Inner Freak – Chemical Bomb #drumandbass

•July 21, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Ireland’s Inner Freak finishes the working week with the light drum and bass of Chemical Bomb. An inventively skippy track that wears its drum and bass credentials lightly, focusing more on sonic inventiveness than aggressive beats. As the sample says, “I don’t need to kill anyone.”

Thursday’s techno twosome from Maderasi and Qiao Zhi

•July 20, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Maderasi and Qiao Zhi are from India and the US respectively but they share a common techno thread.

Maderasi gives us Adventures in Time & Space, which has a low key bottom end start. It eventually revs itself up to something more structured and focusing on the bass line. The melody line is saved cleverly to later on in its 9 minute course. It claims an element of minimalism but it’s way better than that dull genre.

Qiao Zhi also starts from the bottom end. Hardly surprising with a track called Zombie. This has quite a soundtrack feel to it. There’s a central hypnotic loop of impending techno doom as the Zombies relentlessly advance. This track is taken from the Flashback EP.

Incisions by Acuarion #electronic #idm

•July 19, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A slightly spooky track from Australia’s Acuarion today. Incisions sits somewhere between chill, IDM and horror soundtracks. This turns out to be a rather fine place to base yourself. The track is pretty chilled, never hurries unduly. But it does have an underlying bass quake and buzz that leaves you that bit unsettled.

A pair of contrasts from SamChops and Timoti #downtempo #chill

•July 18, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A couple of chill tracks from SamChops and Timoti but which offer quite different approaches.

OuterSpaceHigh from SamChops is in reality less about outer space than inner space. A deeply contemplative track that manages a meditative air with nary a hand bell or fake yogi in sight. A genuine, gentle delight.

Timoti takes a rather different stance. On Back To Me he offers a love song which is full of the repressed excitement of being alive. The pipes play off against suppressed strings in an almost folktronica manner.

John E Borse – Himmel (The Legendary Housecats Remix)

•July 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

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Here’s a lush ambient remix of John E Borse’s Himmel (tr. Sky) with a remix by The Legendary Housecats. It’s supposed to be “For fans of The Orb, Erik Satie, Ulrich Schnauss.” And two out of three for me isn’t bad. Satie’s over-rated. This remix is both poppy and a distortion fest that just about hangs together.

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Positively Monday with Klangplanet and U Know Y #deephouse

•July 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A couple of positive tunes for a Monday morning from Klangplanet and U Know Y.

Klangplanet is back with his new one, Infinity. Only three minutes, this has a whiff of funk about it among the downtempo deep house sounds. Beach ready chill.

U Know Y offer Soul Train (London Mix) which is a more upbeat proposition. This is equally summery but with a bit of Italo House piano to drive the tune forward in an irresistible manner. A bit early 90s but who cares, it’s so delightfully done.

Hamza – Neon Afro #beachhouse #house #summer

•July 16, 2017 • Leave a Comment

From Wind Horse Records comes a new EP – Neon Grooves. A hymnal to the summer beach house scene. The beach on this occasion being Goan. Sometimes these tracks become a bit generic but Hamza’s Neon most certainly isn’t one of those. This has a fantastic lightness of touch welded to a danceable house groove.

Blurb:

Wind Horse Records is elated to announce a new EP – Neon Grooves. This is the 33rd EP by Wind Horse Records and the inspiration behind it has been taken from a label showcase that happened in Goa in December 2016. In an effort to spread quality house music across India, the label launched a party called the ‘The Wind Horse Experience’ and the ‘Neon Grooves’ edition in Goa was the first time they had organized an event such as this. The label’s party soon became the place for all house music lovers, especially those searching for a more groovy, funky, and ethnic vibe, complimented of course by Goan sunsets and starry nights. Wind Horse were were thrilled to see the reaction of people to their sound given that Goa is more known for a harder vibe. The line up consisted of DJs that have produced music for Wind Horse over the years and a couple of international guests. After the success of ‘Neon Grooves’ Wind Horse decided to make an EP around this party to remember the magical moment and keep the memory alive. The label invited the artists that performed at the party to borrow from the energy cultivated then and create a beautiful journey to embark on the now.

The EP opens with the dutch maestro Thee J Johanz and his remix of “Agama” by Umeme. A real intricate work of art here with its afro vocal vibe weaved into more raw analog elements that evolve and alternate in the midst of a drum-tastic, exotic, and tribal-influenced disco bomb. “Neon Afro” by Hamza goes deeper into the tropics with the thrilling combination of percussion and drums with a sprinkling of sweet melodic uplifting elements, teleporting the listener to a sunny beach. “Khawatta Ceremony” by Farhan Rehman (Mumbai) and Stalvart John (Bangalore) is a bit harder, a bit darker. This synth-track will have the dance floor grooving with its refreshing vocals and echoey chord progressions. “Antares” (also the name of the place Wind Horse hosted Neon Grooves in Goa) by Troja (Mumbai) is a change of tempo with a beautiful, ethereal sort of sound formed by warm Indian ethnic instruments and meditative melodies. Oma (Delhi) turns his track up with “One Shade Brighter”. A happy bouncy bass with solid vocals teleports the listener back to the beach party, but with a deeper edge. “Whisky Flask” by Nigel Perera (Sri Lanka) changes up the beat with a groovy number consisting of beautiful chords and twisted sounds, the perfect beach-side sunset tune. To end the journey, Priyesh Patil (Mumbai) brings “Vagabond” with smooth beats and beautiful sax samples and a deep bass to guide the floor right into the horizon.