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:

New Downtempo: Awe Kid – Diode EP

Diode by British producer Rick Parsons a.k.a Awe Kid is the kind of danceable deep downtempo track, with groovy bass, deep pads, with audio voices, a track for that high state of mind, high quality rhythms, pretty enjoyable to the ears. It was released as a whole EP, having Diode two other remix versions, by Clyde and Ose.

The EP has as second track Leap. The track is split in two parts, having the first one accentuated analogue synths, as for the second part more organic drums. The track also has an official video embedded bellow.

Somehow Diode brings me back Little Fluffy Clouds from The Orb, a British classic from the 90s.

The EP has been released by Sine Language Records, Awe Kid’s own label. You can check the website for more info here.

The track has been featured in Synths of Eden, as much as for Little Fluffy Clouds mentioned above:

 

Downtempo: Abalone – Avery

It has been a while since we last posted a downtempo track following this style, but now we’re introducing Avery by Abalone (artistic name for Anders), artist from Denmark that composes “organic electronic music”. The track is part of his 6 tracks EP Beginnings that was recently released the 19th of April. This is downtempo electronic dance music to dream and dance

The EP falls into the same genre of artists such as Smok-Mon featured here before. The whole EP deserves attention, if you are a fan of this approach to electronic music, it starts with Grace, a entirely instrumental track that builds the feeling for what is coming on, while Avery works as a conclusion to what has been provided by Abalone during those more than 20min of music.

New Release: Karakter – Takes Time

After being featured here in the blog with his EP Create Your Karakter and Digital Self, Valencian 21-years old producer Karakter is back with a new release: Takes Time.

Following the superb production of last EP, Karakter keeps with his carefully designed synthesized sounds. Combined with an uplifting rhythm in a lo-fi atmospheric feeling. The chord progressions are highly danceable, a lo-fi track that will make you feel like moving your body watching the sunset of a sunny day, it is possible to say that his signature sound is indeed downtempo but with ore rhythmic Latin touches.

New Downtempo/Trip-Hop: NothingAboutME – BLUEBELL

BLUEBELL was written in response to difficult emotions surrounding the loss of the duo’s close friends to suicide. It also recognises the ongoing battle in people who struggle with trauma and intermittent depression.

BLUEBELL is the debut single from NothingAboutME a fresh new downtempo with a big touch of trip-hop released this Friday in all streaming platforms by Riverfish Records.

NothingAboutME is a duo formed by Joe Dworniak and Sarah Stanton. They make highly emotive lo-fi music, a big match for fans of Portishead, as an example. The duo was formed in 2016, the name was chosen  as an identity for the songwriting duo.

BLUEBELL will be featured in Synths of Eden Spotify playlist.

Artwork by Cornish based artist Ricky Chaplin.

Electronic: OhmField – Rest

After a long day of work, all you need is rest. It is even better when we can find a song called “Rest” that aims to fulfil this purpose. This is the type of Rest where you can let yourself go, even dance, lay down, enjoy the feeling and nothing else matters. A song to embrace mindfulness.

OhmField is a producer from London, that combines a different range of influences, traditional and contemporary elements at the same time. The art cover from Rest represents pretty well how his music sounds, different layers, colours, daring to experiment, while keeping with the basic elements of a pleasant track.

Follow Synths of Eden Spotify (embedded) playlist and listen the best tracks featured here in the blog, next weekly update will include Rest.

Buy digitally via Bandcamp or stream it by Spotify.