Secede - Leraine
Secede is a Dutch based musician whose crafty approach to beatmaking has earned him respect and a loyal fanbase.
One of his standout tracks is Leraine. The ambient nature sounds provide a soothing backdrop to a wandering trance melody that is backed by uncharacteristic heavy drum samples. The track is perfect for a night time drive or for a long Summer afternoon, and since it is the first day of summer in Australia, we can look forward to plenty more of those.
Bon Iver - Re:Stacks (Owsey & Resotone Remix)
When you have grown so comfortable with an album, listening to it can be like visiting an old friend.
Bon Iver's debut 2008 album For Emma, Forever Ago, has become a favourite with many listeners, so any cover or remix is likely going to encounter a deal of scrutiny. Adapting a classic song can be like transforming a novel into a film - often it provides quick entertainment at the expense of resonance and personal significance. However, there are always exceptions to this, and there are also exceptions to the rule when it comes to adapting songs.
Thankfully, the Belfast duo Owsey & Resotone have maintained most of the original tracks and added subtle ambient touches to enhance the emotion and mood of the song. It is currently still available for free download, so get in quick before the mp3 vanishes!
Download - Re:Stacks (Owsey & Resotone Remix)
Tycho - Awake
When Tycho releases new music, you know that it is time to listen up. Awake is a sprawling, original track that demonstrates why it is easy to love the man’s mesmerising work.
There is a synergy between the instruments and electronics, which make for an organic listen and bridges the gap between dance, ambient music and everything in between.
If you are new to Tycho you can check out his previous two albums Past Is Prologue and Dive. He is due to release his third full length effort in early 2014.
Layo & Bushwacka! - Love Story (Tim Deluxe Remix)
Memories can be crystallised indadvertedly by the conditions from which they were originally formed. For me, that means that when the weather starts to warm up, I am reminded of music that echoes past seasonal shifts in my own recollections.
Layo & Bushwacka! released their timeless classic Love Story in 2002. Admittedly, I only heard the song about 3 years later.
The song brings to mind late nights with good friends and warmer weather. The track has a simple chord progression looped, and this chilled melody is only heightened by the saxophone during the build up of the track about three quarters of the way in. Needless to say, the badass brass easily makes for a memorable listen.
Shigeto - Detroit Part 1
Shigeto's new album No Better Time Than Now is a mesmerising adventure into the artist’s textured and intelligent brand of electronic music.
Featuring what sounds like glockenspiels samples alongside moody synths and a plethora of percussion is Detroit Part 1, a guaranteed absorbing listen. There are some moments of repetition, but overall Shigeto's third album is full of highlights and sonic mastery.
Shak. - Only Now
It is always affirming to find a wave of new talent who are capable of making gorgeous and surprising music. Too often I think that we can feel jaded by the monotonous attention deficit production that litters the corporate endorsement-driven multinational media corporations.
That is why artists like 18 year old Dutch producer Shak. can buck the trend and show that imagination is alive and well within music and it is really just a matter of looking out for these artists. Sure, it is more than likely that they won’t make millions of dollars out of their venture, but at the end of the day true artists have primarily been concerned with their own creative vitality and integrity for what they love, rather than cashing in on the latest trend. While this might sound self-indulgent, the capacity for other people to share an appreciation and spiritual connection to a piece of art surely transcends any self-motivated pursuit.
Download - Only Now
Simple Minded At Dawn
Pedestrian - SImple Minded At Dawn
Pedestrian are a duo from Britain who have started to make etherial ambient music: for instance, Simple Minded At Dawn.
This song uses the hushed sound of rainfall to lure the listener into an atmospheric soundscape before some keys echo and sighing voices rise and fall in a seemingly organic fashion. The marksmanship in the production is eminent and the track excels at the type of blissful escapism that only well executed music can provide.
Simple Minded At Dawn featured as the opening track to a Maribou State set, however the track has not yet been given an individual release.
Eluvium - Genius & The Thieves
This instrumental piano piece is from Eluvium aka Mathew Cooper. I have enjoyed this track since discovering it in 2006. It has relatively straightforward structure but it has a simple beauty to it.
Genius & The Thieves appeared on Eluvium’s second album, An Accidental memory in The Case of Death. To date, it is still one of his most popular compositions.
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