Geiko is a solo project helmed by Ámaris Wenzel, a multi-talented Swiss producer. Wenzel is also singer and co-owner of Waving Alien Records. In a time where it seems like ghost producers are more prevalent then ever, it’s refreshing to come across an artist who is producing and performing their own music. That’s the way it should be anyway, right?
It’s clear Wenzel bolsters a fairly wide range of music tastes because her productions combine sounds from a multitude of genres — electronica, trip-hop and a dusting of rock ‘n’ roll.
Aggressive feels like a throwback album featuring sounds reminiscent of the electronic music produced in the late ’90s. Even though her style is different and darker, Geiko reminds me a little of BT. Not so much in terms of the style, but in the way she produces her vocal chops and operates as is a one-person band. (Have a listen to “Catch Me” and see if you agree.)
If you like synth-pop flavored tunes of the atypical variety, and you like your electronic music to be on the gothy side of the spectrum, Aggressive is a good option for you.
London-based Max Rael is the producer behind Realism. His track “Your Obedient Servants” climbed to #19 in journalist Mick Mercer’s list of Top 30 goth singles of all-time. After listening to his new EP, Freedom Within the Prison, it’s clear Rael has an eclectic taste in music and appreciates experimenting with blending genres together. After all, one of the beautiful things about electronic music is that one style can introduce you to a sub-genres, taking you to places that allow you to appreciate music you normally wouldn’t seek out.
Freedom Within The Prison is just that. It’s a fusion of electronica and experimental, featuring some luscious melodies. Although Realism’s style is not for everyone, those who like to venture out and try new things, Freedom Within the Prison is worth your attention.
For a sneak peak of Realism’s Freedom From Within the Prison, check it out on SoundCloud.
Dark Model is a musical project created by award-winning producer Tatsuya Oe. Its focus is edgy electronic music that blends orchestral sounds with a futuristic sonic landscape. Dark Model’s self-titled debut is truly a work of art and will appeal to an audience that can appreciate the mix of symphonic sounds with the computer world. While listening to the album I couldn’t help but think that the full-length could easily be a soundtrack to a movie. That’s no surprise since Oe’s music has been featured in movies and on TV, including Elysium, The Paperboy and ad campaigns for Verizon, Lexus, Oakley, KFC, and more.
Although it’s clear the music that works perfectly with motion picture and TV commercials, make no mistake this is a high-octane album that you can shake your ass to. Whether you want to dance along to Dark Model in a club or listen to at home, the music works in many settings. (Think Lindsey Stirling with an edge.)
The self-titled release features 16 tracks that will take you inside the mind of a seasoned music maker who not only blends the worlds of orchestral and computer music, but also sprinkles a touch of traditional Japanese music and culture. If you like dark symphonic sounds and electronic beats, then Dark Model is for you.
Electro-pop duo Aubergine MACHINE are ready for the summer with their new single, “Hostage.” The duo consisting of the two-time multi-platinum artist Ian Carey and talented vocalist Shanti Ellis teamed up in 2012 to create a project that is a combination of electronica and pop. “For ‘Hostage’ we went back to the future and used our favorite ’90s trip-hop/neo soul influences to produce a fresh, deep, ultra modern song. We really enjoyed working on this one because it felt very natural to leave a little space to make it a little bit dark,” they’ve said. In “Hostage,” the duo executed their vision perfectly and created a tune that works for a radio audience, while also appealing to a more alternative crowd. Although it’s a bit more mainstream, the vibe of “Hostage” reminds me a little bit of some of Halou’s material. Included with the original work is a solid club remix. The duo also produced a cool rendition of “Call if Fate” by the Strokes. I hope the duo continues to put energy into their partnership. They have something great budding, and I’m curious to see how it unfolds for them.