Charles Murdoch - Dekire (Ft. Oscar Key Sung)
With very little information to go by, we can safely assume two things: Charles Murdoch is from Brisbane and he is the man pushing the buttons behind this track.
Dekire was released two months back and it is an exercise in glitchy, dreamwave, downtempo, trip hop, electro-beats. Now I know that this music is not for everyone, but on a late night drive, (I imagine that) this is as good as slipping whiskey into a teething toddler’s milk: A little numbing and completely blissful.
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.
Seekae - Another
In anticipation of the release of their third (currently untitled) album, Sydney trio Seekae have released Another. The track comprises of some primary elements. Vocals, a synth backing, a bassline and simple drums when the timing is right.
Shedding the extra tracks down is a new approach by the group who have previously made music that is astounding in its complex production. The sleek sound is very accessible and it is sure to win over some new fans.
You can download the track on iTunes now.
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
Chet Faker - Melt (feat. Kilo Kish)
Appearing on the music scene in 2011 with his cover of Blackstreet's No Diggity, Melbourne’s own Chet Faker found instant success, drawing in listeners with his chilled downtempo electronica beats and seductive soulful lyrics.
Released ahead of his upcoming North American tour, Chet’s latest track Melt, featuring the breathy vocals of American songstress Kilo Kish, has all the features of his debut full length, and the world is a better place for it.
With an understated bass-beat driving the slow-jam along over the occasional distorted synth-samples, Chet delivers an introspective examination of – in his words – ‘some kind of f***ed-up mess’. Best listened to at 2am when down to the dregs of your last drink.
Koreless - Lost in Tokyo
Koreless is definitely at the forefront of progressive downtempo in my books. I even have a sneaking suspicion that prominent DJ Bonobo took inspiration from the brooding soundscapes of Koreless' work when making his latest album, The North Borders.
Despite just breaking out of teenagerhood, Koreless can craft a meanly minimalist track in a seemingly effortless fashion.
It is a pretty ominous introspective song, but on a Monday night, who feels like conversating anyhow?
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