Monday, April 30, 2012
I would be slightly remiss if I didn't mention the release of oOoOO's latest album Our Love Is Hurting Us today, the next in the series of Christopher Greenspan's merging of deep trap-esque grooves with a more delicate touch. The hands on the cover might be daintier than the previous Tri Angle release, but the drums are still crisp and raw.
Just as the drums have stayed true to form, so have the vocals that have been overlaid within: Butterclock (yes, Butterclock) is as smooth as ever.
The album is similar to the first, yes, but it explores more of the territory that is Greenspan's signature sound. For example, if you watch his performance at MOMA (e.g. here), you can gather the gist of the sounds that he vibes with. The result is a balance that is a less agressive form of witch-house, one that forgoes the cliché drop-D reese synths and tries to maintain a more classical sensibility.
To preview and order the entire EP, click through here to the Bleep landing zone.
There's nothing wrong with a little bit of savory boom-bap goodness... sure, the premise may get tiresome after awhile, but that's the very reason I try to rinse your palette with variety, rather than posting everything in that genre that I come across (trust me, you don't want that).
It's always nice when it's self aware, too... as Leeds based producer Eddie Brown aka Nosmo King's album Start With the Chords then Bring in the Rest does what it says on the tin, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Just enough funk and space make for a very pleasant listening experience.
100% free, so why not add a little Nosmo King to your early morning yoga pants-ed fitness routine. Might I suggest the pure cruising sampled-soulfulness of "I Did a Lone":::
Sunday, April 29, 2012
More and more futurepop is cropping up all over the interwebs, and the attention speaks for itself: groups like Purity Ring have the power to shut down the indie side of Twitter with just a murmur, and singers and groups are embracing more and more experimental sounds to back their vocals, instead of the usual stadium Reese stadium synths and 4x4 pro tools kick drum.
British FR&B duo Aluna Francis and George Reid are combined in both sound and name to form AlunaGeorge, and have licensed their buzzworthy followup to "We Are Chosen" to Tri Angle Records: the extended single of "You Know You Like It", complete with two other tracks and the music video.
No more words necessary, watch the video for "YKYLI" below, as well as the squeaky synthed "Just A Touch" via T-A's soundcloud hub. The EP is available to purchase through iTunes by clicking here.
What's your take on this forward-thinking trend? Are these the signs that pop music is finally getting tired of the same four chords and moving on to something new? Do you know you like it but it drives you insane? (heh) Either way, it invokes a very passionate response in most people, positive or negative. Let me know what you think below.
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Expansive sounds coming out of Tokyo producer/chillwavist Taquwami as usual: his latest tune "Ƒắη†Δ§ỷ" released for free by Bad Panda upholds his mighty tradition of making your skin glimmer a very healthy natural glow after extended listenings.
Preview below, save it to your computer drive on soundcloud by clicking here or via Panda's alternative link.
Enjoying this? Craving more? Well, you could always give his mangled funk-disco side project Occult You a listen as well, all of the tracks are available for free or for a modest donation!
So when I said I was going to stop posting skweee awhile, I lied (natch).
Okay fine, it isn't skweee in the classical sense (can that be a thing now, please?), but still maintains the bright synth textures and experimental funk symphonies, courtesy of Olso producer Beatbully. Also, a very lush tune tacked on at the end featuring Marianne Stranger entitled "Shades".
I apologize to my southern hemisphere readers, as this is much better in a springtime mentality. That shouldn't stop you from enjoying it, however... worst case scenario you can just wait several months... or completely move your household to accomodate this albums listening experience. Drastic, but I won't judge.
I don't see a download link anywhere, but the tracks are up and available to listen to in their entirety in this handy soundcloud player:
Friday, April 27, 2012
Alright, last skweee related post for awhile, I promise, I just can't resist, especially when it comes in compilation form.
