The whole album is full of chilled out hip hop aesthetics, sampled perfection, and ambient soundscapes. night tides (ft. bijou) stood out to me, it’s delicate nature, those soft vocals. I’m a sucker, what can I say.
Check out Emotion Terrace in full here, and don’t forget to see what the rest of the Stereocure is up to.
You know when a song just meets you where you are? When it gives you what you need? I guess that’s the beautiful thing about music…it’s interpretive. It doesn’t just have to be what it is, it can be what it is to you. Well that’s exactly what this Gangways track has been to me lately. To me, this track is nice. It’s kind to me in a way I really need something to be right now. I don’t know what that says about me right now, it’s not like I’ve been feeling that things have been mean to me lately, and nothing is even going poorly. But, I can’t stop listening to this track, letting it nestle up to me like those fleeting benevolent moments a cat might give you, rubbing up against you, before he runs off again.
Gangways is from the UK and has two EPs you can go check out on his SoundCloud.
This New Zealand project sent me over this two track EP a couple weeks ago. But I remember listening to it for the first time. It’s not entirely immediate, but the combination of Doprah’s psychedelic tendencies and the over powerful and distinctive vocals from Indi Force. The result is a unique but addictive listening experience.
Check out the b-side Together Apart here, and download it for free.
This young producer from the Netherlands sent me his stuff a while ago. And as you can tell I haven’t posted in a long ass time. New jobs will do that to your blog. Kill it. So hopefully this is the beginning of me getting back into the swing of things. I can’t make any promises, but hopefully that’s the case.
This track is so unbearably chill, it sweeps you away. Perfect for the late nights where you’re too tired to fall asleep, but also too tired to do anything. There’s not a lot to listen to online, but everything you can find, you will on his Soundcloud. Definitely anticipating more.
I may be a bit late on this, but DC producer Rules caught me instantly. The production is top notch, and seems to become almost tangible at points. Transcending into something you interact with, move your body too, react to. Definitely a project to look out for in 2013.
This unique gem of genre-combining wonder stumbled across my ears earlier this week, and I’ve been fixated on it. The Polaroid Bear is Los Angeleno Nolan Gordin. He has allowed the confines of genre to have no sway on the sounds he creates, rather he pulls the best parts of genres like folk, beat, and electronic production, and makes something entirely unique.
The result is This Is All A Ghost, a fascinating album that has me involuntarily pressing play again and again. It’s something dynamic, something refreshing.
Pay what you want for This Is All A Ghost here, and keep an eye out for more.
I’m back to reality after a long, fun, and exhausting vacation. I discovered WALL, an amazing female producer from the UK, just before I left on vacation over a week ago, and her minimal spacious dream pop has been a quiet reprieve for me in the midst of family and crazy nieces and nephews running around. Particularly this track, Magazine. The music is so simple that it becomes intensely intimate. And I think I may be obsessed.
So glad to be seeing more and more talented female producers and artists! Adding WALL to the likes of recent favorites like Empress Of. Listen to a couple more singles as well as two amazing covers by WALL here.
This new Finnish/German collaboration jumped in my inbox today, and I was pleased to find how great it is. Cass. is the German part of this equation, producing lush ambient landscapes, and gently filling them with beats, samples, and anything interesting he can find. Anna Marjamäki is the Finnish half, lending her vocal cuts that accompany this particular auditory environment perfectly.
This is what Cass. said in his description of the track:
"This is the first "4/4" song for a long long time so it was quite hard for me to be in accordance with any "genre rules" or something, but that’s the last thing i’m interested in. What i want to say is: This is not meant to be a club track or something, it’s just song for your home, your garden, your kids, your bathroom, your kitchen, your biking tours, your holidays or anything else you want."
It’s a good day when a new Monster Rally & RUMTUM album comes out. Their first collaborative effort, MR&RT, was released earlier this year and was a perfect picture of ideal collaboration. The two producers seem to mesh flawlessly, building on each others tropical hip-hop sensibilities. I chose Sunbay Hotel because of that amazing 007 sample…wait for it.
The brand new Coasting EP just dropped moments ago. There will be a beautiful, and I do mean beautiful, vinyl coming by way of the always faithful Gold Robot Records. One side will be a single payable side, while the other is fully etched with this. You can pre-order the vinyl here, and stream/download the full EP for whatever price you choose here.
The infallible Live For The Funk dudes, who’ve recently started their digital release arm, Our Sounds, are putting out this unbelievably smooth EP by London electronic artist Maths Time Joy. Let Go is our first peek at the release which is out everywhere come Monday, November 12.
Keep an eye out for future releases, and get familiar with the massively underrated Maths Time Joy if you aren’t already.
UK producer, Swallows Fly Low just made me aware of the music he’s been making, and boy I am I glad he did. Rich infectious beats, infused with a lot of organic guitar, and poignant samples. He’s just recently dropped a whole 13-track collection of these beautiful sounds. You can grab Constructions for free.
The incomparable Jarred of the recently put to rest Life: Aquatic recently turned me on to this young new talent from England, Noyce. His new EP, Moments Good, is out now on the brand new Sunday Records.
