Women Of Trip Hop – Julie Hicklin, Temperature Falls, NEFΛEΛI, Nobody’s Wolf Child

Get lost in the haunting electro single Gloomy Sunday.  The new release is a collaboration between vocalist Julie Hicklin and producer Las Bibas From Vizcaya.  In her signature fashion, Hicklin’s vocal is rich with character and conviction.  Updating this classic Hungarian dark lullaby, the collaborative team brings this controversial song into the modern age.  Beware Gloomy Sunday, as legend suggests the song is cursed.  Often referred to as The Hungarian Suicide song, folklore claims that listening to the song makes peoples commit suicide.  Despite its troubling lyrics of a mourning lover ready to force reunification through their own death, Gloomy Sunday is oddly entrancing.  With her sneaky baritone Hicklin is the ideal siren to bring this classic into the modern age.  

  Las Bibas From Vizcaya provides elegant electro pop atmosphere for Hicklin to roam, as she gracefully recalls this tale of sacrifice and sin.  The vintage vocal, dressed in this electro package, could draw similarities to eclectic projects like The XX.  With trip hop sensibility, Hicklin also connects with works by Goldfrapp and Emika.  Hicklin has a penchant for dark sexy pop.  With strength and confidence she emits a dominant presence.  Paired with Las Bibas from Vizcaya, there is an additional eccentric element, a sense of playfulness.  Hicklin brings elite eroticism to Las Bibas glam and glitter..  This contrast makes Gloomy Sunday so mesmerizing. 

Beware of Gloomy Sunday now on our Women Of Trip Hop Playlist 

Temperature Falls

Temperature Falls returns with their brooding new single Lab Rat.  The Oslo based duo has churned out several undeniable hits over the last year.  Using their respective mediums, singer Camilla and multi-instrumentalist Ian J Ward travel between two contrasting musical worlds.  On one end they can create violent sexually charged atmospheres, harsh musical worlds dipped in decadence and excess.  Alternatively, these worlds interject with a more melodic, beautiful offering.  Lab Rat embellishes this contrast.  Its no wonder the group recently released a reimagining of a Tool classic, as TOOL prescribes to the same conceptual ethos.  It’s the unassuming beauty celebrated in history with gothic art and surviving today in dark pop and alternative culture.    

  Lab Rat has the sonic intellect of Massive Attack and the melodic vocal appeal of Polica.  Treating the vocals with heavy digital effects gives the song chemical reverence with futuristic affect.  This is the red pill, the undiscovered sonic dimensions revealed by electronic music.  With pulsating bass and groovy drums there’s a hint of classic 90s Trip Hop.  There’s also a cinematic sensibility, with a tonal palette preferred by the soundtracks of our times.  

  What most differentiates Lab Rat from the prior singles is the tempo of the song.  Quite frankly, its a song you can dance dirty to.  The sexy sultry vocal, full of attitude and apathy, gives the vocal a sense of exclusivity.  Who are the lovers that get to sit at her altar?  It’s that majestic aura of celebrity through song.  That is Camilla’s magic trick.  She is transformed through the music, as her vocal persona is full of conviction.  

Check out Lab Rat now on our Women Of Trip Hop Playlist


NEFΛEΛI caught our attention with their new single Slime.  The continental Countess of dark experimental pop has been spanning the globe whilst crafting her signature sound.  Acknowledging a distinguished musical lineage, she aims to carve out her own stylistic space in the world of pop.  Nobody was ever a prophet in their homeland.  Born of Greek descent, her musical pursuits have taken her on travels across Europe and more.  Absorbing influences along the way, the exotic inspirations are on full display on Slime.  

The hypnotic, eastern backing vocal has an intoxicating appeal.  The main vocal that roams on top recalls one of the artists acclaimed influences, Billie Eilish.  The experimental musical design, with its jagged samples and dark atmosphere, connect with dark trip hop acts like Sevdaliza and Lamb.  With an eastern sensibility, she fits in well with emerging trip hop artists JIVA and Arula.   

  Currently based in Netherlands, NEFΛEΛI has been puzzling together sonic worlds, pillaging her innate musical instincts in pursuit of her own unique voice.  The result is mesmerizing, with a growing catalog that displays her breadth of influence and intent.  Her auditory world is connected by her visual palette, as she embraces the Crown, the Cross, and the Serpent.  The symbolism only increases the mystique, as her musical soundscapes display an unfamiliar dark beauty.  

  Get caught in the Slime now on our Women Of Trip Hop Playlist.  

Nobody’s Wolf Child

Nobody’s Wolf Child explodes with their new single Green Fires.  The track was released with a mesmerizing accompanying music video featuring a slow motion portrait of the conceptual artist dancing beneath a growing flame.  The exotic silhouette amplifies the power and beauty of Woman, in all her elegant evolutionary design.  With chanting tribal vocals over a minimalistic beat, the music exemplifies an Amazonian War Chant, as the artist is the fierce champion born from the fires of injustice and man’s insatiable greed.  Her vocal, filled with the burning passion of a Woman on fire, embraces the flame like a martyr.  Fear is the mind killer.  

This is the fourth release and the start of a new trilogy of works from Nobody’s Wolf Child.  The evolving artist trends beneath the worlds of indie pop and trip hop.  There’s a subtle mainstream appeal with epic vibes in the vein of Florence & The Machine.  There’s also elements known to trip hop royalty like Morcheeba and Bjork.  

With cinematic vibes and significant vocal talents, the artist has been growing a fanbase known as The Pack.  Drawn to the multi-format revelations in sound and vision, the artist vibrates with mystery.  

Burn through Green Fires now on our Women Of Trip Hop Playlist.  

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