Once, twice, three times as lazy beats with: No Time For Tapes, Broey, and Casual Confrontation #LiquidDrumAndBass #StudyBeats #Chill @broeybeats

It’s the end of another rubbish week as evidenced by this being my first post since Monday. But let’s end on a soothing note with various shades of chill from No Time For Tapes, Broey, and Casual Confrontation.

No Time For Tapes is a musician and producer based in Germany. He says he’s, “writing organic electronic music inspired by soundscapes from nature and everyday life.” And that’s apparent in the mix of electronic and more real instrumentation feel of his work.

Here’s Solid Ground taken from his second release, The Journey EP. The ground being aimed for is a bucolic one. There’s acoustic guitar gently plucked alongside low key electronics and a bunch of field recordings. Those field recordings simply add to the feel of it being recorded in the open air whilst sitting on a hay bale. It’s brilliantly artlessly chilled. Study beats at their absolute finest.

Chilled but in a very different way is Broey from Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. He (I’m assuming it’s a he) describes himself as, “an American trying to make drum and bass popular in the US.” And asks, “Can I get an AMEN?” I think we can affirm that brothers and sisters.

I love a bit of liquid drum and bass and that’s what we have for the most part on new release hysteria. It’s a game of two halves. The opening section is a lightness and a spring to its step. Everything tinkles and dances around on twinkle toes. Really quite delightful. But as with hysteria things get a bit darker later on. A dark and damaging bass line crashes around giving the track a heightened anxiety and menace. But the light never quite gives up. As Broey says, “There is good in the bad. That is hysteria.”

Casual Confrontation is from Nashville, Tennessee with a self description of, “Confrontational music for the Casual listener.” Except the music isn’t really very confrontational but it does deserve more than casual listening.

The track is afterword. Wiki describes an afterword as, “a literary device that is often found at the end of a piece of literature. It generally covers the story of how the book came into being, or of how the idea for the book was developed.” Not sure how that applies here. afterword is part of a two track single but is also the closer on the upcoming album Impatience + Hope.

What you get on afterword is gentle electronica that sits somewhere between a minimal techno sort of vibe and downtempo house. It’s a reassuringly warm track that wants everything to be ok. Has a gently uplifting air as the electronic piano chords constantly rise along with a bass rich in mellowness. Only two minutes long but manages to lift the soul in that time in its optimistic, encouraging way. Cheery balm for the soul.

As the sample says, “Sometimes it would be really nice if we didn’t have any trials and tribulations.” Amen, sister.

~ by acidted on January 14, 2022.

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