Australian label Tiburoni has dished out this name your price collection of 19 skweeetastic tunes, just in time to brighten up your Friday. If that doesn't work, just gaze upon the face of the Tiburoni mascot, that ought to do the trick.
|How's it goin'?|
KOΔƎK, ᖈ∀∃ᖵ ⊥⊙N, Digi G'Alessio, and several other Sub Radar favorites all make an appearance, although I will add a disclaimer that I hope the vocals in the sixth track are being ironic, because otherwise ... yikes... but don't let that detract from the rest of the awesomeness, dive in.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
As an EP it's brief but entrancing, only three tracks long + a magical bass ride of a remix of the first track from fellow Netherlands producer Subp Yao.
I'm starting to think that although my previous research has indicated otherwise,that skweee is named as such due to the noise I make when I find the hidden release gems within the genre.
Ah, the perfect companion piece to last night's spotlight on Anthony Ellect: the anxiously anticipated answer for my calls for follow up to the famously moody series by prime selector Bambooman: Sound Healers Vol. 2.
Kwala, Soosh, and twelve others are corralled together into a shuffling, experimental, atramental blend of sonic pensiveness.
Available for a fair amount of ₤7, or via this alternative download link Sound Healers has provided, should you choose not to donate.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Nice surprise to find these sultry, contemplative, bass-riddled vibes from LA producer Anthony Ellect on his latest EP Beverly Inn. There is something eerily nostalgia-inducing about this release, lying somewhere under the surface of the inspired drum sequencing and the soft, lukewarm loops and samples.
As for the titular locale in the album art above, well, it matches the music in a sublime sort of way... spaced and occasionally somber, but beautiful in its own weird West Hollywood sort of way; the setting of an impossible amount of different somnambulant stories. The moment 48 seconds into "Debt" is the audio equivalent of a warm shower after a hangover, almost begging you to let it wash you away.
Download this and everything he's produced so far for free over on his bandcamp page.
The ever-industrious French producer (and movie director!) Mr. Oizo is back with his pal Flat Eric, this time with a bright, summery, dare I say "fun" EP entitled Stade 3. Crisp, rolling clubhouse tunes for only the finest of professional actors, sashimi chefs, golfers and their expert caddies. Naturally such a refined album can only be purchased by the elite as it's going for the super high price of... oh. It's free. Neat.
Teaser trailer featuring Flat Eric and William Fichtner playing a friendly game of (slightly distracted) chess.
The best part about this album is the quirky process that you have to go through to download it for free. I won't spoil it for you, so click here to be whisked away to his official site and grab your own copy (the opportunity to preview the tracks is part of the process, don't worry).
I've got to tip my hat at the astounding quality control over at Project Mooncircle. I always appreciate a label that I can follow in good faith that new releases will groove and inspire me in new ways, consistently.
For this album, we have a collaboration between two Danes, one of them working the beats, the other providing vocal flourishes: Rumpistol and Red Baron, respectively. Staggered, shuffling, thoughtful tunes that get even better on repeated listens with a good pair of headphones.
Preview below, click through to bandcamp to order either the digital or the 2xLP version, as well as reading up on the bios of both of the artists involved. The Sekuoia remix of the title track is available to download free of charge.
Straight from the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary, comes the carefully steeped and brewed (yep, busting out the tea puns already) sounds of producer THΣ UZΣD TΣΣB∆G, courtesy of S/M Digital Recordings.
Mr. TΣΣB∆G takes the crisp and bright sounds of maximalist music and tones them down to more laid back, instrumental hip-hop level. Hungarian skweee-hop? Would you hate me if I called it that? Too late, I already did. Not to be pinned down, there's some breaks thrown in the mix as well as a tune featuring collaborations with Hungarian rap artists.
Don't put yourself in the position that when someone asks you "have you ever heard Hungarian rap music?", you have to reply with "nah", stay ahead of the curve and tell them "Of course! I read/listen to Sub Radar, ya dum dum!".
No stories yet on the bubble-wrapped disembodied hand or empty bowl in the album art, I'm not sure I want to ask too many questions.
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Thanks to Rose Quartz for tipping me off to this amazing track by North Carolinian producer Dreams West. I enjoyed it at first, but it wasn't until I found myself humming the main synth line to myself constantly throughout the day that I decided it was definitely time to post it up on here. Full credit goes to Dreams West if it ends up getting stuck in your head as well, I'm just the aggregator.
The track title may appear like his space bar is stuck, but it's quite fitting in a way: this tune takes you to a place with plenty of head room.
Unfortunately it's already hit it's 100 downloads limit, but I'm sure with a little encouragement from fans, he might put this on a future release. Drop him a line on his Facebook or Soundcloud pages and let him know you're feeling it!
Despite the negative connotations that the Matrix trilogy has given to sequels with "reloaded" in their titles, I assure you that downloading this anniversary compilation from the Dagobot label will be much less disappointing.
Kwala, Dailon, and the rest of the Dagobot crew join forces to create a contemplative and shuffling listening experience. Starts off a little house-y, then quickly turns into the beautiful, soupy atmospheric jams we have come to know and love.
You can donate a dollar to the cause and help promote decent music, but if that's too much and you still want to enjoy the tunes on your own hard drive, you can find them via this alternative link that Dagobot has provided.
Monday, April 23, 2012
Speculation has been fluttering briskly since the news of Canadian indie pop project Purity Ring's signing to 4AD Records, and tonight is finally the night where we get four tasty bits of news all at once: an album title (Shrines), a release date, the album art, and most importantly, a new tune from the album to tide us over until the July 24th drop date.
"Obedear", another strange title, but they haven't lost their touch:
If you want it on your hard drive to caress softly at night, you can download the tune for free over at Purity Ring's official site.
The UCLA sponsored "Far From Moscow" project dishes out free music just about as fast as I can type to keep up with them, hence why I've combined their two most recent back-to-back releases, Above and Beyond into one neat little package (which is seemingly intended).
These releases fit the theme of the project and essentially have something for everyone (usually not the case around these parts), including songs that I normally don't feature but still enjoy, including raucous garage rock. I would attempt to list out the endless genres you are about to experience, but I'll just let you listen to the releases and find out for yourself, who doesn't like a nice surprise every now and then?
And hey! While you're listening, you can write an email to a friend and share this with them! Or maybe just tell them how glad you are that they are still your friend, even though some of the sounds you produce can be questionable.
Here's a neat little jump break so that the homepage isn't cluttered... I have to keep things tidy around here now that there are so many people reading this blog these days, for no apparent reason other than how amazing it is. (I see you, silent majority...)
Alex and the rest of the Outlier Recordings group continue their quest to spread as many grooves as possible: the sixth and latest version of their soundcloud-scouring series has officially landed.
As always, this is a global movement: everywhere from Atlanta to France, Minneapolis to the UK, Oakland, Moscow, and everywhere in between are represented. Physical versions are also readily available, both on cassette and CD, as well as discounts for bundles of previous Outsourced discs ready to ship by early next week. The digital version is available to anyone and everyone with an internet connection, for any price they may choose.
Most of you know the drill by now: big sounds from one of the hardest working indie labels out there.
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Turbulence is exactly what you would expect from Miami Nights 1984: Indian jungle-ragga with death metal breakdowns.
...No, that's not true at all. It is indeed bright neon-tron-sega-wave (shh), which makes a whole lot more sense, although I would probably love to hear some jungle-ragga with death metal breakdowns.
Say what you will about the 80's and the musical/dress choices of the decade, but let's be honest, there's something magical and impossibly sexy about cruising around to these sounds (see album art for details). I'm fairly certain that wind literally caresses your hair when you press play, you can't say that about most albums these days. Regardless, you should grab this album and keep it stored away for your next road trip. Or shopping trip. I take full responsibility if you come home dressed in purple tiger print yoga pants, for obvious reasons.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
What an impossibly hectic day - I think it's safe to say that Record Store Day 2012 was a resounding success, for the most part (more on that later).
Since I'm still buzzing with hype on the whole world embracing their local record shops, here's my wrap up of my personal picks. Check them out after the jump (big ol post with fancy headers and such):
Record Store Day 2012 is officially underway! Support your local shop! Don't have one? Find one nearby. Better yet, make one! Alternatively, you could dig out your old vinyl (or your parents old vinyl) and celebrate hard copy music.
