22nd January 2021 is a date that is destined to be marked in the annals of electronica history as the day that Wavewulf released his seminal synth masterwork, ‘Space Art and Angels’.
This album takes the listener on a supernatural voyage of galaxies, stars and supernovas that conjures up irresistible images of tranquil constellations and milky ways. Wavewulf is able to engineer this impact on the listener through his mastery of the synth that perfectly encapsulates an intergalactic sound, whilst the artist has also demonstrated his ability in conjuring up very powerful earth-bound emotions.
The album’s opening track track ‘Space Capsule’ is a wonderful instrumental composition that would perfectly fit into any science fiction film soundtrack and instantly demands the listener’s complete attention. The album’s stand out tracks lie in ‘Voyagers’ and ‘Ghosts of the Past’ which have an eerie vibe to them thanks to the exceptional synth playing combined with a gentle drum beat that creates a truly transcendent listening experience.
This album very much reminded me of Cliff Martinez’s scoring of the 2011 neo-noir flick ‘Drive’ starring Ryan Gosling, which also included dystopian, lo-fi synth pop sounds combined with mellow, leisurely-paced instrumentals that give the listener a space to reflect on their hectic lives.
‘Space Art and Angels’ is the eagerly anticipated follow up to Wavewulf’s equally compelling 2020 album ‘Green Decay’, continuing his blistering run of form with his latest release. Wavewulf claims that seeing Depeche Mode play live was the defining moment in his calling to join the echelons of electronic greats. This served as the catalyst for the New Jersey based musician to purchase a synthesiser and craft his unique blend of hypnotic electro that could rival any of the genre’s classic names such as Kraftwerk and Brian Eno.
Wavewulf has taken inspiration from artists throughout the 20th century and has successfully packaged his music for a modern audience to enjoy.
Antonia Grace won’t let anything hold her back, least of all her age! The 10-year old singer has released five hit tracks which really showcase her stunning vocals.
Her worldwide appeal leaves fans in awe at her singing and acting skills, with Antonia’s Anglo-French heritage aiding her online coverage globally. She’s already surpassed the triumphs of many musicians, finding magazine features and radio play easily within her talented grasp.
The star is most praised for her outstanding singing ability, and the EP really gives her a platform to present what she can do.
This also isn’t surprising since she began acting in musical theatre at only 5 years old, before performing to audiences of thousands of people at only age 7.
Tracks ‘My Little Ten’ and ‘Tick Tock and Bonbons’ are unbelievably mature and expressive for a girl of such youth. The EP is perfectly pop and upbeat; a great listen if you’re ever needing to feel motivated. Antonia Grace certainly has been.
Single taken from upcoming album ‘Religion’, released April 27th
Manchester based duo Gary Hilton and Steve Southern are a songwriting duo who know how to make an impact. Marrying the classic 80s sounds of the New Wave to contemporary production values, their groove led, synth heavy tunes are dripping with atmosphere, rightly described by the band themselves as a ‘Burlesque groove’.
It’s a phrase which perfectly sums up the retro stylings and the filthy rhythms of both the band as a whole and their upcoming single ‘Mmm mmm mm aah’. Influenced by the likes of New Order, Depeche Mode and Joy Division as well as the theatricality of Gorillaz.
An extremely talented pair with legitimate pedigree in the industry their fans include Factory Records founder and New Order collaborator Mark Reeder and Mercury Award nominated producer Dave Maughan (Maximo Park, Kathryn Williams) who even leant a hand with the production process. Experienced hands who know their way around the music business, this is a crowd who aren’t easy to impress, yet Modern Family Unit do it thanks to an old school approach based on both talent and respect for the music.
On top of that, the pair have a fiercely independent streak which prevents their tracks from sounding like everything else out there. Previous experiences with a record label – a two album deal just over ten years ago – ended badly, leaving a mistrust of the mainstream way of working. As Modern Family Unit, they’re now looking to make their own way as a pair who know they have each other’s backs.
And it’s a method that’s working. With a TV ad sync deal in the pipeline and great connections within the industry, Modern Family Unit are a band you’re likely to be hearing of sooner than later.
New single ‘ Mmm mmm mm aah’ will be release on March 23rd, with the album ‘Religion’ to follow on April 27th.