Spotlights


Spotlight : ASCII Witchcraft

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!


Spotlight : FLESH

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!


Spotlight : Poni Hoax

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!


Spotlight : mulpHia

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!


Spotlight : Not Founded

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!


Spotlight : Daan Compas

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!


Spotlight : Nova Spire

Nova Spire is a genre-diverse electronic artist based out of Ottawa, Canada. His latest release Eschaton is the most powerful of his work that I’ve heard so far. It’s a tasteful blend of darkelectro, industrial and ebm, with a bleak atmosphere that would make 1990’s Trent Reznor want to go crawl in a hole and die.

Hit the play button below, and as always if you like what you hear, make sure and throw the artist some cash for his hard work.


Label Spotlight : Phantasma Disques

For fans of Witch House and bizarre psychedelic electronics, the label Phantasma Disques out of Germany has a solid lineup of releases. Want to get your witchy-dance moves on? Then check out Sco and Morgve. Want to trip out on some down tempo creepscapes? Then give Drug Machine and Master Suspiria Vision a whirl. The label also has a large selection of vinyl, CD’s and DVD’s available on their website.

And yes, I just invented the word creepscapes. I kinda like the sound of that. Just like the sound of these tunes from this label. Hit play below and get witchy!


Artist Spotlight : Violet Masks

Today’s fruit of scouring the never-ending abyss of Bandcamp is Violet Masks based out of Long Island, New York. The artist is a bit of a mystery, going only by the name of Michael. According to the Violet Masks website, Michael has released over 40 albums since 2003 (whoa). Michael is also a visual artist, and from what I’ve seen so far, has created all of the artwork for the many Violet Masks releases.

The Violet Masks discography is pretty eclectic, ranging from spacious ambience, to pretty harsh industrialized noise. Some of my favorite moments are when whispy vocals are included in the midst, such as in In My Skull on the Alternating Series (Part 1) release and Heather on Skeletons (External).

I’ll be looking forward to hearing and seeing more from Violet Masks. If you like what you hear, make sure and pick up an album or two and support the artist on Bandcamp!




Beläten Label Spotlight

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While digging through Bandcamp today, I ran across a goldmine of a label in Beläten out of Sweden. The label specializes in the darker aspects of electronic music, such as darkwave, cold wave, experimental, witch house, etc. So far I’ve only listened to about a quarter or less of their releases, but everything I’ve heard so far is of stellar quality. I’ll be keeping my eye on this label, and diving more into their back catalog for sure. Here are the ones I’ve jammed out today. Inspiring stuff. Check ’em out!


Distel

Blitzkrieg Baby


Cryme

Michael Idehall


Elkman

Ēv of Isis