ANIMA! are a alternative electronic duo formed of the best parts of Arielle Vakni and Vicente Espi who originate from California and South Africa. Their enchantingly iconic vocal and unique cerebral beat boutique has fast become a favorite alternative indie electronic alongside their inspirations like Sylvan Esso and Little Dragon who first inspired their formation.
Named after ‘anima’, meaning the breath of life in each of us, ANIMA!’s songs like ‘Moving Mountains’ and ‘Blood’ hold a uplifting universality with an unconventional twist. Their differences in background and musical upbringing craft an evocative colorful sound world that “you will have never heard before.” - Hilly Dilly.
Unexpected to them, their first release ‘Breathe’ was a viral hit and the start to millions of streams that they’ve received for their releases ANIMA! (2016), Be Here Now (2015) and Art:Work (2017). An entirely self-produced and self-released under their own imprint, ANIMA! feature on Spotify’s Global Viral 50, New Music Friday, Mint, New Indie Mix, Fresh Finds playlists, to Apple Best of Alternative, iTunes top 10 Alternative and tastemaker platforms Indie Shuffle and Red Bull.
Catch them this MAY 208 for their first US tour which ends on DoLab’s mainstage at Lighting In A Bottle!
MONOGEM is the moniker under which singer and songwriter Jen Hirsh creates dreamy, disco-tinged, California-pool-party tunes, finished with the sweet aftertaste of funk and soul. Along with the sonic savvy of producer and songwriter Scott Smith, MONOGEM launches the listener into an intoxicating journey of strong vocals, dizzying harmonies, and dance-ready synths. In the cosmos, a Monogem Ring is a supernova remnant, the leftover glow from an exploded star. One of the largest monogem rings in the universe is located near the Gemini and Cancer constellations. Born in late June, Jen is on the cusp of Gemini-Cancer, and thus, Monogem rang true and stuck.
MONOGEM’s highly anticipated, self-titled debut EP was exclusively premiered by Interview Magazine on February 2, 2015 with insightful commentary: “The California native's sound is heavy in electro-pop, yet her voice resonates with the richness of classic soul and jazz.” The EP is comprised of buzzing singles that have attracted major tastemakers like Noisey (VICE), NYLON, and Elle Magazine as well as well-respected outlets in the blogosphere such as Hype Machine, Indie Shuffle, Hillydilly, and Earmilk. Like their astral namesake, this latest EP is filled with glittering melodies and heartrending bursts of sentiment and soul.
In October of 2015, Monogem’s dreamy, beat-laden “Wait and See” Remix EP was released. "Wait and See" (Deep Chills Remix) was featured prominently in notable Spotify Playlists in November, including “New Music Friday” and “Viral Hits,” as well as placing #6 on United States Viral 50 and #9 on Global Viral 50. The girlboss anthem “Gone,” Monogem’s most recent release, charted #2 on Hype Machine's Most Popular Tracks for 4 consecutive days. Upcoming for Monogem is “Take It Slow,” slated for an April 22th release via the new Watch List singles label, formed out of a partnership between The Fader and CONNECT/Reverbnation. Seething with irresistible sensuality, “Take It Slow” puts into words and music an impossible, fleeting love, so heightened and electric that you want to consume it whole and yet take it slow, all at once.