Avoid Eye Contact by HAZ SOLO (Milwaukee, WI)*
The musical creations of Milwaukee’s HAZ SOLO are something like re-transmitted classic soul recordings being played on board a space station, everything from the beat to the melody to the samples taking on new life having traveled light years to be heard. The latest album is Avoid Eye Contact and it is everything classic hip-hop and electronic music lovers crave combined with futuristic sounds, textures, and grooves karate chopped to pieces. There is a mid-western soul/hip-hop vibe that I find to be constant throughout it thanks to some primo samples and my favorite element being the Dilla-esque crispy high hat and tambourine sounds. Intelligent compositions with some really innovative usage of staple studio gear like organs, clavs, and more. @thinknotsleep
Posted in A: Egan, C: Staff Favorites, T: LP/EP
Tagged A: Dingus, beats, dilla, DIY, electronic, Electronica, Experimental, HAZ SOLO, hip hop, indie, indie hip hop, instrumental, milwaukee, producer, production, R&B, soul, wisconsin
Born New by Tórild (New York/Stockholm)
With electronic music more popular than ever, its’ reach stretching far across genre lines, it is only natural that modern musicians would tip their hats to and follow along the more illbient, psychedelic path that artists like DJ Shadow and Massive Attack paved so purely. Tórild is a new group working out of New York City with Stockholm transplant, Halina Larsson, fronting the band; her angelic demeanor and even sweeter melodies help embed listeners deep into the world they have created. Instrumentally advanced in a scene of hack producers and Abelton slobs and certainly worthy of the $3k plus they received from excited fans via Kickstarter. Their anticipated debut album, BORN NEW, which is now at least somewhat fan-funded (we know this stuff costs way more than $3k), is expected to release in Spring 2013, but for now we can stream two singles they have generously shared with the public. @thinknotsleep
Posted in A: Egan, T: LP/EP
Tagged A: Dingus, Ambient, beats, born new, chill, chillwave, Dance, dj shadow, electronic, electronic music, illbient, indie, indie music, indie pop, Kickstarter, Massive Attack, New York, pop, producer, sigur ros, Stockholm, Torild
The Expanding Universe by Beaker (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Taking the lead from a physics text book, Beaker brings us his second album The Expanding Universe filled with party worthy beats. When things break down and back off, there’s a structural Fat Boy Slim comparison to be made. Delightfully, this album is indeed that release of tension, the backing off the gas pedal that this blog needed. It is an impromptu proof that the producer has a finer concept of sound design, one beyond the average dubstep pissing contest. [Free Download] Dingus
Fantasy Outlet by Work Ethic (March 17, 2012)
Fantasy Outlet is a series of gear-inspired electronic flurries that shift rhthym, remaining dynamic while adhering to a minimal (compositionally) aesthetic. Work Ethic proves they can make you move without flexing too hard, entirely aware of the natural flow, rather than the forced climax.
32 by Riley Ziesig (December 1, 2011) *
Nostalgia hits hard in this life moment collage presented by rising film maker Riley Ziesig. 32 is a “a collection of footage from our beloved old apartment and elsewhere” strewn together to charming acoustics. Interchangeable and relatable with nearly anyone who calls themselves a part of the global generation, Ziesig pulls at emotion strings to make a deeply loving connection.
[vimeo http://vimeo.com/33009857 w=500 h=280]
Sky Decisions EP by Andrea (November 14, 2011) *
A few weeks ago we wrote a short piece about Parisian producer Andrea, we told you it was dope and we’re back to tell you we told you so. Andrea “drops” his first fully flushed EP, a work of midi, electronic beauty; a thing of sparse-sampling bliss. Never feeling too forced, this young producer sits happily in his own dynamic pockets, infusing them straight to your headphones. He knows how to throw a bass down and back up and he knows how to sculpt the perfect atmospheric buzz; what more do you want?