For this particular track from LA’s Knight Stalker, I have chosen not to say anything. Rather, just let the funky grooves make you get up and dance. This is the theme for the weekend! YES!
♪ File under: funkychill, electronic, dontstoptilyougetenough
As he spoke, those honey-dew lips muttered velvety words that seemed to disintegrate delicately in my ear. The world seemed to disappear around me - vanishing into a darkness that hugged us sweetly. I clung to every word, every smile, every slight lift of the corner of his mouth. His almond eyes shone - illuminated in the night light - the neon glow of the signs behind us. If I felt inadequate, he made me feel at ease. And, all too abruptly, everything came to a close. Swallowing up the night like a void - snatching away the butterflies, the flushed cheeks, the sweat that beaded on his upper lip. Making my way through the crowd, I could not shake the image of his eyes or the touch of his fingers. Knowing that I was, forever, alone and not united - a taboo, forbidden desire unable to see the light of day.
From The Deeep’s “Life Light” EP on NOT NOT FUN. It is a slow descent into blackened yet dimly illuminated waters. A willingness to drown - musical, sublime semi-asphyxiation by melancholic, swirling vocals. That last glimpse of contentment - your warm, fragmented, enamored memory of everything you’re leaving behind.
♪ File under: minimal, experimental, siren song
Running out of superlatives to describe this artist. In summation: more fantastic lovestep from London’s Two Inch Punch. With super distorted vocals and a glitchy, blippy beat, “Love You Up” is fanciful fluid downtempo lovestep.
Definitely someone to keep your eye on in 2011.
♪ File under: electronic, glitchy, lovestep
As I walked away from the wreckage, bloodied and torn, I felt free and unrestrained. Every problem and worry, every cruel clawing castigation was buried beneath the steel wire frame. Unclouded and autonomous - I was able to walk away from everything that burdened me. Broken and bruised, I was completely unconstrained for the first time. You were no longer there - now enshrined in a fragmented tomb - your contorted and calloused body. Nothing satisfied me more than the thought of complete independence - away from the invisible restraint you so gleefully wrapped around me.
Purity Ring’s “Ungirthed” is pure, euphoric electronic glitchy goodness shrouded in a gorgeous heart-stopping fits and spurts. Composed of past and present members of (my fave) Gobble Gobble - it is infectious and addictive - like the unfamiliar feeling of bliss after being down so long. Fantastic.
♪ File under: electronic, jubilant, oh my heart
The sleepy fog rolled down the hill, combining sweetly with your voice. A velvet, dewy accent - wrapped in love and adoration. If I became deaf to the world around me, it would no longer matter. As long as your dulcet, soft voice was the last sound I heard, I would be forever satisfied.
Ages is Michael Lundy’s (writer for Rebel Magazine’s) ambient/easy listening-soundscape project. Toss in a dash of beats and some layered soundscapes, and you get a fascinatingly gorgeous EP entitled, “Failures”. The title track plays out almost like a downtempo-hip-hop-easy listening tune. It is enough to put you in a completely different realm - blissed out and relaxed - ready to accept whatever is coming your way.
Get it here and ride that wave.
♪ File under: ambient, easy listening trip hop, numuzakhop
One of two songs that are available from Ireland’s lo-fi, blissful Moths. Jubilant yet somewhat restrained, “Slow/Down” plays out like a sort of glitchy, stop-and-start mantra. Lyricless yet urgent in its delivery - like a mute, tenaciously warning harbinger.
Check the always fabulous Leaving Scene for the track “Blisters”.
♪ File under: electronic, lo-fi, blissful thinking
Every time I closed my eyes, I couldn’t help but see his face in place of yours. My solace, my love, had been replaced by a volcanic hatred. With every seething breath, I couldn’t help but feel vengeful, spiteful, and, somehow, bitterly numb. I lived solely for revenge - to seek out and destroy whatever he had so willfully created. Set on tormenting the recluse, I began to find ways to toy with him. Whether he knew it or not, I am unaware, but he seemed to enjoy the game much more than I did. If he was injured, I would heal him, only to wreak havoc on his flesh moments later. Blinded by darkened thoughts, spiraling into a bloody abyss, I lived for carnage. Slaughter carried out in the name of yearning and love. Piranhic paramour.
Ʌ (Arc), the prince of the darkwave underworld, graces us again with more entrancing, darkwave tunes. With “Insult”, a thumping beat provides the backdrop - urgent and vital - like a sustaining, quickening heartbeat. The vocals, distorted yet oddly angelic, seem to weave in and out amongst the aphotic and airy sounds. Dark and pulsating, gorgeous and alluring - like being pulled further down into nothingness.
“Patriot Hills” (EP) will be released on Tundra Dubs later this month.
♪ File under: minimal, darkwave, swoon
I’ve been on a purely electronic diet for a couple months now, craving anything with a pounding beat, wobbly bass, or synths that flutter cosmically. Where Are We?’s “Superplexed” EP is laidback, beat-centric, psychedelic, tripped-up electronica that had me bobbing my head and visiting horsehead nebulae. It is addictive, masterfully mixed, and complimented by some of the best downtempo beats to have graced my ears. And just when you think you’re floating in a most peculiar way, it closes with a strong, psychedelic venture - cosmogonal and ambrosial - with wailing guitars and crashing cymbals. A perfect close to a empryean EP.
(nudge, nudge wink wink to Apathetic Arousal)
Get it here.
♫ File under: electronic, trippy hop, don’t drop that beat