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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STORYINSOIL – “SPEAK”

Cresting over a brownfield under a chemical sunrise, air pushed by dawn’s first breath settles – ankle-high – around broken glass discarded tires. Kneeling you can peer through it and glimpse the river glistening like rhinestones on blue velvet. Storyinsoil’s highly emotional chord progressions, chiming tones from a self-aware guitar pedal oscillating politely and broken …

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GIBARIAN – “MEMORY BATH”

Wielding a synthwave arpeggio with surgical precision, the San Diego based electronic artist pulls from linear techno, post-rock build-and-release and synthwave’s relentless forward momentum straight into the heart of darkness. It’s an affecting and inherently emotional track, one marked by an internal lift all its own. When the levy breaks in its inevitable crescendo, “Memory …

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