New Downtempo and IDM: Playlist Update

Today we have curated 6 different tracks that can be categorized as downtempo or IDM, both genres also share similarities as much as progressive house has with techno. As discussed yesterday. Both genres can work with slower tempos, or BPM, though not only limiting themselves to that. But also allowing themselves to explore different textures of sound design and trying to innovate in the arrangement, often breaking rules of verse, chorus and bridge.

The tracks are:
1. Kip LaVie – Blues for Sedi
2. Drinker – Something I Want
3. Bels Lontano – Florid Entanglements
4. Tourist – Emily
5. Altvater – This Pertains to Solitude
6. Pheeyownah – Gold

Kip LaVie – Blues for Sedi

Blues for Sedi was recently released as part of Kip LaVie‘s debut album named This Creator. Kip LaVie is a composer from Portland (USA) who likes to play with opposites, creating tension. The album is highly recommended for those who like downtempo electronic music, it is a rich material, with tracks exploring different textures and feelings, mixing energetic drums with keys. The whole album sounds very attached to jazz. If you listen through the album, the sensation of opposition is constantly there. It is abundant in contrasts all around, sounding a bit odd at a few moments, but still rich. Added to our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden.

Drinker – Something I Want

Something I Want by Drinker from New York (USA), a collab started in 2016 between
Aaron Mendelsohn and producer Ariel Loh, has a more energetic bass line, accompanied by vocals and smooth percussion. It is those types of electronic downtempo that flirt with pop music, but still holding on to what underground electronic music best has to offer. It makes me think about Björk and all the innovation and creativity she brought to pop music in the 90s and early 2000s. Something I Want has been released as a single. They have been featured here earlier with a track called Fragment II. It’s been added to the playlist Synths of Eden.

Bels Lontano – Florid Entanglements

Florid Entanglements by Bels Lontano is something more experimental. Not yet released digitally, it has danceable rhythms with vocals typical of lo-fi pop in the intro. It has a smooth transition. That in the end, really sounds like Florid Entanglements. Good production. It is the first of his self-released EP in Bandcamp, Kind Decade. Bels Lontano is a project by composer and producer Bret Bohman. According to him, his project is inspired by an eclectic range of musical and non-musical sources and, on his own words, “explores concepts of liminal spaces, natural beauty, therapy and personal growth through the creation of rich sonic tapestries and melodic beat music stemming from the traditions of IDM, hip-hop, contemporary classical and ambient. Many of the tunes from the project began as a way to cope with stress and anxiety while navigating through academia and themes like acceptance, frustration and the sense of being overwhelmed are many times at the fore of the music. Now, with the upcoming EP “Kind Decade,” a culmination of material will be released that was ten years in the making.

Tourist – Emily

Added to our playlist Chilling in Eden, Emily by Tourist is a meditative track, that use spoken voice in the intro, bringing synthesizers and drums, sounding Moby-like. It has been released as a single, but it’s also part of a 10 tracks album called Everyday, released 15th of February. That’s a very rich album if you are a fan of downtempo electronic and good textures of sound design. Perfect for a yoga or meditation session, a bicycle ride or a walk in the park with headphones.

Altvater – This Pertains to Solitude

This Pertains to Solitude was composed by Altvater, from Columbia (USA), featured here earlier with Arcturus. The track was released as a single, it sounds sad as its title, but solitude is not always bad, but should be seen as a moment to find your own inner self and accept whoever you are, therefore we need songs as this one. You can also find it in Bandcamp. It’s been added to Chilling in Eden too.

Pheeyownah – Gold

‘Gold’ is a declaration of love. With a sci-fi atmospheric mood, it paints a vivid picture of two people who are dangerously in love.”

Lastly we have Gold by Pheeyownah, Swedish from Ugandan origins, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Gold has a mellow mix, reverberated, with ethereal textures and a danceable melody. Pretty voice. It makes me think about other Swedish contemporary classics such as Little Dragon. It has been released by Labrador Records as a single. Before Gold, she released Silver before. Another remarkable single. It has been added to Synths of Eden Spotify playlist.

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