Starting the new week with some fresh new music (from each and every aspect you wanna look at it). Assalm (meaning whale) had his debut LP released on JST Records a month ago and since then the French artist always seems to find his way on our playlists one way or the other. Something that becomes easier of course by the fact that Assalm‘s music is diverse, fresh and combines elements from a number of different music styles/genres. “Rivera” LP, which comes with 9 original songs, is a very unique and rare mix of (dark) Electronica, Techno, Trap and even Darkwave/Darksynth (i.e. “Cavalry”). But Assalm‘s debut is more than a just melting pot of different influences. Well thought of and nicely put together, these elements come together in a way that makes “Rivera” one of those
Continuing our exploration of the deep dark cyberspace with an EP by an artist who only recently came into our attention but we’re getting to love more and more on a daily basis. A Synthwave / Cyberpunk visionary, Powercyan‘s “Cybernation” EP was (self) released back in September and is combining all those retrofuturistic elements we love with dark and gritty cyberpunk aesthetics and even spices them up with some rock/metal guitars as you can hear on tracks like “Law Of One” (big favorite over here) or “Cybernation”. Of course, even though Powercyan prefers to usually stay on the darker side of Synthwave and not move towards a more Synthpop direction, his influences vary quite a bit and even include more
Frenchman and long time Electro House/Complextro producer M.A.D.E.S has returned with a new split EP, together with Spanish trio Knightbots who debut both on here and on JST Records. “Awakening” is the title of the EP and M.A.D.E.S‘ new original and if the Outrun, Synthwave and 80’s/retro influences were present in the French artist’s previous works this time he has gone full “retro” and left behind the more Electro House/Complextro sound he was previously known for. Great atmosphere, flow and sound on “Awakening” which stays slightly on a more Dark Synth side. The second track on this split EP by Knightbots combines 80’s mood with a hard French Touch/Electro sound (reminiscent of older Justice, sebastiAn and of course Dizkodeath) . A nice overall EP which definitely serves as nice follow up to M.A.D.E.S‘ “Return” EP and taking the French artist towards a new Syntwave sound and nice debut for Knightbots as well so check this one out.
The Toxic Avenger is an artist who shouldn’t need introductions for into the harder and darker side of Electronic music, despite his somewhat less active recent period. The good news is that by the looks of it the Frenchman is making a comeback since he had a new EP out in late October as a follow up to his 2016 “Ξ” LP. “Globe Vol.01” was released on Roy Music with 6 new originals and personally speaking this feels like some of The Toxic Avenger‘s best recent work as the French artist manages to deliver his very own charactertic and atmospheric blend of Techno, Electronica and even Synthwave in a way very few can. Groovy with a touch of dark seems to be the recipe of avenging on “Globe Vol. 1” and just as the title suggests we’ll be looking forward to Vol.02 as well.
Welcoming on Metalectro Canadian trio Odonis Odonis who just recently released their second album “Post Plague” on Felte and well, let’s just say it got our attention right from the first listen. Combining elements of Darkwave, Darksynth, Industrial and even (Post) Rock, all with a noisy and “paranoid” (in a good way) approach, Odonis Odonis are finding the right balance between electronic and live music elements, which they maintain throughout the 10 songs heard on “Post Plague”. Definitely not an easy listen and an album that might take a while to “grow” on some listeners but then again anyone looking for (electronic) music that’s easy to the ears and brain wouldn’t probably be counting on finding their music through Metalectro. But those who do rely on us on finding and delivering some “different” electronic music to their inboxes, newsfeeds and ultimately ears, give these boys a chance. We did and we haven’t regretted it (yet)…