Trip Hop: Jake Raywood – Ivy

Structures I is a collection of three tracks that were written and recorded over 6 months. Those 6 months were a period of significant change and Structures I was my response to, and means of dealing with that change.

Some more fresh Hip Hop coming from London, this one is Ivy, by Jake Raywood. According to himself, he “creates introspective, brooding Trip-hop to help better understand myself and the world around me”. It’s the mellow trip hop kind, at certain moments you can even drop some trap style of hihats, if it wasn’t for the more trip hop style of vocals.

You can also find it at Bandcamp.

Ivy has been added to our Spotify playlist Chilling in 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:

 

New Electronic: Altvater – Arcturus

According to Altvater, when Arcturus was produced he was constantly bobbing his head, it’s the darkest sound on Walking Creatures EP. The track is also the newest feature of our Spotify Playlist Synths of Eden.

Altvater is a music producer from Columbia, United States. His main influences are trip-hop and electronica. He recently released a new single called Moonbird, with a more chill sound if compared to Arcturus.

Trip Hop: Hubrist – Cave Jazz

Today we feature a new trip-hop track, Cavejazz, by Hubrist, producer from Berlin. The track is part of the Cavejazz EP, though it has only 3 tracks (technically a single). You can also find the album for download in Bandcamp. It’s a faster tempo trip-hop track that will certainly not disappoint you, which mixes chill electronic music with typical hip-hop beats in a faster tempo. Almost 6 minutes of the best chill out/trip hop vibe, good for listening on a headphone as much as for the dance floor.

Post-Rock/Trip-Hop: JUNODEF – Gold (Alternative Version)

“as women we know the importance of recognising each other’s work. In the music industry you actively have to search for women to cooperate with, or you are most likely to end up with a cis-male dominated team. That is why this project was run entirely by women. The music, script, and screenplay were written by women, and it was directed by, shot and edited by women.”

With this quotation I present you Gold by Swedish band Junodef.

Junodef from Lund, Sweden, makes an unique blend of post-rock, trip-hop, highly influenced by artists such as Chelsea Wolfe, Warpaint and PJ Harvey. They started in the Swedish underground scene and then relocated to London. The fact that they moved to London also impacted their sound, making them experiment even further with electronic music, such as trip-hop.

Their debut album Oceans came out in 2017, since then they’ve been busy with a big range of projects for 2018. Their track ‘Gold’ came out in Sweden with a thrilling music video, Romain Gavras style of violence, but a bit more mellow.

You can stream Junodef by Spotify:

 

New Trip-Hop: Violet Sands & Justin Faust – What Do You Feel

Some hot new trip-hop tracks coming out, after featuring NothingAboutME and their BLUEBELL it’s time to feature Violet Sands & Justin Faust with their new track What Do You Feel. This recalls popular tracks of Massive Attack, such as Teardrop, with their own unique touch.

According to Derek Muro, from Violet Sands, artists from Brooklyn, New York:

“We met Justin while he was in New York visiting from Germany, introduced by Robert Perlick-Molinari (of our label and French Horn Rebellion) who suggested that we collaborate. In an afternoon, we began experimenting with the vintage synth collection at our studio – notably the Wurli, Roland and Oberheim instruments – embracing the early-aughts electronica influence, which came out even more once Deidre wrote the lyrics and added her vocals. After only a few hours, we had the shape of the song nearly complete and decided to meet for another session that week where the song really came together.”

Violet Sands is Deirdre Muro (vocals), Derek Muro (guitar) and David Perlick-Molinari (production).

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.

New Music: Orfeo – Dead Inside

Another downtempo track that just came out from the oven, Dead Inside, yet fresh and worm, directly from Los Angeles, California. Nice vocals, it reminds 90s trip-hop songs, specially those heavy long bass lines, that shares the space with atmospheric vocals, a more ambient style of downtempo.

Orfeo inspires his music on R&B/Soul, somehow it reminds the work of Brazilian producer Semper Volt, featured here earlier. The track has been released today by Nahuālli Records.

Besides being a music producer, Orfeo is also a trained opera singer. The past few years he’s been collaborating with producers such as Robin Hannibal from Quadron/Rhye and Computer Jay.

Trip-Hop: obylx – Ghosts

He can be found deep in the forest, in the basement of a derelict building. Surrounded by flashing lights and strange technologies, he tries to make sense of his world.

Not much is known of the man who dwells within, only that his name is “obylx”.

Trip-Hop is an epic style coming from UK. Bristol producer obylx presents us his track Ghosts, marked by danceable rhythm and that particular dark vocal from trip-hop, all of this summed by an interesting combination of synthesizers that end abruptly after growing until 3:05. This track ends with that feeling that you wished there would be more to come after that, but shorter tracks also have their importance, though I recently wrote about how I love long tracks such as 12 minutes ones.

Well, we don’t much about obylx, but one thing we know for sure, he is a highly skilled producer releasing lots of trip-hop songs this 2018, so if you like the style, keep an eye on him.

New Single: laxcity – Introvert (feat. H/\rvey)

Introvert (feat. H/\rvey) has been recently released 23rd March, through Majestic Casual.

Zambia-born and UK based Joshua Manasseh Mbewe, a.k.a. Laxcity has been ‘making his own kind of music’ as Mama’s and Papa’s would sing, for four years. A producer that is a big fan of Harmor from Image Line and the widespread FL Studio. A powerful virtual synthesizer. Experimenting with several different genres of music, ended up constituting his own singular style.  I’d say that he has a very chill style, that flerts with pop, ambient/lo-fi, trip hop and chillstep.

The You Tube channel Czech Vibes has created a music video for Introvert, embedded here.

However, for those who are Spotify clients (I swear I’m not paid by them, unfortunately, I just like their service), I’d suggest you to check his profile, he is pretty famous there, with some singles to be saved. We will certainly add Introvert to Chilling in Eden this Thursday.