Brian Ball, Music Editor, WomensRadio
Digitally Blissful is Our New Status Update
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop, Rock, Experimental, Jazz, Classical, Glitch, Trip-Hop, Alt. Rock
Imagine a world without music. Ok, stop. That was scary, right? Ok, now imagine a world where all of the best electronic female musicians shine ever-so-brightly. This world is not an imagination. It is very real, and exists in our very own backyard. Here in Oakland, California, we are very lucky to have the undeniable talent of Lynda Arnold and Digital Bliss Productions forging ahead in not only areas of artistry and collaboration but promotion and production as well. The second volume of Digital Bliss features an amalgamation of talent brought together to serve up a tasty selection of eclectic and experimental electronica, synth pop, rock hybrids and instrumental awakenings. Check out our play-by-play below:
Phauna – “Always Here” [Toronto, Canada]
Sweet and inviting midtempo synth pop. Similar to Client and Moloko with a glint of Moby.
Costanza – “In The Sun” [Rome, Italy / Brooklyn, NY]
Glitched-out trip-hop featuring old-school loops and melodramatic pads. Industrial-edged progressions that build with a heavy experimental vibe. Soft and raspy vocals sounding as though they were a mix of PJ Harvey and The Cardigans. A little bit of her accent comes across through sweet and sunny vocals. When not conveying words, vocals are used as an additional instrument…telling timeless tales of forgotten lore through raw emotion and a nod to early 90’s rave music (without actually *being* rave music).
Divasonic – “Processing...Luv” [Oakland, CA]
Definitely one of our personal favorites off of Divasonic’s Changing Wind release. Lynda’s innocent and experienced vocals melt the listener’s heart upon first inception and the electronics are beyond tight. This song revealed itself to us as what it actually feels like to be high on love. Here’s a little mathematical equation for you: Computers (C) process data; Humans (H) process love = Lynda Arnold (D) processes both. Simply stated, the music world is very lucky to have Ms. Arnold at the helm of Digital Bliss Productions, and through the Divasonic moniker she will continue to impress.
Salme Dahlstrom – “Superstar Car Crash” [New York, NY]
Electro Pop at its finest. Slicing through rock guitars and electro-clash riffs, bold vocals, big beat like Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim or Junkie XL. Great party song from the freeway to the frat house.
Micropixie – “Alice in Stevie Wonderland” [San Francisco, CA]
Nu-Jazz elements mix with classical and J-Pop styled vocals. Intellectual list of things to stop doing. A nice blueprint for achieving a successful world. Similar to several offerings on the Ninja Tune label.
Celeste Lear – “Continental Drift” [Topanga/Venice, CA / Reno, NV]
This Southern California electro-pop/trip-hop darling offers curious vocals, positive vibrations and a unique vocal style that sound a little bit like Lachi at times. Excellent travelling music…perfect for airports or road trips…soulful and serenading and respectful to nature and even life itself.
Weather Pending – “Perfect Weather (Divasonic Morning Sun Mix)” [San Francisco, CA]
Giant Bay Area collaboration here between Lynda Arnold and Weather Pending…The best elements from vocal jazz and electronic programming meet somewhere between 40-80 degrees Fahrenheit, while the listener is lyrically urged to “come outside to the sunshine”…A faultless and fuzzy accompaniment to any day of the year, no matter how perfect (or un-perfect) it may be outside.
Auradrone – “Indigo Child” [Los Angeles, CA]
Thick ambience and gitchy sounds quickly build into an Underworld-styled bassline that explodes into a mix of theatrically inclined dance rock and electro pop that fuses acid basslines, the epic-ness of Oasis and a hint of Queen and Bryan Ferry.
Return to Mono – “Caterpillar” [San Francisco, CA]
Jazzanova meets Sneaker Pimps produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry… under-layered electronics sound like something off the Fight Club Soundtrack, while building a marathon of resonance in a folktronica shell.
Pixelfrog – “Mystic Dunes” [Switzerland]
Reminiscent of Matthew Herbert / Mr. Scruff and Compost’s Future Sound of Jazz compilations…house grooves with broken beat breaks and deep peripherals steal our hearts while funky synths and sweeping atmospherics do the same with our consciousness. Can’t wait to hear more!
Alice Rose – “Mora With A Golden Gun” [Cologne, Germany / Denmark]
A dark supposition of Bjork’s commission to do James Bond-themed music…Histrionic like Alū, and over-the-top in all of the best ways. The whistle is as infectious as that in Kill Bill, and a commanding mix of cabaret and urban vocabulary flourish throughout.
Artemis – “Subterranean (Remix by Jimmy 2 Sticks)” [Oakland, CA]
Longtime WomensRadio favorite, Artemis, remixed here by Jimmy 2 Sticks, features molasses vocals that meld with gentle touches of sub-bass and lucid dream-worthy soundscapes. Oh, and samples of backward spoken vocals juxtaposed by duck-like synths. A real treat for all you kiddies out there.
Madeline Puckette – “Act II: The Silver Planet” [Pasadena, CA]
A mixture of pop and alternative rock that sounds something like a Nirvana intro that meets Royksopp methods with a Minutemen mentality…Bubblegum that doesn’t lose its flavor, ever.
Rena Jones – “Driftwood” [Portland, OR]
Literally “One of the best experimental artists currently making tracks.” Layers and layers of experimental-electronic goodness…focus constantly shifts from leads to bridges to the beat and back around again…using sounds in Ableton Live that many others would have difficulty with, but instead forms an analog/virtual opus.