Julien Dyne - Pins & Digits. Very nice laid-back grooves with that lovely modern synth hard twist by the musician from New Zealand. A pleasant surprise were two completely different from this concept tracks - Spirits and Incredulous, both heavily inspired by and, not surprisingly, being jazz compositions. Spirits is more percussion based, while Incredulous is a very nice bossa nova type track with the bongos, cowbells and flutes and horns in addition to the more usual instruments. Be sure to listen to the latter composition above and enjoy the live session of one of my favourite cuts from the album - Falling Down - below.
Datahowler’s album proved to be very enjoyable to listen to. Mood swings and the diversity in his approach (ranging from electro-pop influences to some glitch-sounding themes) definitely kept me excited for a while. Kick back and enjoy the track above and be sure to check out the video on Datahowler’s production process.
The above track is the only one I actually enjoyed while listening to this EP. I really liked the instrumentals with all those little bits & pieces in each of them, but the imaginary lyrics/vocals were a little disturbing for me. Nonetheless, give the song a go and enjoy some reggae accent over a nice track.
After listening to Bag Raiders’ self titled album I’ll probably start calling Australia something like the continent of ‘electro/synth pop goodness’. Alongside the uplifting and sunny vocal tunes they have also included a couple of intrumentals, the wicked early 90s sounding house/rave banger Snake Charmer being the highlight of them all. Give it a listen above and trust me, it get’s very nice.
P.S. Also peep the video below. I’ve posted it a while ago, nonetheless it gives the idea of the album and will surely make you dancing somewhere close to the middle. Enjoy.
Deb Oh - Knots. Liked this track from the New York singer and writer. Her debut EP was released in January but as I know (I might be wrong as well) it has reached little feedback, so don’t hesitate to leave some positive comment to this girl. Here’s a live version of this track and there’s more on her myspace.
Last,but not least - Pavel Dovgal’s Cassiopeia. Moscow-Cassiopeia is a 1973 Soviet Sci-Fi movie.
From the depths of the universe and the Earth could hear the radio signals of intelligent beings from the planet of the star systems Shedar (Alpha Cassiopeia constellation). The project, proposed by the young inventor Vitya Sereda, should allow the spaceship to reach the planet Earth - but the flight will last for decades, so the crew of the spaceship “Dawn ” (Starship relativistic nuclear annihilation), recruited from students.
All carefully thought out, but the secret to get to the spaceship mischief and Fibber Fyodor Lobanov unwittingly arranges so that the ship exceeds the speed of light, is the target for 27 years ahead of schedule.
This album, as far as I can judge, is what the producer imagines Cassiopeia to be - futuresque and mysterious, probably being closely related to the Buddhist culture in some way or another. This is a great release, just close your eyes and imagine travelling throughout distant galaxys far beyond. The track above is probably the only laid back and relaxing cut from the album and peep the video of the most spaced out composition below.
Another Ritmo Sportivo release, but this time from 2010, I-Tone’s Good Day. Mellow instrumentals, some of which are based on a few well-known samples, which will bring back warm summer memories. Grab it via Ritmo Sportivo.
P.S. I-Tone is set to release his 3rd record. Peep the promo video below.
A couple of more goodies from Russia to go for today. This time - a release from Ritmo Sportivo’s Oh!Dee entitled Beat Director. It’s Oh!Dee’s second beat tape and I should say that it takes quite a turn from the direction of the first one. Nonetheless, the beats are great and you should definitely check it out. A free download and a little description are available from Ritmo Sportivo.
Salva - Complex Housing. Paul Salva is an SF based producer and head of the Frite Nite label from LA. This album is a West Coast electro-funk. I don’t know if I need to say something about it. If you like the uploaded track, get this thing because it’s made in that same style.
Makai - Colors. This album right here is a mix of house and jazz from a japanese DJ Makai. There’s only 8 tracks on it but each is very soulful and I barely can stand still while listening to this. This thing is graet for a party where nobody likes Lady-you-know-who, but enjoys happy pop tunes with no psychodelic elements which I think is common for modern house. Also, we will provide direct download links from now on for the albums we think deserve do be heard.
Swiss watches are the best, Swiss chocolate is tasty, Swiss beats are good and fat - just how we like them. Although I think there are too much of them on the album, but that is surely aimed to the different tastes of the listeners, so have a listen by yourself in the player below and sort out which you prefer best. The above piece is one of my favourites from the album.