Listen to ash.ØK New Single “The Unraveled”

A new single by Philadelphia producer ash.ØK titled “The Unraveled” has dropped for all us indie electronica fans off his upcoming album due out January 19. Check out the video below:

The single features Texas-based singer-songwriter Rebecca Loebe on vocals with the video directed by Patrick Mason. The album is a melting pot of different musical genres, from electronica, trap, hip-hop, folk, blues, and ambient that all come together to form a unique, cohesive sonic journey.

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Image via ash.ØK

The collaborations on the album include a wide-ranging musical spectrum of artistry to include Kid Moxie, Grammy-nominated cellist, Tina Guo (Wonder Woman, Foo Fighters, Stevie Wonder), Chrysanthe Tan (Ariana Grande, Bastille, Alicia Keys), and Kaly (Buzzfeed’s Top 13 South Asian rappers) among others. The album was engineered by Grammy award-winner, Jeff Chestak (Kanye West, TI, R Kelly) and Ryan Schwabe (MIA, Ellie Goulding, Baauer).

https://soundcloud.com/callmeashok/the-unraveled-single-ashdotok-featuring-rebecca-loebe

Check out more of ash.ØK on Twitter, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, and his official site.

JREAMS Releases New Music Video for “Seoul” [Enter the Venture Premiere]

In anticipation of the upcoming JREAMS album “Letters To Jupiter” coming out Oct. 20, Enter the Venture is proud to present the world premiere the third single/video from the Austin, Texas producer. Check out the video here:

“Seoul” looks into the city of Seoul from its bustling streets, trains, and marketplaces and captures a day in the life of someone enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. The video transitions and cuts match the instrumental music, which is calm and keyboard-driven with sound samples of ambient noise that culminate into an atmospheric, experimental track.  The Jazz, electronic, downtempo influences give the laid-back song hints of groove that highlight the talents of JREAMS’ and his rising stardom.

The two previous singles “(im)mortal” and “Gravity” are both equally impressive in sight and sound are must-watch if you can’t get enough of the trippy, electronic vibes. Check out the videos below:

The release of “Letters To Jupiter” is right around the corner and it can’t come soon enough. To stay up to date with JREAMS, be sure to follow him at Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, Bandcamp, YouTube and Instagram.

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“Letters To Jupiter” track listing:

  1. Gravity
  2. Goodbye World
  3. Seoul
  4. (im)mortal
  5. Origins
  6. Ephemeral
  7. Helium

Concert Review: Arthur King & The Night Sea and Aaron Espinoza @ The Hi Hat

The Hi-Hat and Dangerbird Records presented an experimental, psychedelic odyssey on Sept. 20 as Arthur King & The Night Sea and Aaron Espinoza (of Earlimart) showed up with music that went beyond the normal audio performance one expects from a concert. A major addition to both sets was the inclusion of visual aids that elevated the already trippy yet calming sounds coming from a variety of instruments.

Highland Park’s The Hi Hat venue offers adequate space for the performers and music lovers to watch on. The building includes a bar, billiards tables and burgers within arm’s reach. It’s the ideal place to get good food, drinks, and watch interesting, boundary-pushing shows at an affordable price. The best aspect is the homey, comfy vibe you get within it all.

First to take stage was Aaron Espinoza, from indie rock band Earlimart, a Pixies / Sonic Youth post-punk band that’s been around since 1999. Aaron’s performance was a complete opposite of that: a part electronic, part acoustic set both spacey and calming yet daring and alluring. Two screens were placed on each side of the stage, setting the appropriate lighting for his journey through the cosmos. Aaron’s voice was sampled live and played behind his singing voice, producing a chorus of voices that were textured and layered above the various synths and pulsing drum beats. The set was one long, progressive experience that had no defined beginning or end, allowing listeners to get lost in their own trance thoughts and keeping rhythm while doing it. Overall, Aaron’s foray into minimalistic electronica expands our appreciation for his talents and keeps us guessing what he plans on doing next.

