Four Tet - Parallel Jalebi
When it comes to crafting avant garde electronic music, Four Tet has always been a both a pioneer and innovator, pushing the limits of sampling and experimentation with loops.
His latest track Parallel Jalebi sees Four Tet using a chopped bassline and some cyclic female vocals that have been woven together like thin slik over the precision of some fine tuned engine pistons.
Just before the 2:30 mark, things get a little ambient before the song picks up again with added sound effects. The track is then stripped back down to the fundamental samples for minimalist perfection.
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.
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.
Cosmo Sheldrake - Rich (feat. Anna Roo)
Described as a “master-looper,” Cosmo Sheldrake makes some epic noises. His unorthodox means for constructing a song has earned him accolades by professional musicians and fans alike.
To really get an understanding of how Como puts together music from samples, off-kilter instruments and a frantic energy, you really need to check out footage of a live performance.
Even after watching Cosmo do his thing and the novelty of the live show has worn off, I am still convinced that the 23 year old musician has the goods to produce a damn good song. Get stuck into his other amazing recorded tracks (of which there are a current total of four-five floating around the web).
Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
Emerging from obscurity this year comes Milky Chance, a German artist with strong songwriter skills that will please both genders. Guys will appreciate the guitar driven melody and girls will appreciate the pop sensibilities and range of Milky’s croon.
This song is easy to listen to and it is surprising how the pace transforms a fairly bittersweet ballad into an upbeat romantic declaration of love. Stolen Dance definitely has dancefloor appeal and DJs are already mixing the tune for their own sets.
Download - Stolen Dance
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?
Bipolar Sunshine - Fire (Budo Remix)
Seattle beatsmith Budo has credentials that have made him a go-to for aspiring rappers and musicians seeking cutting edge production. He has recently begun releasing free remixes on his Soundcloud page and while some tracks are hit and miss, Budo always seems to select enjoyable tracks to flex his musical powers on.
My favourite in the series so far, is Fire. The afrobeat inspired symphony draws on all of the essential ingredients to sculpt a memorable and palatable remix nowadays. A harmonised African choir, strong lead vocals (from Bipolar Sunshine), claps, synths, keyboards and a monster feelgood house-driven chorus kicking in after the one minute mark transform Fire from a great song into a song to love to fall in love with.
Download - Fire (Budo Remix)