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[Electronic] Submotion Orchestra – Alium

Submotion Orchestra
Alium Mini-Mix

“Alium” is the eagerly anticipated album from boundary-pushing Submotion Orchestra. Renowned for their spectacular live performances the seven-piece have captivated the public along with Trevor Nelson and Jo Wiley, as well as touring the world, selling out venues such as London’s famous KOKO. It is clear to see that a lot of time and effort went into the creation of ‘Alium’, after all the finished product is simply mind blowing.

Bringing together a number of sounds, both from their electronic and acoustic side, the music created is one of a kind. The vocal performances from Ruby are strong as ever, with stunning writing, the delicate textures just blossom around the rest of the band. Heavier songs such as “Chrome Units” see the group raise the energy levels with punchy electro synths echoing throughout the duration whilst other follow suit, growing and developing around the main body. What Submotion Orchestra do so well is let their creations develop over time, with each song telling a story as the music around it gradually builds letting the energy levels lap up and down with emotion.

“Alium” is certainly up there with the top albums of the year. Through beautiful writing and musicianship, alongside a polished finished of flawless levels of production this sound is one to stand out from a crowd. You can purchase the album here. 

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[Electronic] ODESZA – In Return LP

In Return Megamix

Never heard of ODESZA? Well, here’s an album that deserves to make you sit up and pay attention. Released on September 9th via Ninja Tune subsidiary Counter Records, “In Return” is thirteen tracks of some of the finest electronica to be heard this year. An absorbing and utter engrossing listen from the get go, ODESZA members Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, who formed the outfit back in 2012, have an ear for melodies, samples and beats. There are wistful tracks like album opener “Always This Late”, the choppy funk of single “Say My Name” ft. Zyra, and even tinges of dubstep on the superb “Echoes”.

With guest vocalists such as Zyra, Jenni Potts and British born singer Py, “In Return” balances instrumental and song-led tracks perfectly. A stunning collection of music, “In Return” is a welcome addition in any music lovers collection. You can purchase a copy here

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[Electronic] ODESZA – Say My Name ft. Zyra

Say My Name (feat. Zyra)

Now available to stream via SoundCloud is the new single from production duo ODESZA. Signed to Ninja Tunes’ sister label Counter Records, this release is in preparation for their forthcoming LP “In Return”,  which will drop in September. The label have also just announced they are launching their street team initiative around this release from the Seattle-based duo, counting other artists such as The Heavy, Andreya Triana and Submotion Orchestra on their roster. In exchange for promoting new releases, keen fans can expect to receive new music, exclusive merchandise and access to artist Q&As. Full details can be found here. 

“Say My Name” which features Zyra and additional chopped vocals from Madelyn Grant, is a playful and infectious piece of electronica. A groove-filled beat and developing melody highlight the pair’s knack for creating a killer tune, and this one will be played out at the remainder of the summer’s festivals for sure.

If you like what you’ve heard, you can already get your pre orders in for “In Return” here. 

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