Normally I would recommend that every day, however today there are scores of exclusive releases hovering nearby that ought to tempt every music lover out of their internet caves; whether you're a fan of Buddy Guy, Devo, Animal Collective, Fleetwood Mac, Mastodon, Deep Purple, or any of the seemingly endless discs available.
You might want to jump on that in a hurry though... smaller towns are actually better off, as most lines in major cities stretch past the block that the store is located on. I'm heading up to Ventura, as I feel like I'd have been luck at those shops than the LA madness scene. Shhh, don't tell anyone.
Gaze through the extensive release list here for US stores and here for UK stores, and watch some of the madness unfold on twitter with the #RSD12 tag. Global residents, shout out your favorite store in the comments section!
Friday, April 20, 2012
Another fresh arrival from the storm of today's free musicstravaganza... the first in what I can only hope will be a long-running series from Huh What & Where Recordings. This collection focuses more on the jazzy, sample driven instrumentals we have come to know and love in this corner of the internet.
Ta-Ku, Co.Fee, Ackryte, Juj, and nine others have assembled akin to an audio Voltron, ready to stomp its way up to your front door, free of charge.
Despite the morbid album art, HW&W have assured us that no chickens were harmed in the making of this compilation.
It's been almost three years since Astro Nautico jumped into the scene with their first compilation of artists that would soon work their way into the brains of bloggers and music fans alike. Look at how far they've come... fourteen releases later, here we have Atlantics Vol. 2.
And it is fittingly ginormous: thirty five tracks, not including the intro/outro/etc. Pixelord, M Constant, MΔRRI$, RAJA, Baauer, Time Wharp, Dreams, and so many more... it's like they crawled into my brain and pulled this release out just for me.
It's free. Yeah, you heard me. If you don't download this, you're not only doing yourself a disservice, but I will personally deliver a pizza sized portion of pain to your doorstep. Considering the ridiculous amount of people that manage to find their way to this blog, please don't make me do that much traveling, as much as I'd love to meet each and every one of you beautiful people... let's do that on benign terms.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Ah, the perfect palate cleanser from our little lo-fi experimental exploration earlier today, Mexican producer Turning Torso has unveiled a teaser single for his upcoming album Serendipia entitled "Sintaxis". Smooth isn't even an appropriate enough adjective for this track, this is slicker than egg whites.
Light some candles, step into your bubble bath filled with baby oil, sip some rosé, press play:
I like this Honey and Scum entity for a variety of reasons. First, it's the first time in a long time that I've seen the tag "experimental" used correctly on bandcamp. Secondly, the name makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit, so I'm already expressing genuine emotion before I've even reached for the play button.
Next, the absolute lo-fi rawness is guaranteed to unnerve most casual listeners, myself included. The album in its entirety really does feel like a sonic experiment gone horribly awry. However, I kept finding myself wanting to listen to this self-titled track, even though the only words I can make out are the title itself.
Sounds a bit like Diplo being played through an industrial fan, doesn't it? Regardless, I can't get enough. For comparison, here's another track from the album:
Now that is how you mess with people's heads, by going from Death Grips to Sparklehorse in one wacky fluid motion. The mystery is also compelling, since all I know is that he/she/they is/are from New York, and that's it, no other online presence as far as I can tell. I salute you, whoever you are, even though I'm slightly afraid of you.
Paul Jones is one of those producers that give music journalists like me (stop laughing!) a headache... as we have to get quite creative in how we describe an Astro Nautico EP like Broken Arrow in order to do them justice, especially when every song has a personality of its own. So here goes: it's music. Creative music. Listen to it.
How'd I do? Oh? More specific, you say? Okay, in order: wonky, PhilCollinsy funk, footworkish (footwonk?), and ethereal UK Funky. After that, a couple of brilliant remixes, and it's all free of charge! That ought to prepare you well enough, especially if none of those words had you running away covering your ears. Then again, you're reading Sub Radar, so this is probably exactly what you're here for. We're not like other people, the Kool Aid tastes much better over here, and we have vegan lasagna on the buffet!
