Cold Head by Larry Jefferson #jazz #electronic #experimental

•May 26, 2018 • Leave a Comment

After a gap of six months a return from Larry Jefferson and a bit more of his modal techno which might more properly be categorised as jazz. On Cold Head there’s a warming jazz lounge feel with double bass, clarinet (?) and soft electronics combining into a late night smokey warm track. Cold Head Too is an altogether darker affair. The trakc is taken to an almost ambient drone dimension. The double bass is plucked but everything is a touch more melancholic with the romance of the ioriginal track replaced by pathos. Delightfully downbeat.

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Drone Duo with Nicholas William and Kouta #ambient #drone #glitch

•May 25, 2018 • Leave a Comment

A duo of drone tunes from Nicholas William and Kouta.

Nicolas William from New Zealand first. His offering is Radio Frequency. This is analogue radio not DAB. This is full of the strange background noise radio had between stations BITD. The track samples NASA RF recordings from outer space and don’t you know it. Like some kind of SETI specialist this casts a keen ear into the cosmos. In return, decaying light expands and warps time and tone. Nicholas says it “is intended to induce a trance in the listener.” And that it does very successsfully. A cosmic drone.

Next, Kouta from the US but identifes as Japanese/African Islander. After Party is a more organic track, full of the blips, false starts and glitches of life on Earth. The ambient hisses with insect-like vigour and engages in leg clicking beat clatter. But there’s an over-riding natural harmony and hush to everything. Like Boards of Canada digitally enhanced with beetles.

Taken from the album I Was Yesterday

Blurb: Kouta (pron. KŌ-TA) is the main pseudonym of Luca Young, an electronic musician and bassist currently based in Los Angeles, California. With strong musical influence from his dual-island upbringing, the Japan and Hawaii-reared artist draws from a marriage between found sound, ambient electronics and rhythm – primarily using the electric bass and guitar as a sound source. Kouta makes a return with his latest album, I Was Yesterday, a bold departure from past efforts. I Was Yesterday dives deeper and darker sonically compared to his debut release. A sense of calm inherent in Young’s sound as Kouta remains throughout.

Thursday triple tracks: ambient selection from drainabyte, Jesse Woolston and Makai #electronic #ambient

•May 24, 2018 • 1 Comment

Three ambient tracks from drainabyte, Jesse Woolston and Makai.

Drainabyte returns with the hushed tones of slow fell the snow. This has a hissing, slightly distored air as though smothered by snow. There are wailing guitars and soft beats crushing lightly down. But ultimately this track heads for all things epic and mountanous. Expansive ambient electronic

Next, a first time here for Jesse Woolston from New Zealand. Lambent 01 is much more in the drone than ambient vein. Chords are held and time is suspended. The piece is built around “the depth of space” and that comes through with sheer infinity of the sensation and the background hissing of the universe. Edges towards classical but just about remains at a safe distance.

The track is taken from the µstructure album (available on digital and CD)

Finally, Italy’s Makai delivers the charming and warming You. There’s a romantic edge to all of this with the tugging on heartstrings of violin strings and a shushing set of beats. It’s all a bit romantically hazy. But like so many love affairs it’s intense but all too short. Brief ambient encounter? Don’t be repressed. Dive in.

Taken from the album The Comfort Zone

Waywell – Empty Space feat. Charlotte Newman #electronic #downtempo

•May 23, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Are you in a reflective mood? If so, pause here a while and listen to Empty Space from Waywell. Taking its inspiraton from Pink Floyd’s Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Bonobo, this is a relaxed and unhurried track. Charlotte Newman doesn’t sing as such but adds an extra ethereal element to an already strung out track. There’s an almost dub elelctronic feel alongside some wandering guitar. Spectacularly chilled.

Or on Spotify

The Rum Buggers – Hugo and his Chocolate Cat #electronic #experimental @shartedjeggings

•May 22, 2018 • Leave a Comment

No idea who The Rum Buggers are but it’s connected to Sharted Jeggings from Aberdeen, Scotland. I’m not sure I care terribly. Let’s focus on the track. Hugo annd his Chocolate Cat is described as “an experimental dub jam.” That rather sells it short. There’s a bit of early Fatboy Slim inventiveness about this. It’s not a crazy and far out as all that. It has a rather fine space dub rock feel. All of which makes it no surpise that TRB says it was “heavily influenced by my watching a Captain Beefheart documentary.” A fine dubstramental groove. Music for battle droids everywhere.

Vergo feat. Saxe Gambetta – Squared EP #electronic #house

•May 21, 2018 • 1 Comment

A set of remixes from Vergo feat. Saxe Gambetta.

First up, the original. Now I’m not much of a tech house fan but this tech house tune is a doozy. Has an insistant bass buzz and almost a bit of a breaks feel about it that disrupts the standard tech house blankness. The addition of the Einstein quoting samples only adds to the appeal.

Then there are three remixes. First, from the charmingly named Mr Beer Belly. This gives the track more of a house bounce and some extra synths but doesn’t fundamentally alter the dynamics of the track. Next, NoizeSound who takes the track in a more electro direction but one in which the peak doesn’t quite deliver the expected glitter explosion. Finally, CarbBeat who shifts the track into a dark marching techno place.

Andrea Benini – El Guerrero #electronic #downtempo

•May 20, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Andrea Benini is from Italy but based in Berlin. He describes himself as “I am a drummer, composer, producer, dj and brainchild of Mop Mop.” His origins are all European but on El Guerrero the inspiration is Africa. Taken from Drumphilia Vol 1, (out on 22 June) which he says is “a journey inspired by early African Electronic music and modern beats.” For me what makes it stand out is the tribal drumming set gainst some delightfully optimistic kalimba (and I’m a total sucker for anything with a nice kalimba to the forefront). Kalimba house is where it’s at, people.