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.

Check our playlist Chilling in Eden for more:

Sunday Morning Deep House: Danya Vodovoz – Nautilus

Nautilus by Danya Vodovoz is a more relaxing kind of deep house, not the extreme dancing one that resembles traditional EDM. Great track for the daylight, in a Sunday morning while you grab a cup of tea or coffee. The track is part of his newest album Motion Machine.

According to him:

“This deep and bass-heavy house track is roughly based on a sampled ambient loop and focuses on minimalistic sound elements and multi-layered structures of orchestral music while reflecting the vibrant and colourful world of deep sea creatures.”

Apart from that, Nautilus also comes with a music video that was made by shooting different water game toys with macro lens under multiple light conditions. I guess not the first music video that practices with this genre, that has an amazing final result.

Danya Vodovoz started his career in 1998, in search of new ideas, different sounds and textures for electronic music. Seeing music as a whole made it impossible for him to elaborate a particular style of music creation. Since 1999, he has been producing for Germany’s well-know sampling company Uebarschall.

Apart from Motion Machine, Danya released an EP Serotonin in 2008 by the Deep House label Night Drive Music. Followed in 2009 by an album called Mantra. Serotonin reached top 10 albums of Beatport.

The track has been featured in our Synths of Eden Spotify playlist:

Techno: Tomcraft – You Don’t Know

Released 8th June, by Baroque Records, You Don’t Know by Munich-based artist Tomcraft is the second feature of our new Spotify Playlist – Synths of Techno.

The single also contains other track, High Fidelity. Tomcraft’s style of techno is full of energy, yet not so dark, there’s a lot of groove on it. Discrete synthesizers at same points, that merge with more intense monophonic bass lines. All of these blended with melodic arpeggios. There are some long bridges that will make you trip after long minutes of kicks and drums.

Listen You Don’t Know in Synths of Techno:

Krautrock: Dadanaut – Panoptikum

Inside the panopticon. Just a hotchpotch of curious minds?

When I read the word “Panoptikum” I immediately recall Michel Foucault and all his theories about power, discipline, surveillance society and prison system. Taking into consideration what I have written in this blog before about my views on social media, such as last March editorial I should say that we live in a world where surveillance is the rule, and everybody is watching each other through the windows of social media, a behaviour that is both imposed by the establishment as much as done irrationally on purpose, exactly like a panopticon. People fed themselves with mind control information, are instigated to act in certain behaviour of likes and share actively. What one day was a monopoly of radios, newspapers, magazines and television, now we have the web as a hub of companies/individuals who are shaping people’s behaviours and taste. Again, partially imposed and partially a rational decision, that in the end is more irrational than ever.

Dadanaut (maybe the cosmonaut of Dadaism) a German composer from Lauffen Am Neckar has released this 14th April his album Kabale, with 9 ambient/drone/experimental tracks, some of them shorter and other ones longer, such as Panoptikum itself. Well, considering everything written above, a track that uses this word in a track is nothing more than appropriate for our contemporary world.

Though the subject explored by Foucault and all the surveillance theories about individuals and communities in the digital age are quite complex and mindblowing, Panoptikum is in fact mostly a calming track, that provides chill ambient feelings for 12 minutes, but providing that big tension of being spied by someone far above you, that is controlling everything you do 24/7, with no space for private or to breath in peace.

You can check more releases from Dadanaut in their Bandcamp page, with track that go back to 2012.


Mega Drive Inspired: Ridley / Ripley – Orbinaut

On the one hand, Orbinaut is a character from Sonic the Hedgehog, a popular video game of the 1990’s. It’s a mini-planet, with a face merely made of two eyes and spiked orbs circling around it like satellites, which the orbinaut can shoot at enemies. On the other hand, it’s the name of Henning Behrendt’s music project, a Hamburg based Producer.

Ridley / Repiley is another track that was produced in Germany, by Orbinaut. As usual, a synthesizer voyage. The intro is long and it makes us have the impression that it will be a long instrumental journey, though if not interrupter by trip-hop style vocals, that sometimes sound like Thom York style, while other a more Massive Attack. Yet, the instrumentals are super from beginning until the end, as the track itself is not long, lasting for 3:24 minutes.

