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Lüthian – Soon

Lüthian is a rising artist from Vancouver who has been publishing tracks since last month only and the brand new one called Soon, which is his third song ever, is a real killer. Its beginning is based on the same style that previously released ambient- and chillwave-oriented compositions presented. We can also hear a female voice which is characteristic for this Canadian musician. But then the vocal becomes chopped in a way that it reminds me very much of the ending of Crystal Castles’ Violent Dreams and is also backed by a powerful and straightforward dubstep beat.

Lüthian is definitely the one to watch!

A small update: it turns out that an artist hiding behind the moniker Lüthian is a… girl. So yes, female voice is obviously a characteristic feature in her music as she takes care of both producing and singing. But this is just another reason that makes her music particularly valuable.

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Oxford Drama – Oxford Drama EP

Do you remember what fuss was caused by a discovery of Polish duo The Dumplings? OSOM was one of the very first sites to feature those talented youngsters at the end of September last year and now they are in the middle of the sold out tour, have been played by a London radio and are about to release their debut album on a major label.

But it turns out that Poland has even more to offer. Oxford Drama are a Wrocław-based fantastic boy/girl duo that deserves more recognition. Their first ever release – a self-titled EP – was published a month ago and in three of four tracks it presents a dreamy sound that reminds me of former songs from another great Polish band Őszibarack. But for me the absolute highlight of Oxford Drama EP is Endeavour, a composition less calming yet with amazing alternative beat. Can’t wait to hear what this guys will come up with next!

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Shutta – A Little (featuring Evka)

Today we had a little chat with our long time hero Shutta about his brand new song, past experiences and plans for the future.

OSOM: Hi Greg. Your new track brings quite a surprising sound. Your previous songs were rather bass-focused future garage jams whereas ‘A Little’ is a downtempo relaxing composition. How did this happen?

SHUTTA: It was based around a piece of A2 coursework I had to do where I was given poem to compose from. I was lucky for my friend to be in a studio recording her work at this time, so I got her to record some vocals from the lines in the poem. When we recorded it, it was at a BPM around 115, so I decided to try something new and more melodically based.

OSOM: This is the first time you are collaborating with a vocalist, am I right? Did you like this experience?

SHUTTA: I’ve always wanted to work with a vocalist, however it’s quite hard to get everything done in order for it to work out. I definitely enjoyed the experience, we’re looking to do another track over the summer, maybe that’ll be more bass focused.

OSOM: I must admit that Evka has a magnificent voice. That part at the end of the track has something as mighty as Florence Welch’s vocal.

SHUTTA: She really does, we used to be in a rock band called The Homesick Hustlers which is where I got to know her. Her voice has always had a pure quality to it and is powerful too.

OSOM: The Homesick Hustlers presented totally different sound from what you are doing now. What was your responsibility in that band?

SHUTTA: I was the drummer, in a way I think a lot of my influences are from playing in the band. I remember doing regular 4-6 hour practices where the majority of the time the bassist and guitarist and I would just jam together. I think there’s a lot to say about the link between acoustic and digitally made music. It’s quite hard to bring across your natural musical instincts into the digital platform, that’s a reason why I think Burial has done so well, his music is so brilliantly messy.

OSOM: How did you switch from being a drummer in a rock group to being an electronic music producer? Was it Burial’s music that pushed you towards this genre?

SHUTTA: I always produced electronically during my time in the band, I started off in fruity loops, I remember having absolutely no idea what I was doing! I’ve always appreciated acoustic music but electronic music is where I felt I best applied myself to. I remember hearing Burial’s track Endorphin 4 years ago and not really understanding it but at the same time I didn’t not like it. It grew on me and led me to discover his other music. His music didn’t push me into the genre but I would definitely say he’s an influence of mine.

OSOM: And one last question – a little bit less than a year ago you released an EP ‘Messy’. Should we expect a follow-up in the near future?

SHUTTA: Haha, I hope so! I’m in line to releasing The Hum on Future Flavour later this year along with Rotation. I plan to keep very active in producing so hopefully you’ll hear some new sounds from me.

 

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Labrador – Hope EP

Max and Alex are a pair of London-based musicians who used to record under the name Long Comets but last November evolved into Labrador. Although their debut EP is set to be released on the beginning of June, due to the duo’s generosity we are now able to listen to the two ready tracks – Falling and Hope. They are light-hearted and enjoyable pop compositions with an electronic touch and delicate vocals Can’t wait to hear more!

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Fishing – Chi Glow (featuring Marcus Whale)

Chi Glow is an extremely relaxing chillwave track with elements of tropical beats (anyone misses Orquesta as much as I do?) released by the Sydney-based duo Fishing in collaboration with Marcus Whale, vocalist of the Adelaide band Collarbones. It is the first single from their upcoming debut album Shy Glow which will come out on the 6th of June and with such smooth synths, hazy vocals and laid-back rapping (yeah, there is rapping here) we can quite safely assume that it will end up as the best soundtrack for the hot summer months.

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