Considering that the three chaps making up Blaenavon are not yet old enough to sign their own contracts, it should not be plausible for them to be popping out tunes like “Wunderkind”. Lead vocalist Ben Gregory’s voice is wrung with despair; it trembles, lifts and falls with a weighted sadness that belies their years, whilst the whole tracks groans with a world weariness that strikes all the right chords . On this form, the ‘Koso’ EP, due out on September 23rd on Transgressive, is looking very intriguing.
The wonderfully named, fast rising Manchester based producer Oceaán has been sending out statements of intent recently – first with the laid-back groove of “Soul” – and now with “Neéd U”, which he’s been kind enough to accompany with a disorientating video. The track itself almost feels weightless, careering as it does between an anguished vocal and a blissed out house vibe. It’s pretty meticulously put together - which is probably what sets it apart, as though there’s a load of embryonic producers out there trying to trick you with those GarageBand assembled efforts, “Neéd You” feels like something far more real, with tangible emotion dripping from those mournful vocals. And as a result it sort of feels uplifting and affecting all at once, which is one confusion range of emotions that is more than enough to convince me that Oceaán must be onto something pretty special.
…may as well just confirm how exciting he is by revisiting “Soul”;
Bristol is a city that grabs you by the neck and forces bass culture down you, whether you want it to or not; it must be one of the only cities in the world where timid freshers are inducted by a heady mix of Julio Bashmore and Mosca. It’s fortunate, then, that the city is so adept at popping out genuinely interesting new producers, otherwise the initiation would be far less bearable. The latest in a long line of these talents is Artifact, whose Worn EP was dropped at the start of this week. “Drain” is the perfect introduction to the EP, all hazy synths and misplaced vocals until everything is drawn together into a propulsive house-tinged giant of a submersive floor-filler. Stream the entire EP here.