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Rookie Manners Premieres His Juiced-Up Debut EP ‘Outro’

Rookie Manners is an artist coming into his own. He invites you to groove and chill out to his debut EP, ‘Outro’ (Subtle Energy), which you can experience for the first time today.

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Rookie Manners

Rookie Manners is an artist coming into his own. He invites you to groove and chill out to his debut EP, Outro (Subtle Energy), which you can experience for the first time today.

The London-based producer and DJ has cooked up five tracks that are an introduction to his diverse style. The EP hits on all the right spots, with each track offering you something different from the young artist. From more excitable, club-appropriate numbers to more ethereal sounds, you’ll get a taste of everything he has to offer.

Discussing Outro and what inspired its sound and composition, he tells us:

“The EP was originally written during the first lockdown where I, along with everyone else was experiencing a range of emotions during such an uncertain time. There was a certain energy I felt in the city during that period which I wanted to bring out in these tracks. I also made it my mission to make a song a day to keep the cobwebs away so the EP came together in a relatively short time.”

Using electronica, trap, hip-hop, and industrial, Rookie Manners is hard at work in crafting his signature sound. It’s all still a work in progress, with one of the benefits of electronic music being that it leaves so much room for growth and development. While we enjoy this debut offering, Rookie Manners is excitedly considering all of the possibilities that lay ahead for him.

Outro Track Listing:

1. Point Break
2. Blossom
3. Atomic
4. Gravity Nights
5. Mad Men

Rookie Manners ‘Outro’ EP artwork

Rookie Manners ‘Outro’ EP artwork

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Chaos Shrine Reveal “Vapula” Single from Forthcoming Album ‘Mirror Division’

Ambient electronic duo Chaos Shrine has revealed their new single, “Vapula,” from their forthcoming album ‘Mirror Division.’

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Chaos Shrine, photo by Omar Bovenzi
Chaos Shrine, photo by Omar Bovenzi

“Duality describes humanity’s usual condition. All phenomena must be paired, as the senses are only equipped to perceive differences,” says Peter J. Carroll in his book Liber Null. In fact, duality, along with many of the other fundamentals of chaos magic, is a central concept of Chaos Shrine, the collaborative project between Paul Beauchamp and Andrea Cauduro.

Today, they unveil “Vapula,” the first single off Mirror Division, their upcoming album due for release on Erototox Decodings on April 5th in LP and all digital platforms.

As a duo, Chaos Shrine’s music evolves and devolves in intricate sonic rituals carried out in the studio where the two artists seamlessly change and interchange roles mid-stream, moving effortlessly from composer to musician to engineer to producer, in many cases without a word being said between the two. Often, one will be at the studio controls or working with an instrument but will suddenly step back, and the other will instinctively move in and take over. This process will go on for minutes or even hours until a moment is reached when one will look at the other, who will respond with little more than a silent nod, at which point the two will move on in unison to the next element of the composition or the next piece.

Raised on a farm in North Carolina, Beauchamp began his sonic research as a teen using tape loops and field recordings before moving on to becoming a professional studio engineer and continuing his work as a solo ambient/drone musician focusing on research music and the use of both traditional and non-traditional instruments. Among others, Beauchamp has collaborated with Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo (Larsen), Julia Kent (Rasputina, Anthony and the Johnsons), Jochen Arbeit (Automat, Einsturzende Neubauten), Lydia Lunch, Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), Paolo Spaccamonti, Johann Johannsson, Colin Potter, and Steve Stapleton (Nurse With Wound).

Cauduro obtained his master’s in 2018 with a thesis on the guitar works of John Zorn. Cauduro specializes in the practice of contemporary music through his work in various festivals across Europe, such as Sonology Showlab (Den Haag), Noiseberg (Berlin), and Sirga Festival di Flix (Barcelona) as part of an ensemble directed by Mats Gustafsson. His solo work, on the other hand, focuses on the rediscovery of the ancestral form of guitar through loops and effects that evoke sonic visions of dark ambient, drone and echoes of ancient ritual music.

Chaos Shrine ‘Mirror Division’ album artwork

Chaos Shrine ‘Mirror Division’ album artwork

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Vsoundz and Leng Lewn Premiere Their High-Decibel Single “Waiting In Spring”

Electronic artists and DJs Vsoundz and Leng Lewn collaborate for their high-decibel new electronic single “Waiting In Spring” (Grand Alliance Music).

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Vsoundz at Mushroom Valley 2023
Vsoundz at Mushroom Valley 2023

Not every artist is well suited to collaborate, but as you’ll hear from Vsoundz and Leng Lewn, some collaborations are a match made in heaven. The electronic artists have gotten together to record the intoxicating new single “Waiting In Spring.” The collaboration partially came about due to each artist being on the same label, Grand Alliance Music. But at the same time, they have been looking to work together for some time, and they finally discovered the right opportunity.

