If you are a fan of tracks with amazing acid-bass like me, Positive Vibin’ by Dusseldörf based artistLoco Dice is a great suggestion. Another one for that big list of amazing underground dance music that blends the best of mainstream and underground in itself. Plus, this acid bass mixed with drums and audio recordings is just superb.
Positive Vibin’ was released by KMS Records by Armada Music.
Danza Gris comes out as a danceable downtempo track from Tomás Novoa, Berlin based dance music producer. A track filled with nice and bright sound design, besides 3x3x2 kick bass beat, great for that magical dance vibe, trippy. Ideal track for a night time Dj set.
Nice chord progressions and touchy vocals. As I always write in this blog, there are no limits to the invention of new sub-genres. With Imre Elzer and his WE’VE BEEN HERE FOR A WHILE, producer/songwriter based in the pretty Nijmegen, here in the Netherlands, we come across what can be called Ambient-Pop, this is traditional dance music, with long synth pads, four the floor beats and a mellow vocal, that is a great match for a comfortable, yet melancholic rainy afternoon, as much as it is perfect for an underground night club, in the lounge dance-floor, full of drunk people that is enjoying the night for so long so much and cannot go back home with so many nice songs, so they say “we’ve been here for a while”.
The track is part of the album Pommes Car, recently self-released, it deserves to be fully listened if you like that track, soon to be added in Chilling in Eden.
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.
I have been enjoying SOFI TUKKER since Matadora, I’m not sure they have any relation with Brazil/Portugal but that track showed me somebody that was making interesting pop-music that was being sung in Portuguese language and that could stand out for the Brazilian market. I have been sharing their songs in some playlists I work with and none of their singles ever disappointed me, as I’ve said before in other posts, I’m more than tired of those disco/EDM that are put in a ‘cake tin’ and it gets ready full of hihats repeating 32times in a bar that then goes to a drop and built up repeating the same stuff with a single sample of synths or chord progressions for the rest of the track. Come on, how can’t people make different stuff? You don’t go to a club to listen 32 different songs that sound all the same, thanks Armin van Buuren/SpinninRecords and friends for that.
SOFI TUKKER is pop music with a very nice use of drums, especially the toms, different elements of percussion, electric guitar, synths and this gorgeous female vocal of Sophie Hawley-Weld. Also, all their singles have very nice art covers. Such as this one below. They are announcing their debut album due out April 13th.
Orange, by young French producer NASAYA, features Los Angeles based vocalist Cehryl. The track is danceable yet atmospheric at the same time. It is for sure very influenced by Kaytranada and Tame Impala. with a bit of sampling here for sure. The vocals performed by Cehryl are very pleasant, added by the bright textures of the instrumentals. It is a must for those who love chill dance music, perfect for a night club, party, as much as for driving or chilling at home on a rainy day.
According to NASAYA himself: “The aim with with the production on this track was to melt those ‘futuristic’ textures/sound design with more retro/analogue (jazz, rock etc..) references. I love to work with contrasts and references from styles of music that ‘seem’ completely opposed”.
His earlier tracks: Snow and Milk are also worth listening. Bringing the same Tame Impala and Kaytranada vibes, with female vocals and huge bass lines.
jackLNDN has recently released his new EP, named ‘Rain‘, it has three short tracks and has been shared in our Soundcloud profile. jackLNDN has a suitable artist name for somebody from London, quite obviously. A big fan or harmonic chord progressions and arps. It is a big example of an artist that makes dance music without clichés. It reminds a lot deep house, such as Disclosure, with a more quite and downtempo vibe, that keeps itself to instrumentals. His earlier release, Start Over Again, is an example of how he uses tracks such as those belonging to ‘Rain’ on a more deep house style with big arps tunes.
The album from Romare (shared in our Soundcloud page), 2015, released by Ninja Tune, independent Record Label founded by Matt Black, based in London, with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Montreal.
The album shows that great music is much more than what is popular among the EDM artists or the works recognised to be from Spinnin Records. Music that fits dance clubs as much as your home speakers or headphones while walking on the street. The album mixes drums typical from dance music with samples and amazing chord progressions. At the same time the album connects with the atmospheric ambient music. It portraits lots of elements from African-American influences on USA. The soul and jazz culture as elements part of the tracks. The name Romare is inspired in Romare Bearden, a collage artist, which is something that Romare does with music.
“Rainbow” is a homage to gay rights via disco in the 70’s, and “Work Song” to the great American work song tradition. Opener “Nina’s Charm” sets out the stall for the album. A tiny, near spoken snippet of Nina Simone’s voice is set against a hypnotic synth riff and a dislocated gospel-choir chant. The result is something utterly fresh; a tone setter that worms through the ear and floods the brain in soothing catharsis. “Motherless Child” opens with a shuffling jazz swing, allowing its sample of the African-American spiritual from which it takes its title to shine in full. When a simple, riff-like melody arrives, the song transforms into a sultry, glorious slow-dance workout. “Lover Man’s” striking, cut-up synth riff is set up against chiming stabs and slurred chords, a snatched, swing vocal enticing us in to the wonkiest of grooves.
As much as for photography. Romare shows how great music can be produced by collage, not only by amazing synthesizers, drum machines, high tech softwares and studio apparatus. The album is also available in vinyl.
Romare uses his academic knowledge applied to what can be amazing dancing music. He studied African-American visual culture in University. After moving to Paris, he decided to sample second-hand records, making his own tracks. Based in London, after 2012, started to be signed and release his first EPs, such as Meditations on Afrocentrism, with tracks such as The Blues (It Began in Africa) and Love Songs Pt. 1.
The name tells everything by itself. Brainvoyager, artistic name of Jos Verboven, brings you to a travel on your innerself. Very much alike the synths from Franz Zwartjes tapes mentioned here before. Brainvoyager is also a Dutch producer who brings atmospheric vocals and beats to Synths that make you travel without leaving your current location. His work is influenced by artists such as Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre which he watched many years before starting to make his own music.
Drifting Memories is his third album from 2014 that came to me on Spotify as a surprise, it contains 4 tracks, all of them bigger than 15 minutes. In total, Drifting Memories has 80 minutes of travel through the world of synthesizers and electronic music. Plus great drum machines. It is ambient music, chill out or downtempo. But it doesn’t make you bored for one single minute, this album has an involving pace, progressing from quieter to more energic vibes in a few minutes, adding exotic vocals and sequences that make your brain tickles on a very pleasant way. Jos seems to be not only very familiar with electronic music, but he is also a great composer and arranger. It is the old school style of electronic music with a contemporary touch.
He has been active since 2012, having songs with four on the floor beats, such as Mesmerize, from his 2013 Compilation. Moreover, Brainvoyager has explored applying his music to videos and choreography, such as a Touch of Oblivion from 2017 below.
It is possible to check more of his songs on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Also, follow him on Twitter to keep updated about his new works.