Crossover Tech-House: M!NT – Derek Foreal

Derek Foreal by New York based producer M!NT is a track that sounds like tech-house but dives in the bridge sections with use of vocals, audio samples yet being highly instrumental. It crosses genres at some points, with many hip-hop references, that is easily explained by M!NT’s latest productions, that was hip-hop and beats. Derek Foreal has been released by Outside In Records.

You can check M!NT‘s Bandcamp page for his earliest works.  The track has been featured in our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden:

Experimental Electronic: Yem Gel – Knotg3rl

Premiered by Mixmag in Soundcloud, London-based musician and visual artist Alecs Pierce launched his new project a month ago as @yemgel with a four-track EP titled ‘Knot Being’ on @kick-clap-2.

According to his premiere by Mixmag:

At its forefront, ‘Knotg3rl’ channels an 0PN-esque stuttering sheen – glossy sounds flutter like jets of serotonin. Beneath, sounds spanning breaks, abstract grime pops and digi-harp strums meet in an intoxicating concoction of misfit styles. We can’t get enough.

It is not an easy track to listen, it goes to the absurd when it comes to experimentation with audio files and what you can do composing music by aggregation of samples. But it’s quite impressive the work done by Alecs Pierce. We have 6 minutes of a composition that dares to experiment and to impose itself as the creation of several layers and different music elements, stuttering sounds that are annoying per se, but in the end combined became deep music, it’s not something easy to do.

Yem Gel’s debut EP Knot Being has been released this Friday and it’s been featured in our Spotify Playlist Synths of Eden:

 

Downtempo Funk: RJ Pasin – Sentience (Soundcloud)

As I always mention here in my reviews on Synths of Eden, there are no boundaries to music creation. If you wanna make same amazing and call it ‘downtempo funk’ you can do it, freedom of creation can allow you to do many magic thinks. In this case, RJ Pasin with Sentience gives us a 3:00 minutes of jam in different instruments, the track has amazing drums and several solos in sequences, including organ and synths, something that bring us back to mind artists like Emerson Lake and Palmer, or old style progressive rock.  Definitely, RJ Pasin is a multi instrumentalist. I recommend listening to RJ Pasin’s soundcloud profile for  other tracks of the kind.

Surrealist Electropop: R34L – Anim8

The song explores themes including understanding the mind as a canvas and letting go of attachments.

This track is something like Crystal Castles meets 90s Swedish band The Cardigans, surrealist electropop is an appropriate genre to classify R34L and Anim8.

R34L is a duo formed by Sarah Hartman and Cason Trager, they blend organic and unique sounds in experimental improvisation, synthesizers and sampling. Their work has been self-produced and Anim8 is the opening track of a not yet released 12 tracks album that will be called WHAT/IS.

The track has been featured in our Spotify Playlist Synths of Eden:

New Hip-Hop Album: Bluestab – Alright (Everything is Always a Process)

Bluestab was featured here before with Left & Right from the same album, Everything is Always a Process has been released today 15th June by Jakarta Records, is a suitable process for music makers. As all of them deal with the never ending process of composition, recording, production, so on and so forth, it’s all about a process. Alright, differently than Left & Right, has in its intro a homage to Brazilian R&B in its most traditional way followed by the traditional beatmaking style.

According to Bluestab himself:

This song clearly shows the transition from my last album “Rodalquilar” to the music I make today. Around that time I started working more and more on the arrangements and the live instrumentation of my music in order to create full songs & not just looped beats. I was also listening to a lot of Neo-Soul & Soulection at the time, which influenced my own music. “Alright” is a result of this process. I was always fascinated how well brazilian / latin rhythms and trap drums blend together and I was looking for different grooves from what I had previously incorporated into my music. Also, I was (and still am) trying to incorporate more of my own musical roots (percussion, drumming) into my songs so this actually felt very intuitive.

Alright has been featured in our Playlist Chilling in Eden, together with Left & Right, marking the official release of the album.

