Track Of The Day: Aphty Khéa & a.Blubox – ‘Pengvibe 2.0’

A hypnotic remix of her original 2020 single, Aphty Khéa has teamed up with London-based, Italian-German duo a.Blubox on her latest single ‘Pengvibe 2.0’. Released via Slow Dance Records and featured on their annual compilation EP which is due on 26th January, the track is a cinematic re-working of Khéa’s original glitchy, intoxicating beats.

Currently based in Kreuzberg in Berlin, Aphty Khéa is a half Greek, half British artist who combines sonic and visual elements to create her stimulating, exciting electronic music. “‘Pengvibe2.0’ is the socially distant, post-party, pre-comedown twin of ‘Pengvibe’,” explains Khéa about the new remix. “In times where it’s impossible to chill on a stained sofa in the downtempo room whilst listening to strangers tell you stories you won’t remember, you have no choice but to construct an intimate, homely alternative.”

“Moving from the living room to the kitchen and hoping ‘Chatroulette’ will connect you with another dance-deprived person somewhere on the inter-web is the placebo a lot of us are currently settling for. As time passes by in the digital COVID age, and you slowly start to feel like you might just be living in the Matrix, everything creatively collaborative is inevitably achieved through zeros and ones. And through zeros and ones, between Berlin and London, is how this sonic re-imagination was conceived.”

Khéa’s new single is accompanied by a self-directed video, which offers a “much needed eye-break” around the roads of Khéa’s childhood hometown in Greece. Combining her cinematic visuals with her energetic sounds, ‘Pengvibe 2.0’ is an essential slice of escapism during these uncertain times.

Watch the video below.

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Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Miss Grit – ‘Dark Side Of The Party’

A genre-defying tune about feeling out of place in a room full of people, multi-instrumentalist Miss Grit has shared her latest single ‘Dark Side Of The Party’. Taken from her upcoming EP Impostor, which is set for release on 5th February, the Korean-American musician has crafted a sound that ricochets between atmospheric, angular and anthemic, hitting the musical sweet spot multiple times in just three and a half minutes.

“I’ve gone my whole life feeling really uncomfortable defining myself,” Miss Grit (aka Margaret Sohn) explains. “I realized that a lot of the time, I’m more comfortable with other people defining me and making up their mind about who I’m supposed to be.” Sohn wanted to shake up these feelings and address the racial impostor syndrome she felt as a half-Korean girl “trying to fit into the white space” of the Michigan suburbs where she grew up. To do this, she took on full production duties for Impostor, and the aptly named EP sees her masterfully deconstruct these feelings of self-doubt.

This is beautifully personified by the record’s first single ‘Dark Side Of The Party’. “I can’t tell hearts apart from spare parts” Sohn admits over striking guitar riffs and shifting melodies, her lyrics confidently exploring the feelings of discomfort she sings of. Her unexpected tempo changes give an edge to her emotional journey, making the single an authentic and exciting anthem for anyone who has struggled on their journey to self acceptance.

Listen to ‘Dark Side Of The Party’ below.


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Photo Credit: Natasha Willson

Kate Crudgington