Tracks featured or reposted by Synths of Eden during February and March of 2019. Follow this blog in Soundcloud to receive more in your feed.
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.
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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.
I have been receiving several stunning techno submissions to share in our playlist Synths of Techno and here in the blog, so today I decided to make a single big post about techno, gathering 5 new remarkable releases I have curated for you. It is also important to register that now our techno playlist is now receiving submissions via Soundplate.
- D Formation – Nerve
- Komfortrauschen – Stanze
- The Alexsander – Susa
- Ge Bruny – Orion
- Vilas Monnappa – Faux
D Formation – Nerve was released by MIR Music, on 4th of February. It’s the label’s first release. D Formation is an experienced Spanish producer, usually well featured in Beatport for the Progressive House category, he shows us a bit of the best that progressive house as a genre can offer us. However, it’s a genre that in itself is very close to a more progressive and dark techno. Which deserves a place in this playlist as well. The vocals can certainly be considered psychedelic.
The second track is Stanze, by a German trio, called Komfortrauschen. It’s a more minimalistic techno, making use of electric guitar, drums and bass, summed by synthesizers. It’s been released by Otake Records.
A rocket launching pad inextricably tangled with an electric guitar, bass and drums. The cold wires, cables, pedals, beats fuse with living hands to come alive. Euphoric yet still sober, urgent and demanding yet sill relaxed and calm, contemplative and deep yet free and light – the appropriate soundtrack for meditative courtship behaviour in a bare concrete room. Always played live but with the aesthetics of a DJ set – that’s Komfortrauschen, a three piece live minimal techno band from Berlin.
Next I have selected Susa, by Swedish producer The Alexsander. That has some of his inspirations Vangelis and Michelangelo alike. Another minimalistic and organic style of techno, with a deep ambient touch. Amazing cover art, that is something that stands out, as much as his music. Susa has been released as a 5 tracks EP called Signal of Susa released by Awal Recordings on the first of February.
Next one was made by Brazilian producer Ge Brunny, called Orion. Also released by MIR Music, which explains the same design for the cover art as Nerve. A beautiful piece, is starts aggressive, energetic, with high percussion sounds, on a fast tempo, that collide on an amazing drop, that later grows slowly, again. It’s clear how he got inspired by stars. The sound design is primal, as much as the final audio quality, my best regards for the audio engineers involved. It’s been released as a three tracks single, containing astrological names Orion, Titan and Ufos. Another one that can be framed as Progressive House.
Lastly there’s a Faux by Vilas Monnappa, from Bangalore, India. Minimalistic in the rhythm, but with a pretty arrangement and melody. The sound was finely designed, great work with synthesizers. You can say it’s techno by how the beats sound, together with the work of bass, we can also say it’s been hardly influenced by Progressive House.
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Newest techno featured in our playlist Synths of Techno is Gold Apple, by Ness Uno from Berlin. Underground piece, melodic, progressive, with a big presence of acid bass. I could not stop moving my body while listening to it. It’s a track full of energy, in the whole arrangement. There are chorus vocals, while we can hear the bass giving all the groove. With additional distorted melodies.
Overture is a track produced by Not Demure, released on the Ostinato EP by Flemcy Music. It has been remixed by JP Lantieri. Just like his previous tracks, with a progressive character, ideal for the dance floor and for the sofa, 8 powerful minutes full of good melodies and basslines, guaranteed. The track has not yet been released on digital streaming platforms like Spotify, but you can already check here in Synths of Eden and Soundcloud, as embedded.
Featured here last year with Euphoria, Bells and Robes, duo from Atlanta (USA), are back with a new track, this time a single. Dali, with the same relaxing mood. They make a more downtempo style of music, that makes use of excellent studio techniques, mixing several different textures and landscapes, with a more bright texture, plus the usual “synth pads”, those lush filtered polyphonic pitched lines. Yet, preserving the groove, Dali is of full of nice beats. Released by their label Zen Fresh Records, on 11th of January.
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“‘Be Your Lover’ is about unfulfilled love. I wrote the song about an experience I had meeting someone when I visited a different country, with whom I totally fell in love. The whole time, though, I felt like the distance, an ocean apart, would keep this love from becoming a realty (“I will never hold another, cast out to the open sea”). It’s about that strong feeling of losing something you never actually had, that potential to meet someone, fall in love, then ask yourself if you should leave everything behind and take that leap to be with them.”
DOV is the project of multi-instrumentalist and producer Dov Eagle. He moved to NYC from Tel Aviv after serving in the Israel Defence Forces until the age 21. Which should not be the most fraternal experience, considering Israel’s character of an apartheid state and all the severe violations to human rights that have been exposed by international organisations in the last decades. Being the son of a left-wing political activist, he left Israel amidst conflicted ideals, as they didn’t fit the life he idealized to himself, as a queer liberal musician and artist.
