Sunday, May 24, 2015

Gelka & Phoenix Pearle - Catching Sunrise Mixtape

Really enjoyed listening to this chill mixtape by downtempo veteran Gelka. The mix starts with ambient sunrise and builds into lounge beats that are perfect for an active grilling afternoon on this holiday weekend, or for some poolside sounds. Listen here!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Adam Warped Downtempo Mix - Strange Days / Hypersonic Radio

Stumbled across this beauty of a downtempo mix by Adam Warped, selectah supreme for Hypersonic Radio in Austin, TX. Oh, i'll be in Austin next weekend and hope to catch some live mixing!

Nice mix of electronic downtempo with a bit of Texas whimsy and twang sprinkled in.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Artifakts - Midwest Electro Hip Hop

I saw GRiZ at Terminal 5 in New York City last Friday and to my surprise the highlight was his openers -The Floozies and Artifakts. (GRiZ was just okay, he quickly forgot his sax and devolved into a poor man's Bassnectar and leaned on dubstep way too much for my taste). I had Floozies tracks but had not heard of Artifakts. So he took the stage first and immediately grabbed the audience - triggering funky samples and beats to command the audience and bring them into his sounds.

I'm from Milwaukee, so I loved hearing he's from Minneapolis - MIDWEST 4 LIFE! His sound is great, it's got that funky electro hip hop flavor similar to Gramatik, Pretty Lights, GRiZ (makes sense for his tour), Odesza, you name em. Check out this mini-mix here and follow him on Soundcloud!

Friday, April 10, 2015

World Sound Exploration: Sahel Sounds - New Mali Music

One of my favorite things about music is learning different styles and interpretations around the world. The instruments, sounds, rhythms vary everywhere - no two places are the same.

I've really enjoyed this podcast of music from Mali. It's a mix of modern Mali sounds and educational too, talking about the history of Balafon (Malian street party music), specific instrumentation and file sharing through cell phones and MP3 street markets. It's a mix of Mali folk, hip hop, tribal rhythms and it is FUN. Click play & listen with open ears - you're going to enjoy and learn a thing or two!

Shout out to Sahel Sounds Bandcamp- the record label and blog that brings this to us all the way from Mali, via Portland --> Sahelsounds is a project begun in 2009 exploring the cultural and musical phenomena of the Sahel region of West AfricaThrough field recording, interviews, video, youtube archeology, cellphone data collection, sahelsounds uses archiving to transmit a story.   

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Suburban Dream - 26 EP (this is special)

I consider Ciaran of Suburban Dream a friend. I've never met him, but when I was first getting into DJing and writing about music, he was also starting to share this stuff with the music blogs. It was many years ago and still one of my favorite tracks to play in my downtempo DJ sets is his song "Wandering Around".

He shared this latest EP with me, a beautiful album inspired by his mother. It is four tracks of glistening, sometimes ambient, melodies over simple but layered percussion. The arrangement of the sounds create a perfect chillout mood to relax and enjoy a blue sky and focus on good memories and good vibes. Definitely introspective in places. My favorite track is "The Power of Doubt" - a track that builds and swells and rides on a light piano riff, and sweeping yet driving drums and synths. Check it out here and buy it for only a few bucks on Bandcamp: 

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