I don’t know about you but I’m knackered. This isn’t a restful August. Here are three tunes to make life that little bit better. Ambient from The Future Ancients, melody from Xyron, and electronics from George The Infinite.
The Future Ancients produce fusion chill. This is often an excuse for drippy, half-formed memories of holidays in Goa. But this track The Water Moves Within A Gentle Wave has a lovely serenity, some tabla giving structure and a liquid sense of movement. John Garner of TFL says “I’m a violinist and composer based in London. I studied at the Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music & Drama, classical and jazz violin respectively.” Of the collective he says “The mixture of cultures, and sounds, is quite entrancing (at least I find!). Between us, we have backgrounds in jazz, Hindustani, Carnatic, western classical, funk and other genres. Oh and electronica of course. Nik, the keys player, is an expert in synths and sound design, and I use a wide variety of pedals to get away from the conventional sound of the violin.” The track is taken from their The Future Ancients LP.
Next up, Xyron and Into The Light. Xyron is from Germany and says “I am 20 years old, I’m really into the melodic side of music production and love to combine orchestral elements with electronic elements.” It is that melodic sense which makes this track. Into The Light is deep house but with a soothing, almost classical in parts, sense of place.
Finally, George The Infinite with The Fourth Agreement. He says “it is inspired by the book “The Four Agreements.” I’d never heard of it but wiki says it’s by a new age book by Don Miguel Ruiz. The Four Agreements are:
1.Be Impeccable With Your Word.
2.Don’t Take Anything Personally.
3.Don’t Make Assumptions.
4.Always Do Your Best.
The kind of thing that brings me out in hives. But the track is rather good. The spiralling electronics are offset by some grounded clattering beats that provide a proper balance in the track.