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I had a much satisfying week of live music last week. I was fortunate enough to finally catch Kevin Garrett live when he opened up for Alessia Cara at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and I’m still glowing from those superb sets. I’d been waiting so long to see both of them, and I was far from disappointed. The fast rising New York artist revealed a spectacular haunting cover soon afterwards, an inky black rendition of Jack Ü and Justin Bieber’s Where Are Ü Now. Kevin’s minimalist electronica and dark R&B cover is gripping from the start, its subtle swells and throbbing beats taking a gentle yet firm hold on my pulse, rendering it impossible to rip myself away from the magnificent track. This is a soulful, anguished cover full of urgent longing, its ghostly production reminiscent of James Blake’s masterful pieces.

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Chelou returns after a year’s silence with a spellbinding new song named Halfway To Nowhere. The UK based artist coos softly from a bed of minimalist elements, giving us a goosebump inducing fusion of earthy folksiness and hypnotic electronica. In fact, Chelou collaborated with deep house virtuoso Maya Jane Coles on this haunting song. Her production touch is unmistakable on the steady clattering tune. Halfway To Nowhere is a song that hangs in the air, a deep entrancing ambler in which I eagerly surrender all sense of time. The single will be out on Friday, November 4th. 

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I’ve never been to Iceland, though it’s at the top of my must sees list. In my imagination, that wondrous place is steeped in beauty and mystery. I’m sure this is in part due to the amazing music that comes from the Nordic island. After all, Iceland is responsible for the likes of Björk and Sigur Rós, as well as Ásgeir and Of Monsters and Men. It’s no wonder this great new Icelandic band, GANGLY, is so spindly spellbinding and dreamy enchanting on new minimalist experimental single Whole Again, which comes with an equally surreal and entrancing hi-definition digital video. The other worldly gem, an esoteric treat with an aura like that of a rare mystical, unusual & elusive creature, reminds me of BRAIDS, Purity Ring, and Hundred Waters alongside some of the aforementioned glacial enthralling Icelandic projects. Whole Again is out now on iTunes.

From Bath, England comes this intriguing artist named Elderbrook, whom you may have previously encountered, thanks to some fantastic remixes of Amber Run’s I Found and Bipolar Sunshine’s Deck Chairs On The Moon. Elderbrook now has an EP, Simmer Down, coming on Black Butter Records November 24, and he’ll hypnotize you with his downtempo electronic song Could, a mystique filled treat with vocals that evoke Alt-J, matched with atmospheric, finely textured production. For an even more abstract and minimalist electronic track, stream Rewinding below, too.

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By now, I’ve gotten used to Irish electronic artist The Eden Project’s cinematic and majestic electronic production, with its explosive nuances and sentiment. I was much surprised when I started listening to his new track, XO, this morning, because it starts off so sparse and acoustic. The versatile artist quickly launches into some atmospheric moments as the song builds up, before returning to that gentle stripped down sound, at times paired with intoxicating, minimalist electronic production. XO speaks volumes about how diverse The Eden Project’s style is, bringing in elements from so many genres, defying definitions. XO is raw, gripping, and heart rending.

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I’m feeling rather warm and cozy from CHINAH’s Colder, the Danish trio’s fresh tune. Colder is a spellbinding swathe of minimalist electronica and R&B pop, its sleek groove and tranquil ambiance at a divine equilibrium filled with grace, elegance, and seduction. London Grammar sparseness meets WET plasticity on the intoxicating gem. Colder comes from CHINAH’s new EP, Once The Lights Are On, out February 11th. 

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Minimalist electronica and folk tinged experimental have me sublimely bewitched on the latest from California and South Africa duo ANIMA!’s latest song Crave. The ethereal and atmospheric song begs comparison to Thom Yorke’s more heady work, but injected with an extra dose of driving electronic pop. Little is left to be craved on such a seamless work of haunting, sepulcher indie electronic. Crave comes from a self titled debut album due out January 12th.

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Astronomyy’s Not Into U is far too gorgeous and moving not to visit again now that the UK singer songwriter has unleashed a music video for the gem. His soothing R&B pop vocals and the song’s alluring, minimalist electronic production create an atmospheric, sentimental experience. The video, directed by Jovan Todorovic, serves to depict an unspoken intimacy between two lovers. Astronomyy is working on a new EP.

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New Zealand and Australia based indie electronic duo Bad Blocks creates such atmospheric and mesmerizing soundscapes on their music, as we’ve heard previously on Turning and Lunar. Come tomorrow, they’ll be dropping their new Circulate EP on Stars & Letters, and they give us another superb taste off it, the glitchy, simmering title track. The minimalist, ghostly song again evokes a touch of James Blake and SBTRKT, but with more major hints of Thom Yorke, Atoms For Peace, Caribou, Baths, and Lapalux, as well. It’s an aching, introspective song that will echo within the recesses of your mind long afterwards. While we’re here, let’s revisit EP track Turning again.

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