Noyce’s sound is a special blend of organic sound, instrumentation, and electronic production. A blend that weaves seamlessly into a lush landscape of zen like sound that will have you moving toward nirvana instantly. I personally haven’t been able to stop listening.
This mysterious new producer popped up on my radar earlier this week with this most recent sound, impossible colors. It’s a slow burning beauty, wrapped in a subtle bouncing beat, entrancing vocal samples, and a soothing ambient background to hold it all together.
Man, Patchwork has been on the evolutionary upswing big time lately. From the first time I was sent his music back in July, to just three months later, his sound has only gotten better. U Were In My Dreams is a sexy slow jam, taking conventions of sampled beat music and injecting an emotional aura into it.
Don’t forget to grab his most recent EP, Changes, here. And, even better, go grab it on cassette from the lovely Purr Tapes!
Honestly, this album just won’t quite. Releases just keep coming and coming, and I’m so glad, because it is honestly one of the best albums of the year for me. Such crazy nostalgia oozing newness. Anthemic choruses, synths so old and new you are simultaneously launched into the past and future. Chill Mega Chill proudly released this bad boy on beautiful purple cassette back in August. Yung Life also just finished a string of CMJ shows including the PORTALS day party at Pianos.
Today, however, you can pre-order this amazing album on delicious magenta/royal blue opaque/haze colored vinyl from the wonderful Death Party Records;a recent effort run by Michael Avishay of Ghost Animal. Not only can you pre-order Yung Life s/t for a great price, but you can grab all four of their releases for freaking steal at $30 for all four. BUNDLE!
Another beautifully nuanced ambient trap track from the mysterious Harlem based Solice. Continually impressed with his range of down tempo soft tracks like this one, and wild bangers like Flex. Not much to say here, just listen.
I’ve been chatting recently with Karn of the Canadian pop funk-fusion project Karneef. His album, In Error, was just released last month after touring with one of my heroes, Sean Nicholas Savage. Before this solo work, Karn played with Pat Jordache, and Cadence Weapon, and seems to have a pretty big foot in the Arbutus world, which makes it pretty easy for me to fall in love with his special brand of tunes.
In Error is up now for purchase, and I’m happy to give you this brand new, never before heard, remix of Swimming by Germany’s Touchy Mob. Enjoy the tune above, and download below.
Last week, this delicate, riding-on-the-wind folk beauty made it’s way to my ears when it was premiered on YVYNYL, accompanied with a much famed Letter to YVYNYL. The Bearcat is San Francisco’s Daniel Meyer. The letter tells of summer camp romances, affairs that tear apart our psyche because from the moment they start, we know they won’t last. The differences between raw physicality and our modern domesticated picture of “love”.
Nature is almost a whisper, hovering somewhere in between nonexistence and shocking beauty.
Atlas are UK’s Luke Fantom, Rem Sutton, and Emily Harris, none of them over the age of 21. They have created a special brand of minimalist production, letting Emily’s unique and strong vocals elevate their sound. Their four-track Cities EP, is a more than valiant first effort, and is out now on Symbols Recordings. Rumors of an upcoming 12” are making their way around as well, so let’s hold on hope and in the mean time, enjoy this beautiful EP.
Whoa, this tune hit me this morning like a ton of bricks! My buddy Jonathan (Live For The Funk), just put this up on PORTALS today, and it is a beauty. It’s hard not to compare that pure as the driven snow, power house of a flawless voice to Stevie Nicks, but man, just listen to it. Let it take you away…
The duo is from Brooklyn, but beyond that, there isn’t much else to know about the project. Let’s hope we see a lot more of these guys in the future!
It’s hard to put into words the next-levelness of Philadelphia’s Worshiper. The band are all former members of Power Animal, newly formed into the dark electronic and just as experimental Worshiper. The production is tight and interesting, confining itself to no specific genre or sound, yet incorporating several. It’s music, that in many cases, could stand alone. The vocals are a contrary compliment, adding so much to the sound, yet something you don’t necessarily expect to be joined with such production.
Honestly, don’t even read what I just wrote. Just click HERE and listen to this beautiful EP yourself. Oh and all profits go to Philabundance, a local food bank in Philly.
Folks, we’re getting close. Close to the release of a Saskatchewan full-length! There’s no date yet, but with tracks like Venom that keep leaking out, I think we have a pretty good idea of just how good it’s gonna be. Venom is a slow sultry bag of sexual tension just waiting to latch on and start making it’s way through your veins until you…completely…..lose……..control.
This last March, Torkelsen’s debut album, Torsnes Beats Vol. 1, was released. And I’m happy to give you the first listen at his follow up, Torsnes Beats Vol. 2. It will be released for FREE on Bandcamp on October 12th (this Friday). Havet is a bubbling journey through the landscapes of Norway, as seen through the eyes of a hip-hop loving beat junkie.
Torkelsen is a beat mystic from Norway, conjuring up intensely interesting sounds, some conventional, and some a little less conventional. Its twisted hip-hop roots pour over a naturalistic canvas, bringing beats and samples together with the visceral wonder and intricacy of flowing streams, and rocky mountains.