Equal parts sound art and pop music, Solar Year emerged from the same creative community as Grimes, D'Eon and Tonstartssbandht--somewhere among gallery installations and late night loft parties. They use electronics and live resampling, creating otherworldly soundscapes-- hazy atmospheres that float between Nordic electro-pop, serene New Age reverie, and the liturgy of medieval monks.
Prism House is a Brooklyn-based audio/visual electronic duo focused on an aesthetic that feels uniquely a part of the internet age. The group performs regularly in and around New York City and has quickly gained a reputation for a live show that refreshingly combines immersive live visuals with found sound collage style musical compositions. The result is an experience that rides the line between dance and experimental music with a focus on controlled improvisation, and is an exciting take on electronic performance in an era dominated by pre-arranged performances and laptop DJ aesthetics.
Wildarms (DJ set)
Wildarms is an electronic producer from New York who paints from a palette of breakbeats, nature samples and major key chord progressions. His material is woven with a sense of optimism, drawing references to both underground lounge parties and commercial hip-hop. Wildarms is Duncan Cooper, who also serves as associate editor at The Fader.
The immersive, transcendental productions on Yola Fatoush's first EP weave diverse, unpredictable rhythms with rich chord progressions into intricate dance structures. Moving effortlessly between style, tempo and mood they create a primal, emotional space that envelopes the listener. Genre is not important: bewildering, overwhelming and optimistic, this is the sound of two people creating a space in which you feel something real.
Ruth Angel Edwards and Kit Mason regard musicians such as songwriter Jeremih and Chicago footwork producer turned RnB singer DJ Nate (aka Baka) to be equally as progressive as underground noise artists James Ferraro and Hype Williams. Whilst referencing styles as wide-ranging as Magic-fm pop, Shangaan electro, RnB and trance, Yola Fatoush look deep into themselves and compliment those sounds with their own conflicted, melodramatic lyrics and emotive pop melodies.