How fleeting and elusive to feel fulfilled in such a strange world. When you search for it in another person and look at what you find, it never feels like what you expected, so you search for something new. You look inside, you think you find it, but when you come back out, it just fades into the noise around you.
Listening to Drinker, the first think that comes in my mind thinking about all the material covered by the blog is British producer Yuki Ame. Though Drinker is an project created in USA, its style reminds British post-bubstep or UK Bass, such as Mount Kimbie, also featured here before with their 2010 album Crooks and Lovers.
Drinker is a project of singer/songwriter Aaron Mendelsohn and producer/composer Ariel Loh. Fragment II is the second single from their upcoming debut LP “Fragments”.
Are you familiarized with the concept of the Schrodinger Cat? It is nothing more than quantum mechanics in which a cat is put insight a box with a glass of poison and then the box is closed. Is the cat alive or dead? None, he is an alive-dead cat. “What does this have to do with music?” you might ask. Well, the answer is Nömak.
Nicolas is a French musician that has been putting out his tracks for almost 10 years, and frankly, nothing sounds the same. The track entitled Schrodinger Cat from the Weight Loss Program EP will serve as a sample of it. The short speech that shows up after the introduction this of this mostly electronic track make sure to emphasise the idea behind the EP:
“[…] by loading up on healthy foods like low glycemic vegetables and large portions of protein you can help curb your cravings and give your body a healthy start to the year.”
The track itself is divided in two parts which aim to describe life and death (after the theory), the first half is cheerful and if you close your eyes you may even see colours dancing under your eyelids. However, everything dies after the speech, as a poisonous consequence, and the track follows this rule, being alive and dead at the same time amidst its apex, followed by a time of silence during more than one minute, then becoming death in the second part, finishing as a downtempo second half, with string-style synths, keys and long pads, full of bass drums.
Poliça means Police in Polish. Originally an Indie Rock formed in 2011 in Minneapolis (USA), blending electronic music and R&B. One of their main characteristics are synth-made basslines that make us feel beats in our chest, Very Cruel brings an almost magic energy. No wonder that is part of the soundtrack of The Magicians, a SciFi TV series based on the homonymous books by Lev Grossman.
The choice of Very Cruel for the soundtrack was more than correct, mainly by the standard of sound established by the band that sings it. Another track we can bring to light is Wandering Star from their previous album, Give You to The Ghost (2012). This one goes beyond their average tunes and is summed by visual effects in a video clip.
This one speaks of a lady artist who sees her paintings coming to life, while she turns into art herself. Both in The Magicians’ world, as well as in the Wandering Star clip, we can find magic as a no easy-to-handle element. All the questions involving political systems, divine limitations make the magic much more palpable. This is how the music of POLIÇA makes you feel as if magic itself was something easy to play with.
Another track worth commenting for the same reasons mentioned above is Lay Your Cards Out (2012). We can find evidence of transcendental enjoy in this song, so uniquely, that it becomes the setting of a dystopic universe where magic really exists! It is in this artistic environment that POLIÇA finds inspiration and attracts their audience with songs that touch deeply the feelings.
Lay Your Cards Out is the newest feature of our Synths of Eden playlist:
If you’re looking for highly original electronic music, Performance Mode by Purcha$e is definitely the kind of track you’re looking for.
Purely melodic, while keeping the aggressive synth lines, arpeggios and drums mixed with basslines. Many different layers of music offered in two different cuts, extended and original mix.
The track is pure electronic music, it brigs us to an old techno atmosphere, while keeping to a more contemporary style of electro.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Purcha$e. Including the artwork.
Brandon K. (Purchase), from Iowa CIty, USA, has been producing music since he was 18. According to him, creating music is an expression of narrative and colour, which are the subjects who leads his productions. The song Performance Mode was inspired in the joy of listening EDM when he was a kid, when he would find CDs labelled “Techno”, or “Progressive Trance”, amongst others. In each of those discs, there would be a track that would really stand out. He occasionally would dive into those specific artists he liked and searched for more. In a nutshell, he would define it as “an experience of finding something new, vital and little off.”
