Favorite Albums of 2017
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Ottawa, Canada based artist Nova Spire and I recently traded some remixes of each other's tracks. This was a fun exercise, before this I had only one remix under my belt. It was especially cool to hear how different he made his remix from my original source material.
The fruits of our labor are below!
ASCII Witchcraft is a darkelectro/new-wave-ish project with one full length album under their belt, titled Antischism. While seductive vocals layered over grinding bass synthesizers and repetitive kicks are pretty much the standard recipe for this particular style (a recipe that works for me), ASCII Witchcraft adds enough of their own seasoning to make them stand apart.
The duo also takes their work into the visual realm to great effect, with numerous videos that fit the vibe of each track beautifully.
But enough of my babbling, hit play below and enjoy some ASCII Witchcraft!
While the witch house genre seemed to explode in popularity and implode over night, there are still numerous artists keeping the spirit alive, and stronger than ever. One of the strongest acts is Hamburg, Germany's FLESH. For the most part, FLESH sticks to the more atmospheric-wing of witch house, managing to feel like it would be equally at home as a soundtrack to an actual horror film, or pumping in your local underground club. To these ears, that's a pretty sweet spot to be in. Hit play below and sink your teeth into some FLESH!
Poni Hoax are an electronic/pop/rock act out of France formed in 2001. The band utilizes many different moods and styles, from upbeat funky jams to moody downtempo tracks that would fit well in a David Lynch movie. Obviously I'm drawn to their tracks that fit in the latter. The band shines best to these ears when they focus on brooding vocals that hit right in the gut. For this reason, the latest album Tropical Suite has yet to really click with me, as it overall has a brighter atmosphere, but I've been enjoying much of the bands past catalog. Here are a few of my favorite tracks. The Paper Bride and Budapest (a collaboration with Olga Kouklaki) are downright infectious. Enjoy!
No More is a minimal-electro/post-punk band that has been kicking out the jams since 1979. The first track I discovered was "Suicide Commando," which lead me to immediately do some further research, due to my love of the Johan van Roy project by the same name. And what do you know, the Suicide Commando I've been jamming out to for years now actually got its name from the No More track. Whoa! I'm still digging through their rather extensive discography, but so far I'm enjoying No More very much. And maybe you will too. Only one way to find out...
mulpHia is a dark electro project by Richard Viduna based out of the Czech Republic. Richard masterfully creates an ominous, yet infectious atmosphere on nearly every track on the latest release The Hormones of Happiness. This album is my first introduction to mulpHia, and it is an excellent first introduction indeed. I've since dug a little deeper into Volani and The Rise and Fall of the Sinful Soul, and have thoroughly been enjoying them as well. I'll be looking forward to digging further into the rather extensive discography of the artist. Hit play and make sure and support the artist if you like what you hear!
Like the album cover so perfectly depicts, Not Founded out of Italy is a tank of a project. We're talking huge, distorted, unstoppable rhythms firing with seemingly unlimited ammo. Stylistically, it reminds me of Terrorfakt but is definitely unique enough to stand alone. This is an act to keep an eye on for sure, and be sure to pick up a download from Bandcamp to encourage Not Founded to keep the tank plowing forward!
It's hard to find much information on Daan Compas, other than the artist resides somewhere in the Netherlands. The music floats around in the arena of instrumental techno and EBM, with distorted low end kicks and piercing synth leads. In other words, excellent dance floor destruction. Enjoy!