Ages - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
It seems like ages since we last heard a cover this good (pun intended). But this classical guitar piece is truly an exotic, sensual guitar licking song.
Ages' version of Fog will teleport you back to the cobbled streets of a Tuscan village, or a sunny Spanish villa.
If you dig it, download it below.
Download - Fog (Nosaj Thing Cover)
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.
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.
Eluvium - Genius & The Thieves
This instrumental piano piece is from Eluvium aka Mathew Cooper. I have enjoyed this track since discovering it in 2006. It has relatively straightforward structure but it has a simple beauty to it.
Genius & The Thieves appeared on Eluvium’s second album, An Accidental memory in The Case of Death. To date, it is still one of his most popular compositions.
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Benn Jordan - Passage D Original Movements
My feelings towards Benn Jordan's music is no secret. He is known to some as the man who produced the song which was used in a Dove commercial a few years back that showed in fast forward the process of model photo retouching.
This is the song used on that commercial, except, extended and stripped down to just piano. The fact that this version of the song appeared on a B side compilation of Benn Jordan's musical projects is testament to the prolifically talented abilities of this genre-defying and criminally underrated musician.
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
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