The track is also the newest feature of Synths of Eden, Spotify playlist:
Recently, Wiki Chaves, artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina, released his Andante EP, with tracks such as Tribal. It mixes string instruments, such as classic guitars with electronic music, with that Latin feeling in the rhythm and the in the riffs. It indeed reminds me some artists from back home in São Paulo, such as Sonido Tropico, that share the same recipe to make great music. Though Andante itself has a more chill and organic vibe.
Wiki started his career playing guitar as an adolescent in Buenos Aires, his first EP was with a groups of close friends in a garage, a rock band called Olaguer, that launched an EP. According to Wiki, the main inspiration was Argentinian bands such as the legendary Soda Stereo.
Since 2011 he’s been based in California, where he started to experiment with electronic music. In 2017 he launched an album called Camino. In his own words:
“An instrumental album inspired by the spirit of a road trip. The album is a blend of different sounds and styles from traditional Argentine folklore, Andean music, electronic and California surf music”.
Tribal has been featured in Synths of Eden Spotify playlist:
Bumblebee Bad Boy by Zap Holmes is an uplifting hip-hop style track that: “is about not being so bad even if you try.” Well, sometimes what actually happens is the opposite, you try not to be so bad, but end up being really bad, in the most optimistic scenario. Zap Holmes is here to prove us that you can, sometimes, try to be bad at something and end up not being that much. If he tried to make a bad track with Bumblebee Bad Boy, for sure this was a failed mission, as this is a great electronic/future beats work.
Zap Holmes has been releasing tracks since 2014 and Bumblebee Bad Boy is this Gothenburg’s producer most streamed track so far.
This track has been featured in our Chilling in Eden Spotify playlist to provide it with its cheerful feelings:
“Turnmills was where we first experienced electronic music in a club setting. It’s a totally different and transformative listening experience and that communal spirit, atmosphere and feeling has inspired the way we’ve made music,” says Liam. “Clubs are such important hubs for music discovery, especially of songs that you might have overlooked in a different setting. Partly through the feeling in the room and also through the memories attached to the records you hear.”
British duo Maribou State has recently released two tracks Feel Good (feat. Khruangbin) – as embedded – and a month ago Turnmills. These are their first releases since their breakthrough album from 2015 Portraits. The duo is formed by Liam Ivory and Chris Davids. Besides being great with their studio work, they are taking their new live show to an European tour, including Sónar 2018. The two tracks combine the best of downtempo electronic music, groove and pretty vocals.
Both mix electronic music production with some organic instruments and amazing vocals. Turnmills has an electric guitar, hypnotizing arpeggiated bass lines while being followed by soft vocals with some chorus at certain points. The track is dedicated to the legendary London nightclub of the same name that closed in 2008, which deserves our respect even more.
As for Feel Good, the track starts with an addictive guitar riff, followed by synths and vocals totally suitable for dancing. Maribou State’s two newest releases have been featured in our playlist Synths of Eden:
They can kill a rose or two
Spring will come
The track was released last week by Capiroto Records. It is the last track composed by LPascolatti in his former Spiderhuis Studio in Rotterdam. The track mixes music composition in F#Minor together with lyrics inspired in the current misfortunes of global economic crisis and contemporary representative democracies, specially in his home-country Brazil.
The idea was to mix digital, organic and analogue synthesizers in a short-track that would express all the desolate feelings of “an insane world” we’ve been living in.
Art by Olga Sergeeva.
LPascolatti is an artist from São Paulo, Brazil, based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Besides producing his own music, managing and releasing it by Capiroto Records, he is also editor of this blog Synths of Eden.
LPascolatti’s first album Born to Die has been re-delivered to digital streaming platforms after one year of its official release in May 2017, you can stream it once again in Spotify.
After being featured here in the blog with his EP Create Your Karakter and Digital Self, Valencian 21-years old producer Karakteris 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.
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.
OhmFieldis 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.