Nocturnal Omissions’ “Divine Atrocities” is a Blast from the Past

Nocturnal Omissions is a one-man solo electronic project whose music has been largely unknown for too long. Originally releasing albums as Soundcloud exclusives, a deal was inked to re-release their internet-only albums to be available on all streaming services. One of those albums, “Divine Atrocities,” released in 2006, has been remastered and is now available as a pandemic re-release. Feast your ears on “Divine Atrocities” below:

The album begins with “Gloomy,” a demo that shrouds itself in a relaxing vibe layered with sweet synths and melodic keys pulsating in an upbeat tempo. The spacey ambiance sets the tone of the album and for what’s to come. “Mitigate” picks up the heat and rhythms with a stringy, spider web of a synth that would fit right at home at a neon-sprayed rave. The production is clean with vibrant beats bouncing off the ears as each instrument has its own space to shine. The song makes you want to get lost in the hypnotic sensation of body-moving beats.

Clearly at this point in the album, Nocturnal Omissions has been laser focused on presenting high-definition sound with top notch mastering. The 2006 days of iPods and mp3s are long gone. Audiophiles want their pristine sounds and with “Divine Atrocities,” they’re getting them.

“Puerile” is ready to be the backdrop of an intense Matrix battle scene as it burns through all expectations. Strong, moving, engaging and ultimately a hazard when played at full volume, this track will take your sensory perception of reality and smash it into pieces. Everything you knew before is no longer real and you’re left feeling exhausted by the end–but ready for more. “Copasetic” is so far the catchiest track of the album, with an invigorating hook that doesn’t let go. A crowd pleaser for a packed party house, this song will have you clapping hard and performing moves on the dance floor you never knew you had. Give in to the groove and learn more about yourself than you ever have before with this song.

It’s at this point in the album we realize that Nocturnal Omissions can continue to keep his songs interesting and evolving. The tracks are dynamic, from keeping the beat going to building up tension, ultimately giving you what you want even if you didn’t know you wanted it.

“Distemper” is dark, mysterious, and so far, the wildest of the tracks. Along with moving your body, your head will bob with attitude as you strut your way down this futuristic runway. Strike a pose and feel yourself become connected to this body-clenching beat. The breakdown perks the ears up and keeps you on your toes, and soon those toes will return to slamming the dance floor in moments. “Febrile” is an outer space song brought to us by aliens from their progressive trance planet. They have used this song to abduct listeners to joining their mesmeric army. A unique, albeit short experience, the track deviates just enough to separate it from the rest of the bunch.

The album is a snapshot of the good ol’ days of MySpace and what is was capable of possessing. There’s no posing here. It’s all about solid writing, recording, and producing sound waves to make the listener feel alive. A whole new generation will be able to experience Nocturnal Omissions trance world, with good timing too, as clubs continue to open. Let’s get these tracks added onto your favorite DJ’s playlist. Here’s to the final stretch of the album. Hold on tight.

“Captious” comes blasting in on full throttle, destroying all buildings in its path. The song is in your face and won’t leave until it leaves it fully electrified. You will be left sweating, out of breath, and out of words after this electro body number hits the speakers. Heavy synths layered with melodic undertones make for a truly sublime experience. “Funambulism” is bizarre and enchanting all at once. You’ll feel underground and in space simultaneously. Your body won’t know which way to move. Your mind won’t know what’s going–it also doesn’t want to know. Let loose. The rhythm will take over and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.

“Funambulism” – Personal favorite!

“Anointed Sea of Misery” presents a mid-tempo rocking beat accompanied with synth arpeggios roaming in the wild. This is one of the more introspective songs on the albums. It’ll leave you wondering if you are who you really say you are. Lively and strangely comfortable, this song is a nice change of pace from the previous head bangers. “Uninspired” is an epilogue to close out this journey of highs and hardly any lows. A nice way to let your heart rate return to normal.

