FIKA – Here To Stay – Single Review

The English soul-groove duo FIKA were introduced last year.

FIKA - Here to Stay


Their latest track Here To Stay, whilst also something to rest up the heels on the desk, is a track with more of a stop-start motion, giving it a more shiny veneer, though once you start to scratch beneath the plastic coating there is plenty to keep the ears engaged.

A glacial electronica is weaved around a gazey-RnB guitar that affords Here To Stay a dreamy haziness while the percussion creates context, it is merely the, what to me is, over production of vocals that causes me to hesitate – however that is perhaps not a surprise to those who have stayed with the site for any length of time – if it isn’t raw and still dripping juices I will be likely to be reticent – so don’t take my thoughts on post production effects as anything more than – to be expected. Were I not to think Here To Stay has much to add to the day, I wouldn’t ask you to consider spending time having a listen.

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Rospy – Quantum Vacuum Generator – Audio

Rospy is the trance project of Spyros Yioufkas from Greece.



The newest release to surface is the one track plus one remix single Quantum Vacuum Generator which was released on the 16th. The original version is just over nine and a quarter minutes of industrial acid trance deeply influenced by the current Belgian New Beat Scene, making this one of those very occasional reviews of music at the cutting edge of the latest fashion.

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2 FAR SOUTH – 2 Far South- Audio

2 FAR SOUTH is a new Swedish alt-rock duo.



There are only a couple of songs around, which early indicators suggest are to become part of their already planned début LP.

The most recent track, which surfaced yesterday, is eponymously named. A margin over three minutes reveal which has an enticing flatness to it, giving it a retrospective of early ’90s stoner with its slightly trippy undertow.

News arrives that 2 FAR SOUTH are set to play their first live performance on the 21st of April at Klubb Casa in Hässleholm, Sweden – if you happen to be in the vicinity – those of us who are not will have to await to discover more music by a duo, which on the basis of the foundations of what little there is around, I look forward to featuring again later in the year.


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Prairie – Sisters – Audio

The Belgium based drone project of Marc JacobsPrairie – releases the LP After The Flash Flood on the 28th of April.

Prairie - photo credit - Khristine Gillard

Prairie – photo credit – Khristine Gillard

The first track to surface from the album (which is available through Denovali) Sisters – is an ambient flow of brooding and unstoppable dystopian ambience which fills the room with a palpable chill as it skitters between industrial havoc and grinding oppression, indicating of an album that will become an essential on the dark moments playlist.

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Stupid Cosmonaut – Out of Nothing – Audio

The English spacewave quartet Stupid Cosmonaut revealed the track Out Of Nothing on the 14th.

Stupid Cosmonaut - Out of Nothing

Stupid Cosmonaut

The quartet draw inspiration for their music from the universe, science fact and science fiction to create their visions of a dystopian future.

Out Of Nothing, however, is inspired by something, or rather, someone else and was revealed as a tribute to Steven Hawking, the theoretical physicist, who died on the 14th.

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