Dekleyn thrive in new cool and catchy EP

Their third extended play in three years, Western Sydney electro-pop duo Dekleyn’s new effort ‘Thrive’ sees an outfit more confident than ever.

The duo first began to turn heads in April 2018 with the catchy single ‘Ghost’, followed by an exciting sophomore EP ‘Unsaid’.

Followed by appearances at Real Festival, the duo kicked off 2019 with another single ‘Like This’. While the single was positively received, critics noted the more upfront nature of the production, suggested the duo were beginning to head in a more dance-driven direction.

This EP finds the duo in a new artistic mindset as they explore new sounds and ideas. Percussion is much more upfront part of the record; however the synth-heavy ambient soundscapes are still very much front-and-centre. The EP is full of colour, personality and moments that will get you moving; but it is also relaxed, cool and catchy.

The feeling is set from the get-go on intro cut, ‘Weather’, starting with synths and gentle percussion. A genius production move is to have their breathing as part of the percussion soundscape, which gives the song personality. 

‘Cars’ picks up the energy of the EP, continuing the percussion of the opener and adding quiet bass and vocals before exploding into a gorgeous chorus, with light guitar hanging in the background along with stunning, distorted backing vocals. 

The single ‘Like This’ has a lyrical element that feels almost Gotye-inspired. It’s added on by mature lyrics about a relationship that isn’t providing or meeting the needs of the male partner. The song is complemented by punchy electro-keys, however the instrumental is the highlight, with lyrical samples being thrown into the mix to give the crescendo a weightier, but more dance-heavy feel. 

‘Outside’ is a much more low-key song, but with fast moving percussion and synths hanging mutely in the background. The chorus is filled with droning vocal croons, and once the track’s percussion comes front and centre, the song turns colourfully stunning. 

The closer, ‘Lost My Mind’ brings the album to a solid close, with clapping continuing the dance element of the record. However, the warped synths give the track a warped, cacophonic feel, and as the drums build near the end with the guitar it gives the song a climatic, abrupt finish to the EP. 

Amongst these danceable, but ambient soundscapes, Dekleyn have provided compelling songs. ‘Thrive’ more than lives up to the title, as it sees the duo looking more artistically confident than ever. With a debut album reportedly in the works, the sky's the limit for this exciting project.

JVLY and DRKTMS bring their A-Game on ‘me&her’

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JVLY has been turning heads over the last few years for his unique approach to sample-based electronics music, however if his new track ‘me&her’ is anything to go by, he might be about to embark on something much more ambitious.

The Aussie artist and producer has been teasing up to the release of his second EP for some time now, following the release of their first single ‘tacenda’ earlier this year.

However, this follow up effort ‘me&her’, which sees JVLY team up with Swiss producer DRKTMS, sees him heading in a more analogue style. And it’s a style that certainly suits the young artist, given his clear talents for creating unique production sounds.

Opening with distorted synth wubs and sample vocal snippets, a smooth kick drum soon introduces itself, followed by JVLY’s deadpan vocals, which glide over the proceedings. The production is smooth, but unlike many of his contemporaries (who often utilise digital recording in their music), the crackling, analogue production gives the track so much character. Add to that, the addition of metal drums in the background are a really nice touch.

Lyrically, JVLY is observing the motives of a potential romantic interest, watching their every move in their game of flirting. In the second verse, he’s get lost in her eyes as they both let their guard down. The imagery he presents really compliments the production style, and is enhanced by female sample vocals that pop up in the song’s second half.

Eventually, the track eventually coasts out on the repeating mantra of ‘I know that you want to’, with the vocal snippets coming front and centre to bring the song to a close.

This is a gorgeous track, filled with character and a sensual atmosphere. JVLY and DRKTMS deliver a tune that crackles with personality, but the ambitious musical statement they make with this piece is what is most impressive. Consider me excited for what this second EP will bring.

Third Floor delivers majestic electro-dance treat ‘12 Months’

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Aussie electro-dance artist Third Floor is back!

Following on from dropping two acclaimed releases late last year , ‘Our Song’ (featuring Kamaliza) and ‘Lying Eyes’ (featuring Ryan Konline), the young producer has now returned to wow fans once again with a majestic new electro-beat, ‘12 Months.’

This track is an interesting change of pace for Third Floor, and seems destined to be danced to, for all the right reasons. This track is an absolute jam, and fans of artists such as Mr. Probz will find a lot to appreciate.
Opening with gorgeous and distorted rhythmic guitar, the track wastes no time hitting us with a smooth catchy beat and bass line, giving the proceedings a real sense of funky swagger to them. This track quickly turns into an ear worm, with the production bringing everything together beautifully.

Lyrically, the song depicts an emotional and personal tale of a relationship ending, and the mental and physical toll that it leaves on you. Third Floor makes sure the song stays fresh as it goes along, bringing in nice moments of a cappella in the pre-chorus and instrumental, and the punchy synths during the final crescendo of the track are a really nice touch.

If you are looking for a smooth, ear wormy dance track, this is the song for you. Third Floor has delivered the goods once again, and is sure to be on his way to carving out a serious niche for himself within Australia’s electro-dance scene.

Laurel Laxxes and Gavin Beach get exotically experimental on ‘Somewhere New’

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Music can take you to some amazing places, and this is certainly been the case for homegrown indie producer, Laurel Laxxes.

While travelling in the UK, Laxxes fell in love with the Welsh highlands around Cardiff, and that fascination developed into his experimental cut, ‘Somewhere New.’ Featuring the soulful vocals of UK artist Gavin Beach, Laxxes delivers a track that seemingly blends multiple sounds that seemingly would clash on paper, yet like the landscapes he was inspired by, blend seamlessly together into something exotically beautiful.

Opening with gorgeous brass and a cappella backing vocals, electronics soon introduce themselves in the form of a simple, subtle kick drum. Beach croons with lyrics about being in an existential crisis, with a hidden restraint in his delivery showing a need to move on from a challenging time, finishing with a desire to leave this place of crisis and find somewhere new.

However, the highlight of this track is the low key percussion, that keeps things smooth and simple. However, the sounds that Laxxes creates with this percussion, whether it be metallic drums, the chinking of bottles, samples or metallic strings, make the song crackle with life and personality, almost stealing the show.

‘Somewhere New’ feels like pure, experimental fun, and is a delight in both it’s themes, songwriting craftsmanship and execution. If this track is anything to go by, the sky could be the limit for this exceptionally talented artist.