With the already overflowing pool of electronic music growing by the day, once again we’ve taken on the role of filtering through the murky waters to find you the gems at the bottom. From emotive house to daring techno, dive into our compilation of the best electronic music you might have missed.
Tanz Exotique – Cowboy Rhythmbox
Tanz Exotique is the follow up to Cowboy Rhythmbox’s lauded EP, Mécanique Sauvage, which found fans in the likes of Dixon and Jackmaster. Known for their expansive blending of genres, the two-piece – comprised of Nathan Gregory Wilkins and Richard X – are back with their latest offering. Tanz Exotique opens with the title track, which is built around bold electro tones and distorted vocals. ‘Cats’ Invasion’ darkens the mood with cold thrashing percussion and faraway synth, before ‘Scream’ rounds off the record with a meaty punch. The duo will join Erol Alkan during his residency at London’s XOYO on September 22nd, along with 2ManyDjs.
This 5321 – Bjarki
Bjarki is fast becoming a name to remember. Between his intense sets and gritty productions, he has carved a sound that is at once atmospheric, haunting and hard-hitting. As we’d expect, the Fin delivers with his latest EP This 5321, which came out on Nina Kraviz’s renowned label, trip. ‘Thodn med skit a master’ kicks off proceedings with mighty force, drawing on unrelenting bass kick and ethereal touches of synth. The opening track glides near-seamlessly into ‘This 5321’, which soon unfurls into an echoing, industrial number, reinforcing the trance-led sound of the EP. The beat stands firmly at the forefront of ‘Galopinn muninn’, which twists and turns at every corner, purposefully robbing you of the opportunity to find your feet. ‘Fimmtudagur 16-2’ gives a final ode to trance, the unsettling melodies this time doing the job of disorienting you. An accomplished EP filled with powerful club cuts to remember, Bjarki doesn’t disappoint.
Download This 5321 here, out now on trip.
‘Where The Sea Swings In Like An Iron Gate’ – Kidnap Kid
Once again pushing the boundaries of what house music can be, Kidnap Kid returns to Anjunadeep with his stirring new release ‘Where The Sea Swings In Like An Iron Gate’. The chord progressions played out through a classic combination of strings and piano add an emotive quality to an otherwise up-tempo song. The genius touch, however, lies in the vocal sample: an excerpt from Anne Sexton’s decades-old poem The Truth The Dead Know. An unusual yet inspired choice, Kidnap Kid – real name Matt Relton – recently revealed to his followers the song’s significance: “This is the first of many pieces of music written during a difficult time for me at the start of the year. Since then, it has come to represent the overcoming of fear and a genuine acceptance of the winding path ahead. To be able to convert sadness into musical expression and then watch people dance to it all over the world is a pretty remarkable thing, so thank you all.”
Download ‘Where The Sea Swings In Like An Iron Gate’ here, out now on Anjunadeep.