Track Of The Day: MIKEY – ‘Love Levitation’

“I make my own rules and break everybody elses,” sings MIKEY in their altruistic voice on new track ‘Love Levitation’. Taken from their recent EP, Paths, the Berlin-based nightlife icon explores themes of “intimacy, embodying both genders and living in fear of being stigmatised by society” on their latest record, and it’s a powerful collection of electronic-based pride and defiance.

MIKEY’s performance history is extensive. From small acoustic sets in Australia, to performing with Sink the Pink and creating unique looks that led to a design commission from Rihanna. House music duo Basement Jaxx even invited MIKEY in to the studio for collaboration ‘Walk the Dog’ and MIKEY has recently featured in a film for Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit Tour, directed by Anton Corbijn.

With their list of accolades forever growing, it’s no wonder MIKEY is seeking a love that “must transcend conformity” on ‘Love Levitation’ – as they champion this in both their lifestyle and their lyrics. After supporting Hercules & The Love Affair in Europe last year, MIKEY will be back on the road this summer.

Listen to ‘Love Levitation’ below and follow MIKEY on Facebook for more updates.

Listen to MIKEY’s EP Paths here.

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: EMA – ‘Dark Shadows’

EMA – aka Erika M. Anderson – returns to Europe next week to tour with Depeche Mode, but before she shares the stage with the iconic 80s band, she’s found time to share her new single from her upcoming EP, Outtakes From Exile, set for release on 2nd February via City Slang.

‘Dark Shadows’ is a blend of hazy vocals, sharply produced beats and opulent electronics, inspired by the film 20th Century Women. “I wrote ‘Dark Shadows’ for the film,” EMA explains. “I was intrigued by the premise — badass women living in 1970s Santa Barbara getting into punk. That’s all I knew! I wrote the song with that in mind. I think of it as a survivor song, someone leaving a dark past behind, emerging again into the world. Whoever it is, they’re definitely wearing sunglasses.”

Sitting comfortably in what she calls “The Outer Ring” of society – the zone between the country and the city, both literally and figuratively – EMA’s sound oozes an unease and intensity inspired by “material that speaks truth to power.” Rather than agonise, she organises synths and vocals to express her resistance against poverty and inequality – all whilst wearing those super cool shades she mentions.

Listen to ‘Dark Shadows’ below and follow EMA on Facebook for more updates.

Pre-order your copy of Outtakes From Exile here.

Kate Crudgington

Track Of The Day: Black Needle Noise – ‘System Bi’ (Feat. Fakeba)

Black Needle Noise is the latest project from producer and musician John Fryer, who has previous production credits with the likes of Depeche Mode, Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Nine Inch Nails, Love and Rockets and HIM.

His most recent release ‘SyStem Bi’ is a collaboration with Senegalese vocalist FAKEBA, and it brims with atmospheric, sharply-produced electronics and powerful vocals which make the hairs on the back of listener’s necks rise up.

Dakar-based FAKEBA sings in her native Wolof language, creating a fusion between genres and continents “merging tradition with futurism”. This single is accompanied by a video by Gina Czarnecki, derived from her film Spintex, which encapsulates the multiple, interconnected daily rhythms of physicality and mortality.

Listen to the incredible ‘System Bi’ below and follow Black Needle Noise & FAKEBA on Facebook for more updates.

‘System Bi’ is available to download from Bandcamp now.

Kate Crudgington