Variety pack with: SAMCHE, POLARSEN, and Chopstick Orchestra #LoFiHouse #IDM #DrumAndBass

•December 7, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Normally if I’m posting more than one track I’ll go for tracks that blend together. Not this morning. The tracks from SAMCHE, POLARSEN, and Chopstick Orchestra range from lofi House, through IDM and Drum and Bass.

SAMCHE is from the Lebanon. He’s a music producer/DJ/humanitarian worker who has been based in conflict zones such as Yemen, Iraq and Libya. His first songs were composed and recorded from within UN compounds. He explains that, “Building from two years spent in war-torn Yemen as a humanitarian worker, Umi Yemen involves instrumentalization of data on how many civilians were killed or injured each day through 2018-19, as well as sample sounds of fighting in Sana’a recorded in person at the end of 2017.”

That’s quite a lot for a track to bear. What you get is some shuffling IDM lofi house with a sense of other places through the middle eastern strings. There’s gunfire, sadness, and loss all within the track. But it manages to work as piece in its own right, without the weight of the background. It’s a mysterious building dramatic tune.

POLARSEN is Paolo Ursino, an Italian DJ. The track is How, which has been remixed by Conrad Clifton. POLARSEN being from a small village in Sicily, you can hear the influence of the artist’s picturesque surroundings. He says, “Mixing nature and ideal sound to create a natural dance floor, I want the listener to close their eyes and be immersed in a new dimension – the future of dance.” Conrad Clifton ups the pace of the original and does a bit of chopping and dicing to leave something edgier and more anxious. It’s a big floor filling tune. Cowbells aplenty. Synths buzz, soar and ricochet around. Leaves a woozy and slightly disorientating experience. And that’s just grand.

Thirdly, Chopstick Orchestra from Paris, France. They’ve been around since the 90s but I’d not heard them before. They’ve a dark and dank take on drum and bass but infused with a bit more house than you’d normally expect. On Professeur Mangemanche you get losts of dark buzzing bass, a load of razor beats and drums pounding their way to the centre of the earth. This is a back room, basement track. Offers no compromises to the listener. Get on board for a thrill ride or get the hell out of Dodge.

Melancholia with: Eyv – Sadness is My Safe Place #Downtempo #Electronic #NewMusic

•December 6, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Let’s end the week with a whimper, rather than a bang. We have Swiss producer, now in Berlin, Eyv with Sadness Is My Safe Place. This is as downbeat as the title would imply. A slow melancholic electronic journey. A garret symphony. Synth chords with lots of reverb. Wood block beats given a distorted edge. Drums plod along worn down by the trauma of everyday existence. Electronics stutter apologetically like it’s all too much. Eyv says, “Sad melancholic vibes to remember your past life to.” Like she says in the track, don’t cry.

 

The beat’s the thing: with Ziino, and Distant Soul #House #Techno

•December 5, 2019 • Leave a Comment

It’s pre-Friday. If you need a final lift to get you to the weekend here are Ziino, and Distant Soul to march you there on waves of beats.

Ireland’s Ziino returns with Djouce. We have the extended mix version which is a generous seven minutes. This is a big fat track stomping its way around the techno and minimal house borders. Ziino says that, “The main bongo sound/melody in this track was recorded on top of the mountain “Djouce” just outside of Dublin in the Wicklow mountains.” Quite what anyone is doing taking a bongo up a mountain is anyone’s guess. But we should be grateful as it provides a slightly leftfield sense to the beats which are deep and heavy. This makes the track belie his description of it as a deep progressive house track. That said, he does allow the track a greater sense of synth space in the second half. Power with pleasure.

Distant Soul is from Switzerland and offers the punishing techno pleasures of Back To The Future. She’s based in Luzern but has Palestinian roots. I’m not sure any techno track can really offer us a vision of the future this long after it came to prominence. But that doesn’t mean this isn’t a really good debut track. The beats pack a really bassy old school punch in the guts from the start. There’s a bit of an acid house tranciness going on as well. It takes the time to offer a proper build before the peak that speaks of confidence in how to handle a dance floor. Techno may no longer be the future but that doesn’t mean Distant Soul isn’t going to be a future star.

No mucking about: Moguai – ACIIID (Remix by Kryder x Benny Benassi

•December 4, 2019 • Leave a Comment

No messing about this morning. It’s an acid banger for you. Moguai provide the track. Benny Benassi and Kryder the remix extras. Sometimes you want a bit of subtlety. Sometimes you don’t. This is one of those latter ones. From the title ACIID to the opening noise, the acid chant, and all the way thereafter this is banger territory. Straight between the eyes. Techno with acid. Acid with techno. And nothing in between. Because what more is there?

Techno Tuesday with Calm by Output Error #Techno

•December 3, 2019 • Leave a Comment

A slow growing techno track today from Output Error. The track is the suitably entitled Calm. It’s a six minute gradually growing and evolving techno track. This knows what it’s doing and where it’s going. For lovers of that precise style of techno. Think Carl Craig or Slam. OE says it’s a bit long. He’s wrong. It’s perfect. He says if you’re in a hurry skip to four minutes. He’s wrong. Start at the beginning and work your way through to the end. It will give you a better day and improve your attractiveness by 10%. Probably.

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Unconventional DnB with: W.Siracha – Down For (Constrict Remix) #DrumAndBass #DnB #Electronic

•December 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Let’s get this Monday started. Here’s an unconventional drum and bass track given an experimental IDM spin. The artist is Brighton’s W.Siracha, whose Down For gets an intricate rework from Constrict. This is all about the tumbling beats and the alien IDM soundscapes. Creatively reshaping the original while maintaining the bittersweet atmosphere, Constrict (Conor Bailey) uses chaotic breakbeats and nimble drum programming in his reimagining of the lead single from W.Siracha’s debut EP. This is the IDM 90s reimagined. A bit of Squarepusher here and some Aphex Twin there. But this is very much its own thing.

Mellow Sunday with: Spacecraft, Uncan, and Kappa Mountain #Ambient #Downtempo #Electronic #NewMusic

•December 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Here we are in December. As my son said, “three weeks and four days to go.” Instead of worrying about the Christmas presents, let’s focus on three relaxing tunes from Spacecraft, Uncan, and Kappa Mountain.

Spacecraft gets things off to a suitably ambient and chilled start with Wanderer. Spacecraft is the solo music project of Bombay-based musician Rishi Bhatia. The track is the opening one from his album Mars. And however long it took. However many hours he spent alone crafting the sounds. All worth it. Totally. This is a lovely spacey ambient. All whooshy trancey synths and the occasional burst of bitter patter beats. This is a seven minute journey from nowhere in particular to nowhere in particular. This is all about the ride, not the destination. And that’s jut perfect.

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Next, Uncan, who is an electronic musician from New Jersey, USA. The track is Synth Hotel. It’s taken from his Remnants album. The tune is, inevitably, synth dominated. But not in a Vangelis sort of way. It’s a more perky thing than that style. There are uptempo beats which give it a sense of pace and purpose. It’s a three minute (r)amble to enjoy the views. A track that enjoys the virtues of the outdoors and clean living. Take a lung full of fresh air on this track.

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Third, Kappa Mountain. This is a new project from Audio Dope and Matthias Gusset. Their debut single is Inheritance. It’s a track of fragile beauty. Vocals almost start but get cut off in their prime. There’s a romantic melancholic piano that holds the whole track together when it threatens to fall apart. Beats are unashamedly digital with that heard-on-an-iPhone-at-the-back-of-the-bus tinny sound. This whirrs and wheezes but always comes back to the piano. Digital classical electronic beauty.

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