It’s a bold move to release an album that was self-described as “cold, bleak, glacial” just after the summer solstice, but it appears as though Anticon co-founder Alias has done just that. Three years post-Fever Dream has put Alias in an almost inescapably frigid place, sonically. His new album Pitch Black Prism is unrelentingly ominous, its barren urgency takes shape in sharp, crystalline form. Truly a metaphorically glacial album – iced, structured, oddly beautiful, and with much to be seen under the surface. If you’re a Boards of Canada / Aphex Twin fan… you’re probably gonna like this one.
It’s like Chet Faker meets Justin Vernon, SOHN’s sound, making his music quite the enchanting experience. Above you’ll see 20 minutes of so of what it takes to create his music on the spot. Live keyboards, guitar, vocals, sampling, it’s no easy feat, yet SOHN blends it all together seamlessly and melodically in true transcendent fashion. Click play, tune out, and escape for a bit to the sounds of Vienna’s rising creative talent.
The picturesque and often sleepy city of Santa Barbara has recently produced some prominent acts in the likes of Seven Lions and Traveler. Shying away from the typical 4×4 house pattern, they’ve carved out their own unique styles of electronica. Justin Kleiner, another rising producer from Santa Barbara, has just released his Along The Way EP, and the ambient package is an impressive mixture of dramatic soundscapes and thematic drums that were prevalent in early M83 or Sigur Ros tracks. Kleiner has also drawn up a fine collection of artwork that’s tied in with the release that can be found on his site called Auxin. Grab the entire EP for free download below.
The White Light mixtape series, spearheaded by Neoteric and Matty C, is the perfect ambiance for the space and time after the after-party. Like a soft pillow for your ears, the White Light mixes have been curated by top selectors such as Daniel Avery, RAC, Soul Clap, and many others. Celebrating 100 editions of the mix series, they’ve prepped the The Centennial Collection, which is a downloadable album containing 16 edits and tracks from the White Light Alumnus. Grab the entire collection, as well as the 100th volume of the mix series below. Continue Reading
Symbols artists ATLAS are back with their second official release on Symbols, appropriately titled the “Sophomore Sessions EP.” The atmospheres provided by Atlas are always warm and beautiful, like the soft feeling of spring sun on your skin. Opening with Ashycan, a sweeping tune with an off-kilter drum beat – Atlas sets the mood for the EP but surprises the listener with very different drums and structural patterns on each track. The drums on Monday Beats orient themselves in a more garage direction, and the essence of the earliest moments of a Monday are captured wonderfully, caressed with softness & the ambience of your mind before stress and alertness sets in. California is dripping, aided heavily by the lightest touch of keys, a heavy sprinkle of blips and bloops, and the lovely vocals of Emily Harris. The final track, Glow, drifts the EP off perfectly, with a simple 4/4 pattern and soft melodies.
Overall it’s an EP that’s hard to be mad at, a meditative and tender delve into the softer end of garage and house. I’ve always appreciated Symbols for their ambiance and close connection with the sensual and exciting feelings aroused by oxytocin and seratonin in the brain, and the Sophomore Sessions EP is very true to form for the label.
The music video for “California” off the new EP was released on Atlas’ YouTube yesterday. It’s a beautifully colored and lighthearted video chock full of carefree or internal-thought behaviors, skating, taking in the environment, walking along the beach. Lots of rain & puddles which with this drought is a rarity here in California but a beautiful touch nonetheless. Kinda want to head to Venice Beach and vibe out now….
As I was stumbling along Soundcloud this morning, I happened to catch a message from up and coming London producer, Feminist, who wanted to let us know about his new EP/double single, Ome/Flakes & Hope. He compared his style to Tourist — usually a great way to get my personal attention — so I headed over to have a listen to his pair of tracks, and man, I’m glad I did. Beautiful, ambient, and well-produced, “Ome” and “Flakes & Hope” are easy listening gems, highlighting an obvious prowess for arrangement and chord progression. If you’re looking for some new chillout to get into, check out Feminist. √+
Arca is not an easy artist to stomach, but he’s not supposed to be. The young producer, currently based out of NYC, is no stranger to weird, fragmented, and borderline creepy productions, which is likely why the Kanye West recruited him for Yeezus. With production credits on half of the album, Arca makes a prominent appearance on the record, whose caustic and rough sound was either eagerly lapped up or blatantly disliked by Kanye fans.
After a more than nine-month hiatus from releasing content as Arca, he’s dropped a mixtape, 25 minutes of disjointed, awkward, beat-heavy music collectively titled “&&&&&”. Arca’s music is as unpredictable as it is cohesive, one minute hazy and melodic and the next abrasive and chilling. The wonder of Arca’s music is that whether it’s weird or uncomfortable at times, it’s worth it to the point of wanting to listen again and again. Like the aural version of “Enter The Void”, &&&&& explores landscapes and viewpoints with immense imagery and thought, and though not for the faint of heart a worthwhile, imaginative, and exquisite.
You can download the mixtape via his Soundcloud below, and if you care to be extra tripped-out, go ahead and listen to it from his website: arca1000000.com
A few days ago young UK producer Tourist uploaded a new track for download on his Soundcloud, and it is e m o t i o n a l. Almost painfully simple, with cords that sink right into the deepest parts of your heart and mind, barely-there vocals, and a very UK-sounding piano melody that tugs at you to dance, ‘Stay’ is beautiful and sombre, a true testament to this combo that Tourist has made a name for himself in.
The track is a preview to Tourist’s upcoming EP on Method Records, out sometime before the end of the year. With the backing from Disclosure (who he is playing with at their curated Warehouse Project on Nov 22), and big guns TMWRK and AM Only representing him, it seems as though Tourist is geared to bring his charismatic yet melancholic sound to prominent places in the near future. I gotta say, I’m excited to see it happen.
GDD™ fav Cyril Hahn has had a huge year in terms of making a name for himself through trendy and spot-on remixes, but it is now time for him to release his debut single, “Perfect Form,” out on PMR Records Sept. 9th. Jazzy keyboard chords combined with Shy Girls seductive vocals and a minimal drum pattern make this track the perfect mellow house record to get lost in. With support from Zane Lowe and Radio 1 already, it’s safe to say this much anticipated debut original mix is set to make major waves.