Ahh, experimental.. No rules, no boundaries; the listener is entirely at the mercy of the artist’s wildest imaginations.
Straying far from the comfort of his usual DnB trademark, London-based producer Thomas Green, aka Rockwell, drops down to head-turning 85-beats-per-minute with his latest masterpiece, “Childhood Memories”. Featuring talents from fellow UK producer, Kito and vocalist Sam Frank, the track is a nonstop flow of hard, head bobbin’ kicks, intricate synth alchemy, and beautifully atmospheric vocals – a product of experimentation at its best.
Rockwell’s “Childhood Memories” feat. Kito and Sam Frank is out now and is available for purchase on iTunes. I beg you – do have a listen.
’Rockwell ft. Kito & Sam Frank – Childhood Memories *CLIP*’
London-born, Vienna-based musician S O H N shares “The Wheel,” a beautifully somber new song that’s flushed with lovely, cooing but pained vocals, staggering synth patterns, and a mellow ticking beat. “The Wheel” comes off an EP of the same name, due out November 5th on Aesop. Definitely an artist to watch.
“I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.” – Jim Morrison
Until the Quiet Comes, the 4th album from Los Angeles artist Flying Lotus, is a transcendent voyage down the aural rabbit hole in exploration of “mystical states, dreams, sleep and lullabies” (Flying Lotus). Accompanied by a fellowship of psychedelic journeymen; Thom York, Laura Darlington, Niki Randa, Thundercat and the ever soulful Erykah Badu, FlyLo cooks up a curiously haunting setting with an eclectic mix of bubbles, belches and purrs that are sure to evoke memories of childhood bumps in the night.
The album seems to play out in stages, much like the levels of dream and sleep. The album begins with a decent into relaxation with a track made famous by FlyLo’s short film adaptation of the album, directed by Kahlil Joseph, titled “Getting There feat. Niki Randa” (featured below).
Until the Quiet Comes continues to grow increasingly committed to thought, discovery and wonder as each song introduces its own environment and individual story. All the while remaining consistent with its theme. Songs such as “Until the Colours Come,” “Heave(n)” and “All The Secrets” begin to offer a fluid feel filled with sounds of giggling and cheer.
It’s not until “Sultan’s Request” does the album introduce an ominous and looming bass before rolling up to the industrially digestible “Putty Boy Strut” (music video below, directed by Cyriak). There is a beautiful ebb and flow to throughout the 3rd act of the album as an upbeat “The Nightcaller” and relaxing jazzy tunes “DMT Song feat. Thundercat” and “Only If You Wanna” close out the album’s sequence.
Xaphoon Jones, one half of the popular hip/hop group Chiddy Bang, just released his own take on St. Lucia’s “Closer Than This” into a very mellow and slightly sporadic remix. A small preview of what is to come in his forthcoming mixtape, Xaphoon Jones Volume 3, due tomorrow.
’St. Lucia – Closer Than This (Xaphoon Jones Remix)’
Dive into one of the more curiously catchy Ryan Hemsworth re-interpretations of “Suicide Mission,” a chillwave ballad of experimentation by the vastly talented Groundislava feat. Baths. The remix features layered breakbeat patterns interwoven between the heavily filtered ambient vocals that sway playfully throughout the tune. A flowing, faced paced ride, “Suicide Mission” is the perfect hand to hold on a midnight drive through your favorite overgrown trail road.
Experiment further with more of Ryan Hemsworth’s work on his Soundcloud and don’t forget to check out more of Groundislava on their most recent album Feel Me (Friends of Friends Music).
’Groundislava – Suicide Mission ft. Baths (Ryan Hemsworth Remix)’
After releasing “Plague” back in July, Crystal Castles have finally decided to tease us with their 2nd installment, “Wrath of God”, off their forthcoming album III. This time around, the Toronto duo lead in with a dreamy and haunting intro before kicking into a synth heavy, four on the floor verse helmed by front woman, Alice Glass. If any of you are looking for accompaniment through your midnight frolic through a foggy and murky graveyard, search no further than “Wrath of God.” Download it below.
Crystal Castles’ III comes out November 4th on Fiction Records. Let us know your thoughts on the newest single and what you’re looking forward to from the album in the comment section below.
I suppose this song matches the way your head feels when you meander into morning after a sleepless night. Thoughts are hazy and muddled. Your whole alignment is slightly off. “Horizon,” written and recorded by Taken by Treesfor their upcoming sophomore album Other Worlds, is sprinkled with psychedelic off-pitches which clamor and reverberate around your head as if they are bouncing off the walls at the bottom of a wishing well. Get it together, ninjas. Victoria Bergsman is knocking. And she’s brought new music (since leaving The Concretes in 2006, she’s released albums under the Taken By Trees moniker; her last album was 2009’s East of Eden). Enjoy! And don’t forget to check out these other recently released tracks: “Large” and “Dreams“.
Remember! Other Worlds comes out October 2nd via Secretly Canadian. It’ll be a hoot.