Producer, composer and vocalist Tim Aminov has released ‘OPIUM’, an atmospheric new single inspired by Russia’s current political climate. The Moscow-raised artist will also be releasing an album of the same name in the near future.
Aminov’s diverse influences range electronic and new-wave artists such as The Cure or Depeche Mode, to the likes of Yves Tumor, Gaika, Amnesia Scanner, and James Blake. Delving deep into a rich, atmospheric and textural territory, his blend of electronica, RnB, neo-Soul, and definitive trip-hop and chill tones, have piqued the interest of tastemaker publications such as Clash Mag and Kaltblut. His video for single ‘Orpheus’ was nominated for Best Music Video at the London Festival London Short Series, and previous single ‘Veneno’ saw support from the likes of BBC 1xtra’s Jamz Supernova, Earmilk and FGUK.
“This release was written under the influence of a difficult situation in Russia. We live in a very aggressive political mood and this mainly concerns ordinary people in our country” he comments. The track reflects this mood, as introduced with melancholic, atmospheric keys, and Aminov’s voice lulling the listener into subservience. It continues to a bass-heavy beat, with the slightly ominous tone reminding us that this is a song born from political unrest.
Listen to ‘After the Storm’ here.
In a sea of electronic artists, it’s always an utmost pleasure when one can sit back and use the word ‘musician’ for the original intent of the word. During a 13 year career offering much more than just music, Rich Aucoin fits the bill with his incredible signature dish of electronic indie brought to life with live instruments.
The latest single from the artist, entitled ‘The Mind’ released on 8 March, rises with pulsing synth waves, spiralling out and then back inside towards the beating heart of the song, provided by the live drum skills of Chrome Sparks on the main kit, and complemented by a session recording drum beat by Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene.
According to Aucoin, “This track is about the mind and therefore has no lyrics.” Instead what the song offers are two sonar like vocal samples which switch out and weave together. About the vocals Aucoin explains something interesting, “The vocal melody seamlessly switches from male to female vocals with Jenn (Grant) and my voices being the samples.” And in a song entitled ‘The Mind’, I wonder if Aucoin is not perhaps making some kind of statement with this. Perhaps I should hope for a music video that provides more clarity on this before I jump to any conclusions.