Midnight Chill Post: Brava Kilo – Birds, Central Park, November

The track is a chill that grows and grows, resting by the end, mixed with field recordings of birds, interesting use of harmony, the sounds design is always filled by a white noise and birds. In the chorus we have vocals, electric guitars, vibraphone, Fender bass and drums. It’s a beautiful track. So much inspiration for an afternoon in the park in the Canadian November weather. This is Brava Kilo (with artists below) and Birds, Central Park, November.

Composed and Produced by:
Brian Kobayakawa – synthesizers & samplers, Fender bass
Michael Davidson – vibraphone
Kevin Breit – electric guitars
Serena Ryder – voices
Tim Proznick – drums

Recorded by James Paul at Union Sound Company, Toronto, ON
Assistant engineer Darren McGill
Additional recording by BK, various locations
Mixed by Andre Wahl at The Little Girls Room

The track will be featured in the album Hang On, You Demons! coming June 29, 2018. It had support of Canadian public policies that are investing in art and culture, funded by the city of Toronto. It is also a new feature in our Spotify Playlist Chilling in Eden.

Electropop: Hollowlove – Diamond Mine

After four days of rest, time to get back with the best synthesized sounds recently released in songs. This track has superb bass lines, combined by long synth pads and other synth layers, such as sequencers. All of this, topped by vocals inspired by Sade. Another interesting part of this song is the creative use of rhythms that don’t limit to the usual kick, hats, claps and snares, exploring more wooden type of percussion, with an added reverberation as a “spice”.

In total 7 minutes of another great original sound that is worth being shared by this blog.

Diamond Mine is the fifth single from Canada Hollowlove, released 26th April. The track originally had 3:40 minutes, as a single, and received this special full length/extended version. It is available for streaming in Spotify, Bandcamp and Soundcloud (as embedded).

Hollowlove is an electropop project from Keith Gillard and Ryan Slemko of Fidgital. The track was mastered by Brian Hazard at Resonance Mastering.

Diamond Mine will be featured in the next update of our blog’s dedicated Spotify playlist Synths of Eden. So make sure you follow it meanwhile.

Plus, there’s an YouTube video:

Retrowave: Mellow Fields – From Great Heights

After L CON, another great track coming from Canada. Mellow Fields is an artist producing retrowave/synthwave tracks, but that sounds pretty original at the same time, with drops of lo-fi elements and fast bass lines. From Great Heights is a purely instrumental track. Also available in digital streaming platforms, a great fit for our playlist Synthwave in Eden. It ends and finishes with a subtle use of field recordings.

Illustration done by: Derek Rudy

The track ends the homonymous 5 tracks EP of Mellow Fields. It is available for purchase in Bandcamp.

Avant-Pop: L CON – You Were Right

“About two hours north of Toronto, there’s a studio nestled in the woods where you can go to write and record, free from distraction. It’s co-owned by Lisa Conway, a writer, musician and composer who makes kinetic avant-pop music under the name L CON”

I love songs with nice synthesizer melodies, finely crafted sound design, summed by amazing vocals. The whole song was performed, written, arranged and produced by L CON (Lisa Conway), except for the Saxophone, that was performed by Karen Ng.

You Were Right is the first single of her forthcoming album, Insecurities in Being.

Lisa Conway has composed music for performance artists, film-makers and dancers, but it’s her solo work that better expresses her artistic world views. You Were Right shows Lisa’s skills as a producer and composer, that is not limited to synthesizers, but also open for organic instruments. Needless to say that her vocals are also an important part of her music.

You can also stream it by Spotify.

Electronic-Jazz: Anomalie – Canal

This track is a combination of great jazz, cinematographic, summed by chill music, full of beats, that seem to have been made by sticks at some parts. Canal is the 2nd single of Anomalie‘s forthcoming EP, Metropole Part II, to be released tomorrow, independently.

Anomalie is the project of keyboardist and producer Nicolas Depuis, from Canada. The Metropole EP is dedicated to Montreal and the canals from his childhood times.  Nicolas has been studying jazz and piano since his early years, which consolidated his skills as a musician.

His popularity is due to his ability at live performing, especially playing keyboard. Much more than a studio artists, he dedicates his career as a performer. He performed together with artists such as Gramatik.

IDM: ttwwrrss – No Emotion

No Emotion from Toronto based produced ttwwrrss (pronounced ‘towers’) is another great electronic track producer around the world recently. A big diversity of drum patterns yet melodic. The track was released 30th March by Maisonneuve.

Cover artwork by Jermaine Sterling.

Sean Thompson, ttwwrrss, was born in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada and raised in the ‘post-industrial steeltown of Hamilton’, with his first releases he achieved Canadian college radio success with his last two albums, ttwwrrss_2 and ttwwrrss_3. No Emotion was composed, produced and performed by Thompson himself, with additional production by moon:and:6.

New Downtempo: Flex Gordon – Rain City

Rain City is a track that follows the pure good-old traditional downtempo electronic music. Ideal for a morning mood, while staring at the sun and starting that day with positive vibrations, all of this summed by some deep house elements, yet chill. Moreover, the rhythms are very danceable at the same, which makes it suitable for dancing environments, with atmospheric drops. Flex Gordon is a producer based in Toronto, Canada.

It is also possible to stream Gordon’s track by Spotify, as embedded below:

Experimental: Deep Down Yonder – Strange Pilgrims

There are many interesting aspects of Strange Pilgrims. Many long tracks fail because they linger and end up in the valley of boredom. Not everybody is like a Mike Oldfield and not even himself succeed every time. Canadian multi-instrumentalist Deep Down Yonder succeeds in this track, which contains several interesting riffs that will not make you tired. At the same time, there are several different layer of synths in the background, a song with a deep sense of perspective.

Strange Pilgrims is part of a debut album Journeys. According to Deep Down Yonder (Dennis Jaysen Charles) there were string banjo, guitar, bass, dobro and harmonica in this track, in addition to the home made electronic music parts, such as the beats, synth lines and samples. It is dense, full of colours and yet danceable. We can hear drops of folk music, with electronic four on the floor house and psychedelic rock. The track was composed in a backwoods studio on an organic farm in British Columbia’s Slocan Valley, where he divides his time between music, parenthood, feeding chickens, growing vegetables, and piling wood. Well, nothing is an excuse to make the music you love after all. Thanks for Dennis to show us this example.

You can stream the whole album by Spotify, as embedded below:

Retro-Electronic: lo-fi ROBOT boy – Steel Machine Man

We have covered here before Automat and Cybotron. So, if you are a fan of electronic music from the 70s, this new release from lo-fi ROBOT boy will make you smile. Steel Machine Man has some synth arps that remind Giorgio Morodor during the 70s, plus the 707 drums, this is italo-disco style summed by drops of synth ambient.

For sure Pink Floyd and Jean-Michel Jarre is a big influence to lo-fi ROBOT boy. According to this Canadian music producer from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia this track would be a reunion between Richard Wright (the solos specially) and Jean-Michel Jarre himself. A big fan of synthesizers, the instruments used to compose this track were: Roland SH-2000, Juno-6, Juno-106, TR-707 drum machine, & a Technics K-350 analogue string synth on his home-studio The Robot Lab. His songs are released by Pink Dolphin Music in the UK.

He recently released in September 2017 a new album called Music for Toys  and later on in October another one called Synth Music for the 90s, also available as a limited cassette version. Quite a productive year for him 2017.

Below you’ll find his Spotify profile.