The track is part of the album The Marmalade Mind. Most of the track was composed and performed using a Moog Sub 37, vocals were performed by Josephine Cilia Gand. It is possible to listen the 90s videogame inspiration in tracks like Smool, for instance. The whole album is highly recommended if you enjoy this type of electronic music inspired in 90s videogames, the drum machine has the signature of a Elektron Analog Rytm drumcomputer.

New Downtempo: Tomás Novoa – Danza Gris

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.

According to his Soundcloud profile:

Crafting heavy basslines, organic rythms and emotive soundscapes that will feed your soul.

Disco/Chill-Out: KLANGPLANET – Eternity

After being featured here with his track Hypnotized, KLANGPLANET comes back again with a new single and full-album, this time Eternity. The last single release from his homonymous album. His newest work has been officialy released this 4th April and it’s already entirely in Soundcloud and Spotify.

Eternity follows the same personal style of Munich citizen producer Frieder Mollat. A blend of chill out and nu-disco grooves, a highly danceable track with that special sound design very particular of German producers, carefully selected synthesizer compositions.  Also a track with interesting vocals in different layers, filled with funky rhythms apart from the harmonic sound design mentioned above.

Don’t forget to check our previous article about KLANGPLANET, with a short bio:

New Single: KRANGPLANET – Hypnotized

KLANGPLANET has been featured in our Spotify playlist Synths of Eden with Hypnotized, you can also check his whole Eternity album in Spotify.


Orchestral-Electronic: Henrik Schwarz & Metropole Orkest – You’re A Fireball

You’re a Fireball is the new single from Henrik Schwarz, German electronic music producer who is working with Metropole Orkest, this is an unique experience of listening electronic music performed by an orchestra. This single is part of a forthcoming album, that will be called ‘Scripted Orkestra’ on 7K!. Metropole Orkest.

Originally performed live as the opening concert of ADE 2016 and broadcast by Boiler Room, this new studio recording delves further into Schwarz’s increasingly formidable orchestral talent, showcasing the incomparable thrill of seamlessly blending acoustic performance with computer generated music.

The album is scheduled to be released 25th May, according to Schwarz:

“This track is an anthem to all the people around us who light up our lives by being who they are and how they are…”.

‘Scripted Orkestra’ for sure will stand out due to the fact that electronic music has been translated and converted into a composition for live instruments. Technology came before the performance. What makes the song completely interesting to ears, such as the drums and the typical arrangement for electronic music.

“Some say orchestra music is dying, that orchestras are dying. I believe they are about to be reborn,” says Schwarz. “Computers and technology are taking over our lives; people have been hiding behind their screens, but there’s a yearning for more human interaction. With orchestras, the human element is undeniable. I think there are some very interesting developments happening in modern composition. It’s at the start of something new.”

The album is already available for pre-order on Bandcamp, including in vinyl.

(Nu) Disco: Satin Jackets – Through The Night (feat. David Harks)

“I don’t need your love but it feels so fine,
It’s the way that you’ve been loving me,
Through the night”

Through the Night is the newest collaboration between German producer Satin Jacket (Tim Bernhardt) and Berlin-based British singer David Harks. This new collaborative work is following last summer’s ‘Northern Lights’. A mild late night track, proper for dance clubs, lounge atmosphere of dance and drinks. As mentioned above, this is (nu) disco, with warm synthesizer, aided by funky rhythms, but at the same time highly atmospheric, the voice of David Harks summed by Satin Jacket’s production will lead you to your inner dance floors, where you can dance with closed eyes, no matter where you are. The track has been released 16th March, by Eskimo Recordings.

“Working with David has been great! After the amazing success of ‘Northern Lights’ we were bound to do a follow-up. The two of us are quite different in terms of working styles so I feel this is a perfect case of how opposites can attract.” – TIM BERNHARDT (SATIN JACKETS)

“It’s about being loved by someone and how it feels to be loved. Moreover it’s about how we can survive without that love or shape it and use it to suit our needs, “I don’t need your love but it feels so fine”. I wanted to create a song that explored these feelings but that you can also drop hot’n’heavy on the dance floor and Tim came in with his thick warm production and just took it to that next level.” – DAVID HARKS

You can check all the releases from Eskimo Recordings in their Soundcloud page. Also, Satin Jackets has been highly popular in Spotify (embedded) far-reaching millions of streamings in the past months.