Энеона Виток (Eneona Vitok) – Регенерация (Regeneration) – Audio

The Russian lo-fi creator Энеона Виток (Eneona Vitok) released the LP Маршрут построен (Route Calculated) on the 13th.

Энеона Виток (Eneona Vitok) - Маршрут построен (Route Calculated) - Cassette

Энеона Виток (Eneona Vitok) – Маршрут построен (Route Calculated) – Cassette

There is a certain joy to communicating with musicians around the globe as things can be learnt – Маршрут построен is the common phrase on Russian Satnav devices when the route for a journey has been calculated, but rather than learning about Russian SatNav systems you probably opened this post to learn more about the music…

Маршрут построен is an approximately twenty four minutes eight track LP (available via Pomogite Community on bandcamp for either the digital version or the ten track limited run cassette version) – that flows through a psychedelic journey of compositions that hold a fascinating grip on the listener. A haunting soft vocal sweeps through tracks of fuzzy psychotropic keyboard, slippery percussion and whirling guitar.

My selection from the release is the sixth Регенерация (Regeneration), though to not dwell in the full release is to do yourself a disservice.

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Love X Stereo – Dead Beat Generation – Video

It has been just over a year since the electro-dance South Korean outfit Love X Stereo last featured.

Love X Stereo - Photo by Jinny Park

Love X Stereo – Photo by Jinny Park

An almost continual stream of new tracks is balanced with very regular live performance.

A live version of Dead Beat Generation.

We Love We Leave, Pt. 2 (Deluxe Edition) – EP – Love X Stereo is available on iTunes.*

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BOPEK – Dalawa – Audio

The alt-rock band BOPEK, from The Philippines, were in the New Year Ninety.

BOPEK - Dalawa

BOPEK

Having recently lost their drummer – the track Dalawa, which surfaced within the past few hours, necessarily has a different gradient to the sound.

The combinations of guitars thread through the room in angular shards from which the distinctive vocal of Phoebe emotes a lyric of the lamentation of separation.

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Jasmine Sokko – H2O – Single Review

The Singaporean melancholic-synth creator Jasmine Sokko released the single H2O on the 16th.

Jasmine Sokko

Jasmine Sokko

Theoretically H2O is a track I should be running to the hills to get away from, however, as regular readers know compositions dripping with sadness are likely to catch my attention.

I equally ask you also to set aside the cynicism you make have of the surface to allow the underlying weave of the composition, lyrical content and expressive vocal to wind its way around the room.

Although H2O is only Jasmines’ second single she has, demonstrably, an innate ability to bring together the emotional context of the song with the tools to hand, that no amount of time sitting in a lecture theatre and ‘learning by experience’ will ever equal.

Written from the perspective of being surrounded by a society of rigid norms which bear down like a vice to stultify any sense of much other than ‘behaving appropriately’ resulting in a life where chasing dreams is perceived as an abomination and even more sadly unlikely to ever achieve the promises laid out as the prizes for ‘doing the right thing’ and, to me, H2O adroitly encapsulates those thoughts aurally.

Whilst, simply for musical style, an artiste to whom I will probably not return – I wish Jasmine Sokko every success for the future, as she deserves it and a creator I anticipate you will hear much more of in the mainstream, so long as the breaks, so sadly needed in the music industry, come her way.

Thank you for doing what you do Jasmine and please keep on doing what you do.

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The Vinyl Records – Turbulence – Audio

The Vinyl Records – an alt-rock band from India – are due to release an as yet unnamed LP next month.

The Vinyl Records - Turbulence

The Vinyl Records – Turbulence

The Vinyl Records have featured on the site frequently since 2013 always producing a fiery new-wave burst of sound. In the track Turbulence from the forthcoming album, there is a more mellowed flow to the material and it will be interesting to discover if this marks a new direction of travel.

Turbulence features Kartik Pillai from Begum on vocals, another band who have regularly featured.

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