Archive for the ‘Chill’ Category

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Contrast – Alexander Lewis

April 27, 2016

Alexander Lewis

Alexander Lewis put together an incredible ride for us in this song. The track starts off quiet, evoking a ticking clock, adding urgency before even adding volume intensity. But soon he adds foot stomping chords and rhythms that place this song somewhere between trap and glitch, drawing on the crunchy sounds of 8-bit and reverb. In case you weren’t sure the trap rhythms were really there, Lewis throws in an undeniably trap section around 1:50, aggressive and featuring male vocals shouting in vaguely dog-like “ruff”s. This is a triumphant melding of trap and electronic, in an unpredictable and satisfying package. Check it out.

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See You – Lope & Kantola

April 18, 2016

Lope & Kantola

Let’s enjoy the warmth this week has brought us and start off with a chill track from Lope & Kantola. Starting off with a relaxed guitar riff, this song builds by adding a chopped vocal sample that develops into the beginnings of lyrics as simple synth chords swell around them. While this track grows into some powerful music, it remains relaxed and groovy. Enjoy the song and enjoy the week!

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Leave That Way – RIOT

April 6, 2016

RIOT (Photo by YosiMamia.com)

Celebrating passing 50k likes, RIOT released their latest track for free. It’s a hazy, crazy, lazy track, sweet and strange and entirely beautiful. The track circles around a vocal sample that appears stretched and slow or sped up and pitched, sometimes harmonizing with itself. The track opens with gentle guitar strums and hints of keyboard; when the vocals start it sounds like a warped version of lounge music. Before this can develop into anything too unpleasant, the song shifts, the vocals becoming treble and the future synths wash over everything with hints of wobbles here and there, returning to the guitar strums every so often. This track is a genre bender, going from lounge jazz to downtempo, even hinting at trap. They call it future bass, which puts it under quite a large umbrella, but works for me. Enjoy the vibes!

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Emerald (Kuiters Edition) – Halpe

April 4, 2016

Cruising

This may be my new favorite song. It’s chill, downtempo, glitch music, Kuiters intensive reworking of Halpe’s track “Emerald.” Kuiters’ version takes this track into whole new territory. It’s casual cruising music, for leaning back in your seat as the background slides by, your friend by your side, sharing the freedom of travel. Filled with glitchy drips, drops, clicks, claps, and bouncy synths, this track is layered and interesting. This track makes me want to slit my eyes in lazy pleasure and enjoy the moment. I hope you share the satisfaction.

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Renegades (ft. Gabriella) – SAXITY

March 23, 2016

SAXITY

It’s Wednesday and that means we’re making some progress through the week. Here’s a song that shares a sense of moving forward. This beautiful deep house track has a deliberate and measured pace that feels slow despite following house rhythm conventions. SAXITY pulls together cello, violins, guitar, bass, and saxophone for this lovely cover of X Ambassadors track “Renegades.” You can check out the original here. On top of all this instrumental richness perches Gabriella‘s passionate vocals. It’s a sweet song, with inspiration in the lyrics and determination in the instrumental. Give it a listen.

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Falling (Wheathin Redo) – Opia

March 21, 2016

Wheathin

Has it been long enough of a wait to post another track from Wheathin? Good. Something about his driving synths is just so satisfying. This remix of  Opia is no exception. Don’t believe me? Listen close. That hook echoes itself, with a hint of rattling to it, the bass making you think it’s rattling something near your speakers. It has playful water droplet sounds and beautiful chill vocals. Enjoy!

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Where Are Ü Now – LIOHN X Jack Ü X Ember Island

March 16, 2016

Ember Island

Justin Bieber has reinvented himself a couple of times now it seems. I first came across him singing a sweet acoustic pop song he had written and accompanying himself on guitar in front of the Avon Theatre, looking about 12, very much working the young Michael Jackson appeal. A few years later Usher picked him up and he started making pop R&B songs. He’s attempted to make rap music, trying to distance himself from the image of sweet innocent youth. His work with Jack Ü goes back to that vulnerable, if rather typically emotional, pop sound and lyricism. The EDM influences brought in a whole new crowd of listeners however, as well as interested producers. LIOHN and Ember Island are two such interested parties. Together they have created a whole new song out of “Where Are Ü Now.” Ember Island’s sweet, understated vocals cut a lot of the pop whiny-ness that the original track featured. And LIOHN’s instrumental is magical, starting slow and timid, with simple piano chords, before eventually adding drums that build to a drop. The drop is surprisingly coy compared to most; it uses blurry, beautiful synth lines that don’t encourage frenetic dancing as much as they encourage release and relaxation. It’s a wonderful cover and reworking. Enjoy it!

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