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Bay Area producer morning_ almost made my eyes pop out of my head with this virtual cacophony he's releasing as a brief single entitled l_nchb_x. There is no subtly here: straight out of the gate you are placed directly into the mind of a dysfunctional robot on the last couple volts of battery life, and it's glorious. Wonky is a very hit-or-miss genre, but when it hits, it's a multilayered and fairly intense listening experience. These are the type of square wave arpeggios that can slice your head off, if you're not careful.
The album title may look like an abandoned game of hangman or Wheel of Fortune, but I assure you there's nothing missing from this extended single.
Ready to explore your experimental side? Strap on your listening devices and dive in below:
UK label XVI Records may be fresher than a newborn baby calf, but definitely isn't wobbling around on it's skinny legs like one. In the same vein as the Cadence Collective, their method of introduction involves releasing a compilation sampler that wraps up the essence of the label into a tidy package that lets you know what to expect from here on out.
In this case, it's a very well rounded collection of deep, forward thinking (and occasionally, unstoppably funky) music, perfect for the next time you're driving down a lonely road at night, or maybe just relaxing on your custom built cloud hammock in the ionosphere. Wherever you are when you listen to this, take a deep breath and ponder everything that has happened up until this point that has gotten you to this very moment.
Nab your copy here, Part II can be found here.
In his never-ending quest to make your soul bob up and down, York producer Handbook is back with havefaith, a collection of his personal favorite sample laden grooves.
The album is available for any amount you choose, so if you grab it for free you should at least play it in the car with some friends, otherwise Kasper the Guilt-Ridden Ghost will haunt you for the rest of eternity. No, actually he won't, he's busy with software pirates and politicians... but don't tempt him.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Another great example of how globally connected we all are in this day in age... Parisian producer Juno Akasawa has teamed up with the Singaporean Darker Than Wax crew to release Drag Energist, a four track EP that combines the bright neon skweee-bordering sounds of electro-funk with the wonkier side of hip hop instrumentals, with one idea in mind: future sounds.
Needless to say, the end result is the soundtrack for your next cosmic yacht voyage through the galaxies.
Preview the smooth and soulful sound experiment below, and head on over to the bandcamp landing page for purchasing details.
Here's something a little different, that just might make your Tuesday the best day of the week: Noisy Jelly! No, I haven't lost my mind (yet), Noisy Jelly is actually a semester project by two talented French inventors, François Azambourg and Clémentine Chambon.
The gist of it is this: you pour jelly into moulds, add a color of your choice, place the dried jelly cones onto the game board, touch them, and voilà! Strange sounds emerge.
"Oh, bologna!" I can already hear you muttering. Don't worry, I thought the same thing. However, they actually describe the mechanism behind it in the description of their vimeo video. I'll quote it after the jump, since you're probably more than ready to stop reading and watch awesome noisy jellies:
Warning: video inexplicably contains music from Devo.
Monday, April 16, 2012
This album is a combination of a few really interesting elements: first and foremost, Strand, a Spanish producer currently based in Brussels, Belgium. Next up, the label: Lowriders Collective in partnership with one of my favorite mixcloud shows, Laid Back Radio. Finally, the art: the ever talented Olivier “Oli-B” Binamé.
All of these ingredients are mixed, simmered, and sautéed in a bass-y, funk-driven, almost skweee-esque mentality, and set on the windowsill to cool while cartoon cats smell the aromas and float towards it.
Even more interesting: the album is coming out on a limited edition vinyl, but will only feature the best 6 or 7 tracks, hand picked by the fans. How's that for quality control in the internet age?
After you're done listening to this album, you should definitely check out Laid Back and Oli B for more sounds and sights for your refined senses.
Legendary producer/DJ Kieran Hebden, aka Four Tet has just uploaded his most recent mix set to his soundcloud page, a 43 minute long session of driven, pulsing, experimental vibes. Somewhere in the bustle are two exclusive tracks from his upcoming 12" single, but you're on your own in terms of finding them, as there is no tracklist to be found.
