::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.
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?
Shigeto - R Life (feat. Brandon Mitchell & Carlos Garcia)
When it comes to music that can really clear your head, it’s fairly difficult to go past the likes of The Flashbulb, Tycho or Shigeto.
Shigeto’s fusion of jazz, glitch and ambient is as good as a three day meditation binge in the Himalayas. It’s as good as having your brain soak in purified salts in an Alaskan spring, it’s akin to bungee jumping in super slow motion in zero gravity, it’s the equivalent of levitating in the Northern Lights, it’s the same experience you would get if you synchronised your understanding of the world with a benevolent higher deity.
Mp3 link below.
Download - R Life
Shigeto - Ann Arbor Parts 3 & 4
As much as I would love to claim that I know about Shigeto, truth is I’m not really familiar with his story, back catalogue or other mumbo jumbo. But I do know that he makes great electronic music.
A little glitchy, a little jazzy, a little sample-based and a little ambient all rolled into a sumptuous track. Brimming with rich textures and subtle flourishes of production wizardry, Ann Arbor parts 3 & 4 makes for an enchanting listen.
Jack Steadman - Cheating
Jack Steadman aka the frontman from Bombay Bicycle Club has remixed Lucy Rose's Cheating (both artists pictured). Jack has turned the tune it into an (almost) unrecognisable idm/downtempo track, brimming with chopped up vocal samples and flourishes of synth.
Cheating is a far cry from the indie rock music of Bombay Bicycle Club, but it shows that Jack also has a knack for DJing (which I never knew until now).
Unfortunately Cheating has surpassed its download limit, so you may have to find alternative means to tracking down an mp3.
I’ve sourced a download for your listening pleasure
Download - Cheating (right-click & save)
The Album Leaf - We Need Help
Jimmy LaValle aka The Album Leaf makes some of the most relaxing electronic music I’ve ever heard. Based in San Diego, California, LaValle has been making music as The Album Leaf for 10+ years.
Lately things have been quiet since 2010’s A Chorus of Storytellers LP was released. The album wasn’t one of my favourites but LaValle has a large catalogue to choose from and there is tranquility to found in just about all of his work.
We Need Help was taken from The Enchanted Hill EP. Compared with his other work, this tempo is relatively upbeat while the keys and give an atmospheric nature to the track.
Download - We Need Help
Mountain Range - With Skates
Twinkling, glitchy and ambient.
Every song on the Mountain Range's new EP A Heart Upon rewards the listener with lush soundscapes - But perhaps none are as immediately gratifying as the opener With Skates.
I could spend a good 1,000 words describing the enchanting elements of the music, but I don’t think they could do it much justice. In the end you really need to listen to the track yourself to get a proper understanding of how an mp3 file can glimmer and come to life in your speakers as you listen.
I have such confidence in this song that I began writing this piece halfway through my first listen. This one is going to be on repeat for a while to come. Visit Leeds based musician Mountain Range's bandcamp where you can name your price for a copy of the EP.
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