The Pulse: LDRU, Lido & More Round Out Your Week In New Electronic Music

Written By Zanda Wilson on 02/25/2017

THE PULSE is a weekly wrap up by the interns, catching you up on all the must-hear electronic music released over the past week and sound-tracking your weekend house parties.

Lastlings - Urges

2016 triple j Unearthed High finalists Lastlings have tapped into that brother-sister duo aesthetic and along with Broods are pretty much the premiere musicians in that category. 

Their first new music for 2017 comes in the form of the understated, nuanced single Urges, which has been released just in time for their upcoming national tour.

Amy Dowdle's vocals grow in power and intensity with every new release and she's undoubtedly got one of the most captivating voices in Australia right now. On the production side of things, this latest track is the perfect combination of hopeful and eerie, with brooding build ups punctuated by dissonant-upper register samples. 

BAYNK – Poolside

The aptly named Poolside is thet latest offering from New Zealand bred electronic musician BAYNK, and is the perfect tropical track to round out the final week of summer.

Although he released his first music in 2015, BAYNK's breakthough single What You Need came in 2016 and Poolside should brush aside any suggestions that he may not have been able to follow it up with another killer tune.

L D R U – To Be Free

Aside from the fact that the opening bars of this new cut from L D R U sound like the opening of the Macarena, the Sydney producer continues to show us how ridiculously good he is at building beats under excellent vocal lines.

Following on from a string of huge singles released in 2016, L D R U isn't taking a backwards set with To Be Free, contrasting understated verse sections with filthy drops, you'll be hearing this track a hell of a lot for the rest of 2017.

Airwolf – The Way It Is

Melbourne producer Airwolf has delivered the biggest banger of this week's edition of Pulse, with his latest effort The Way It Is even pipping L D R U for the title with its driving house beat. 

A musical entrepreneur already deeply embedded in the Aussie music scene, Airwolf is dedicating a good chunk of time to honing is craft and has emerged as one of the country's most exciting house producers.

Alison Wonderland - Messiah (Lido Remix)

If you're lucky enough to be heading along to see Porter Robinson and Madeon on the Aussie leg of their Shelter tour over the next few weeks, do yourself a favour and get along early to see Norwegian wunderkid Lido tearing up the stage beforehand.

The singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist/producer has unveiled his remix of Alison Wonderland and M-Phazes' 2016 single Messiah, but if you're expecting a simple rework of the production, you'd be dead wrong.

Lido never does things half-hearted; and in his typical fashion he's recorded his own, emotion-driven vocals on the track. The interplay between his own and Alison Wonderland's vocals negate the need for all that much melody in the production, as Lido goes back and forth between gritty lower pitched lines and breathtaking falsetto.

Zedd and Alessia Cara - Stay

And we come to the only overseas release from this week's wrap up, and whilst there were several we could've featured this latest one from Zedd and Alessia Cara really stands out from the pack.

Zedd's production has been, in fairness, a little hit and miss in recent years - but this is a certified winner. Alessia Cara has released a steady string of singles over the past couple of years, and is undoubtedly one of the most exciting pop artists in the game at the moment.

It's a perfect match, as the Canadian singer's vocals are featured in a way that's so true to her  and even those manipulated sections remain true to Cara's inimitable design.