Based in the Philippines, Kikoman Antonio – aka DJ Kikoman – is a professional DJ with over 30 years experience in the music industry. He got his start out in California back in the 80s, and returned to his homeland to open up the electronic scene there. His latest single, ‘Where You From?!’ is a fast pace track with a high energy that will get you up on the dance floor – wherever that might be.
Lorne Vincent is the solo project of electro-indie pop artist and songwriter, Matt Burke. Based in Perth, Western Australia, he’s perhaps best known for his work with previous project, Foreign Architects. The artist uses the project for music he feels aren’t in line with Foreign Architects’ sound, and he draws influence from the likes of Flume, Bon Iver, and other electro indie artists. His new single, ‘Couldn’t Stay’, is released in collaboration with fellow Perth Artist Boox Kid.
25-year old Italian-American model Lorenzo Doryon has swapped the photo studio for the recording studio as he gears up to release his debut EP. ‘Straight Into The Fire’ is a single taken from the EP and opens with Lorenzo singing “Take the dark days and send them to the sun” as the electronic clap beat kicks in and then blends with soaring electric guitar. The chorus is anthemic and is perfect for a live gig sing-along as the punch the air Clubland-esque beat pumps rhythmically.
Amalia Kadis is a Tokyo-based EDM artist, and her latest single, ‘I Found You’ is from her new album of the same name. Written during lockdown and recorded in the studio, Amalia did the mixing herself at home due to the rapidly escalating Covid-19 situation preventing her leaving the house. ‘I Found You’ is out through Aplux Records.
EDM pop artist Damon Fletcher has released his fresh new single, ‘2 Miles’, inspired by his love for travel and itchy feet wanting to get out there. The fast paced track leaps out of the box with its high energy, the opening notes calling to mind other dance tracks (we get a hint of Kesha) while the sound is all Damon’s own.
James Freeman-Turner’s nom de plume, Hēran Soun, comes with an interesting story. The artist was born with severe hearing loss, which became total loss over time. Freeman-Turner had a number of operations, as well as many years of speech therapy, and managed to regain both his hearing and his voice. The result has been an obsession with music, and a unique perspective on sound.
There’s a term that I use a lot for mid-tempo, danceable tracks where the rhythm physically moves me. Songs where I can’t help but smile as they begin and feel completely willing to go down whatever road they want to take me down. Sway, that’s my term for songs like Stevie Bill’s “Better”, and this song has sway for days.
Currently living in Leeds, but originally from Italy, pop duo neontown is made up of Aure and Jac, who met at uni where they had been working on individual solo projects. The pair came together with the aim of forging a place where everyone can shine – to be free in the music. ‘Electric’ is their latest track, and it’s a guaranteed dance floor smash.
I am a huge fan of Pop Punk music. Some of my fondest memories take place in a now-closed club in Toronto waiting to watch bands like New Found Glory, Motion City Soundtrack, Plain White T’s, and Fall Out Boy do their thing. So, when I heard the opening seconds of Little Cities self-titled EP, it felt like coming back home. Then I found out that this 5-piece alt-pop rock outfit is also from Canada and knew I was already home.