Overall, “Divine Atrocities” is an impressive feat that was almost lost in time. As more artists look to expand forward, it’s important to look back to see what pioneers in the independent landscape did in their heyday. This album is cohesive in nature yet delves down many different creative paths, touching upon all the key cornerstones of the EDM genre and stretching them into new dimensions.

The Artist has been in the dark for too long. Time to embrace the spotlight. Hear more of Nocturnal Omissions on Bandcamp, YouTube, Spotify and his website.

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Manchado – New Video Release

New York-based alternative hip-hop artist Manchado has released his latest video “Wild Child,” the finale of a three-part video series. Check out the song below:

Manchado is a DIY producer/dancer/singer who moved to New York from Bogota, Columbia, at age 18 by himself to pursue his passion in music. The alternative Hip Hop artist has finished his three-part video series, which includes “Part 1 Break” and “Part 2 Out of Control.” All the videos in the series feature Manchado surrounded my masked dancers who join in on the choreography to make for interesting videos and danceable tracks. He uses the people and the characters in his videos as metaphors to illustrate a bigger point about the human condition. Notable for writing and producing his own songs, Manchado is looking to take his underground status to the next level.

After starting his music writing career at the age of 7, Manchado took it upon himself to learn the craft of writing songs, performing, and learning to correctly work a crowd. For a crossover genre comprising of EDM alternative with a Hip Hop vibe, Manchado likes to put an interesting twist into his music, which truly comes to light in the finale of “Wild Child.”

To stay up to date with all things relating to Manchado, be sure to follow him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and his official site.

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Image via Manchado

zenxienz – Album Review

Hong Kong-born musician, producer, and songwriter, Cameron Williamson, aka zenxienz, has released his second full-length album for 2017 titled “Brainforest” on August 4. Listen to the album on Bandcamp here:

 

The opening track “Insignia” is a full burst instrumental rife with colorful sounds that mix both electronic and tribal-sounding drums, enchanting piano and an immense amount of creativity that sets the table as to what’s to come. The Middle Eastern vibe is traditional with a strong dosage of modern influences. “Undercurrents” continues the electronic sound but with a more intense EDM and dance vibe that pulsates at every turn. It’s the perfect song for those hot nights at a glow in the dark festival where you just want to lose your mind, body, and soul in the music. The album is the audio translation of a painting full of vivid colors and strange shapes all colliding into each other to produce a unique visual image. The beats throughout the album are fast yet the melodic keyboards that accompany them are slow, majestic and space-like to the point where being surprised becomes the expectation.

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Image via zenxienz

“Pico” has vocal sound samples mix with heavy bass and disjointed drums all put into a synthesizer blender that melts away all conventions about what music is supposed to sound like. The drum style changes pace, style and tempo all in a matter of seconds making it a stand-out track that is destined to be blasted against a backdrop of strobe lights and beer cups held in the air. The sound of the album is heavily electronic, constantly changing through different methods of expression in both planning and execution. Soaring synthesizers add layers of discover that make for repeated listens, as this is not an album that could be fully understood in just one spin. The amount of rave and hardcore dance injected in each track will be enough to last for a very long time.

Some tracks like “Coiled” are a bit darker in tone with vocal tracks making small appearances to keep you on your toes of what to expect. Though most of the songs border on being dubstep, they do not stray into the territory of being loud and abrasive for the sake of it. The psychedelic drums and bass have deeper intentions with many breakdowns that give you a breather from dancing and trancing about. The breaks allow for recuperation, reflection on introspection, and allows you to take in the moment with someone new as you’ll most likely be listening to this new age, off-the-rails record at a blistering venue. The sounds, although chaotic, are therapeutic even for those swaying alone to the rhythmic madness alone in a room.

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Image via zenxienz

There’s no doubt that the sounds from zenxienz will continue to impress for many years to come. For now, let’s all enjoy what this masterful electronic musician has created: an inspiring connection with others through sounds, mental images and creativity. To stay up to date with all things zenxienz, be sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Bandcamp, Spotify, Soundcloud, and his official site.

