. This genre of elegant and clean beats capturing the feeling of summer has been dubbed as sundowntempo.
Their first song, Island of Promise was chosen to the top hits of 2015 at Deezer Hungary, and the biggest Hungarian new portals. Now it counts nearly 500.000 views, appears in HBO’s series, Aranyélet, and also featuring in international commercials for Pepsi (33 countries). In one and half years they had more than 100 live performances in 14 countries across Europe, they played the biggest festivals of the region, like Eurosonic, Sziget, Reeperbahn, Untold.
The debut full-length album of the band, The Odyssey has been finally released in November 2016 with 12 new songs featuring several guest vocalists from the Hungarian underground scene. One of them is the greatest honor so far: winning the Hungarian Grammy’s, the Fonogram-awards for the best electronic album of the year. One of their song is also airplayed by BBC Radio 1. The long term goals of the ever-growing project include the creation of multiple concept LPs, each capturing the vibe of a different geographical region around the world.
The new Belau song, called Redefine brings back to us the summer vibes with a bit of Caribbean mood. One of the most interesting chillwave newcomers second album hopefully will be released around 2018 October, until they will continue their European tour.
"Previously operated under INDIANS and my given name Soren Juul. Both these names had outlived their artistic roles for me. I needed something new and different. TWIMM is more outgoing - a new beginning and a new chapter of where I see myself as an artist and songwriter now. There are no disguises. "Blame" is a song you sing to yourself but also wants and needs an audience. It’s about fighting for all the best intentions, a fight to make beauty appear, but a lost battle. You have to be ok letting go of all the good intentions and maintain a little respect for yourself."
Dear Pressure have released their debut single “NEVER”.
"This song is our way of balancing the tension between wanting to go elsewhere and realizing that you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be. It’s important to own the fact that your sense of self is attached to your sense of place.We tried to develop a succinct sound for a year, mulling over a variety of sonic palettes, struggling to find something that encapsulated our musical interests while remaining honest. One day we ended up with this interplay between the guitar riff and a synth line which felt like it was trying to break through everything above it. We realized that’s how we wanted to sound and the feeling inspired our debut track. It’s representative of us owning where we are."
'1491' is the story of man climbing up the volcano Hekla to reach its summit (1491 meters). He won't succeed but understand while looking at the sky below that the most important thing is not to touch the stars but to keep on climbing on, doing things.
Sébastien Touraton runs the project heklAa since 2010. His music is piano-based and influenced by different genres, from post-rock to movie music in a neo-classical outfit. His next album is called '1491' and releases on Jan.11.
A combination of retro aesthetics, enduring lyrics and alt-rock grit.
The best music happens when artists refuse to remain stuck in their own comfort zones and creative boxes. Whenever this happens, they are free to give full range to their vision, and they can really come up with something that’s groundbreaking and personable. This is certainly the case here with Tommy Red and his brand new EP release, “I Wanna Be Exploited.”
Marva Von Theo is an Electropop / Synthwave duo formed in 2016 by the Athens-based singer-songwriter Marva Voulgari and the Vienna-based composer-producer Theo Foinidis.
Their Debut Album “Dream within a Dream” was released early in 2018. The 12 songs on their Album, lean towards an electronic sound that incorporates a variety of influences ranging from the music of the 80’s until today. Darkwave sounds, Jazz harmonies, Rock and Dance drum beats resonate together and mature into something darkly romantic.