Both veterans of the electronic music scene, each artist has been rebranding from other aliases. They have also each modified their musical approach to some extent, with both Vsoundz and Leng Lewn previously known more for their work as DJs. This project has entrenched them more as producers, and they are happy to show what they are made of.

Discussing “Waiting In Spring,” Daniel Chiang, the mastermind behind Leng Lewn, comments:

“‘Waiting In Spring’ came about during winter time this past year, I was writing and writing, trying to create new stuff for this project, rebranding from DeciBel was a little bit of a switch for me personally and just eagerly wanting something to bring upon the feeling of spring. Of course, here was Matt (Vsoundz) and we were both waiting for the bloom to come, and so I sent the original project over to him to work on, as I just had a feeling from our brief time interacting online and at our interactions at festivals that our writing process and sounds were a match made in heaven.

“So ‘Waiting In Spring’ was born from this desire of another phase, the next chapter, the push for a new beginning, and often being able to observe that, wanting, wishing for it through nature for spring and a collaboration set to bring many more.”

Vsoundz, aka Matt Vos, adds:

“It’s been a long time coming for me and my buddy Leng Lewn to finally collaborate on a track. It was crazy how it all just sort of fell together… You can be sure to expect more tracks from both of us in the near future. Creating ‘Waiting in Spring’ with Leng Lewn has been an absolute whirlwind of inspiration and energy. This high-vibed hybrid dub/trap anthem practically wrote itself, exploding into existence within just mere days of Leng Lewn first sharing the initial concept with me. The synergy between us was electric, and the result is a track that’s not just music; it’s an invitation to elevate your spirit and groove to the rhythm of life. Let’s get ready to celebrate the inevitable energy of spring and feel these vibes together with us!”

Both Vsoundsz and Leng Lewn have become live sensations in their own right. The former has become well recognized for his arsenal of high-vibed bass tracks, with high-energy live sets able to bring down the house. Interestingly, Lewn grew up a fan of heavy metal, which was his real introduction to live music. He played guitar in a metal band in Australia but realized being in a band wasn’t for him. So he decided to turn to electronic music.

Lewn is a Melbourne-based DJ who was previously known as DeciBel. He began his DJing career laying down drum & bass sets throughout the city, supporting many international acts. Lewn views electronic music as an avenue for freedom and ambition. He has a knack for developing big basslines, sing-along vocals, and innovative drum patterns. As an artist, he seeks to surprise, but this is where he and Vsoundz find common ground. And it’s what has driven this collaboration and will continue to drive it to gloriously unpredictable places.

Vsoundz x Leng Lewn “Waiting In Spring” single artwork

Vsoundz x Leng Lewn “Waiting In Spring” single artwork

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Holly Riva Drops Powerful Single “Labyrinth (Mask Of Me)”

20-year-old Australian singer-songwriter, & John Lennon songwriting contest winner, Holly Riva drops single “Labyrinth (Mask Of Me).” 

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Holly Riva in 2024
Holly Riva in 2024

20-year-old Australian singer-songwriter Holly Riva releases powerful single “Labyrinth (Mask Of Me).” Continuing a huge swell of momentum since the 2023 John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner snowballed in popularity since her emergence last year. On January 19th, Riva will also release an Antonio Ruffino-directed music video, a vibrant and exciting accompaniment to the track with a fun aesthetic that evokes the spirit and vibe of the HBO series Euphoria.

The new single explores the double lives that so many people often lead, with online, filtered versions of themselves proving to be miles away from their authentic selves and creating a disparity that Riva describes as “a lie that you can’t live up to, the truth always eventually creeps up on you.”

Riva says of the writing process:

“I went into the co write with a top line and chord progression that I thought would sit well and the guys took it down an electronic path that flipped it on its head, there was a magic flowing in the Hollywood studio with Ben and KONG, it was incredible, we knew we were onto something.”

The illusion and mystique of the narrative are mirrored perfectly through the expansive sound, with LA-based Ben Epand’s dark electronic production paired with the sweet but deadly warm vocals, which create the perfect blend. The lyric “A city made of ancient stone, my heart it shatters, can’t break the patterns” depicts the maze-like Grecian setting that features throughout the track as well as emphasizing the mask being the filter we use when hiding our authentic selves and the patterns we can’t break out of. There is a real feeling of fierceness throughout here, with all of the elements and facets of the track working together to create a distinctive and memorable allure.

Riva says, “We live in a time with epidemic mental health issues with my generation and I feel this plays a huge roles.” The title alludes to not truly letting anybody in for fear of seeing the real us and, ultimately, creating complex emotional issues hidden within a maze of illusions. The reggaeton Latin beat kicks off the track with its fierce, distinctive rhythm, creating a truly unique pop track, and one that adds to this feel of mystery and intrigue.

“Labyrinth (Mask Of Me)” is now on all streaming platforms.

Holly Riva “Labyrinth (Mask Of Me)” single artwork

Holly Riva “Labyrinth (Mask Of Me)” single artwork

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