A new electronic project named Mellon appeared out of thin air to drop a couple of tunes in our inbox yesterday, and we’re digging both those jams. All we know about them is that they wrote their songs while “backpacking through Cambodia”. It boggles my mind how anyone could create sweet music while on the road backpacking, much less beatific electronic music as opposed to acoustic tunes with a guitar or a ukulele that you can just sling over your shoulder while you’re climbing through the jungle. But here they are, Mellon, with this ravishing drum and bass piece named Highs That Never Last, and a breezy tropical anthem named Turquoise Haze, which can be found below. I had the fortune of visiting Cambodia briefly last fall, and I would love to go back to that gorgeous country and do some extensive exploring with Mellon’s music in tow. Their music fills me with a youthful new sense of wanderlust and much bright eyed wonder.

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UK dance troupe Blonde and ever magnetic Norwegian chanteuse Astrid S make for a divine pairing on the producers’ new song Just For One Night. Blonde sheds their deep thumping house beats for fleecy light, iridescent and effervescent future pop jabs on the single, which come perfectly accompanied by Astrid S’ sweet and limber vocals. Just For One Night, which Blonde co-wrote with RAYE’s Rachel Keen and co-produced with Hitimpulse, is a radiant lifting, mellifluous hooking anthem. It seems this new evolution of Blonde’s sound might not be “just for one night” as it marks a fresh direction for the pair. The single is available from iTunes, here.

And so a new mix arrives and once again it’s on a not very new song. This time we hope we did justice to one of Marina’s most underrated songs. 

The amazing thing about Electra Heart as an album is how much emotion shines through the lyrics and melodies used so we tried to take advantage of that and make a mix that centers around the line “Love is all that I fear”. This way the two sides of Electra can be shown by having a dancey bassline at the beginning but introducing a more melancholic second verse that flows into the chorus and finally merging both.

Hope you guys enjoy this!

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Brooklyn producer and musician BAILE is no stranger to working with Ava Luna’s Felicia Douglass, having partnered with her a number of times on his excellent Matter EP. There’s no sign of this combo weakening as they reunite on warped curling new single Without. The slick surging, glossy bulging piece feels restlessly unsettling, partly due to its shadowy shuffling stride and largely due to its twisted, turning synths. There’s some brilliant sonic sorcery at hand here as Without captivates with heart stopping suspense. It’s like a contorted version of What So Not and George Maple, or Flume and many of the amazing female vocalists he’s worked with. Without’s stormy future R&B leaves me in a state of free fall. The ground has been pulled out from right under us, and we’re plummeting through a vortex. It’s a thrill ride we’ll line up for over and over again.

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