Since 1997, sphereofhiphop.com 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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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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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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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.
Today we’re sharing a playlist curated by the music blog Stereofox called Funky Flavors. It came to us via our Playlist Form, where we receive playlists or mixtapes submission by different curators. Certainly it’s introducing some genres new to this blog, which makes it an interesting asset to be shared. It has a nu-disco vibe, with lots of groove bass-lines and keys. A playlist that would make George Clinton and Afrika Bambaataa smile, close their eyes and shake their heads. They accept submissions, via Submithub. Around 50 tracks of a great mood 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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A playlist by Neon Fawkes, Julian Green from Canada, according to him the playlist is about: “Synthwave (all sub genres). Over 900 artists. Your one stop shop to discover all the artists that create this beautiful music. Pre-sorted with new discoveries at the top. Curated and always updated.”
Submissions are accepted, so if you are a Synthwave artist or have Synthwave tracks to suggest, message Neon Fawkes in his social media profiles, he’s an active Twitter user @julesneonfawkes
That’s it! We’re back, with lots of exciting music to share.
First of them is Restart by Odd XX, solo project of Berlin-based composer and producer, Turi Agostino from Australia. A track that has been interpreted as a dance, on a music video created by Choreographer Edith Buttingsrud Pedersen and Theatre Director Jahman Davine. It talks about a broken love, letting go of what once was and starting over. Agostino seeks to channel through Odd, the various musical frequencies that oscillate between dark and industrial: tender and melodic, which is true for Restart. Vocals have been performed by Star Kendrick from the band Geowulf.
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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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From the same producer of Aliens Must Die, featured here earlier. KULTOFF from Rome, is back with a new single Don’t Sleep, released Friday, 25th of January by Capiroto Records. The single has two tracks inspired by acid techno, with the usual sequenced bass lines (famous for using Roland 303 groove machine). Nonetheless, with both tracks, KULTOFF dares to innovate, applying different style of vocals, such as Don’t Sleep, featuring Frank Sepioni and in Love Is Revolution featuring vocals plus acoustic guitars by Special West, with an amazing sequenced bass line. The drop of Love is Revolution makes you feel like in between psychedelia and acid techno at the same time, due to its guitars.
Don’t Sleep has been featured in our Spotify playlist Synths of Techno. The single is also available to be purchased in Beatport and in Bandcamp. Check the retailers link here.
Besides being a techno music producer, KULTOFF is also a playlist editor, with his playlist Techno Kult in Spotify and in Instagram. So, today instead of embedding Synths of Techno, as usual, I’ll embed his playlist, Techno Kult instead: