New Update – Synths of Techno

Today I curated three different techno tracks for you. First of them is Blank Follows Blank, by Oberst & Buchner, from Austria. The second and the third come from Italy, by Luca Minato and Niceteed, with Terminal M and Need of Nicety, respectively.

“Imagine one would know the idea and interpretation behind the cover artwork for Sfumato. That would kill all the magic, mystery and suspense in it. What we can say is that the music plays with moments of clarity and at the same time obscured views. With obviousness and mystery. And to be true if we would tell somebody some stories behind the songs no one would take this as a deep and serious concept for an album”

Blank Follows Blank is a remarkable track, part of recently released Sfumato album, contaning 7 tracks in total. It has a compelling chord progression, with a groovy bass line that makes any living person wants to dance, meanwhile it’s followed by atypical beats for a techno track, being a more old school dance, which means you’ll not listen to those clear four on the flour kicks so typical of techno. Which is also great.

Need of Nicety by Italian DJ and producer Niceteed has been released as a vinyl by Spanish label MyLitleDog. The EP contains two remixes by Nadja Lind and Dompe, plus another track called Anger. While Blank Follows Blank is a more bright and shining style of techno, Need of Nicety follows the more obscure and underground scene, so typical for the underground dance floor here and there. Need of Nicety also has stunning vocals and lyrics. That should be a great vinyl to have and DJ.

Thirdly we have Terminal M, by Luca Minato, producer and DJ from Sicily, it’s been released by Leisure Music. It’s a more minimal techno, mixed with progressive house. A good one for a more minimal DJ set. Terminal M uses several different FX that follow the beats.

For more techno, check our playlist Synths of Techno:

Playlist: Beats Only – Chill, Soulful, Jazzy, Boom Bap (Instrumental Hip Hop)

Since 1997, has been delivering hand picked hip-hop from artists & producers around the globe. Beats Only is a mix of Chill, Soulful, Jazzy, LoFi, Boom Bap Instrumental Hip-Hop tracks with Hip-Hop leaning EDM mixed in.

Synths of Eden has recently prepared an instrumental hip hop only playlist to share with you. But before that, we will share a playlist by the blog and radio Sphere of Hip Hop that has inspired us to curate a playlist full of different beats. In total there are 67 hand picked songs, with almost 3 hours of instrumental hip hop. I listened to it occasionally and I should confess the tracks are jazzy, easy listening like, but instigating at the same time, not only a bunch of beats that sound all the same. If you like the genre, this playlist is gold. They are very active on the Submithub community, which means that they are constantly accepting submissions.

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New Techno, Dub, Leftfield from 2019

Today I chose three techno tracks that are worth mentioning here in the blog. The first one coming from Japan, SEMIOSIS with Amenouzume. The second 1998 and A001 coming from Phoenix, USA and the third from Germany, by Lewo [DE] and his Chamhoi, from Otto EP, released by Capiroto Records the 22nd of February.

Amenouzume is the god of dance’s name in the Japanese mythology.

SEMIOSIS produced this track to represent a scene typical of what is popularly known as the Gods’ festival in Japan. Therefore, they incorporated ancient Japanese tradition with techno. According to them, they not only used Japanese traditional music instruments, but also a traditional rhythm called Shin-Gaku in this track.
Amenouzume is part of their new album, not yet released, Mythological Parade, in which they aimed to represent an imaginary “Gods’ Rave”. There, they imagined that if each one of those gods enjoys dancing and singing, then they would also enjoy creating a melody and rhythm.

Next track is called A001, a robotic name, nothing more appropriate for a techno composer called 1988, artist from Phoenix, USA. A work that unfortunately hasn’t yet been released, but it’s available for streaming in Soundcloud in 1988’s page. A typical dub techno tradition, a pretty genre to listen, specially when you want to relax, it’s meditative, danceable and mixes the best of both worlds from techno and dub.

Next one has been released by our label Capiroto Records, featuring another techno composer from Berlin, Lewo [DE] that has three powerful tracks that are minimalistic just like A001, but with a more traditional techno mood, ideal for that dancefloor around 3 to 4am in your local underground club. In his latest EP, Otto, there are three tracks, which Chamhoi is a more IDM style of techno followed by Posville and Sumitomo, that come with the minimal, progressive side of it. It can be also a great one for fans of progressive house, though this work is for sure more influence by dark, minimal techno. Chamhoi has been curated to our playlist Synths of Techno.

