A recipe for a great track can mix enthusiastic danceable drums, with cinematic samples joined by synth pads and snippets of a woman’s voice that serve as vocals, plus good mixing techniques. Then, all of this should be summed by an art cover that gives pleasure to your eyes. Ultimately, cover arts serve as an important visual element to music, music is also graphic design at some point. Balete feels danceable, cinematic, almost goa-like. Balete is a tree found in the Philippines that is believed to house magic creatures. The art was made by Johannes Helgelin.
Johnny Element was previously part of London bands Southpaw, The Razzle and Orfan. Presently focused on instrumental electronica, his musical fascination revolves around samples, beats and guitar. As it’s evident by his music. He was born in a small coastal town in Norway. As a child, Element’s family moved to London. He grew up having viking tales and Nordic mythology as a background for his child fantasies, thus story telling became the central vein to his artistic expression. He later moved to Berlin, where he makes music and does some gigs once in a while in Europe and Asia.
Balete hasn’t been released yet on streaming platforms or online stores, but we’ll keep you up to date as soon as it is.
“It took me some time to leave my comfort zone of singing in English and to give my mother-tongue a shot. “Wahn” was the first song I wrote where it felt like it all worked and sounded natural. The band also seemed to find their sound with that song also, an 80’s German post-punk bass and drums sound seemed to catch with us all and we knew we were on the right road. John [the bassist] helped me write the lyrics so I could concentrate on finding a fluid and soft vocal sound that isn’t too German. It wasn’t easy but we discovered ourselves as a band through that process”. Verita Vi
Voodoo Beach is band from Berlin that recently released their Ozean EP, on 26th October. The EP has in total 5 tracks, with songs containing lyrics in German, which makes it even cooler. Ok English is nice and understandable, but it’s oversaturated and it never makes the same sense as if a native speaker is singing, which can also make me think about Boogarins and how the fact that they sing in Portuguese is so important for the psychedelic rock scene in Brazil, event though they release by a US-label. Y
Listening Voodoo Beach you should pay attention to the imposing bass of Jon van Mono, besides the amazing dark vocals of Verita V, that also plays guitar. Just like our recent psychedelic rock features, such as Lukka and Heartthrob Chassis it also draws inspiration from 70s rock and a post-punk atmosphere, like Heart and Siouxsie & The Banshes. Ignacy San is in charge of keys and vocals, while Josephine O plays the drums and sings the back vocals. If you like the style, I definitely recommend listening the whole EP.
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Im Neunklang (Mahler 10.1) by Hellbach from Berlin is a re-interpretation of Gustav Mahler with synthesizers. The whole album Mahler is dedicated to re-interpreted the Austrian composer’s tracks with electronic music. In total 9 tracks. Great work that gives a total new face to what is conceived as classic music. Proving that you can certainly make classical compositions with the electronic music aesthetics making use of contemporary instrumentation and studio work.
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Today we feature a new trip-hop track, Cavejazz, by Hubrist, producer from Berlin. The track is part of the Cavejazz EP, though it has only 3 tracks (technically a single). You can also find the album for download in Bandcamp. It’s a faster tempo trip-hop track that will certainly not disappoint you, which mixes chill electronic music with typical hip-hop beats in a faster tempo. Almost 6 minutes of the best chill out/trip hop vibe, good for listening on a headphone as much as for the dance floor.
First time I heard Ducks! I was not sure what it was exactly, though Cut & Run is compelling, it was also a bit mysterious, a bit awkward. One thing is certain , It sounded authentic above everything. Top Horse came to me as something impressive, what they called surreal dance floor odyssey. It’s the type of track I dream to listen to. Several different layers converging with a perfect groove yet innovative in all the senses, without reinventing the wheel. It’s like going through a sound adventure.
Ducks! is a duo formed by Australian artists based in Berlin, a singer-songwriter Lani Bagley with producer Craig Schuftan. The song was written in Malta. The duo spent four weeks in Valletta making field recordings, experimenting with musique concrete techniques, hosting electronic music workshops and collaborating with the city’s creative community. It’s possible to purchase Top Horse by Bandcamp as much as Ducks! previous singles. This dance floor odyssey has been feature in our playlist Synths of Eden:
Two years ago, I had this urgent desire to have a true dialogue with myself,”David explains. “All these influences came during the process of finding an identity, the own story and not being a slave of whatsoever. I had to go back in time, confront my Italian roots and embody this rich culture as much as possible into my work. Something I never did before and sad enough I needed 26 years to do so.”
David August, artist from Berlin, released in the beginning of July his single D’Angelo, that will be part of his new 7 tracks album, that has been signed with [PIAS] Recordings. This sound immediately brings back Darkside (2013), band composed by Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington. The album was recorded in Italy and was inspired in the paintings of Caravaggio.
The newest features of Synths of Eden are Paper Trails – Darkside and D’ANGELO by David August.
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.
Well, another artist that has been featured here before with No Surrender and his album A New Principle, Messy & The Gang is back with a new single Dream Designer. The track is available for streaming in traditional DSPs and in Bandcamp. The track contains many of the characteristics of A New Principle, but this time with a more chill and glitchy feeling.
The track has been produced, mixed and mastered at FunkHaus Studios, Berlin. It has been produced by analog synths, VSTs and a modular system to glitch the sounds of the drum.
The track is a new feature of our Spotify Playlist Synths of Eden:
If you start to feel a vibe like Stranger Things meets funk… You are probably listening to Left & Right the new Bluestaeb’s instrumental single from the album called Everything is Always a Process. Bluestaeb lives and works in Berlin and Paris and he’s in his third solo album with the collaboration of artists such as Noah Slee, Harleighblu, and Melodiesinfonie. If you have been to Splash! or Melt festival, you have probably heard of him.
When it comes to the new generation of Hip-Hop beatmakers in Europe, you can certainly count on Bluestaeb for your playlist. He flees from the conventional, putting together the best of the old school aesthetics, a pinch of the new school and a very organic instrumentation.
“This song is a result of moving from Berlin to Paris. I was in a new environment, felt more free, and had to switch it up from all those 91bpm Hip-Hop beats.” – He said about the making of this song. – “I remember him [pianist and producer Jonathan Aréna] just playing around with the bass line for several minutes, when all of the sudden he came up with that loop you can hear in the final song.”
Speaking of playlists you can easily find a lot of Bluestaeb’s work on SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify, so you won’t miss a beat!
Also, if you are looking for more of songs like Left & Right, you should just follow our playlist Chilling in Eden and have a blast!
This release will turn you on with its sensual lyrics while it will cause you to fly with its ethereal sound design, a very personal and intimate track but human after all. Roz Yuen, not without a reason, called the track Confession, a confession she’s composed, recorded and is singing to all of us, a confession we all can make.
The track will take part of her new forthcoming EP. She composed Confessions in her home town Melbourne, recalling her memories of London. Though the track has been fully realised in Berlin, where she’s based now.
A clear whispered conversation with an ex-lover and all the emotional consequences that follow up a relationship. The dialogue shares a space with silence.
You can also stream the track in Spotify as embedded.