“Hemlock” by Dirty Art Club

•April 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I don’t believe this is the first time Dirty Art Club has been posted here. This is a pre-release of Dirty Art Club’s album “Vermillion,” which is planned for release on vinyl May 28. But you can already buy the album from Bandcamp.

Buy on Bandcamp ($1 CAD per single, $18 for full-album download and vinyl).

“The Departure” by Neroche

•April 8, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I particularly enjoy the unsettling sample in the intro of this laid-back song that easily draws you into a trippy state of mind. Much of this album by Neroche, a rising British trip hop artist, is similar but full of classy, head-bobbing goodness.

Buy on Bandcamp (£10 GBP for the whole album: click ‘buy’ in the widget).

“Water of Life” by Brock Berrigan

•April 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A great, pure example of the Trip Hop genre.

Buy on Bandcamp ($1.00 or $5.00 for the album).

“The Girl Who Stole My Tamagotchi” by Hot Sugar

•March 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Take a song by Ratatat, like this one. Slow it down 50%. Add a mix of Emancipator and DJ Okawari in the background. And you’ll end up with this. I liked it. I think you will too.

Buy on iTunes ($0.99).

“Paranoia” by Chance the Rapper

•February 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Technically, this is rap. But it’s probably the most laid-back rap song I’ve come across. And in this case, not only is the rap good but the voice acts as an instrument on its own, which I think is tough to do and rarely done well. I don’t think I would enjoy this song as much without the vocals, mostly because they relay all the emotion in the song. Pure instrumentals isn’t everything.

Download this track for free. Or download the album for free.

“Chemicals” by Echo 6

•February 9, 2014 • Leave a Comment

An aspiring, new French artist, Echo 6 recently published his debut album, “Chemicals,” which features some textbook chilled-out tracks. It’s easy to tell that much of his music is inspired by legends such as Bonobo and Amon Tobin–and I would argue that his combination of instruments is also akin to Emancipator. Complex but relaxing guitar riffs, supple piano melodies, exotic wind instruments, accompanied by well formed synths and simple beats. What more could you need? Each track on the album is diverse but blends well with the next, so give the whole thing a listen!

Buy from Bandcamp (€5 for the album, or €1 per track).

“Station” by Låpsley

•January 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This simple, surreal track uses a minimum of sounds. Over the basic synthesizer Låpsley, a very young and apparently very promising artist, samples her own voice to create a duet in an unintelligible language. While you can’t understand the words, the track gives you a relaxed and maybe even sad feeling. Similar to XXYYXX.

Buy on Bandcamp (£1 GBP).


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