AURAGRAPH

Los Angeles, CA
AURAGRAPH is an experimental synthesizer-based recording project by Hector ...Carlos Ramirez based in Los Angeles, California. Ramirez established himself as AURAGRAPH in 2018 after years of producing electronic music under several different project names. AURAGRAPH blends ambient and lo-fi synthesis with upbeat analog drum patterns recalling the framework for genres like House and early Techno, creating a left-of-center nostalgic undertone known as "dark-wave" Melding elements of minimalism, cold wave, and darker shades of electro, AURAGRAPH delivers a uniquely frosty, sometimes metallic sound that magnetically clings to one's psyche. The young artist has score mix engineered for shows like "Stranger Things" and National Geographic's, "Valley of The Boom," as well as collaborated with artists like S U R V I V E and Missions, earning him impressive credits early on in his career. Read More
Listen: AURAGRAPH - POLYWAVE

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Automelodi

Montreal, CANADA
Formed in 2006, Automelodi is a constantly evolving project based around th...e solo work of songwriter/producer Xavier Paradis. With a career that spans over two decades, Paradis is a well-established figure in Montreal’s dense electronic music culture, releasing over time with various projects, performance line-ups, or under different monikers such as Arnaud Lazlaud. He also collaborates with artists like Liz Wendelbo (of Xeno & Oaklander) as the duo Liz and László, as well as Latvian Producer Dmitry Distant. Automelodi’s music embraces and re-contextualizes a spectrum of influences that include the lesser-known European synthpop and post-punk of the latter Twentieth Century, combined with literary stylizations reminiscent of Gallic songwriters such as Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Fontaine—with nearly all vocals delivered in French. Following the self-released first EP, an eponymous album was released in 2010 by the now defunct Brooklyn label Wierd Records. The second LP, "Surlendemains acides", was released in digital format in October 2013 and then on vinyl in 2014. Automelodi has recently released a third LP, “Mirages au futur verre-brisé” on Austin's Holodeck Records. Read More

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CULTTASTIC

Houston, TX
CULTTASTIC is a Ukrainian-American synthpop music producer and recording ar...tist. She treats music as a form of magic, and recurring themes in her songs include transcending physical limits, exploring hidden desires and dancing among alternate realities. “Nothing will destroy this... Step into my Matrix," she entices on M-Theory, alternating between lyrics in Russian and English, gliding over the sounds of hissing hydraulics and engines ripping through laser-lit tunnels. “I’m the night/You’re the rain in the night," she purrs on I’m the Night, her debut single that was released as two contrasting versions: the candy coated, glitch J-pop rendition and the creepy, ethereal witch house mix. CULTTASTIC independently writes, produces and records her music, edits her music videos and designs elaborate visuals to embody her sound. The former competitive rhythmic gymnast and figure skater began composing music as CULTTASTIC while recovering from a contortionist-training injury and garnered attention when she was featured on MTV Iggy. CULTTASTIC released her self-titled debut album in October on Negative Gain Productions. Read More
Listen: CULTTASTIC - Quantum Girl

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Detalji

Helsinki, FINLAND
Detalji is a Helsinki-based producer, sound designer and singer known for h...er self-written anthems dedicated to the club culture. Strongly influenced by 90's techno music and IDM, the producer has received acclaim for her unique and experimental sound. In 2019 along Detalji was shortlisted for Breakthrough Artist of the Year on Finnish national radio, as well as winning a Femma Award (Finnish "indie Grammy”) for Best Electronic Act, alongside playing her first shows outside of Finland including appearances at Iceland Airwaves and Eurosonic Noorderslag. 2020 is already off to a flying start with Detalji being nominated for a prestigious EMMA award. 'Finland's answer to Helena Hauff', Mixmag 2020 Read More
Listen: Detalji - Forever

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Devours

Vancouver, CANADA
Devours is bedroom pop from Hell. It is the sound of a queer electro-punk ...artist channeling his love for late 90's nu metal, Blackout-era Britney Spears, and vintage Nintendo soundtracks into fiery, confessional pop anthems. The Vancouver artist has received coverage from Vice, CBC Radio, the Globe and Mail, and Exclaim, and his energetic live shows have taken him across Eastern Canada and to numerous festivals such as Treefort Music Fest, Terminus, and Khatsahlano. His sophomore album Iconoclast - a meditation on masculinity, queer identity, and self-love - was released in March 2019 on Artoffact Records. Read More
Listen: Devours - Curmudgeon

