Posts Tagged ‘ambient electronic’

March 8, 2018

I just mentioned earlier tonight when I shared new Years & Years that this strange thing always happens to me when I start to constantly wonder what a certain artist or band has been up to after a prolonged silence. Within days or a week, new music surfaces! Well, the very same just happened with English producer and musician Jon Hopkins, too. I was musing over the exceptional composer’s absence this past week, and now he’s announced his first album in five long years as well as shared its lead single via a fantastical animated video. While some of my favorite Jon Hopkin tracks of yore have been very orchestral, atmospheric, and cinematic, it’s obvious the producer has opted for a different timbre on Emerald Rush, one no less scintillating and affecting but more heavily driven by pulsing beats and urgent rhythms. New album Singularity, whose brilliant name leaves me wondering about the profound themes Jon Hopkins might be weaving into his new music, arrives May 4th on Domino. Stream/purchase the full length version of Emerald Rush, here. Pre-order Singularity digitally, here.

March 8, 2018

I think it’s safe to fathom that the majority of you have already been enjoying this gargantuan sized collaboration since it dropped on Monday. Even if so, it’s only proper we take a moment to marvel at long awaited My Life. ZHU has been teasing the track for quite some time now, and it’s been well worth the anticipation. The San Francisco native and much beloved producer has linked up with Australian psych rock legends Tame Impala on an ambient spiraling masterpiece, which features hypnotic synth arpeggios and booming house beats. Their visualizer for My Life is also deeply transfixing with a sleek Porsche traveling down a warped desert road. We’d love to live our life riding in an expensive sports car to the tune of this crisp pulsing, brassy warbling jam. ZHU will be hitting the road again this fall, check out his tour dates, here.

March 2, 2018

San Francisco Bonobo fans (and there are so many of us here) are stoked they get to catch the esteemed and celebrated British producer throw down a DJ set this Saturday at The Midway. I’m guessing it’s more than likely that Simon Green will drop on his transcendental new collaboration with fellow Brit, George FitzGerald. When he does, the crowd is going to collectively melt to Outgrown’s beautifully spiraling, halcyon spinning ambient electronica, so gently saturated with soft garage beats. Outgrown is an emotionally stirring, delicately embroidered new taste from George FitzGerald’s highly anticipated full length, All That Must Be, out on March 9th. Pre-order the album, here.

March 2, 2018
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It’s been a very long time coming, but Jeremy Malvin, better known as sonic maestro Chrome Sparks, has announced his debut full length album. I still remember when Chrome Sparks was a duo, so many years ago, but Jeremy Malvin has lead the charge as a solo producer on the Brooklyn project for quite some time now. Let’s turn down with Chrome Sparks new single, Still Think, a ambient electronica, chill hip hop, and jazzy succulent amalgam that leaves us in a blissful trance. Saccharine melodies, opalescent synths, and agile beats take us on a dreamy pining escapade across verdant soundscapes and through shadowy nooks. Chrome Sparks’ eponymous debut album will be out on Counter Records come April 13th. Chrome Sparks will also be kicking off a tour later this month that will take him across the states through end of April. He’ll be stopping at the Great American Music Hall here in San Francisco on April 11th. Stream/download Still Think, here.

January 26, 2018

British producer George FitzGerald gifted us this week with the announcement of a sophomore EP named All That Must Be, to be released March 9th. Accompanying the news is a beautifully melancholic, synth rolling single named Roll Back, featuring Lil Silva on smoothly gliding vocals. Mesmeric and cathartic Roll Back comes by way of a subtly crafted music video. George FitzGerald’s next album also features collaborations with artists like Bonobo, Hudson Scott, and Tracey Thorn. George FitzGerald will be touring in support of his new album this spring, with a stop at the Independent in San Francisco on May 9th. Pre-order new album All That Must Be, here

January 16, 2018

There’s no denying how deeply Haux’s music connects with our hearts, nor any refuting of how hauntingly beautiful the elusive artist’s folktronica and ambient electronica can be. Woodson Black, who had a pivotal 2017 with the release of his magnificent debut EP All We’ve Known, seems to know the hidden chambers of our hearts on Heartbeats, his new song and video from a forthcoming sophomore EP. Though an icy chilling, atmospheric hovering track, Heartbeats is as emotively poignant and ghostly stirring as ever. It leaves me with chills rippling through my body, and goosebumps rising on my skin. The Berkshires based artist’s striking new ballad is a tender humming sigh and a soft trembling murmur, drawn gently across our ears, repossessing our souls with a lonesome sadness. The video that accompanies this introspective journey was filmed in the Cape Cod seaside town of Truro, Massachusetts, and it features Sam Laiz and model Chloe Nørgaard. The clip previews a forthcoming companion film, giving us a glimpse of the characters and a narrative which tracks a young carpenter whose life takes an unexpected turn when he falls for a girl with pink hair and a dour secret. At the end of a whirlwind three days romance, the young man is left with a difficult choice that explores the depths of love, loss, and  atonement. Haux’s sophomore EP and companion short film Something To Remember arrives March 30th. Pre-order, here.

January 11, 2018
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Aside from announcing his long awaited debut album, Bristol based artist Henry Green has also liquefied every cell of our body with his supple and sensual electronica on Another Light, his latest single. Rhye like sensuality and Maribou State like fluid beats abound on this velutinous progression of creamy vocals, cascading synths, and rhythmic trip hop styled percussion. Despite its laid back demeanor, Another Light is a vivid and seductive composition. Speaking about the track, Green said “I had a really vivid image/moment in mind when I wrote "Another Light”. I was sat on a silent beach in the early hours of the morning, slightly hazy from the lack of sleep and I wanted to write about the whirlwind of colours and textures, both in the landscape but also in my mind at that moment. So much change had happened in such a short amount of time and I was just reflecting on it all.“ Debut album Shift arrives March 30th on Akira Records. Henry Green will tour later this year with a headline London show already announced for Corsica Studios on May 3rd. More live dates will be announced soon. I’m hoping he’ll make his way out to the U.S. sometime soon, too.

December 21, 2017
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I had to pick my jaw off the floor when I encountered a brand new track from Chicago’s Autograf earlier today. I know they’re versatile chameleons in the electronic arena, but I never expected they’d offer up a cover of Nirvana’s classic hit, Smells Like Teen Spirit. Queen Sessi lays down celestial vocals on the expansive electronic re-imagining of the grunge rock song. This is a Smells Like Teen Spirit I could have never fathomed, a beautifully profound, meditative sprawling ambient electronic and organic house take on the legendary track. Smells Like Teen Spirit seems to be Autograf’s final gift to us in 2017, and they’ve made it a sweet free download, here.

November 9, 2017
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Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer FRASE has captured both ears and heart with his fine single The Weight, our first introduction to the Canadian talent who’s been a mainstay back at home for several years now. The Weight also features Mumbai producer SICKFLIP as a guest. It’s a smooth soulful yet percussive shuffling beauty, brimming with lush choppy layers of chimes, synths, and bass. For a song named The Weight, it’s quite the weightless cross between electro pop and ambient future beats, kind of like TOKiMONSTA’s heady soundscapes paired with Odesza’s ethereal, drum florid compositions. There’s even a touch of Tycho ambiance in its mellow guitar plucks. You can purchase The Weight from iTunes, here.

November 2, 2017
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Monumental Men is a new super-group of sorts from Switzerland. The trio involves members of both Round Table Knights and alt-folk band Patrick Bishop. You could say their debut offering is truly “monumental” as it’s a grand exultant, cinematic brooding electronic and ambient pop opus. Navigate guides us on an epic and intense journey, one bursting with determination in the face of trepidation and human vulnerability through hardship. It’s a song worthy of the big screen of a movie theater, during a film’s most darkly gripping moments, when you’re rooting for the protagonist in a strenuous battle, whether emotional or physical. Solemn and melancholic, starkly riveting and austerely exultant Navigate is a stupendous introduction to this electronic outfit, plus it reminds me of both Woodkid and Phoria, two projects we much adore. Monumental Men says of their debut: “Navigate is our call to arms, our opening scene, our first wave – timid and proud at the same time. With Navigate, we leave the familiar behind and step into a sensational vastness. Keep exploring with us.” Navigate is available from Bandcamp, here.