That’s it! We’re back, with lots of exciting music to share.
First of them is Restart by Odd XX, solo project of Berlin-based composer and producer, Turi Agostino from Australia. A track that has been interpreted as a dance, on a music video created by Choreographer Edith Buttingsrud Pedersen and Theatre Director Jahman Davine. It talks about a broken love, letting go of what once was and starting over. Agostino seeks to channel through Odd, the various musical frequencies that oscillate between dark and industrial: tender and melodic, which is true for Restart. Vocals have been performed by Star Kendrick from the band Geowulf.
You can check more of what we curated in our playlist Synths of Eden:
Well, today I got a new bike, at first, not the best ride, though it is a pretty nice bike, I’m still not used with those pedal brakes typical of some Dutch bikes. It was hard ride back home through the streets of Amsterdam. A good day to write about music and bike. Queen had a famous hit called Bicycle Race, that is eternal in the history of popular music. Besides the hype of new music Friday, a new week is also a good week to release a new album that has been developed for a long time.
In April we covered Shook and his track Wind on the Water, marked by great keys and a sensitive chill feeling, therefore featured in Chilling in Eden. By that time I wrote:
“This song is chill and bucolic just like watching the waves caused by the harsh wind on the water, almost zen. As if in an imaginary microuniverse you could surf in the huge waves of an otherwise calm river or lake, as if in that micromoment of mindfulness, the universe is bigger than what your mind can grasp and that single moment is deeper and bigger than a simple Wind On The Water.”
This time Dutch artist Jasper, known as Shook, released an album that shows his talent is not limited to that track, having great works such as Deep Dive and other more romantic tracks like Love Trip and I Will Be There, released recently as a single and video. The track Bicycle Ride reminds me all those soundtracks for the Pokemon Game Boy when you’re riding bikes (lovely chiptune).
Watching this small video about how Shook recorded Bicycle Ride you will see that his studio is quite impressive, with dozens of different new synthesizers that he explores in his recording process.
Besides streaming it in Spotify, you can also purchase it digitally and physically in Bandcamp.
The track Bicycle Ride is our newest feature of Chilling in Eden:
Yuki Ame,’s album Anamnesis released by UK label Panel Records is one of the greatest materials covered here in Synths of Eden, you can read our review about it in the link above. Now, the track Mykonos comes out as a music video plus being an ARP.Edit. The video was created in collaboration with video artist Georgina Brinkman (ZOOX Collective, London).
“You are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and your fellowship sacrifices and on your joyous occasions, your appointed festivals, and the beginning of each of your months. They will serve as a reminder for you before your God: I am the LORD your God.”
For a blog called Synths of Eden, the use of religious references for satirical purposes isn’t anything new. Little Saint, producer from UK, will officially release Y0UR G0D on digital streaming platforms this 31th May by Halogram Records. This is a 10 minutes track with use of audio samples, rhythms and synthesizers, in a dark atmosphere, old school dubstep style, a bit like Skream! (2006).
Artwork was made by English Artist Dr. Fuckjoy. The track will be released in Little saint’s album 1010. There are 10 different alternate versions for this track, which will be all released.
Already featured in our Synthwave Spotify Playlist before, with a track called Shinobi, that initially annoyed me, as I’m a big fan of the original Shinobi soundtrack from Yuzo Koshiro. But after listening to it quite a few times I released it was not a just another synthwave track, but it had a special brilliancy in itself, with those Japanese strings amidst organic synthesizers in the best style.
Now Radikal Rat from Stockholm, Sweden, come back with a new track: Get Horizontal. Represented by an interesting art cover as well. That plays with geometry, colours and the reflective humanoids from different sex walking on opposite stairs, an impressive and sensitive piece, as much as the track itself. This track is sensitive enough that brings me back to mind some tracks of Pomegranates by Nicolas Jaar. This shows how much Radikal Rat has been growing as a music producer, getting into a more lo-fi and complex style of music, with a deeper touch, while remaining with that characteristic 80s style.
According to them: “The track is inspired by 80s fusion artists such as Yellow Jackets”. And “Radikal Rat will put out new music every month of 2018 together with visuals in different formats”. So let’s keep an eye out for Radikal Rat. To celebrate this new release the Spotify Playlist Synthwave in Eden has been updated with Get Horizontal in the top today:
If you start to feel a vibe like Stranger Things meets funk… You are probably listening to Left & Right the new Bluestaeb’s instrumental single from the album called Everything is Always a Process. Bluestaeb lives and works in Berlin and Paris and he’s in his third solo album with the collaboration of artists such as Noah Slee, Harleighblu, and Melodiesinfonie. If you have been to Splash! or Melt festival, you have probably heard of him.
When it comes to the new generation of Hip-Hop beatmakers in Europe, you can certainly count on Bluestaeb for your playlist. He flees from the conventional, putting together the best of the old school aesthetics, a pinch of the new school and a very organic instrumentation.
“This song is a result of moving from Berlin to Paris. I was in a new environment, felt more free, and had to switch it up from all those 91bpm Hip-Hop beats.” – He said about the making of this song. – “I remember him [pianist and producer Jonathan Aréna] just playing around with the bass line for several minutes, when all of the sudden he came up with that loop you can hear in the final song.”
Speaking of playlists you can easily find a lot of Bluestaeb’s work on SoundCloud, YouTube, Spotify, so you won’t miss a beat!
Also, if you are looking for more of songs like Left & Right, you should just follow our playlist Chilling in Eden and have a blast!
“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.
Freshly posted by Jam in The Van from Los Angeles California, in YouTube. 6 days ago. Foi Mal, by Boogarins, from their newest album Lá Vem a Morte, with the band formation adopting a Moog synth instead of their usual organic bass from earlier works. I’m sure they had plenty of Lagunitas in the meantime.