Electromental – Part 10

These are our best new indie electronic findings. 10th edition.

Artwork from Andrey Kunin, 22nd of May, 2021
Since the beginning of this magazine that we have been receiving great electronic tracks. For some reason, we didn’t post about those submissions because we felt they should be integrated into a specific mood. We are now building that mood with a monthly post focusing on the best of indietronica. This is Electromental – part 10.

Andrey Kunin – Postupovo

Postupovo” (gradually / step by step in Ukrainian) is a second track from the debut EP “Voyager” by Andrey Kunin, an electronic producer & vocalist from Kyiv. “The track was initially created with my first analogue synthesizer which has a raw & lo-fi sound, electro-acoustic guitar & Ukrainian radio samples. These were later transformed into the flute, trumpet, and saxophone using an audio-based machine learning from Google Research“. This is both genious, atmospheric and novel and still takes us to a weird feeling of dance. Sound and genre-bending. Very worth the listen!

Fountain Child – The Moon is Beautiful, Isn’t It?

Slow-building and slow-burning, Fountain Child’s type of sonority is both ambient based and electronic-based, to a point we can’t quite distinguish where one ends and the other one starts. The Birmingham-born and Shanghai-based producer who was previously known as Inside Out Boy has been a DJ across the UK and now seems to focus on a restful residency capable of producing some high-quality hybrids. Bringing together elements of UK Rave that he mixes with natural soundscapes, downtempo samples and echoed atmospherically vocals. “The Moon is Beautiful, Isn’t It?” resonates inside us as both electronic fans and people who like to introspect for at least some parts of the day. And fits both purposes perfectly.

Dunmore Park feat. Honeydripper – For The Money

“I’ll do it for the money!”, just like that the collaboration between Dunmore Park and Honeydripper will capture your attention, both with words and with its punchy flow. Dunmore Park, a.k.a Andrew Williams, is a multimedia artist and producer based in Toronto with roots in the Canadian Rockies and the villages of England. He is a populist for Canada’s electronic music scene. “For The Money” marks the start of a new cycle of releases from Williams, ultimately culminating in his debut album. He says the track talks about things that you just got to do: “sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. As you get older, I hope the line between what you want to do and what you must do becomes clearer“. Well, you got to do what you got to do, but you won’t be capable of not dancing along with this, we promise you that.

KIDSØ – Finja

For their debut EP Apart, KIDSØ received support from a lot of distinct digital media and have already racked up over a million Spotify plays. As an electronic project, they describe themselves as a curious experiment that combines the talent of two drummers, Moritz Grassinger and Martin Schneider, who have both been tinkering with electronic music and percussion instruments since they were youngsters. Finja, their latest release, is recorded and produced in their studio in Munich and incredibly mastered by Robin Schmidt. In the track, they create an empathetic sonority composed of fragile cello melodies capturing the chill and frosty Nordic landscapes on their minds. The track is further based on choral vocals, analogue synthesizers, percussions and a foley piano. And everything is built up into a powerful sonority that fills the room (and the brain).

Kotier – Underflow

With not much information to share, the mystery is a bit part of what Kotier seems to be all about. “Underflow” was the 3rd single from his debut EP with the first two songs being about finding someone before ultimately realizing you must move on to grow. While “Underflow” dives on the same type of emotion is a track that manages to sound more subjective and as relaxing as engaging: “This track is about that ocean of uncertainty you dive into, leaving behind the comforting land to discover new shores“.

MangoMangoMango – Chance

Chance” is the first single off MangoMangoMango’s debut album “Lemon“. It’s a deeply personal tune featuring a series of iPhone voice memos collected over several years. Some prominent, others buried in the mix. “The juxtaposition and balance of organic, human elements like these alongside electronic drums and synths is something I enjoyed exploring in both this single “Chance” and the “Lemon” album as a whole”. There are some incredible engaging elements in this sort of experiment by MangoMangoMango. In today’s world, there are multiple ways of making music, in the end, what matters the most is how engaging a song is, and how talented you are making the best of your resources. And this is incredible.

Simulated Youth – Money in My Tummy

This dark dance track is about greed and wealth obsession around the world“. Dark and unique, that’s what we can call Simulated Youth. Incisive in the messages their music transmits, drawing from references like Die Antwoord and Crystal Castles the band that is based in Phoenix and Detroit creates a soundscape that is not for the light-minded or light-footed. “Money in My Tummy” balances the emotion of the track between bright and dark parts, ultimately providing a fun and original sound as listeners dance away.

warner case – feel it yah

“feel it yah is basically “yolo” without the baggage. But i feel like yolo got a bad rap… contextually it’s really lame, but its actual meaning is pure and valuable: any one of us could die tomorrow, and as far as we know, we only have this one life, so we might as well live in the moment and do what we love. so go forth and feel it yah, my friends”. This is how Warner Case describes the latest of his songs. The track was released in the end of September and sounds like a deep introspection with an electronic background. The vocals are deep and quite funky and chilled, while the electronic flow is powerful and up-front buzzing like the Summer could eat all the other times of the year. And maybe that’s why we like it so much.

All these tracks (and previous tracks featured in Electromental) are also in our Spotify Playlist: