Track Of The Day: Maud – ‘Nobody’

A shadowy electro-pop gem that champions personal growth and self-autonomy, Norwegian producer & songwriter Maud has shared her latest single ‘Nobody’. Released via her own imprint Maud Records and taken from her upcoming album, the track smoulders with a hard earned confidence, reflected in Maud’s dense beats, moody synth textures and direct lyrics.

Maud aka Kristine Hoff grew up in a relatively isolated part of Northern Norway and studied electronic music at Kristiansand’s University of Agder. She channels her personal experiences into her distinctive, dark-pop sounds and has released a string of singles to date, including ‘Bad Things’ ‘Baby Girl’ and ‘Alone Together’ to date. On her latest track ‘Nobody’, Maud pushes her boundaries of self-acceptance and arrives at a place of inner strength.

“‘Nobody’ is vulnerable and intimate, but it also substantiates the chaos we may feel inside of us from time to time,” Maud explains. “Even though the song may come off as distressing, I want the listener to feel empowered and fearless when listening to it. ‘Nobody’ is the inner voice telling you to stay true to yourself and stop worrying about what others think.” Through her pulsing beats and commanding electronics, Maud has crafted a beguiling new soundscape that radiates with her new found confidence.

Listen to ‘Nobody’ below.

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Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: ZAND – ‘Inappropriate’

An industrial-tinged pop tune that revels in the idea of not fitting the mould, Blackpool-based dark pop artist ZAND has shared their latest single ‘Inappropriate’. Lifted from their brand new EP UGLY POP (released today), the track is another stellar example of ZAND’s talent when it comes to creating savage yet sweet “ugly pop” gems.

“’Inappropriate’ is taking one of the words that has been used to patronise and belittle artists like myself who don’t fit a friendly, cookie cutter manufactured stereotype,” ZAND explains about the track. “[It’s] putting a sarcastic, embracive spin on it laced with a bit of irony. It’s a vent for the judgement I have faced in this industry by certain people. I’ve really enjoyed taunting those same people with my music.”

ZAND’s wit and defiance in the face of their critics shines through in their candid lyricism and polished, yet punishing beats. Produced by ZAND and DJ/producer Daktyl (Major Lazer, Halsey) and mixed by Thomas Mitchener (Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, La Roux), ‘Inappropriate’, like the other four tracks on the UGLY POP EP, is a delightfully wicked tune that celebrates self-autonomy and persevering in an industry that often tries to soften an artist’s unique edge.

UGLY POP is a very intimate project to me, with it being the first body of work centred around my own genre as an ‘ugly popstar’” ZAND continues. “This EP acts as a little taster for this, and what UP represents. I’m stoked to be birthing this little batsh*t part of me out into the world” – and we’re stoked to be listening to more of ZAND’s warped and wonderful beats.

Watch the video for ‘Inappropriate’ below.

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Photo Credit: Sophie Thompson

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: ZAND – ‘Slut Money’

A defiant, savage pop tune that celebrates self-autonomy and body positivity, ZAND has shared their latest single ‘Slut Money’. The self-described “ugly pop” star is taking aim at slut shamers on their new track, knocking down the haters with their gritty beats, sweet vocals and candid rap verses.

“While it’s a tongue-in-cheek bop, I wrote it as a liberating bite back at whorephobes,” ZAND explains about the new single. “[It’s] an ode to the community, as well as it being empowering for anyone who’s been judged for demonstrating their right to bodily autonomy and sexual liberation.” The Blackpool-born producer delivers these thoughts via unapologetic lyrics and dense beats on ‘Slut Money’.

“Why you complaining when it’s not your body?” ZAND repeatedly asks, reiterating the problem that patriarchal society has with judging the bodies of women and non-binary people. ZAND has a simple message for the haters though – “fuck you, pay me” – which is deftly delivered throughout the track. ZAND rightfully celebrates using your body in whatever way you want to, and unapologetically tells those who find it offensive exactly where to go.

Listen to ‘Slut Money’ below and follow ZAND on Instagram and Spotify for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

ALBUM: Gordian Stimm – ‘Your Body In On Itself’

A raw, experimental new offering, electronic artist Gordian Stimm‘s debut album Your Body In On Itself, is a vivid exploration of bodily autonomy. Released via independent Leicester-based label Amateur Pop, Stimm (aka Maeve Westall of itoldyouiwouldeatyou) has crafted six unpredictable, intriguing soundscapes that range from uplifting and melodic, to sparse and unusual.

At times reminiscent of early Passion Pit or Crystal Castles, Stimm’s record is a visceral collection of distorted, yet dance-able beats. Opener ‘Bleeding Out In a Septic Tank’ hosts six dense minutes of erratic synth textures and a blend of both mangled and clear vocals, that will either alienate or invite listeners in to their obscure vision. The edgy, disjointed beats and scratchy, soaring electronics of ‘Pia Mater (Sorry Mate)’ see Stimm extrapolating on the “retail price of emotional labour” and the fear of failure with an unexpected buoyancy.

The ominous, yet oddly uplifting ‘Miscellaneous Body Parts’ shows Stimm at their best, mixing the foreboding and the freeing together in one track. The dark, humourous images of tapeworms burrowing into spines on ‘The Very Best Of Friends’ provides a strange distraction, before the crashing beats and overlapping vocals of penultimate track ‘Song For Self Help’ disorientates listeners further. The atmospheric, kaleidoscopic sounds of ‘Synthetic Retinas’ close the record, stimulating the senses right until the last beat.

There’s an enjoyable violence underscoring Stimm’s vision, a gleeful, sometimes painful dissecting of the self and the social cues that help to construct or dismantle it. Your Body In On Itself is a bold, surreal listen from a bold, surreal artist and one we highly recommend.

Follow Gordian Stimm on Spotify and Bandcamp.

Photo Credit:@trashjinni

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut