The Sound Sniffer’s Lockdown Mixtape | #004

Edition four of the daily lockdown mixtape. Assembling these daily lists is pretty good entertainment in these boring and bland times. Hopefully you are enjoying the tunes too. I normally write lengthy monologues and rambling words when I share songs on the site, this feature sees the writing more refined and to the point. Welcome to episode four of the Lockdown Mixtape.

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Sonnee / Our Life

Opening today’s edition we have an electronic treat from UK-based producer Sonnee. He is an artist who’s featured on The Sound Sniffer before, it’s no surprise that his latest track wet the whistle too. Our Life is one of those euphoric tracks that instantly encourages the listener to close their eyes and pretend to be at a festival. I am too lazy to even describe that feeling properly in my writing, you get what I’m saying. Hailing from Manchester, this fella is a huge prospect on the electronic circuit here in the UK. His early releases are right up there with the best of them – Mount Kimbie, Fout Tet and Jamie XX.

Most Akin / Beacon

Slick stuff from Bristol’s Most Akin. I found this track over on – Beacon is a really intelligent, melancholic production. Not to mention that is was finished off on the Emerald Isle at Stereo Not Mono Studios in West Cork. Extra kudos for the Irish connection there – Listen out for the trippy background whispering and powerful chords that pass through. It’s gorgeous and well deserving of a share this morning.

Ioka / Rain in America

A fitting title for the week that’s in it. Mad to think Donald Trump got nearly half of the publics vote after all of his antics during his tenure. Anyways, Rain in America is a new song by German producer Ioka. Ripped from his debut EP ‘Moments‘, this track sooths the soul with it’s simplistic and subtle charm. Not much is known about Ioka, his bio is filled with bizarre statements like ‘Ioka was born on a farmyard in the mountains high up in the clouds‘ and ‘He likes the sound of clouds, roses and elephants‘. Whatever is going on here, I’m with it, the music is pretty sweet.

Nicha / Little Bird

Hailing from Northern Ireland, Nicha is a new prospect on the Irish music scene. Little Bird is her second single following her 2020 debut Devices. A quirky backdrop accompanies Nicha here until the tune takes a brief turn onto the dark side with brooding bass breaking it up. Overall, it’s a really pleasant listen and her voice is fantastic – I’ll be adding Nicha to my ‘Ones to Watch List’ that’s for sure. Watch this space.

Viktor Longo / Baby, You Should Know

Fusing a seriously deep voice with bubbly, bouncy indie pop melodies. Viktor Longo is an artist with the distinct ability to be able to cheer you up. The video for Baby, You Should Know features many trivial facial expressions and quirky camera angles. It’s clear Viktor doesn’t take himself too seriously (which is cool) but I reckon we should be taking his music seriously, it’s pretty good.

About ‘The Sound Sniffer’

The Sound Sniffer is a one-man music blog which is still only a baby – Founded and run by Kevin Coakley in early 2019. He is a music writer and ghostwriter. ‘The Sound Sniffer’ also runs gigs and showcases in London since Oct 2019. The showcases are picked from artists found in the blogs submission inbox.

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