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Image via Dangerbird Records

Arthur King & The Night Sea are a white-wearing clad of diverse talents all wrapped into one. Before they begin, a large drape covers the stage, separating the band from the audience. Soon enough there are light projections shot onto it allowing for interesting visuals that almost make it seem like we are watching a movie with a band providing a live soundtrack. The music was atmospheric for the most part, taking dives in and out of jazz, rock, electronic and at times, a mixture of all of them. At one point, the visual aid displayed a first-person view of riding a roller coaster just as the music elevated to a suspenseful state, truly making a cohesive marriage between both sight and sound. Although Arthur King & The Night Sea is mostly instrumental without lyrics, they can convey more feelings, emotions and thoughts with a high level of creative expression. Be sure to show up when this amalgamation of influences and styles comes rolling into a town near you.

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Photo by Isiah Reyes

The combination of these two experimental acts performing in Highland Park is the appropriate marriage between of where the growing artistic town is and where it will be in the upcoming years. Stay tuned for more on Arthur King & The Night Sea, Aaron Espinoza and The Hi Hat.

zenxienz – Album Review

Hong Kong-born musician, producer, and songwriter, Cameron Williamson, aka zenxienz, has released his second full-length album for 2017 titled “Brainforest” on August 4. Listen to the album on Bandcamp here:

 

The opening track “Insignia” is a full burst instrumental rife with colorful sounds that mix both electronic and tribal-sounding drums, enchanting piano and an immense amount of creativity that sets the table as to what’s to come. The Middle Eastern vibe is traditional with a strong dosage of modern influences. “Undercurrents” continues the electronic sound but with a more intense EDM and dance vibe that pulsates at every turn. It’s the perfect song for those hot nights at a glow in the dark festival where you just want to lose your mind, body, and soul in the music. The album is the audio translation of a painting full of vivid colors and strange shapes all colliding into each other to produce a unique visual image. The beats throughout the album are fast yet the melodic keyboards that accompany them are slow, majestic and space-like to the point where being surprised becomes the expectation.

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Image via zenxienz

“Pico” has vocal sound samples mix with heavy bass and disjointed drums all put into a synthesizer blender that melts away all conventions about what music is supposed to sound like. The drum style changes pace, style and tempo all in a matter of seconds making it a stand-out track that is destined to be blasted against a backdrop of strobe lights and beer cups held in the air. The sound of the album is heavily electronic, constantly changing through different methods of expression in both planning and execution. Soaring synthesizers add layers of discover that make for repeated listens, as this is not an album that could be fully understood in just one spin. The amount of rave and hardcore dance injected in each track will be enough to last for a very long time.

Some tracks like “Coiled” are a bit darker in tone with vocal tracks making small appearances to keep you on your toes of what to expect. Though most of the songs border on being dubstep, they do not stray into the territory of being loud and abrasive for the sake of it. The psychedelic drums and bass have deeper intentions with many breakdowns that give you a breather from dancing and trancing about. The breaks allow for recuperation, reflection on introspection, and allows you to take in the moment with someone new as you’ll most likely be listening to this new age, off-the-rails record at a blistering venue. The sounds, although chaotic, are therapeutic even for those swaying alone to the rhythmic madness alone in a room.

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Image via zenxienz

There’s no doubt that the sounds from zenxienz will continue to impress for many years to come. For now, let’s all enjoy what this masterful electronic musician has created: an inspiring connection with others through sounds, mental images and creativity. To stay up to date with all things zenxienz, be sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Bandcamp, Spotify, Soundcloud, and his official site.

Midnight Beach – New Album Release

Midnight Beach released its debut album today. Check out the single dance-pop, piano-flourished track “Fantasy” from the album here:

https://soundcloud.com/stevealex/fantasy

Midnight Beach consists of Steve Alex and Vovi Vu from Clearwater, Florida. They met in 2014 at a beachbar where Vovi agreed to mix a few songs for Steve’s bands and they soon learned that they were instant musical partners and in three years they are ready to share their self-titled debut album. The songs on the album are retro electro-pop that are perfect for summer days.  See the music video for “No” from the LP here:

https://www.vevo.com/watch/midnight-beach/no/QM6N21713613

The song has got an edgy vibe but still retains the pop influences with interesting synth melodies and electronic beats that are sure to get the party started. The 10-track album is a great intro to what Midnight Beach is all about and their introduction to the music world is a solid one.

To stay up to date with Midnight Beach, follow them on Instagram, Soundcloud, Twitter, and their official site.