International politics apart. Be Your Lover was released in the beginning of 2019 and proves itself to be an excellent example of what is the contemporary synthpop scene from New York, specially. This new release follows Save that featured vocalist TESHA and has been released by the end of 2018, well received by critics, such as Billboard.
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Released 7th of December by Capiroto Records, Andromedary is the newest release by Swedish artist from Stockholm, Moran Gang. After his previous EP entitled Squid Tango, produced for a dance performance. Moran Gang also has another project which is his “main persona” as an artist, Nathanael Saposnikoff, released in the same year independently. With a more delicate, psychedelic rock influenced sound. With special remarks to Not Welcome and all its power. We interview him in November 2018, before the release of Andromedary, asking him to tell a bit of his story and what inspired him as an artist:
1) How was the process of composing Andromedary? What were the instruments you used to record it? How do you like to work in the studio? Considering both of your projects. How’s your creative flow?
Andromedary started out with me messing around with the Pro Tools stock synths. Usually I work in Logic so I was just trying to get my head around Pro Tools and found this synth sound I actually liked. I drenched the vocals with chorus effects and then added a lot of swell synth pads and resonance effects using a Korg Minilogue. My favourite part, though, was recording a bunch of vocal parts and then putting them all through a step sequencer.
For me it’s all about emotions and communicating a certain feeling. For most Nathanel Saposnikoff it’s a process of improvising with myself until I have a pretty solid feel of where things are going sound- and groove-wise. Vocals and lyrics are basically the last thing I do. Sometimes I write with a theme in mind and sometimes the emotion itself serves as a theme – even though that’s more hard to express in words. I seldom try to copy sounds or songs, it’s more of a in-the-moment kind of process.
With Moran Gang it’s a bit different. I generally don’t get caught too much in trying to achieve a certain feel or emotion, it’s more about the experimentation and having fun. I don’t put as much boundaries on Moran Gang, which is a big relief and a great way of finding an outlet musically.
2) What changed from Squid Tango until now?
Squid Tango was made together with dancers for a dance performance. It was made thematically and as a project with a clear goal. I love working with people from other art forms to try and achieve something from very different perspectives. We worked a lot brain storming ideas and using free association, on many hands throughout the process.
Now I’m continuing to produce Moran Gang’s material on my own. So the biggest difference is that I’m doing it all solo, but also that I’m kind of switching formats from a soundscape/noise/techno kind of music – meant to accompany other things happening in the room – to a more song based material. Squid tango was also all instrumental, from now on it won’t be. I guess it’ll be easier to listen a shorter track.
3) What are your future plans with both of your projects?
To keep writing and producing. I do it for myself, I feel the need to express myself musically. I still play in groups, but there’s a certain freedom to making music all on your own. The reason I want to release it is that, if I like it, someone else might like it too.
4) What are your biggest influences in music considering both of your projects? What do you like to listen? Who were the key influences for Moran Gang’s project?
For Moran Gang I have to say John Maus, no doubt.
For Saposnikoff I think Daniel Norgren. But of course there’s a a lot of Mac Demarco and Tame Impala kind of retro vibe going on there as well. But I seldom try to recreate what I listen to or play a certain genre, which is why it might sound a little schizo or hard to pin point sometimes.
5) Besides producing your own music, are you also connected with other ways of expressing yourself artistically?
Well I do make the artwork for both projects on my own, which is fun, but I really don’t consider myself a photographer or artist in that sense. I just do it for fun and more like a DIY thing. I have to say that I spend most of my time making music, if not with Moran Gang or Nathanael Saposnikoff its punk drumming with The Wave or experimental impro flute drone with Duo Woland.
6) Why the name Andromedary? Why this specific animal served as inspiration for your work?
Well from Squids you can really only go one direction. Add some galaxies to the mix and you have the perfect visual for any Moran Gang song.
Not Welcome by Nathanaeal Saposnikoff has been added to our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden:
It’s Been So Long is the opening track for Toffee EP, by Beach for Tiger, from the UK. It’s a psychedelic rock band that sounds like a mixture between Elvis Costello, Tame Impala and Blur. A pleasant track to listen. The band has been releasing their music since 2015, collecting a few singles, being Toffee their second EP after Beach for Tiger – EP (2016). Toffee, the title track, has been released as a single earlier, and deserves special remarks for its instrumentalism, that dives deeper in the psychedelic rock experimentation, presenting us with lush synthesized textures.