For more techno, check our playlist Synths of Techno in Spotify:

Synthpop: monkeybars – Sock Options

Sock Options has a minimalistic and geometrical cover art, however the track itself is colourful, with a powerful bass line, that makes you want to dance, the vocals are a bit hidden underneath it, it makes me think about the shoegaze style of vocals by bands such as My Bloody Valentine or Slowdive. monkeybars is the alas for Eli Aleinikoff. After Sock Options, monkeybars also released two other singles in 2019: Tenderness II and Sheesh. Check our playlist Synths of Eden for more:

Starting the Week with Jazz

Today I want to share with you two jazz artists I have selected. One of them has been featured here earlier in July 2018, Àbáse from Hungary, with the single Skeme Goes All City. And the other comes from Los Angeles Joy Guerrilla, with Skyline a great album that was also released last year.

Skyline duo formed by Magdalena Daniec and Adam Grab mixes different styles of jazz, from a more cool and mild, to a more experimental and complex. Years, for example, makes me think about Brazilian cool jazz, that bring the influence of Bossa Nova into jazz, of artists like Arthur Verocai, Tropicália or Rogério Duprat. It’s a pretty and genuine album, with tracks having funny titles like “Franklin and his RV”, a track that brings the influence of beat making into jazz, a common mixture. Most of the tracks are short, with exception of World 7, that is 9 minutes long, a more avant-garde jazz with heavy glitchy bass in the synthesizers. The whole album can be marked by a stunning use of keys, with primal texture. If you like his music you might also want to check their 2016 album, E.N.O. Peregrine has been added to Chilling in Eden.

Keys – Magdalena Daniec
Bass, Percussion – Adam Grab
Drums, Percussion – Tim Aristil
Guitar – Elijah Zhang
Percussion – Ioan Chelu
Trumpet – Pete Olstad
Trumpet – Les Lovitt
Saxophone – Doug Webb
Trombone – John Grab

“The chord structure, melody and groove of Align was one of my earliest musical ideas. I brought some sketches and ideas to the table but really left as much as I could for the band, building on our chemistry and shaping the music together. The addition of Wayne Snow on vocals really crowned the composition. We recorded his vocals in less than an hour in my living room.” – Àbáse

“This song is about unity, togetherness. If you listen carefully you will feel it.” – Wayne Snow

Align is another single by Àbáse (Szabolcs Bognar), this time featuring Nigerian singer based in Berlin Wayne Snow. This one is as powerful as Skeme Goes All City, but with a more vibrant energy provided by Wayne’s vocal, representing very well what he mentioned in the quotation about the unity and togetherness behind the track. Luckily Align has been released with the announcement of an EP expected for release in 2019 by Berlin based label Cosmic Composition, which I’m very excited to listen.

Synthwave in Eden: Robert Random – Waiting for That Inevitable Bad Thing to Happen

Today we are updating our playlist Synthwave in Eden with a new addition, this time another one of those synthwave tracks that I admire, that sound like a progressive rock, or something done in the 70s, with synthesizers combined with studio innovation, different pattern of drums and a bassline full of groove. Everything in this track sound great, though the title inevitably has a negative connotation. Listening to Waiting for That Inevitable Bad Thing to Happen shows out to be something good to my ears, so it’s kind of ironic. Thanks Robert Random, composer/producer from Finland, for providing us with this great material. He’s going to release his full album on the 26th of March 2019. The other track in this single is Bad Thing Afterparty, it has a more techno influence, more underground, Streets of Rage soundtrack style, also with a great bassline.

Dubstep: The mng_0 EP

Released by Capiroto Records The mng_0 EP is for those who enjoy dubstep with a contemporary touch of genres such as Synthwave. Jeff, mng_0, mixed spoken word with heavy drum beats bass lines containing long attacks, resulting in those typical wobbling bass sounds. It’s also an EP full of sense of humour behind its creation, putting altogether post-apocalyptic squirrels, pizza and mango, which resulted in this crazy psychedelic cover art, designed by myself that was also in charge of the audio engineering, mastering all the tracks and making sure it’s sounding as best as possible. mng_0 is a producer and DJ from Baltimore, Maryland (USA) and its name is a reference for Mango Tango, that was his persona when DJing at Fraternity Parties in his college. When he cut his teeth DJing and learning music production. While The mng_0 EP was his debut work, he recently released a single called Bigshot.

You can purchase and stream The mgn_0 EP via this link.

New Psychedelic Rock (Music Videos)

Today we selected two music video by contemporary psychedelic rock bands. The first is San Pedro by Visual Eyes, according to them “a band of sonic messengers sent through the Universe with a message for humanity”. They released their first debut album Vibrations. It has that DIY appeal, but it served well to represent the feeling of San Pedro, the opening track of Vibrations. It’s possible to feel in San Pedro some influences from Animals of Pink Floyd, more specifically Dogs.

Besides the music video, Vibrations has a great cover art, that also portraits many cactus. San Pedro has been featured in our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden.

