Substance Is Meaningless Top tracks – November 2018

Photo above: Feli Langlois

Where does the time go? One minute, you’re working on your summer bod, slapping coconut oil on by the bucket-load in the sun, and the next minute, Mariah Carey’s out of hibernation and your stuffing down Christmas cookies and drinking mulled wine for breakfast.

Christmas tunes, adverts and decorations may already be everywhere, but never fear, there will be no Christmas jingles in this truly awesome selection of tracks that have been sent to us so far this month.


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Orchid Mantis – Yellow House 

If you like dreamy electro sounds a la Beach House, then you’ll love this track from Atlanta-based experimental artist Thomas Howard aka Orchid Mantis. The Song is taken off the album of the same name which came out on 11/11 on all digital channels. Yellow House is dedicated to the short-lived Yellow House studio, in which this album was written and recorded throughout the summer of 2018. 

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Sorry – Starstruck

Sorry create a beautifully distorted and intoxicating world around their visceral music. Full of sexual tension and dirty thoughts, this band has easily developed a reputation as one of the most thrilling new band on London’s underground circuit. They are on tour with Shame this month across the UK.

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Kidsmoke – Rising Sun

Welsh dream-pop outfit Kidsmoke share their urgent new single Rising Sun, the first from their upcoming album expected next year. The track is a pulsating psychedelic journey, both spatially and sonically.

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SOUL ISLAND – Neon Vision

Italian-born, London-based producer, musician and songwriter Daniele De Matteis aka Soul Island has released this dreamy little track taken from the upcoming LP, “Shards”, expected on 7th December via Loyal To Your Dreams and it will make you feel happy, believe us.


Jesse Jo Stark – Mystery 

A sweet and gloomy little ballad by Rock ‘n’ Roll enchantress Jesse Jo Stark, flaunting  an unapologetic retro Gothic-Americana flavour that sets her apart from the more traditionally glamorous female singers out there at the moment, Jesse paints a drive-in cinematic experience in your head about a “weird trip of being in love and paralyzed”


aiwake – Palm City

Aiwake are two producers from Belgium and Ireland, currently based in Toronto – talk about international! Palm City is an introspective look at the chaotic downtown modern dating scene. An exploration into the peaks and valleys of having short intense relationships, while feeling lonely in a crowd. It’s definitely one to put your headphones on and get lost to.

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Wiinston – Angelina

We head in a different musical direction now with Danish future R&B duo Wiinston who have created a propulsive nocturnal track that intersects R&B rhythms with pop melodies and an all-consuming atmosphere.

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Oya Paya – Where is the line

Well, this is something very different! Try not to bounce your head to that riff and bassline! The reason for the unique sound could be the the fact that across the 3 members they count 4 countries of origin (Iran, Singapore, France and England) – whilst two of them, Saam and Max, are based in Liverpool, drummer Ashwin was forced to leave the country due to visa issues. Despite this, they still continue to make music, and we’re better off for it!

 

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CLN – Own Skin

Australian artist cln has dropped a track this is all about being comfortable in your own skin. Callan Alexander, aka cln, had actually started writing this song a few years ago. It laid dormant until he stumbled across it again while sorting through ideas for the album.  He took a trip to Kruger National Park in South Africa which is where this song was revisited, reinvented and finished off, being inspired by this amazing place and everything about it.

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VIVIN – Skip the beat

After their debut work Cryptic, VIVIN return full of attitude in their new single Skip The Beat. The cynicism of current political debates while people drown in the Mediterranean, oppose VIVIN’s own form of surrealism. The current political situation and absurdity of the world is expressed and explored in the video to the track below.

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