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.
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.
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.
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
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
thE KindeR - Fliegen (Unifono Remix)
There really is something mystical about this track. Filegen (or the English translation Fly), is a dance track that takes haunting samples and recurring chimes to frame a watertight trance composition.
The way this song evolves is transfixing and listening with quality headphones is a surefire headtrip. The song builds gradually until about the 2:45 point when a harmonised but unintelligible vocal sample breaks the mould and things really get interesting from 3:20 onward.
The chime samples remind me of Pogo's Disney sample song from the Secret Garden, Mary’s Magic, spliced with a Blair Witch Project inspired rave in Germany’s Black Forest. I may not be too far off the mark there, considering Unifono is based out of Austria.
Bonobo - Sapphire
Finding a song to feature from Bonobo’s new album proved to be difficult. The entire LP is a cohesive unit with different textures and cultures like an organic plant growing more luscious with every listen.
I have however, settled on Sapphire for no other reason, other than it was playing when I began writing this. The song features just before the halfway mark and it is nothing less than you would expect from Britain’s elite DJ/producer. It is the kind of song you could play to your mother in law, your teenage hipster nephew, or your neighbour’s ant colony. In other words, I think few people would find Bonobo’s new album difficult to refuse or dispute.
I highly recommend The North Borders to lovers of all music. Released last month, Bonobo’s fifth album is all killer no filler and a definite venture into downtempo bliss.
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