The next track is Mirage by Hola Chica, band from Barcelona. Also a simple video, that portraits an illustration for Mirage, a great work with photocollage by the way. They call themselves an indie-rock band that was founded in 2013. Most of their influences are Lolapalooza bands, Metronomy, Blur or some Australian psychedelic bands, such as Pond or Tame Impala. All of them which I had the pleasure to watch in a few festivals in São Paulo back in the days (with exception of Blur). Their debut album has been released in November 2016, called Magnetism. While for Mirage, it has been released as a single in 2018.

Mirage has also been added to our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden:

Playlist: Tech House 2019

Good house music in general, not mainstream just awesome music you can hear or dance to.

I’m not well versed in all the genres of electronic music, I even curate a feel dance playlists here and there. Sometimes I feel it’s very hard to make something danceable while escaping from the usual commercial edm stuff, the Spotify playlists like New Dance Revolution, New Hot Dance, New Dance, MINT, etc and keeping up with the good beats, it’s always a challenge. If there is a playlist curator I wish I had discovered before when I first started to curate dance playlists and write this blog is Island Beat Music. Today I bring to your attention their Tech House 2019, this one by Bernardo, it has a total of 86 tracks at this moment it has received some occasional additions, keeping the original date of curation for the older ones. They also receive submissions via Submithub.

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New Experimental and Alternative Electronic

Today I selected four different tracks to share with you. Most of them can be considered experimental or in the field of alternative electronic music, with one exception, being more organic or acoustic, but still in the alternative side of music. With no further ado, here’s the list:

  1. O Future – VOYEUR
  2. Ralph Heidel // Homo Ludens – Sweet Dark Moves
  3. Sen Zhi – Give It Up (Music Video)
  4. KERA – Bright Future Ahead (ft. Devendra Banhart)

O Future – VOYEUR

This song is exactly as the title suggests about getting pleasure from watching, viewing unblinking in the corner. Looking through the keyhole at other people.

This modern life is all about looking at other people. Other people’s vanity is our global turn on. This is all at once terrifying, cold, alien, sad and incredibly dystopian spiked- multi/verse sexy.

Featured here earlier with Stay and Smell You, the duo from Los Angeles formed by Katherine Mills and Jens, O Future, is back with VOYEUR. Though they opt for odd metaphoric cover arts, their music is intense, bright, danceable, full of energy and authenticity. Always playing with today’s vanity fair. If there’s something I can assure about this duo is their originality. Voyeur has been added to Synths of Eden.

Ralph Heidel // Homo Ludens – Sweet Dark Moves

The next track comes from Germany, by Ralph Heidel, composer, saxophonist, highly influenced by jazz. According to his bio, besides being a composer that has been academically studying music in Munich Musikhochschule, he is also considered a remarkable performer, performing at XJAZZ festival Berlin 2018. You can understand the description while listening the song, Ralph is a 25 years old genius, with stunning compositional skills. He takes modern electronic music with jazz and classic textures into the next level. The track starts soft, with energetic beats, but smooth and ends in one epic explosion. Doing justice for its title. Homo Ludens is a 7 piece ensemble. Sweet Dark Moves has been released as a single by Kryptox, but an album is expected for 5th of April, entitled Moments of Ressonance. It has been featured in our playlist Synths of Eden.

Sen Zhi – Give It Up

A great music video makes all the difference on the experience of listening to a song. Give It Up by San Zhi is not only a great track but also a great music video. It has an Asian feeling, as much as the band’s name, given after the mysteriously cursed Pod City designed in the late 70s in Taiwan. Initially a duo formed by Suraya from Alexandria, Egypt and Peter (Dennis) Howarth-Brown from Bournemouth that met in the University, while studying music in London, they later expanded after meeting keyboard player Patrick-Fraser Stansbie and guitarist Mat Hart. They also released another single recently, Bloodlines, embedded bellow. Give It Up has been added to our playlist Synths of Eden.

KERA – Bright Future Ahead (ft. Devendra Banhart)

There’s no better paradoxical title than Bright Future Ahead, by LA-based KERA, featuring Devendra Banhart. A sweet track, that gives us delicate vocals, organic instruments, the usual folk style of songs that feature Devendra Banhart. Paradoxes apart, Bright Future Ahead brings us a hope sometimes we don’t have. A light on the end of the tunnel, “here we go again, ahh, uhh“. It makes me smile amidst all the chaos I read in the news. It makes me think about all the greatness of Pet Sounds by Beach Boys, also from California, and how it was mixed and produced. The zen philosophy and seeing the beauty on the small things, voices, songs like this. And maybe we have a bright future ahead of us. Added to Synths of Eden too: