tennyson . for you

- - ambient, dream, glitch, jazzy, remix

It was love at first site… totally entranced by Tennyson, the brother-sister duo of Canadian teenagers Luke Pretty and Tess Pretty. Check their glitched-up, jazzed-out re-work of (wait for it) Angus and Julia Stone’s track ‘For You’.

Have a flick through their Soundcloud page, and you’ll soon see why these guys have fast become one of my favourite acts of 2014!

For fans of: Teebs, Japanese Wallpaper, Andras Fox

jaakko eino kalevi . pass the cat

Part-time Finnish tram driver and purveyor of some of the strangest, technicoloured dream-pop you’ll ever hear, Jaako Eino Kalevi‘s music has my ears jumping with joy!

Taken from his Yin Yang Theatre EP, set for release on July 8 via (legendary broadcaster and DJ) Tim Sweeney’s Beats In Space imprint, ‘Pass the Cat’ is four minutes of weirdo brilliance. The question is, what the hell is ‘passing the cat’ anyways?

For fans ofAriel Pink, Allbrook/Avery, Panda Bear

christoph el’ truento . stacking blocks made of real life happenings

One of my favourite albums from 2013 came from an obscure and relatively unknown New Zealand artist named Christoph El’ Truento.

That album, ‘a series of oopsie daisies and various other flora‘, saw the artist exploring some hugely interesting sounds, dabbling in Madlib-esque hip-hop beats, experimental textures, all kinds of mesmerising synth work and some awesome vocals here and there. Equal parts jazz, hip-hop, experimental and blissful ambience, it’s an album you must check out.

This time round on ‘stacking blocks made of real life happenings‘, El Truento dives deeper into experimental and ambient terrains. Often bringing some of Brian Eno‘s best ambient works to mind, the EP shies away from the rare glimpses of accessibility found on ‘a series of oopsie daisies…‘ and gravitates comfortably towards an unfamiliar, murkier place.

That said, and as wonderfully ‘weird’ as the EP may get at times, El Truento’s compositions are as self-assured, interesting and original as ever. A fantastic listen from front to back.

For fans ofYosi Horikawa, A.r.t. WilsonAl Dobson Jr. & Creole +  

 

lower spectrum . khlever

- - dance, dream, electronic, house

Almost a year ago, back in August 2013, I shared with you the brilliant debut album of a little-known Melbourne producer, Ned Beckley, who records under the moniker Lower Spectrum.

That album ‘Little Appeal’ is still just as good as it was then, so be sure it check it out of you haven’t already (it’s a free download too!).

Since releasing ‘Little Appeal’, Beckley has relocated to Freemantle W.A. and begun work on a new EP titled Traces, which is due for release later this year. Earlier in the week the first taste of that EP was made available for our listening pleasure, and my word it’s stunning. (Hint: wear headphones).

For fans ofNicolas Jaar, DJ Koze, Four Tet