“Cool Party” by Groundislava

•December 4, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Similar to XXYYXX and Shlohmo, Groundislava’s most popular track is a combination of many trippy sounds. Alternating between pieces dominated by a heavy bass and a diverse, choppy melody, this track might not be your afternoon chillax tune but it definitely sparks my curiosity and interest.

Buy on iTunes ($0.99).

“Good Morning Rain” by Al’Tarba

•October 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A bad-ass track by famed French hip-hop/trip-hop artist Al’Tarba. Very catchy samples and, on a side note, a great video, which you don’t see too often in this niche genre. I also recommend “Dusty Signal”, a more unsettling tune but all the more powerful. That track has a great video too.

Buy on iTunes ($0.99).

“Parade” by Cyesm

•October 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

A heavy tune dominated by crisp drums, a somber cello, and a noisy electric guitar, brought into balance with well-timed highs and lows.

Buy on iTunes ($0.99).

“Swim Team” by Arms and Sleepers

•October 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This is a pre-release of this tellingly wonderful album by Arms and Sleepers, of which I had not heard about before. The very relaxing, revamped vocals and what seems to be a glockenspiel form a spacey, but surprising, oscillating soundscape. The genre is obviously trip hop but listening to it puts me in a reminiscent trance. The artist has offered up this and three other tracks on this album (which is to be released on the 28th of October) to be downloaded for just $1 a piece. The succeeding songs are equally powerful. I can’t wait to give the whole album a listen in 5 days!

Buy on Bandcamp ($1; link in Bandcamp widget).

“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). 


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