The mix is currently available to download via the soundcloud player, however you know how flaky the soundcloud d/l limits can be so you might want to jump on it sooner rather than later, if this is your flavor of preserves.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
For all of us North American folks, spring is here, and summer is well on its way. How can I tell? Well, the weather is a pretty good indication, but aside from that, we're starting to get all of those smooth summery jams creeping into our playlists.
In particular: the upcoming 8th release from the always-interesting hippo-headed Squelch and Clap label by Notts producer Saulya, entitled "I Don't Want To Sleep". With a jam like this, I can agree: this kind of smooth rolling bass is the fastest way to bring me to my boogie boiling point. If I don't hear this tune at least twice during a boat party in the middle of a lake, 2012 will not be complete.
Also, be sure to grab the free S&C birthday compilation, in case you missed it!
This one is for the dreamers and romantics out there: Cork, Ireland electronic pop duo Young Wonder (Ian Ring/Rachel Koeman) have just released their self titled debut EP, pairing driven, ethereal productions underneath Ms. Koeman's oft-tweaked butterscotch indie vocals (which are as easy on the ears as she is on the eyes).
Clever, catchy, well-crafted futurepop... Ireland, you're doing it right. The release includes remixes from Sun Glitters, SertOne, and Daithi.
This release has a couple of promo videos for the singles "Orange" and "Flesh", which I'll embed them after the jump:
Saturday, April 14, 2012
The latest release from CT label Grappa Frisbee finds itself stumbling out of your headphones in some sort of soggy, somnambulant shuffle. Netherlands producer DAEDRA must have put a little extra cough syrup on his waffles, as this album has a wonderfully dazed yet forward-driven feel to it, like waking up in the passenger seat of a car while on a road trip to an enchanted forest.
Headphones are recommended (well, always, but now especially), as there are lots of field samples and sounds that you will probably miss unless you're listening astutely.
Preview below, name your price over at the bandcamp landing page.
I've been on a bit of an experimental music video kick lately (as most of you have noticed), and there's no stopping me now: today's feature comes to us as a collaboration between Polish producers en2ak and Night Marks Trio, with some visual help from renowned graphic artist Otecki.
This serves to promote en2ak's upcoming Minerva, Mayhem and Margaritas LP on U Know Me Records. The minimix for the album can be found here. As always, I recommend watching the video in fullscreen and in HD if your RAM and video card are up for it:
Friday, April 13, 2012
UK duo Atlas have been quietly putting out tunes for the better part of the last year, and somehow I've only just come into contact with them through their latest amazing single "Lights", featuring vocals from the immensely smooth Emily Harris.
There's not much more I can say about this tune except to warn you that you will more than likely be rinsing it several times through your speakers of choice before you get your fill.
Good news if you like what you hear: it is available to download completely free of charge over at Bokah, and also features an interview with the two up-and-coming producers, giving a little more insight into the magic behind the production.
This record shines like a disco ball in the middle of a swamp: slushy, electric collaborative sounds from Nashville producer JusGates and San Jose beatcrafter ProfesorPanson [sic]. Creative Addicts is a slightly wonky, unquantized, EP of mellowed out jams, perfect for your next space exploration.
Featuring unmistakeable artwork from the one and only Sunday Morning, grab it for zero charge on the bandcamp landing page.
So, it's Friday the 13th, which can mean only one thing: time to sit down, wrap yourself in a blanket, and spend 10 minutes immersing yourself into this experimental indie flick by director Andrew Huang entitled Solipsist.
Will it convince you that your inner self is the only true evidence of existence? Maybe, maybe not... however it will definitely leave you appreciating the amount of effort that the production team exerted to make this visual spectacle a reality.
It's safe for work, however your boss may think that you have joined a psychosomatic space cult, and you shouldn't be watching movies at work anyway (don't worry, I won't tell).
Thursday, April 12, 2012
The lead single off of prolific UK producer Squarepusher's upcoming (May 15th on Warp) album Ufabulum is the darkly chaotic, brilliantly vibrant IDM tune "Dark Steering", landing with some force upon the internet alongside a similarly sense-assaulting video.
