Chilling in Eden, Dub & Downtempo: Danya Vodovoz – Fourtwenty

“Fourtwenty” is a melancholic and trippy tune from my upcoming album called “Nostalgia” where my focus was to create a sonic cinema for the mind. With its bass-heavy groove, unexpected musical elements, and expressive saxophone solo I’ve tried to recreate a mystical and psychedelic experience.

Fourtwenty is a track Danya Vodovoz’s latest album, Nostalgia. An excellent combination between old school dub and contemporary downtempo electronic music, such as trip hop. The new album has many influences in the field of more chill electronic music, but dub is omnipresent in almost all the tracks, such as Train of Thought, but there’s a big presence of tunes belonging to jazz, specially the use of keys. The last track is more progressive and lasts for 10 minutes, El Topo, chill yet psychedelic. Danya has been featured here before with a deep house track called Nautilus. If you like easy-listening and dub music, you should def take a listen to Nostalgia.

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Downtempo: Cale Hawkins – Origami

Chilling in Eden is back with a new track on the top, Origami, by Cale Hawkins, from Brooklyn, New York. According to his press release, Hawkins has lived as a nomadic musician since 2012. Touring, writing, and producing internationally with a wide array of artists and groups. His songs draw from experiences both real and surreal, influenced equally by a childhood spent in isolation, and recent years of performing across four continents and seventeen countries.

violin by Chase Potter
cello by Ansel Cohen
all other vocals & instruments by Cale Hawkins

engineered by Cale Hawkins at Greylock Records, Brooklyn, NY
and Eric Tait, Jr. at The Farm, West Chester, PA
mixed by Ben Talmi at Greylock Records, Brooklyn, NY
mastered by Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet Mastering
cover art by Dylan Aiello and Cale Hawkins

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New Electronic: Little People – Tonight

Tonight, by London based producer Little People, is a powerful track, full of rhythmic FMish tunes, nothing more appropriate for a nocturnal mood. Downtempo, quiet slow, not the best fit for the usual club mix, but it’s highly suitable for a chill DJ Set, the ideal company for some drinking or smoking with some friends at night. The bass is something more subtle, with a short decay,  pizzicato like.  However, the track progresses, turning to something more energetic before fading out in the same way as it started. The track provides us several impressive synth tunes during its arrangement, from standard to experimental sound designs.

Tonight is Little People’s first single for his upcoming album Landloper. You can also find it in Bandcamp.

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Downtempo-Dance: PINES – Speak

 

Speak by Australian duo PINES (Adam Dormand and James Kenneally) is track highly suitable for a deep house kind of DJ Set. Those female vocals, with claps intertwined by four on the floor kicks and hi hats marking the tempo. With carrying with it a pop and dance music appeal, without clichés. That style of dance you can actually appreciate the instrumentals. It has been released independently in the second of November, reaching the count of more than 57 thousand of listeners in less than a month. Impressive.

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Downtempo: Conformal – Tjörveln EP

There’s a delicate, uplifting yet obscure style of electronic music coming from Sweden, just like Smok-Mon featured here earlier in September. We now explore the sounds of Conformal, that released his Tjörveln EP, with special attention to Tåglek, embedded here. Primal sound design, that shares many similarities with the work of Smok-Mon too, using detuned synthesized sounds as rhythm.

Conformal is a DJ/producer based in Stockholm that releases his music by his own label Lima Express. Tåglek has been added to our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden:

R&B/Downtempo: Saba Abraha – Sweet Mirage (New EP)

Ethiopian artist based in USA Saba Abraha has been featured in Synths of Eden with Pathway, in April, mixing R&B with electronic downtempo. Now she’s back with Utopia, a track that follows the same mood, but with much more intensity and allowing herself to dig even deeper into the experimentalism of electronic music. The track is part of her recently released EP Sweet Mirage.

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Downtempo: Good Gatsby – Bright

Bright, by Good Gatsby is a mix of beat making with downtempo electronic. The most remarkable thing of this track is the gospel samples used, that combined with the beats and how it’s arranged makes the final result something very chill for a bike ride after work.

The track has been added to our playlist Chilling in Eden:

Downtempo/R&B: Kamaliza – Zenith

‘Zenith’ represents the two minds that can be found when entering a new relationship. There are always reservations about heading into uncharted territory, but this is usually coupled with excitement and enthusiasm. The track features themes of trust, patience, understanding and the desire to help one another out of their shell.

Australian producer Kamaliza presents us with Zenith, a track that mixes R&B with a Sam Smith style of singing (the way he does on his collabs with the internationally recognised British deep house duo Disclosure). Plus, that electronic downtempo feeling of producers like Bonobo blended with an UK Garage. Great lyrics, chorus, production, bass, great track in general.

Kamaliza (John Salamba) is based in western-Sydney, Australia. According to him, he is a self taught musician who has honed his craft to become an artist that writes, produces, mixes, and performs all of his original material – creating a style that blends electronic R&B/Soul with UK Garage influences.

Zenith has been featured in our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden:

 

Downtempo/Trip-Hop: Aydio – The Surface of Revolution

The Surface of Revolution by London based Aydio is a colourful downtempo track, with oriental vocals, several different layers of instruments that sound incredibly well altogether. Part of the album Inversion. Sonrisa is another track that deserves attention, the whole track has many instruments recorded, such as an amazing bass, plus the whole set of drums itself, very nice percussion, as much as the same style of sampled vocals. Aydio has a huge discography in Bandcamp and Spotify, so there are plenty of music he can provide us.

The track has been added to our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden, you can find many other trip-hop downtempo tracks there:

 

Pre-lunch Chill: Common Tiger – The Paisley Agreement

The Paisley Agreement from Common Tiger is relaxing, sounds great as a production, has amazing rhodes keys, piano keys apart from organic drums. A track composed by several different instruments, which is explained by the fact that Common Tiger is the pseudonym of a multi-instrumentalist and producer called Matthew Mahoney. For me, this track resembles Mogwai, but without distorted guitars.

Another curious fact about Matthew is that he spent some time in a Buddhist temple in Portland, Oregon (USA) and currently he resides in a bus in Oregon studying music theory, piano, and working on his next musical releases.

You can also check his Bandcamp profile for more: https://commontiger.bandcamp.com/

This track is magnificent and deserves a place in our playlist Chilling in Eden: