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.
::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: - Pirouette
Producer Sabzi and vocalist Kelsey Bulkin comprise the diverse duo of ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS::. Their music is different on so many levels to other artists. Sabzi takes a masterfully minimalist approach to the groups music by arranging interesting percussion with dreamy synths. In turn, Kelsey crafts lyrics rich in emotional appeals and metaphors.
Piroutte is the second new release from ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: this month with DEATH coming out a few days ago. Their social media posts have been coming more frequently with lyrics being posted days in advance before the release of DEATH and Piroutte.
Hopefully the new music doesn’t dry up too soon and we can enjoy an album release in the near future.
Download - Piroutte
::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: - DEATH
::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: are back!
After releasing two game changing EPs (Winter Pigeons and APORIA) in 2010 and 2011 respectively, all has been quiet from the New Yorker duo who are still relatively unknown and do very little publicity. And despite beatmaker Sabzi hinting about an upcoming debut album in Q&A sessions, there has been no official word about upcoming projects.
That was until today, when the ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: Facebook page proclaimed DEATH was impending.
The single loops a euphoric choir sample, 808 beats and some minimal piano flourishes for Kelsey Bulkin to serenade over. The release of DEATH easily eclipses 99% of new music releases and is sure to become a favourite over at the Ill Chill Pill for our top 2013 picks.
Download - DEATH
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.
Sufjan Stevens - Take Me (Demo)
There are 3 types of Sufjan Stevens fans.
1. Old school fans who love his allegorical folk rhapsodies and hate everything post The Age of Adz
2. The fan who relishes the apocalyptic fantasia and futuristic DIY electronic music embraced post-2010 and cares little for his other works
3. Or the rarest camp of fans who enjoy both approaches to music.
Say what you will about Sufjan Stevens’ antics/gimmicks, faith, on stage costumes, etc. etc., the man can sing, and songwrite and perform like a boss. This supposedly forgotten track, Take Me, was recently found by Sufjan, who had this to say on his Tumblr account:
"Sloppy lo-fi demo I found on an old hard drive. It don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Love don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Quadruple negative, yo. Stay Positive."
If this is indeed a genuine demo, it puts most artists’ demos to shame. Hopefully this track will appeal to all 3 camps, despite there the lack of live instrumentation.
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.
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