HxdB is a Canadian producer making waves. This release is a bit more upbeat than most but still has those sullen sexy r&b samples I love. There’s a bit of bass and swing to all the tracks but the two originals shine. One thing I really enjoyed about this release is how all the remixes are tastefully similar but have their own vibe to them. Personally I would have loved to hear something a bit more slowed down but overall this small EP is quite satisfying. If you enjoy this I highly recommend checking out the track he did with Sleepyhead. It’s not every day that I hear something with such a house-y beat catches my ear but I can get behind this.
Shigeto is one of the most inspiring artist out there for me. His beats, rythms, and open sound leaves me in awe in a consistant basis. I’ve been anticipating Lineage for so long now and it’s finally here.
There’s a certain vibe that I’ve been feeding off of in music lately and it’s that music that you can just lose yourself in. It’s very atmospheric and mature. If I had to describe this whole album in one word I’d use classy. This album is for people who enjoy to listen to music as they wonder a city with headphones on or simply at home sipping on some wine over dinner.
It is worth mentioning that Shigeto is one of the best live shows I’ve seen. The man has mastered the art of playing drums and lauching clips and loops via his APC40 while rocking out. There is something about seeing someone play drums along with controlling the other aspects of the music. I highly recommend going out and seeing him live if you ever get the chance.
Overall the vibe and energy of this release is hauntingly beautiful. Ghostly, is putting out some of the best music right now. If there was any label I had to recommend or mention it’s them today.
Subterrestrial takes us through the Americas in two 38 minute tracks. Variously drone, ambient, and world, the tracks feature many ambient nature sounds: water, fire, birdsongs, etc.
The first track, Pre-Columbian Exposition I, begins with the sounds of the shore of a tranquil lake and evolves quickly into ambient drone. This section of the track is accompanied by Native American flute song, transforming what could be thought by some as an annoying or boring drone into an ethereal experience, conjuring up images of what Native American life was like before the arrival of the first settlers from the European nations. This more uplifting section evolves into a more somber drone in the second half of the track, bringing to mind the spiritual ceremonies Native Americans have practiced for eons.
The second track, Pre-Columbian Exposition II, begins with a decidedly South American percussion, building and adding instruments as it winds it’s way into an almost oppressively dark drone. What makes this track special is it’s sudden transitions. At one moment it is dark, somber, and meditative; the next, sounds of the rain forest lead directly to the lilting, almost haunting melody of a pan flute. This evolves into more ambient drone, finishing off the track with some lovely synth pads, ultimately ending with the sounds of an open fire at night, out under the stars.
Highly recommended for listening while meditating, reading/studying/working at home.
Virtual Boy has made some waves in the West Coast bass scene with their epic symphony like tracks. They are one of my favorite producers to open or close a set with live due to this nature. Not to mention they incorporate IDM/8-Bit sounds which I love. The opening track comes at you right away and feels like it’s a big statement to start off with such a massive tune. The duo comes right out the door with guns blazing. They brought the bass with them this time and even some of that midrange business that gives any DJ an monster track with your typical robot vocoder lines. The rest of the track seem to fall of a bit from the opener but what do you expect with such a massive tune to open up with.
The meat of this release is filled by wondrous cinematic like instrumentals. None of them really capture too much from me but it’s not as if they aren’t well put together. What surprised me the most about this self titled release is how it off. The last three tracks follow so well and it’s almost a shame that they are so far down the tracklist. I feel like they should of been a bit spread out to give a full proper listen a better edge.
Overall if you’re a fan of bass, 8bit, IDM, & epic synths you should check this one out when it comes out on Alpha Pup records February 2nd. Be sure to check out one of my favorite tracks from the album and free single below.