Floex - Zorya

Floex – Zorya

We really like this one. A combination of poignant, noisy recordings of acoustic instruments meshed with eloquent, mood driving electronica, Zorya has a sophisticated air granted by the quality of both the recording and the compositional finesse it possesses.

Zorya has a sophisticated air

The percussion-less tracks, like Mecholup, are truly enthralling, whilst the rhythm led pieces generate energy between the the sways. Following the link through to Floex’s Bandcamp also reveals a CD and LP version available for pre-order – something we’re always impressed by.

Infinite Livez - I Will Die Broke, You Will Just Die

Infinite Livez – I Will Die Broke, You Will Just Die

Has it all been a bit smooth round these parts for a while? Let’s rectify that. I Will Die Broke, You Will Just Die is a dissonant, surreal, bold, and overall successful EP from London native Infinite Livez.

I Will Die Broke, You Will Just Die is a dissonant, surreal, bold, and overall successful EP

Sometimes music is easy to listen to because of the warmth and tonality of instruments tweaked for centuries into our mainstays. Sometimes music is fun to listen to because the tones and melodies are so far from the schemas that we immediately try to pigeonhole music into that we’re forced to listen consciously to what it is that grabs us about the music in the first place. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I Will Die… fits into the latter. Happy weekend!

 

Tek Nalo G - The Prototype

Tek Nalo G – The Prototype

Amsterdam based producer and video artist Tek Nalo G demonstrates how two talents can combine to create something even greater than the sum of the two parts.

The underwater aesthetic echoes the submerged sound to the keys

The mesmerising video does wonders for the track; The Prototype is a great example of an abstract video that complements the music, rather than just being an excuse to avoid a black screen. The underwater aesthetic echoes the submerged sound to the keys and sticky, hot bass, and even at YouTube’s ugly 1080p the crispness of the stems shooting across the screen is captivating.

 

Space Equator - Winter Through Spring

Space Equator – Winter Through Spring

When Space Equator got in touch to tell me about his latest project, the nature of it piqued my interest. Drawing a line under things, purging, and then washing your hands is a really important process in artistry, and yet many of us, including myself, are terribly guilty of doing the opposite. It’s all too easy to lose objectivity when creating, and treat the entire process of creation as if it is itself the product we strive towards.

Without the critical fortitude to just ‘stop’, we can end up overwriting the creative processes that occurred at the inception of a project

Without the critical fortitude to just ‘stop’, we can end up overwriting the creative processes that occurred at the inception of a project. In short, out with the old and in with the new, and that’s exactly what Space Equator’s done with Winter Through Spring, an EP of not entirely ‘finished’ work released to free his mind of from its constraints. It’s still great of course, with an eclectic mix of melody and atmosphere driven tracks created with a range of instruments whose individual acoustic qualities complement each other perfectly…

AyGeeTee - EarlyColors

AyGeeTee – EarlyColors

Is there such a thing as organised chaos? EarlyColors from AyGeeTee is right on the brink of full on insanity, with drifting acid synth lines and ethereal arpeggiated effects over the top of a hectic drum rhythm.

EarlyColors is a great example of the use of tension and release in composition

Just as it starts to become to much to bear, the drums subside and an overwhelming sense of calm and relief descends; the track is a great example of the use of tension and release in composition…

 

Groundislava - Animal ft Jake Weary

Groundislava – Animal ft Jake Weary

Jasper Patterson is the Californian producer behind the Groundislava moniker, and he combines chip-tune synth lines with the wonky rhythmical style of the LA beat scene and a sprinkling of electronic psych funk.

If you’re an instrumental artist, is it through choice or a lack of collaboration opportunities?

In Animal, taken from his new self titled LP, he works with vocalist Jake Weary – who lends a new level to the too often instrumental sounds that peers to the scene provide – and the track gains a new depth of meaning with the fantastic, surreal video.

If you’re an instrumental artist, is it through choice or a lack of collaboration opportunities?

A.Daase - Slept On

A.Daase – Slept On

Slept On is a new free LP from Madison WI based producter Austin Daase. Some tracks, like the beautiful Next Level, have that important quality errant from many instrumental tracks – the feeling that the song is ‘singing’ to you; it’s impressive when that intangible narrative emerges from simple arrangement and structuring, and it’s something that A.Daase succeeds with often.

it’s impressive when that intangible narrative emerges from simple arrangement and structuring

On the strongest tracks, such as Rebirth, A.Daase manages to steep the spacey electronica sounds, which seem to be very much the sound set du jour, with a brooding, soul filled quality, courtesy of piano and guitar licks that hide inside the thump of the electronic mainframe.

A thorn in the LP’s side, some fairly drastic compression techniques mean the tracks are sometimes lacking in any dynamics, going beyond creative application and becoming slightly disorientating.