In case that's not clear enough: this is not for the musically timid, weak hearted, or epileptic. I'm fairly certain that if you play this video at appropriate volumes for any extended period of time, the paint may begin to peel off of your walls.
Still interested? Strap yourself in, set the video to the highest quality that your machine can accommodate, enter full screen mode, and press play:
The always-spectacular WEDIDIT coast-to-coast Collective has just started passing around the first batch of teaser clips from the upcoming (April 20th) EP Grapes from NYC producer R.L. Grime, ready to treat you and your subwoofer to some aural antics.
A few bass monstrosities to smash up the dance floors, as well as remixes from the rest of the crew, including Shlohmo, Groundislava, Salva, and LOL Boys.
It looks like they've put the clips up for download over at LimeLinx as well, so you can always grab the portable version there if you prefer.
Up-and-coming Floridian producer XXYYXX has just released his latest (and almost monthly, at this point) album, Mystify. It's really quite something, for a number of reasons: the sense of rhythm, the keen ear for sampling, the tumbling dreamscapes of ambient-flow... and all of this at the age of sixteen.
Mystify is by far my favorite XXYYXX album to date, and he's even doing the price point right: not free, but one simple dollar for the whole shebang. That's less than 20c per tune... so even if it only took him an hour to produce each song (it more than likely didn't), he's asking that you pay him 2.2% of Florida's minimum wage for something that you receive audio benefit from... now if that's not fair, I don't know what is.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Connecticut producer and friend of Sub Radar Color Plus is back, this time with a dreamy instrumental entitled "Ashore", which does actually conjure up mental images of some sort of heavenly smooth-sanded beach, warm sun and cool breeze.
Don't believe me? Listen for yourself, and then watch as your cursor is drawn repeatedly back to the play button upon its conclusion:
No, there's no need to adjust the screen on your internet-box, the actress and voluptuous woman pictured above (and perhaps the only reason you clicked on this article) did indeed team up with Massive Attack producer 3D and Tim Goldsworthy to cover Gershwin's jazz classic "Summertime" for the upcoming film Days of Grace.
Now, before people get riled up about celebrity status: the cover is actually tastefully done. That is to say, not overdone, which is exactly what you would expect from Massive Attack. It seems the internet would agree; 19K+ plays in under 24 hours and not a complaint in sight.
So, if you can pry your eyes away from the image, press play below:
As if we needed any more confirmation as to how amazing Kuedo and his crisp album Severant are, here's the stunningly futuristic collaboration video by the visual artistic duo of Glaswegian Konx-Om-Pax and Montrealaise Sabrina Ratté for the track "Ascension Phase".
To say I love everything about this would be quite an understatement... the tune, the colors, the atmosphere... just... please stop reading this and fullscreen the video below:
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I was listening to this stellar mix by LA don Nosaj Thing earlier while doing some laundry (whilst simultaneously dancing - I multitask, what can I say?), and I thought to myself "Man, I wish there was a place, maybe a website, where I could share this mix with hundreds of people who also enjoy good music..."
"Hmm... if only..."
This mix includes lots of original productions, as well as mash ups with greats like Teebs / Kendrick Lamar, and plenty of stompers from Lunice, Jonwayne, Jacques Greene, Machinedrum, etc etc etc...
Painfully short at only 21 minutes, thankfully you can press that play button as many times as you want:
Recently stumbled across the video for the lead single from Houston --> Long Beach based producer Yppah's recent album Eighty One, which is out now on the legendary Ninja Tune label.
The magic happens around 1:04, when the bassline kicks in:
As always, I recommend watching the highest quality video your bandwidth will allow (you can change it via the cog icon in the bottom righthand corner).
Eighty One is available in multiple formats via Ninja Tune and iTunes.
Take a gander, and scoop the disc if you're piqued:
The fourth track and lead single, Faerie Fire, is available to download for free, just click here.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Some absolutely unstoppable smoothness from one of my favorite Russians, OffBeatKid. Layered jazzy sampled underneath crisp beats... perfect for everything from chilling on your hammock to weaving through traffic on this Monday morning. (Seatbelts!)
Click through to the bandcamp page to donate or find the alt d/l link.