Music and Bicycle: Shook – Bicycle Ride (2018)

Well, today I got a new bike, at first, not the best ride, though it is a pretty nice bike, I’m still not used with those pedal brakes typical of some Dutch bikes. It was hard ride back home through the streets of Amsterdam. A good day to write about music and bike. Queen had a famous hit called Bicycle Race, that is eternal in the history of popular music. Besides the hype of new music Friday, a new week is also a good week to release a new album that has been developed for a long time.

In April we covered Shook and his track Wind on the Water, marked by great keys and a sensitive chill feeling, therefore featured in Chilling in Eden. By that time I wrote:

“This song is chill and bucolic just like watching the waves caused by the harsh wind on the water, almost zen. As if in an imaginary microuniverse you could surf in the huge waves of an otherwise calm river or lake, as if in that micromoment of mindfulness, the universe is bigger than what your mind can grasp and that single moment is deeper and bigger than a simple Wind On The Water.”

This time Dutch artist Jasper, known as Shook, released an album that shows his talent is not limited to that track, having great works such as Deep Dive and other more romantic tracks like Love Trip and I Will Be There, released recently as a single and video. The track Bicycle Ride reminds me all those soundtracks for the Pokemon Game Boy when you’re riding bikes (lovely chiptune).

Watching this small video about how Shook recorded Bicycle Ride you will see that his studio is quite impressive, with dozens of different new synthesizers that he explores in his recording process.

Besides streaming it in Spotify, you can also purchase it digitally and physically in Bandcamp.

The track Bicycle Ride is our newest feature of Chilling in Eden:

Lo-Fi: Shook – Wind On The Water

This track will be featured in our lo-fi playlist Chilling in Eden, click to listen it and follow for more.

This song is chill and bucolic just like watching the waves caused by the harsh wind on the water, almost zen. As if in an imaginary microuniverse you could surf in the huge waves of an otherwise calm river or lake, as if in that micromoment of mindfulness, the universe is bigger than what your mind can grasp and that single moment is deeper and bigger than a simple Wind On The Water.

Shook is Jasper, a Dutch artist, and his latest single just came out this 24th April. It is the first single of an upcoming album, Bicycle Ride, expected for June, 2018. The album is already available for pre-order in Bandcamp. Meanwhile you can listen his earlier tracks in Spotify.

Vinyl: Smok-Mon – 05:09

After featuring Smok-Mon and his chill track Serotonin, it’s time to write a remind post about how nice the whole album is, specially when you can hear it in vinyl that came directly from Gothenburg. In total 7 tracks of minimum and chill electronic sounds, besides, the art cover is amazing, representing some synthesizers such as Teenage Engineering OP-1 and a Snorlax costume. Plus, amazing vocals from Lorentzo Jönsson.

You can purchase the 12′ vinyl in Beat Bordell Records/ SIFTW Records website: https://www.siftw.com/shop/3p72v96iu2u3pvzlq3ga858466wy8x

Lo-Fi: Sebastian Kamae – Dust

Another track that will be featured this week in our Spotify playlist Chilling in Eden, this time Sebastian Kamae (Pin de Jong) and his Dust. An artist from the same country this blog is based in, the Netherlands.

The track is chill, with jazzy grooves, very melodic, with several different textures of bright synthesizers. For sure Sebastian Kamae is highly influenced by hip-hop and the beatmaking scene, as much as for the artists featured here earlier on.

You can also check his Bandcamp page.

 

Chill: Instupendo – Sunny

‘Sunny’ is a low key, swaying, “happy-go-lucky” affair that, for me, brings to mind the feeling of ease and freedom I associate with birds flying aloft in thermals.

Coincidence or not, recently we have been featuring songs dedicated to provide chill feelings. Comfortable beats, not that Tangerine Dream complexity for now, time to relax and bring all that mindfulness nearby your yoga mattress, because it is time for Instupendo and his Sunny coming with the spring in northern hemisphere, while down in the south pole he is taking a break from being so harsh.

This track is part of his sophomore EP, Faces I Know, recently out. Instupendo is an artist from Philadelphia, USA. Another track that will be feature in Chilling in Eden this Thursday (follow it for the next chill moments).

Lo-Fi: Jason Barty – Simple Day

Today we also featured a beatmaker track, Ego Trippin’… again by MR.SHN; however, this track is exactly the opposite from those dark glitchy beats of MR.SHN. Simple Day, by Jason Barty from Cape Town, South Africa, are beats of a simple day, very straightforward, chill and calming. The ideal soundtrack for a quite and simple day, as much as for the ending of a stressful day. That’s how I’ll end my busy day, listening to Simple Day. Needless today that it will be featured in our chill playlist Chilling in Eden in the next weekly update.

You can also check Jason Barty’s Bandcamp for more.

Downtempo: Good Lee – All I Can Give to You

Another primal downtempo track we received. This one by Austrian producer Good Lee. All I Can Give to You has trippy beats with nice background vocals and absorbing melodies. The sound design is impressive, several different layers ideal for those chilling moments, keys, strings and pads sounding in combined harmony with the vocals. Poetry in music and beats, this one about tender love and all you can give to your beloved one every single day. A delicate chill track.

You can purchase the digital track here by Bandcamp.

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:

Follow-Up Post: Sal Dulu – Antasma (2017)

Before releasing Tyko, Irish producer Sal Dulu has gave birth to Antasma, a track full of nice beat and samples that deserves another space in this blog. The track arrives to 1:30 with a striking distorted synth lead sharing space with soulful vocals to then go back to its chill beats, followed by this lead chorus again and ending beutifuly, as much as Tyko, it is satisfying to listen the productions of Sal Dulu. You can stream it by Spotify here, also take your time to enjoy those magnificent Japanese audio samples with Duluoz Dream (too much idiot adjectives to describe what can only be heard). That’s an spontaneous work, nothing complex, nothing progressive, not so fancy with huge synthesizers, he does a great job with rhythms, nice harmonic keys, audio samples and beats that you don’t listen in many complex and hermetic 9 minutes tracks. Well, after all, not always it is necessary huge modulars to do great electronic music.