nicola cruz . jocotoco antpitta

- - ambient, beats, electronic, relax

The excellent Rhythm & Roots blog/imprint recently challenged some of South America’s brightest up-and-coming producers to make an original piece of music inspired by, and featuring, the bird song of an endangered bird species from their country.

This forms the basis of the compilation A Guide to the Birdsong of South America; and the results are quite amazing. Listening to the record, it’s fascinating hearing each artist’s unique approach to the task: how they’ve chopped, warped, reshaped and worked the bird calls into their compositions. Here’s a taste from Ecuadorian artist, Nicola Cruz: 

You can stream the rest of the compilation at soundcloud/bandcamp, or if you want to be a proper Top Bloke, purchase a copy of the vinyl here.


hypothetical . #1

- - electronic

Hypothetical a.k.a, Kirill Solodskih is an electronic musician from Moscow, Russia. 

That’s as much as I know about this artist, other than that he’s the man responsible for this tasty little glitchy electronic earworm.

For fans of: Jamie XX, Future Classic, SBTRKT 

HNNY . Solsidan

- - dream, house, relax

Sweden’s HNNY (pron. honey) is always on the money. Percussive, a little bit funky and mildly tropical, ‘Solsidan’ is a seriously smooth operator. Lay back.

(If you’re new to HNNY, be sure to check out his über edit of Steve Reich’s ‘Nagoya Marimba‘… it’s something special).

For fans ofBodhi, Max Graef, Motor City Drum Ensemble

satori . bad looking trouble ft. horrevorts

- - alternative, electronic, glitch

Dutch producer Satori earlier this month released his debut album on Underyourskin Records.

Dark and ominous, ‘Bad Looking Trouble’ has got to be one of the most gripping cuts from the record. Vocalist Horrevorts really makes this one hum – keep an ear out.

For fans ofNicolas Jaar, Dro Carey, John Talabot