“Earthchild” by Stereodyssey

•April 7, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Stereodyssey approached us with this one, his first single from Anomalies (a 4-track EP). His music-producing career started with minimal ambient instrumentals and has moved on to absorb styles from other great trip-hop artists like Bonobo and Tycho. I am very impressed with this track and I’m equally surprised that Stereodyssey hasn’t come up before! His ambient roots definitely show up in this single (in the form of synths that, irrelevantly, remind me of the movie Interstellar). But beside the calming effect of the melodic simplicity in the background, Stereodyssey has included some incredibly catchy drum beats that are the perfect cherry on top. But to add some great samples of children and voices to ‘up’ the trip-effect was probably the last drop–this is a new favorite!

Free Download (in SoundCloud widget).

“Eyes” by Handbook

•April 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

This is a spectacularly used sample of some traditional Indian sounds in a very soothing, spiritual melody. This one will take you away to exotic lands.

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“The Source” by Aliens With Halos

•April 3, 2015 • 1 Comment

Brian Hamilton from Dreamland Collective suggested this tune to me, which I very much appreciate. This track is as beautiful as it is off-putting which is are two aspects that are hard to balance. About half way through the song fades out and a crazy synth is played which gives the entire track a unique and memorable flavor. Definitely worth a listen, and then probably a download.

Buy on Bandcamp ($1 or more).

“smooth” by saib.

•March 31, 2015 • 1 Comment

One of the chillest tunes I’ve heard in a while. saib. has shown what he can do with a guitar solo and some clever mixing. This instrumental, jazzy soundtrack is just funky and trippy enough to fit in on this blog. Regardless, this is some of the grooviest guitar picking and could potentially rock as a sample for another song. Looking forward to hearing more from this fella.

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“Animals” by Baths

•March 25, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I’d heard of Baths before but had never heard his most popular track, which turned out to be a perfect opportunity to reanimate this stagnant blog. This tune is very juvenile or youthful. It’s got some great loops and samples that keep you tuned in.

Buy on iTunes ($0.99).

“Silver” by Bonobo

•February 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

One of the lesser known Bonobo tracks, which I have just recently heard for the first time. I was carried away by the simple and short keyboard melody that ties the rest of the track together. Accompanied by a groovy bassline, a jazzy sax, and some synths.

Buy on iTunes ($1.29).

“Speak In Colours (ft. Shuffling Strangefoot & Shaw)” by DeeB

•February 10, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A relaxed, laid-back tune with a heavy base (so definitely don’t listen with crappy earbuds) and some great samples here and there to keep it interactive.

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