“Intro” by Yaroslav

•October 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This song incorporates a sample from “Intro” by the XX (one of the XX’s most successful tracks). This version, however, is upbeat and with a contrasting style. Where the XX’s song is spacey and profound, Yaroslav turns it into a more catchy track with strong percussion and some head-bobbing guitar picking. Look for the hidden sounds underneath the elements of the surface.

Free Download (Soundcloud).

“Anywhere But Here” by Shlohmo

•September 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

One of Shlohmo’s most eclectic and emotionally soothing beats. A soft compilation of many different, ordinary sounds that provides a nice background for any activity. Or if you would like to just sit, listen, and forget then this song provides enough peculiarity that you won’t get tired of hearing it.

Buy on iTunes ($0.99).

“Diamonds” by Emancipator

•August 6, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This is a preview for an upcoming Loci Records compilation, and also Emancipator’s first track since his latest album “Dusk to Dawn.” What Emancipator, who achieved fame with “Soon It Will Be Cold Enough To Light Fires” at only 19 years old, is known for is his ability to mix and mash a wide variety of sound elements into a clean, catchy, and intriguing whole. For this song specifically he combined his familiar acoustic guitar and violin duo with Pacman-like sounds in the background (see if you can spot it!).

Buy on Bandcamp ($1). 

“We Can’t Be Friends” by Dream Koala

•June 2, 2014 • 1 Comment

If you’re like me and having trouble retaining lucidity this fine Monday morning then you will have an even better experience with this sleepy and dreamy track. Dream Koala has also put out a new album (Earth. Home. Destroyed.) recently which I have greatly enjoyed; you can hear some of it on his SoundCloud.

Buy on Bandcamp (€1).

“Un Jour Comme Un Autre” by Degiheugi

•May 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Wow. This is my find of the week I think. Exhilarating, French, trip hop. Words can’t do it justice.

Buy on iTunes (€0.99; the song is near the bottom, called “A Day Like Any Other”).

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“Outside The Box” by 40 Winks

•May 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I hadn’t heard of 40 winks before. Very upbeat track, which I’ve been into lately. Makes me think of Acid Jazz but really only because of the fast drumbeat. It’s almost drum ‘n’ bass! This one is for you if you need a little pep to get you up and goin’!

Buy on Bandcamp (€1.00)

“I Fell In Love” by Gidge

•May 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This one starts out real soothing, sad, or ominous. I’m not sure which. In any case, it’s an incredibly diverse, hypnotic song. Definitely worth a full listen, though I’m not sure whether it’s trip hop, downtempo, or ambient. Probably somewhere in between.

Free download via the SoundCloud widget.

 
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