Bipolar Sunshine - Rivers
Rivers is a song that craves attention and pushes your expectations.
No doubt, there is something enchanting about Bipolar Sunshine's music. And it is apparent on the first listen that his EP Aesthetics is rad and the production is also bonkers.
The tempo of Bipolar Sunshine aka Adio Marchant's vocals changes several times throughout Rivers and the raw upbeat drums contrast the rollercoaster melody of the chorus. Fittingly, the vocals bellow “been low but I’ve been higher" in an inverse fashion to what you’d expect and the listener is taken on the emotional ride without any dragging moments or seconds to spare.
Expect to hear more brilliant work from the British vocalist in the future.
I Saw the Sky
The Flashbulb - I Saw The Sky
The prolifically gifted musician The Flashbulb (aka Benn Jordan) is a man of many talents. He is a master drummer, drum programmer, pianist, guitarist and accomplished producer. The man is so musically gifted he has also opened up a music studio in his home city of Chicago.
I Saw The Sky is from Hardscrabble, Benn’s 13th album under his Flashbulb moniker (and third album he released last year).
Whether it is the bipolar disorder that fuels his creative drive, or his highly attuned senses, Benn’s artistic works are engrossing and immersive. His unique brand of downtempo, often orchestral breakbeat music is what I like to consider (at the risk of being called a musical snob) high art escapism.
Check out the beautifully filmed video for I Saw The Sky here.
Squarepusher - Port Rhombus
There is an odd sense of serenity I get when I listen to this frenetically paced drum & bass track.
Perhaps it is most evident when the breakbeat percussion switches pace, or when the ambient elements overtakes the frantic speed of the beats. Either way, this song from British DJ Squarepusher manages to wake me up at the same time it lulls me in to a state of relaxation.
This track was released in 1996 but Squarepusher is still around and making music. His back catalogue spans a range of different IDM styles and he is due to release his latest offering Ufabulum on May 15th.
Massive Attack - Teardrop (Cybass Remix)
Massive Attack’s Teardrop gets the remix treatment from Brazil’s Cybass. The remix basically reworks the minimalism of the original adding modern breakbeat and dubstep sensibilities.
The original song was released in 1998 and has gone on to become a classic. It ranked #22 in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of All Time chart in 2009.
The DJ from Rio De Janeiro has allowed his remix to be downloaded for free from his Soundcloud page.
Download - Teardrop
Seekae - Halley Wars
This song never fails to make me daydream intensely when I listen. The young Sydney three-piecer are on the forefront of innovative electronic music in Australia. This is one of my favourites from their debut album The Sound of Trees Falling on People. Prepare to be soothed and unsettled by distorted baby cries, before being eased back again into a surreal soundscape. While this song may not be for everyone, I recommend people listen with an open mind. If you’re already a fan of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher, Seekae won’t disappoint. Here's a link to the mp3.