Delerium - Music Box Opera

Delerium – Consciousness Of Love

What happens when sweet verses meet a vulnerable, honest voice to bless their words and a sprawling, effervescent electronic orchestration? The result is a tune that is absolutely… nutritious. The words are food for thought and the crunchy sound textures are like a shower for the eardrum.

When you’re in search for beautiful vocals coupled with a strong and evocative voice, look no further than Delerium. One day, I’d like to dance this song together with you. Yes, with you, You!

Power Glove EP 2

Power Glove – Motorcycle Cop

This is one little marvelous dark gem. It serves its goods on the same plate with pinpricks of lighter, lively sounds, but these are only offered to emphasize the overall somber mood. Without any lyrics to tell stories about the motorcycle cop, distorted male voices, the occasional siren and motor sounds make an excellent job of constructing an atmosphere that gives an efficient, wordless message.

Samael - Eternal

Samael – Supra Karma

Samael are masters of the unexpected, having pioneered new sound and shifted genres several times during their three decade musical career. This is one of the most interesting metal songs I know. It is an unorthodox composition that strikes an exquisite balance between headbanging material and joyful, middle of the night tribal dancing. Topping everything off is some clever writing, which is something Samael are particularly good at.

Susanne Sundfor - The Silicone Veil

Susanne Sundfor – The Silicone Veil

The first thing that stands out on this track is Susanne’s amazing voice. The instrumental is subdued and makes a lot of room for her to unfold. And unfold she does, showing magnificent strength and range. But don’t worry, there’s much more that this song has to offer besides the convincing vocal performance (which is among the best I’ve heard in years).

Synth veils will soon join the singer and lead us into the lively portion of the melody. It’s not long until we’re treated with a beautiful orchestral arrangement. My only gripe with the composition is the ending, which is not in such a good harmony with the rest of the melody.

The live performance is beautiful in its own right and I highly recommend watching it.

Dub Fx - Everythinks A Ripple

Dub Fx – Love Someone

As much as I could possibly love the music here, the lyrics will always outshine it. And that’s saying quite a bit, because the music is excellent. This song spoils the listener with a feast of thumping percussion and sweeping, deep sound curtains. But the message is wise, powerful and important. You’ll need more than open ears to truly enjoy this sound. You’ll need an open mind.

Dub FX is an expert in creating electronica / drum’n’bass music using verbal sound effects. The video version of this song (which I’ve linked below) is made purely with verbal sound effects. The other versions feature a combination of verbal sound effects and synthetized textures. Both versions are amazing.

The Polish Ambassador - Ecozoic

The Polish Ambassador – Live Inside A Dream (feat. Ayla Nereo)

It starts airy and carefree but the melody doesn’t waste a second to make it clear that despite Ayla’s soothing voice, this is still a groovy electronica song. Call it psybient, call it tribal electronica, call it whatever you want, this is one solid creation.

Like all songs from The Polish Ambassador’s “Ecozoic” album, this one ends with an outro that is in the same time fitting and seems like it’s coming from another story. “Ecozoic” is a massive album that is filled to the brim with all manner of sound experiments.

Asura - 360

Asura – El Hai

This is one intense piece of soul-blowing song. The ethereal mystic vocals, the hypnotic percussion and the melancholic strings are woven together into a noble flow that graces the beauty of existence upon the eardrum. It’s one of those melodies that I’d use to describe life without using words. I’m curious if anybody can translate what she’s saying.

Savoy - Self Predator

Savoy – Cata (feat. LoBounce)

It’s like setting yourself on fire, but worse, ‘cause there are no flames to save you by melting your ear drums. Instead, the merciless drilling-bass will proceed to creep its way into your every fiber, flanked by strafing raw rhythms. This sounds bad, doesn’t it? Paradoxically, it’s not. It’s one of the best dark techno tracks I’ve heard back in 2016. It is, however, definitely not for the faint of heart, or, should I say, not for the faint of mental resistance.