In general, though, Slept On is strong effort, and adopting the new music model of providing whole albums for free is both a brave and admirable step for a producer to take. Have a listen…

Sneaky - Deeper

Sneaky ft RQM – Deeper

The UK’s Sneaky has just unleashed a brand new song to complement the release of his newest LP Feel Like a Remix, which features various producers’ remixed versions of tracks from his album Feel Like a King… Pluck a String.

reversed hits and bottomless delays make the listener begin to forget what’s in the bounds of aural possibility and what’s not

In Deeper there is, admittedly, slightly awkward cadence in parts from RQM… Flow aside, Sneaky’s production is superb, making use of the seldom heard, at least in modern western music, Tibetan flute, and the always welcome double bass. The whole track has a live aesthetic, seasoned with electronic flourishes – reversed hits and bottomless delays make the listener begin to forget what’s in the bounds of aural possibility and what’s not, and the tempo changes between bridge, verse, and chorus give the track a fluid, organic feel.

SNEAKY “Deeper” feat. RQM OFFICIAL VIDEO (taken from “Feel Like A Remix” LP) from Simon Houghton on Vimeo.

Jacque Polynice - Skidda

Jacque Polynice – Skidda + Mike Slott Remix

No sooner do I write about the inevitable decline of institutions that vinyl created than I’m presented with this, a digital 12″ from Jacque Polynice on Circuitree Records with a remix of a past single by Mike Slott.

Both songs have in common a brevity to their structure, complemented by a lateral depth that rewards repeated listening

Both songs have in common a brevity to their structure, complemented by a lateral depth that rewards repeated listening. Complex, almost subliminally subtle layering takes us down two different paths; in Skidda, Polynice creates a pensive yet driving industrialist landscape, whilst in Mike Slott’s B side remix of Obama O’s, the feeling is of tumbling through glades into a miniature world. Vox, percussive riffs and fills, and the in, out, nature of orchestral sounds that juxtapose the electronica are the name of the game.

The official release of this digital 12″ is the 13th of February, but you can check it out in advance now…

Sleepover

Interview: Sleepover

Sleepover is a collaboration between the artists Charlie Astro and Miranda Rae, coming out of a small independent label called Circuitree Records. Their first EP The Sun was released at the end of last year and I was a fan as soon as I heard it. Harnessing the magic of conference calling I chatted transglobally to Astro, Miranda, and label boss and fellow musician Paul Gaeta, aka Panther God about perfect imperfections, transferring their record to the stage, their remix competition and a heap more…

Oh Drat: Hi everyone – so, who have we got and where?!

Charlie Astro: I’m Charlie Astro, I’m from Miami and I’m currently in London….

Miranda Rae: I’m Miranda Rae, I’m from Minnesota originally but right now I’m in Chicago…

Panther God: I’m Paul, I go by Panther God musically and I also run Circuitree Records out of Ashville North Carolina.

OD: How about you guys start off by telling me how you came to become Sleepover?

CA: Okay, well… I met Miranda a few years ago when she came on a road trip with some friends of mine from Chicago to Miami

MR: Yeah, Spring break!

CA: Yeah, and I dunno, we just met and were like ‘we should collaborate one day’ and I guess it never really happened, and then in 2010 I moved to Chigago in the Summer and went to one of her solo gigs there, and we just met up and said ‘hey let’s make music!’… the next day I went over with my recording equipment and we set up a little makeshift studio in her basement and got to it.

MR: Yeah, it all happened in the basement of this apartment in Chicago!

CA: The entire album was recorded in that basement…

OD: Ah, so did you do it all in one trip, or…

CA: No no no, it was made over the course of perhaps a month and a half, two months.

“we both have classical musical backgrounds actually, we were both trained”

OD: And is it your different tastes coming together that make Sleepover what it is, or is it your similarities that gel?

CA: Um, we’d say both, I mean we definitely come from different backgrounds, musically, and we both have different interpretations, but we also have a lot of similar interpretations and the beauty is how we can sync all that together into this beautiful mixture of sound, and… magic!

MR: Yeah, I think it was really strong in the fact that we both came from different backgrounds in terms of music tastes, I know over the summer Charlie was showing me a lot of artists that I’m now obsessed with, I never listened to anyone like Four Tet or Flying Lotus, until we went to a concert in the park last summer which was so cool.

CA: We both have classical musical backgrounds actually, we were both trained – I took piano lessons for years, I’m actually a composition student, I was studying composition at the New World School of the Arts Miami, and Miranda has her degree from Columbia College in Chicago in Musical Theatre, right?

MR: Yep, I just graduated there, so we both definitely have… serious training, I suppose if you wanna call it!

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