Chill: Bonsai Mammal – Alligator

Bonsai Mammal is the electronic project of self-titled debut EP from Jimmy Harry, Los Angeles based producer and golden globe winner. Jimmy has been producing pop music for artists such as P!nk and Kylie Minogue. A lover of electronic music himself, started the project while doing late night jams. According to him:

“I just wanted to make something beautiful and lush. Something to shut the world out a bit. I really enjoy writing pop songs, but I also love taking a genre vacation to create music that lives outside that world. I began experimenting and recording different ideas and then developing some of these when I had the chance. And after recording a few songs, it seemed like they had taken on a life of their own. I started playing them for a bunch of my friends and collaborators who were extremely enthusiastic. Thus Bonsai Mammal was born.”

The track is very chill, as much as for the whole EP, with some electronic and pop characteristics, such as for Feel it All. Well, Jimmy Harry is another proof that pop music producer aren’t necessarily limited to commercial songs. But they are also versatile professionals with love for music that cross genre limitations, such as the one imposed by pop, big labels and the industry itself.

Downtempo: Northbound – Last to Leave

Last to Leave is another track that came to us from Finland. Northbound is a project from producer Mikko Roisko, Helsinki based. The track is part of their EP Overgrown, recently released and available for streaming in Spotify, Soundcloud (embedded) and for purchase in Bandcamp.

According to Mikko:

Northbound creates mostly instrumental music that’s very melodic, organic, beautiful and sometimes haunting. ”Bonobo meets Gustavo Santaolalla” would perhaps give some rough idea what to expect from the new EP, ”Overgrown”.

The track is very chill, having 4:50 of primal sound design, sounding purely organic, including strings and drums that are combined with imposing synths. Showing the skills of Mikko as a sound designer besides producer. The whole EP itself is pretty interesting as a whole, with many instrumentals that are worth listening, not being limited to Last to Leave itself.

Electronica: Warrego Valles – Madmen

For the past few years I spent lots of hours reading and watching Slavoj Žižek and all his contradictory and complicated thoughts, for sure I had a lot of fun, if it’s what you can call fun (at least for a social sciences nerd like me). However, with Warrego Valles I discovered a new kind of fun from Slovenia, the duo composed by Nina Hudej and Nina Belle is something that cannot go unnoticed if you are a fan of heavy and extravagant electronic music, full of psychedelic spices.

Madmen is a track from their newest album entitled Botox (not a trace of Don Draper there). I’d say that Warrego Valles is part of that category of posts I should write about a specific track I received, just to make it cute in Hype Machine catalogue but in fact I am suggesting the whole album itself. Botox has 13 tracks and I’d say it’s 13 tracks of pure electronic insanity, Stop That Noise made me really inspired to start this day, just wishing for more and more of this noise. The album has been released 1st March by Kamizdat label.

You can purchase it in Bandcamp, as embedded, for 15 euros you can have it as a flash card with an awesome handmade booklet designed by Rok Mar, illustrated by Stefan Fähler and with liner notes by Luka Prinčič.

Well, I guess after writing all of this I still need more time to reflect about their sound design. They use fast drum machines, with many glitch sounds and vocals. They put themselves in the experimental techno, as style. Overall, I’d say it’s a combination of glitch, traditional low tuned drums and vocals. It’s possible to find evidences of pad synths that serve as background layers for all those fast drums, such as Cyborg not Cyborg. Moreover, I like the fact that this techno is not male dominated, as it is for many techno dudes out there.

I’d say Warrego Valles is deeply influenced by an underground techno scene. According to their press release, pretty much like a manifesto itself:

It is a result of dark minimalist, abstract post-genre eletro and glitchy sonic landscapes. it tells the story of present times: ephemerality of all action and destruction of the planet duo to climate change and slavery. A grim vision of a world ruled by psychopaths driven by the will to control, greed and domination.

“How else can the drive for immortality be manifest than as an unstoppable exploitation, an endless extraction of resources, a seemingly limitless growth on a finite planet? In a dystopian post-apocalyptic vision called forth into the present in these abstract sounds with words buried in sombre electronic beats and glitches, there’s no sign of mankind after we’ve lost the red sun, our land and sky. We are loosing and destroying our environment. We are fostering more slavery than ever by refusing immigrants, stuffing them in camps and treating them like animals.

In these relationships, humanity is lost while feelings of abandonment, defeat and solitude grow within the personal realm. Underpinning these tracks is a grim vision of the world ruled by psychopaths, driven by a will to overpower and dominate. Only through submission of one’s own body (and mind) will it be possible to find »success«. The greed, the insensitivity, the lust for profit and power, the ability to kneel and to kill.”