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Dinosaur 88

Guatemala, GUATEMALA
Alternative synth pop duo from Guatemala City, formed by Luis Alonso (vocal...s and synths) and Sebas Méndez (drums). Formed at the end of 2016, Dinosaur 88 was originally an Alonso solo project, who produced the first album "Giant Ghost", inspired by chiptune and videogames music from the early 90s. In 2017 Sebas joined the project, seeking to contribute energy and dynamism to music. That year they recorded their first material as a duo: "Uh La Live", an EP recorded in a live session, which featured the first vocalized song of the band. During 2018 they made an extensive tour to promote the band locally, playing in multiple stages of the country, visiting El Salvador, participating in festivals such as the Empire Music Fest and the ContraCorriente Festival, and sharing the stage with bands like El Mato A Un Policia Motorizado, Camilo Séptimo, Las Ligas Menores, Alex Ferreira, Easy Easy, among others. In 2019 they released their second studio album: Ukiyo. This album represented a new sound for the band. Moving away from chiptune and video game music, the duo found it's sound at the foundations of synth pop and alternative pop rock. Read More
Listen: Dinosaur 88 - Dinosaur 88 - Voices

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FEE LION

Chicago, IL
Lithuanian-born, Chicago based FEE LION is a dark-pop powerhouse. Fusing to...gether soft, haunting melodies with “synth heartbeats that could have been on a new Depeche Mode album,” FEE LION creates a powerful sonic haze for her entrancing vocal hooks to soar above. Her futuristic take on a darkly omnipotent aesthetic is streamlined in her latest EP ‘Blood Sisters.’ FEE's sound references nostalgic 80's motifs, early electronic body music and hints of industrial à la Minstry or Nitzer Ebb. Her distinctive vocal delivery and taste for bizarre, forward-thinking fashion sets her apart in an audio-visual universe of her own. FEE has been a featured artist on Apple Music, Milk Makeup, YAMAHA and has performed with the likes of Boy Harsher, Charli XCX, DJ Hell and Drab Majesty among others. 'Blood Sisters Remixed' was recently released on BOUND and features work from collaborators Silent Servant, Kontravoid, Minimal Violence and Multiple Man. Read More
Listen: FEE LION - Blood Sisters

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The fin.

Kobe, JAPAN
The fin. is a group comprised of Yuto Uchino (vocals, synths and guitar) an...d Kaoru Nakazawa (bass). To date, they have performed worldwide at several major festivals including Fuji Rock, SXSW, The Great Escape, Summer Sonic, MaMA Festival in France, Strawberry Festival in China, as well as festivals in India, Mongolia, Thailand and Malaysia. The release tour for their latest album “There” has attracted a crowd of ten thousand fans worldwide and allowed us to tour as support artists for Phoenix and Wild Nothing. Based in Britain for a while, they developed collaborations (writing, recording, and touring) with many British artists and producers such as Brad Spence, All We Are, Circa Waves, Last Shadow Puppets, Petite Noir and more . Their song “Come Further” was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday UK playlist, and they have achieved over two million plays on the platform with their music, which has been described by some as an Europhile blend of synth-pop, chillwave and dream-pop, completed by English lyrics addressing universal themes of everyday uncertainties. Their new EP, the astral psych pop "Wash Away", was released in September, 2019. Read More
Listen: The fin. - Gravity

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Ginger Root

Huntington Beach, CA
Editing films, videos, and other multimedia by day, and making music under ...the name Ginger Root by night, Cameron Lew fronts a sounds that can be described as: "Aggressive Elevator Soul". Combining elements from contemporaries like Toro Y Moi, Vulfpeck, Jay Som, and Metronomy with the influences of the days of Stax and Philly Soul, Ginger Root offers a fresh take on the ever evolving Bedroom Pop scene. Read More
Listen: Ginger Root - B4

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Heart Bones

Minneapolis, MN
Heart Bones have announced their upcoming LP, Hot Dish, out February 21st v...ia Love OnLine Records. Earlier this month, they released "Open Relations" the first single off of the upcoming project. The luminous pop duo of Sean Tillmann (Har Mar Superstar) and Sabrina Ellis (A Giant Dog/Sweet Spirit) bring back groovy sentimental sounds with an ode to the trials of a one-sided open relationship. Fun, clever, and dynamic, "Open Relations" gives us a lot to anticipate from the eclectic duo in the new year. Filled with genre-blending nostalgic soundscapes, Hot Dish is sure to captivate and endear with glistening ear-wormy duets. Read More

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Jane Machine

Joshua Tree, CA
Soaring into the underbelly with both gracefulness and stark darkness, Jane... Machine is as much dreamy and sensual as it is gritty and dystopian. Songwriter/producer Erica von Trapp carves out a new landscape from her Joshua Tree studio, transporting us to equal parts synth-dreamland as soft goth desert. The result is a haunting pop noir floating inside an electronic infrastructure. Lyrically, Jane Machine does not shy away from notions of desire, psychedelic existentialism, and advanced hedonism. Drawing electronic inspiration from her years spent in Paris, where she started producing music, hip hop rhythm from her childhood growing up in the California Bay Area, and other-worldy textures from her current homestead in Joshua Tree, Jane Machine lies somewhere between Scandinavian electro pop, trip hop, and witchcraft. The sophomore LP “Weightless Moon” is a more psychedelic, yet still synth-y, departure from the 2018 debut LP “Back Seat Driver”, and the first vinyl pressing will be released March 2020. Read More
Listen: Jane Machine - 12th House

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Kae Astra

Austin, TX
Kae Astra is an Armenian-American music artist currently based in Austin, T...X. 80’s nostalgia, haunting melodies, and a lush dream pop soundscape intertwine in her debut EP “Fortune”, a collaboration between Kae Astra and Austin, TX mainstays Walker Lukens and Curtis Roush (of Bright Light Social Hour) who produced the EP. The songs were mixed by Danny Reisch (Wye Oak, The Octopus Project, White Denim) and mastered by Dave Cooley (M83, Animal Collective, Washed Out). It releases in fall 2019 on Modern Outsider Records, with a stream of singles coming ahead. Kae Astra melds her history of music making with a newfound effervescent energy as frontwoman and lead songwriter for this project. The first track “Dreams” paints a binary picture of grief teetering between gnawing despair and glimmers of hope. This song sets the stage for an EP that stirs listeners, emotionally and physically. The songs go deep spiritually and are undeniably danceable. You could hear them in the club, a yoga class, or while having a good cry—and be equally satisfied. Kae Astra says the overarching theme is “resilience”, mirroring both her personal journey and continued artistic pursuits. Read More
Listen: Kae Astra - Medicate

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Kashmere

Manchester, UK-ENGLAND
British indie pop quartet Kashmere formed from suburban Manchester towns, E...ngland. Started by friends Joey Newey (vocal, guitar) and Andy Law (drums), the band later accumulated Charlie Cole (lead guitar) and Freddie Hughes (bass). 
 From 2014-2017 Kashmere cultivated their sound from explosive indie releases - 2016 debut "Blow Your Mind” , to 2017’s stadium sized "Porcelain”. 
 2018 saw Kashmere embellish their sound further, with the addition of deep electro single “ Codeine" , the band had turned the page on their early Indie Rock roots. Kashmere went on to release shimmering synth driven "Tokyo” before jet setting off to play a unique tour in Japan’s cultural neighbour, China. 
 Signing to Scruff of the Neck Records on their return, they stunned with modulating-future disco effort "Anaesthesia" Kashmere’s 6th single to welcome massive appraisal from Spotify playlists such as The Indie List, Hot New Bands, All New All Now and New Music Friday UK. 
 Kashmere are gearing up to take 2019 with the release of debut EP Lucid Read More

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Korine

Philadelphia, PA
Korine is a Philadelphia based electronic duo by members Morgy Ramone and T...rey Frye. The pair blends new wave nostalgia with a modern pop sensibility, contrasting upbeat rhythms against sullen and emotionally evocative lyrics. The duo released their debut EP “Corsage” in the fall of 2017, followed by their first full length “New Arrangements” released in 2018 by Born Losers Records. In 2019 Korine released two acclaimed singles "Uncrossed" and "To You" featured on a 7" in vinyl also by Born Losers Records. The pair is touring for most of this year and is slated to release a new full length record in the Fall of 2020. Read More
Listen: Korine - Uncrossed

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LLORA

Dallas, TX
The angry synth draped yells and scrawls of Llandon Broadhead, a Dallas, TX... native and overall gear nerd is one of euphoria on the dance floor. LLORA delves into a pool of pulsing sound to explore topics of gender, sexuality, and an oppressive religious upbringing with a dense lyrical structure, much of which draws influence from John Maus, New Order, The Human League, Naked Eyes, Patrick Cowley, and Suicide. What was once rather chill, has become far more upfront and commanding. This command comes straight from the heart in an effort to exorcise the demons of everyday life. The result is an infectious joy upon the audience, who often demands more from the figure. Such can be seen in visual work by Leigh Violet, the production mastermind behind Irregular Visions in 2019’s “Tired”, a independent visage of theatrical dreams. Read More
Listen: LLORA - Tired