Synthpop: BUHU – All Eye

All Eye is the second single from BUHU‘s debut studio album, Tenets. Marked by FMish synths that will make you think of 80s synthpop, this typical Korg Volca FM electric piano, followed by drums and vocals brings back to memory Tears for Fears and Phill Collins. The album Tenets will be released worldwide in September 2018 by FMF Records.

BUHU is a synth pop duo from Austin, Texas, United States. It has as lead singer and producer Jeremy Rogers and Tiffany Paciga. Jeremy’s main source of inspiration as a composer is the women of his life, his late mother and his lover. All Eye has been featured in our Spotify playlist Chilling in Eden, you can also check BUHU’s Bandcamp for more.

 

Dub Techno: TTilawok – Rooted

Rooted was released this 25th of May by TTilawok, part of the album Into Memory (Bandcamp), another singular techno track, surely not the one you’ll listen in your underground local techno club. TTilawok calls it dub techno in his metadata, not without a purpose, as this track mixes techno with ethereal synth pads. The track, as much as for the whole album itself, is highly composed by danceable chord progressions, rhythms and arpeggiated sequences.  It has been recorded in EMS (Elektronmusikstudion), Stockholm, during the years of 2016/2017. Besides being released digitally it is also being distributed in cassettes, that can be ordered by Bandcamp as well.

The album does not limit itself to techno, also trespassing the fields of house, acid, dub, ambient and downbeat. Rooted is being featured is our Spotify Playlist Synths of Eden.

Bio: TTilawok is a photographer and electronic music producer based in Stockholm, Sweden. His photography utilizes double exposure to create unique scenes from both natural and human born landscapes. His musical style ranges from deep house and techno to lo-fi, minimal, and ambient. Combining samples, synthesis, and analog drum machines, he traverses the realms of acid, ambient, low-fi, and downbeat.

For those YouTube lovers out there, here you go the embedded music video:

Concept Album: Comanche Peak – Return to Fear Mountain

A concept album that follows a character as they pass into the afterlife confronting personal demons in order to come back to life and move forward.

Comanche Peak is John Anderson, according to his Soundcloud profile he began recording music in his early 20’s while living in his hometown in Texas. Today he works with music for film and television. Return to Fear Mountain is the second release for Comanche Peak with Chain Letter Collective. Currently John Anderson lives in Los Angeles, working with various projects. You can check his Bandcamp profile for other releases. The album features Scott Kuza, Imani Carino and Greyson Beffa as collaborators.

The album is a conceptual synthesizer experience, it mixes ambient music with synthpop elements, it also has the Soundtrack experience, such as Diablo II OST, by Matt Uelman. It is also available in Spotify. Witch’s Promise has been featured ir our playlist Synths of Eden, together with Rogue, from Diablo II.

Music Video: Yuki Ame – Mykonos (Arp.Edit)

Yuki Ame,’s album Anamnesis  released by UK label Panel Records is one of the greatest materials covered here in Synths of Eden, you can read our review about it in the link above. Now, the track Mykonos comes out as a music video plus being an ARP.Edit. The video was created in collaboration with video artist Georgina Brinkman (ZOOX Collective, London).

Friday Afternoon Drama: Naomi Greene – Collision

“Collision” is about this feeling of illusions crashing into reality, when suddenly everything is clear and it feels like you’re in a slow motion suspension in time right before landing back into the turbulent spiral of your life. The song talks about distance and walking out of love with someone that you know isn’t good for you, all the while feeling the painful roars of your heart’s longing.

Well, if you are human, conflicts of love is a natural feeling and you felt it for sure. Collision is about this, and in this case Parisian-born, Los Angeles based, Naomi Greene provides us with an amazing voice and a song that deserves a place here in Synths of Eden. This Friday afternoon, we select this track, as not all Fridays are of blue sky, sometimes we should face hard working hours before weekend comes back once again.

Playing both an harp and electric guitar, she sums her abilities as a musician with songwriting. Besides all of that, Naomi also lent her voice to La Femme‘s last album Mystère. Great band that deserves to be listened to, especially their album Psycho Tropical Berlin.

The track has been featured in our Playlist, Chilling in Eden: