for fans of: FISHING, lorn, tokimonsta
for fans of: FISHING, lorn, tokimonsta
his debut EP ‘filtered juice‘ blew us away last year, and within just a few months, sydney artist hubert clarke jr. is back with the title track from his second EP ‘heart/mind’. a blissful 6 minutes that kicks forward with some fantastic interplay between a handful of tastefully picked vocal samples, this is tune you’ll wanna hear again and again. the heart/mind EP is set for release in march this year, i’ll let you know when it drops.
for fans of four tet, floating points, daphni
it’s rare that i stray from the usual flow of electronica that comprises much of the dirt bowl; but today is just one of those days where i’m going to have to. earlier this week, my good friend ali introduced me to a brilliant artist from newfoundland, named fog lake.
under the moniker fog lake, aaron powell makes beautifully dull-coloured music, with a backbone of nostalgic melancholy. his music doesn’t quite burrow to the same lonely depths that say, elliott smith‘s music does, but it does share that same sublime sense of emotional transparency, giving the music a magical feeling of openness and honesty.
gently played acoustic and electric guitars mesh sympathetically with powell’s tender vocals, often backed by the mumbles of droney piano chords, as on ‘little black balloon’. production-wise, virgo indigo is stripped-back and unadorned, and while just a few instruments feature across the twelve tracks, they all compliment one-another with warmth and are mixed together to form what i can only describe as a tranquil, cloud of music… floating through the 2, 3, 4 minutes of each track.
grab ‘virgo indigo’ as a pay what you like download via fog lake‘s bandcamp.
for fans of elliott smith, devendra banhart, nick drake
stonesthrow artist homeboy sandman has teamed up with pscyhed-out UK producer paul white on a new record called ‘white sands’. the first tune from the release, ‘wade in the water’, is a quirky, brilliant gem.
paul white‘s been releasing his own music through one-handed music, the same label that’s brought you music from mo kolours and bullion. he’s also produced a bunch of tracks for danny brown.
for fans of mo kolours, DOOM, madlib
for fans of darkside, bonobo, oliver tank
caribou is the one-man-band project of canadian musician dan snaith. in the decade from 2000 to 2010, snaith released 5 albums, most of which were more-a-less mindblowing — combining psychedelic and pop influences into expansive bedroom recordings that sounded larger and richer than anyone’s ever been able to make a bedroom sound! (tame impala‘s kevin parker — also a one-man-band/bedroom producer visionary — is probably snaith’s closest contemporary!).
caribou‘s 2007 release andorra has got to be up there as one of the great albums of the last decade. i’d even go as far as saying that the album’s opening track ‘melody day’ is one of snaith’s finest musical moments. only recently i discovered this exceptional reworking of the tune by four tet. the original version of ‘melody day‘ is a densely produced rock epic, with pressing drum beats, eerie flutes, unsettling guitar stabs and some incredibly melodic vocals.
in four tet‘s reworking, all of the dense instrumentation and production are stripped away, leaving nothing behind except the song’s binding ingredient — the lead vocal. four tet brings the vocal front and centre, layering voice upon voice to create a dense focal point which is totally compelling and moving. the melody and lyrical narrative are so strong that not much else is needed. a gentle acoustic guitar arrangement underpins the vocals, and some minimalist percussion and atmospheric noises drive the song towards its end point to full affect. not your traditional ‘remix’, but as far as remixes do go, they don’t get much more tasteful and on-point than this.
usually things quieten down at this time of year in the music world, but british r&b up-and-comer tev’n has just dropped his debut EP — and trust me, it’s gonna blow your mind!
there’s so much r&b doing the rounds at the moment, but this EP definitely sets itself apart from the crowd. tev’n‘s vocals are pretty straightforward, but what really stands out for me on this release is the top notch production. take a close listen to everything that’s happening behind the vocals: the beats are unpredictable and filled with intricate detail, and there are so many fascinating sounds popping up hear and there — it really takes the EP to the next level and seals it as one of my favourite r&b releases this year.
for fans of collarbones, death grips, flying lotus