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Los Wálters

New York, NY
Puerto Rican synth pop-duo Los Wálters is a long-distance music project ma...de up of Angel Figueroa and Luis López. Living in different cities across the world since the project’s inception in 2011, the duo’s material has been written and recorded in several locations throughout Latin America, Europe and the United States. Although inspired by their diverse surroundings, the duo has remained consistent in their work, combining dark and lustrous electronic melodies with Caribbean elements and synthesized with flirty feel-good lyrics in Spanish. In addition to performing live duo set, Los Wálters often expand their studio work into lived band shows, incorporating a full-scales ensemble into their electronic backbone. Read More

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Moon Kissed

New York, NY
Emily, Khaya, and Leah met at a New Year’s party on the lower east side i...n New York City. Their self-released debut album, aptly named, I Met My Band At A New Year’s Party, draws upon themes of youth, heartbreak, and the quiet power behind vulnerability. It features infectious hooks, virtuosic synth lines, and unique drum melodies. the producer, Khaya, takes inspiration from acts like Chairlift, Charlie XCX, Grimes, and St. Vincent; and feels a deep connection to the soundscape she’s created for each of the songs. This band is sheer, unadulterated energy. the connection between them is undeniable, and palpable in the air when they perform. Since meeting on New Year’s of 2019, they have played 50+ sweaty, intense shows all around Brooklyn, Manhattan, and the East Coast. The purpose of their shows is to create a moment, to hone the magic that happens between audience and performer when music is going on. It is cathartic, exhilarating, and intimate. Plus, Leah falls in love with someone in the audience at every show, which adds an element of surprise. Read More
Listen: Moon Kissed - Muscle Memory

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Mr.Kitty

Austin, TX
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PASTEL GHOST

Austin, TX
While critics may struggle to define PASTEL GHOST’s music with tidy descr...iptors like witch-rave or blog-house, it’s evident that PASTEL GHOST is creating sounds that take flight beyond any genre boundaries. On her debut album ABYSS, the Austin-based artist laces elements of dream-pop, post-punk, and electronica to create sounds that can only be described as otherworldly. Ethereal vocals glide over chilly synth hooks and thumping drum beats, creating tracks so infectious, they can lure even the most brooding shoegazers onto the dance floor. By tying her love of hazy, anime visuals to her sound, her songs have an instant cinematic feel to them — each track evokes dreamy imagery that is a significant component to PASTEL GHOST. Read More
Listen: PASTEL GHOST - 3NDL3SS

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Primo

Austin, TX
Primo is the alter-ego of Austin-based musician Laura Lee Bishop. With song...s like “Motorcycle in the Milky Way,” an upbeat homage to interplanetary tourism, “Sex Dreams,” a velvety erotic fantasy, and “Showdown City,” a dramatic face-off of epic proportions, Primo is guaranteed to make you feel like you’re living in 1987... if 1987 was a dangerously sexy, post-apocalyptic wasteland complete with kickass parties, flying motorcycles, and lots of glitter. The wings of this rainbow Pegasus are Primo’s signature powerhouse vocals. She sings with urgency, from the gut, hitting notes so high you’ll wonder if she’s hiding a soprano sax in her throat. With each and every song written and recorded by Primo herself, this rock-n-roll assassin delivers the punch music fans of all genres have been oh-so-eagerly anticipating. Read More
Listen: Primo - #1 Alien

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Sui Zhen

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Throughout her discography and performances, experimental pop and performan...ce artist Sui Zhen has zoomed in on the intersections between human life and technology — how to exist in the digital age, as well as the ways in which we risk losing true sight of ourselves in the process. Sui Zhen’s third album, Losing, Linda, pairs her signature inquisitiveness with a surreal electronic pop that possesses a dreamlike quality: vivid, uncanny, and upon close examination, revealing of deep emotional and personal truths. It’s an album that examines loss on multiple levels — from the death of our loved ones, to our widespread societal tendency to disappear within the ones and zeroes of modern life's tech-driven rush. Sui Zhen's live set unfolds like a narrative from a dream, pairing the latest singles ‘Perfect Place’, ‘Matsudo City Life’ and ‘Being a Woman’ with expansive, atmospheric soundscapes, spoken-word and improvisation. Joined in her live band by Liv Jansz (Real Love, Punko), Casey Hartnett (Sleep Decade), Andrew Noble (NO ZU) and a fleeting appearance of Linda, come and enjoy the ever changing Sui Zhen landscape. [Pronounced 'Sue-ee Chen'] Read More
Listen: Sui Zhen - Perfect Place

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