New for Monday
Here’s a trio of off-kilter but lovely leftfield dance tracks to start the week. From Australia, Ribongia, backed by Spain’s Skygaze and New Orleans-base Shallou.
Ribongia mixes Italo house with African chanting to produce a curiously evocative concoction. There’s a little bit of Deep Forest in all this. Everything swirls around uplifting beats and an under-pinning bass buzz.
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Save The Children is a song of unbridled joy; soaring synth lines fusing with tribal percussion, enchanting vocals layered against a floaty kalimba hook. It takes everything Ribongia does best – intricate drum programming, clever sampling and rock solid production – and re-contextualises it into a smile-inducing piece of modern electronica. Available from Oct 3rd, taken from the forthcoming ‘It Began’ EP. Remixes to come from @b_o_o_m_a & @djkhalab Ribongia makes bass x juke x footwork music that draws heavily on influences from Africa. He is originally from Italy and now lives in Sydney. Internet, #eatyourheartout
Skygaze appeared here a few months back. Piece of Mind is a more introverted and dense piece. There are springs, coils, crunches and warped synths. This should be appearing on Warp Records. Free download
The Spanish producer Skygaze is back again, producing at unstoppable rates and unquestionable quality. Continuously upping his game, he’s produced two new tracks for L.O.R. First of these, is ‘Piece Of Mind’, which comes alive in headphones with ultra-low kicks cutting through the rich textures. Providing us with fast, crisp and dirty percussion, pinned against slow, smoothe synths and lush rhodes.
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Finally, but not least, Shallou. This is more uptempo and determinedly dance floor that the other two but no less complex. There’s an endorphin rush to the beats, backed by unsettling clicks and crunches. I’m not normally one for vocals but the soft approach and middle distance sound provides a great complement to the music. Kinda end-of-summer summery.
Inspired by artists such as SBTRKT, Mount Kimbie and Four Tet, emerging artist Shallou blends southern-bred electronic music with soulful vocals to create a truly unique and eclectic sound.Waves is definitely a song that echoes for attention – the shuffling rhythms and subtle vocals toward the end make the track truly unmissable.