Sikora – Band Interview

Electronic dance band Sikora has released its new future bass track “White Ice” this month, incorporating their trademark vocal harmonies over rhythmic beats and pulsing synth. Today, ETV spoke with members Matthew Sikora and Liz Forde about how they met, the meaning behind one of their songs, and their most favorite show they performed.

Self-described as a combination of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Skrillex, Sikora is a hybrid of guitars, synthesizers, and both acoustic and electronic drums that will satisfy a wide variety of listeners, from those wanting to rock out to those looking to dance the night away. After releasing a series of singles and EPs, Sikora has made a name for itself as a premiere electro-dance group that can expertly craft catchy choruses and harmonic hooks.

“We first met on Cinco de Mayo a couple years ago at a show in L.A.,” recalls Matthew. “After connecting, we ended up working together on a music licensing job for a publishing company at the time. We noticed that our singing voices really blended well and complemented each other. We would always joke that where my voice ends, hers begins and vice versa.”

“What Matthew so humbly forget to mention is that we met at HIS show on Cinco de Mayo!” Liz said. “I was like ‘OMG who is that guy singing like an angry angel and shredding on the guitar?’ I asked him if he needed a backup singer, he said YES, and we’ve been making music together ever since!”

Their songwriting process heavily takes into consideration vocal harmonies and how to best combine their voices to make a unified one. They have together formed a holistic sound over the years, though their influences and journeys into music have been diverse.

“We’re weirdos,” Liz said. “We both grew up performing different styles of music – I was a choir geek and Matthew tore it up in a heavy rock band. There are elements of both styles in our songs and our sound reflects our contrasting pasts. Now we love making music that inspires people to dance and be good to one another.”

Being based in Southern California, they have been influenced by the So-Cal environment. Mathew said they like to bring the historical West Coast pop culture into their music, and it shows in the songs such as “Starstruck,” a track that peers into the Hollywood fame-seeking lifestyle. Further West Coast influences can be heard on the fun, poppy dance track “Rainbow Eyes,” which especially sounds suited for the night life in L.A. Check it out here:

“Rainbow Eyes is an uplifting song about the calm after the storm – finding that moment of bliss when everything is right in the world,” Liz said. “It is also about getting high…whatever that means to you!”

Matthew added, “It’s like the moment in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy is elevated to the world of color!”

“Rainbow Eyes” will be part of a bigger upcoming release, so for all you fans out there – be sure to pick it up when it drops. Aside from recording music for proper releases, Sikora also enjoys performing for people in a unique live experience. They have performed their signature organic and synthesized hybrid in about 40 shows so far, and more listeners continue to join the musical venture Sikora has set out on.

“We love playing famous venues in L.A. like the Satellite, but my most memorable show was DEFINITELY opening up for Bernie Sanders at his rally at the Wiltern Theatre,” Liz said. “We were (and still remain) giant supporters so it was a HUUGGE honor to play for him.”

“Yes!” Matthew said. “The Bernie Sanders rally the most memorable show we’ve played so far! Especially when he thanked us on stage for playing!”

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For the rest of 2017, Sikora is focusing on putting all its influences together to make new songs and finishing its next release. Both Matthew and Liz shared a bit of what they’ve learned along the way to help other electronic artists who are looking to make dance music with substance that goes beyond the beats.

“Don’t be afraid of using organic instruments or to tell your own story by using Dance music as a platform,” Matthew said. “If there’s one thing I’ve learned from the other Dance Music artists, like Flume is: it doesn’t need to be bouncy or 4 on the floor to be Dance Music.”

“Write about what you know,” Liz said. “Don’t be afraid of sounding stupid or taking a risk with melodies and lyrics. You can’t please everyone, so do something you feel good about sharing with the world!”

ETV thanks Sikora for participating in today’s interview. To stay up to date with all things Sikora, check them out on Facebook, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, YouTubeInstagram, iTunes, Twitter, and their official site.

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