SINGLES CRUISE

LUXisREAL – “WITHDRAWALS”

On paper, creating a glitched-out, gaudily painted inner-dystopia stemming from a prolonged withdrawal doesn’t sound like the most danceable subject matter. But here we are. LUXisREAL creates fractured, brutalist shapes with ever-increasing beat patterns that burst in without warning or manners. Sharp synth stabs behave in roughly the same way  – overwhelming you just as …

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CHEWING – “VARIATION ON THOUGHTS OF YOU”

Chewing is the ambient/experimental project of Local Natives’ Nik Ewing. Building from sparse piano lines and ambient textures and building into massive waves of movement that pushes the tonal shifts into the red, “Variation on Thoughts of You” seems to evoke films scores for the brokenhearted. It’s an austere and restrained track from an artist …

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KYENORD – “5AM”

Drawing on an inherently nocturnal beat pattern, the newly formed duo of Mohamed Tarek from Egypt and Linn Östlund from Sweden pull from influences like Ms. John Soda, Lali Puna and Styrofoam to channel early-aughts melancholy IDM. “5AM” moves into some pretty dark territory, focusing on the separation from someone dysfunction. “Not even your demons …

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