Warrego Valles is also available for streaming in Soundcloud and Spotify.

 

 

Ambient-Garage: Messy & The Gang – No Surrender

The track No Surrender by Berlin based Italian producer Messy & The Gang  is a compelling ambient work, that is full of glitch drums. The sound is dark, mysterious, proper for a nocturnal sentiment. Inspired by cosmic thematics, with this moon cover art, it suggests a style of ambient that is suitable for live performances and is yet danceable. Artists who you cannot define by specific genres of electronic music are exactly those who are making highly original material.

The track was released 1st March. Messy & The Gang explores multiple genres of electronic music and is currently collaborating with different European artists. No Surrender is the closing track of his album A New Principle that is available in Soundcloud and Bandcamp for streaming and purchase, plus Spotify (embedded bellow).

New Single: Joshua Worden – Tennessee

Joshua Worden mixes electronic-music with traditional pop music from USA and a touch of progressive rock that reminds pretty much Gentle Giant or King Crimson at some points. Smooth vocals and reverberated percussion, summed by the revival of analogue synths that bring back 80s classics, such as Roland Juno. Tennessee sounds pretty much a nostalgic track about rural life far away from the cities with a big touch of trip-hop.

The synth pads recall classics such as Tangerine Dream and Vangelis with his Yamaha CS70. It would be dark music if it wasn’t for his soft voice and mellow lyrics. Joshua Worden is an Atlanta based artist and composer, highly influenced by R&B/Trip-Hop, with a background education in English literature and Jazz Guitar. His upcoming EP will be called ‘Cinders‘ and is expected soon this 2018. About ‘Cinders’ he says:

“These songs, these ideas, they were cinders… They were always burning slowly under my day to day. It just took a really long time for them to finally come to light.The lyrics of the songs, I think those are fairly ambiguous,” he observes. “I think they could mean different things to different people.”

It is also possible to stream his new single Tennessee in Spotify.

New Single: Superheart – After Midnight

After Midnight from Superheart is a chill and romantic song, that pretty much remind me the 80s. A well produced track, starting with a piano, it is later on also followed by a guitar. The instruments are complete with a mellow female singer. It is a simple song, without much complexity, but that provides a warmth feeling. Other track from Superheart, such as Count On Me, have warm synthesizers, that pretty much remind British pop music from the 80s, such as ‘Time After Time’ from Cyndi Lauper, but with a modern touch.

(Nu) Disco: Sky Renee – Why Don’t We Dance More

At first influenced by the virtual cultural movement of vaporwave, but not enough to a highly creative artist such as Sky Renee, from Los Angeles, California.

The track Why Don’t We Dance More? is absolutely about dancing. At first, it reminds Confessions On a Dancefloor from Madonna, but it’s not simply like that. The track Why Won’t We Dance More has been written and produced by Sky Renee herself. It’s a very simple question that carries with itself a lot of meaning behind it.

Sometimes all you can do is breath and dance your cares away until you feel better.

Sky Renee combines 70s groove with a psychedelic ear. The song is almost an escapism, why don’t we dance more instead of just sinking into deep melancholia with all the fascism and chaos we’re dealing with? Well, the question is open to be answered by the listeners, or let’s say, dancers. The artist is here to inspire positive changes in the world. Her songs contain simple yet insightful lyrics.

Her new single Believe is scheduled to be released next Tuesday, 27th February.

 

 

New Music: NilSec – 0CHORDT1[160.0][seq2]

NilSec and his track 0CHORDT1[160.0][seq2] was recently shared by us on our playlist Synths of Eden. The artist is based in Brooklin, United States. According to him:

In 2011, JM Giralt tried to purchase a Fuzz Pedal on eBay and was instead sent a drum machine and from that fortuitous accident, Nilsec was born. Influences include most of Warp Record’s catalog from 90’s and acid house from the late 80’s.

Well, indeed that fortuitous accident was really worth it when listening to those interesting drums.

New Chill: Kazy Lambist – Love Song (feat. Glasses)

The whole song is a very funky electro-pop, if you are a fan of outstanding bass lines this song was made for you. It also has a music video made for it. Moreover, it’s a very chill song with interesting dazzling synth pads.

Kazy Lambist starts 2018 very well with a brand new EP: The CityLove Song is a voyage to breezy vocals, primal music production and aerial euphoria. There’s nothing more French than that videoclip, pretty much inspired in the new-wave of cinema,  full of saturated colours and fashion outfits.

Kazy Lambist is an artist from Montpellier, France. And he has been collecting several releases since 2014, as evidenced by his Spotify. All his tracks are highly recommendable if you like this style of electro-pop, it reminds artists such as Metronomy.