Introducing: KLANGPLANET

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KLANGPLANET is the moniker of German producer Frieder Mollat.

While Mollat’s work extends back to the mid ’90s, 2017 and KLANGPLANET marks a personal milestone embarking on his solo adventure with he first steps of which, being his aptly titled debut EP, Electronic Journey. KLANGPLANET’s preference is for the chilled, downtempo and meticulously crafted electronic flavours, which are merged with field-recordings from different surroundings to produce an alluring sound collage and musical journey. His latest single ‘Island’ is a prime example with its ambient beats, deep house grooves and relaxing sound of seagulls and lapping waves; delivered with an unwavering precision it is transfixing and tranquil in equal measure. With its lush approach, ‘Downtown’ is so laid-back and chill it is almost a lullaby (even the sound of distance emergency sirens can’t break its spell). Add to that some some lapping waves and pattering beats, you may quickly find yourself destined for the land of nod. This is vivid, cinematic and immersive; music to get lost in, escapism at its very finest.

Stop what you are doing and tune into KLANGPLANET’s EP Electronic Journey, it’s available here right now.

Introducing: Little Glass Men

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Little Glass Men is the moniker of San Francisco-based musician/producer Ryan Claus.

Describing his sound as a blend of sampling and synthesis, with live instrumentation, echoing the likes of Mt. Kimbie, Bonobo and Flying Lotus, Claus creates beautiful sound palettes that gently washes over you with ease, leaving you feeling all the better for it. ‘Be So Love’ is both beautiful and tranquil as gently dripping, liquid sounds, dreamily twinkling keys, shimmering synths, flickering clutches of angelic vocal and stuttering percussion that will transport you into the very depths of chill. The beautifully compelling ‘Crystal’ meanwhile, does much the same, transfixing with harmonically rich soundscapes, encapsulating rhythms but with a selection of heavier-hitting beats; this is music that whisks you away, to a place to inspire peace-of-mind. Beautiful, slick and tranquil: ‘Be So Love’ and ‘Cycles’ are both taken from the recent Until It’s Gone EP and demonstrates Little Glass Men’s prowess for world’s of absorbing and relaxing electronic sound.

Check out the two aforementioned tracks below. The EP can be found here.

 

Mowukis – ‘Animals Used To Scare’

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Mowukis is a solo-project of Louis-Louise Kay, a french musician and songwriter based in Montpellier.

Mowukis has just recently released his debut album No Answers No; a collection of songs capturing a broad range of atmospheres, emotions and assumed collision between synthesizers, homemade drum beats and classical instruments.

Lifted from his debut LP is latest single ‘Animals Used To Scare'; as fine an introduction to Mowukis as you could ask for. It is a rich multi-faced sound with constantly shifting musical landscapes, brimming with colourful ideas and influences ranging from modern pop to electronica. The synthesizers, homemade drum beats, and classical instruments shifts the tonality constantly, it is a rare creature than can be all things at once and individual at the same time. It is in the juxtaposition of sound and feeling where Mowukis excels; ‘Animals Used To Scare’ is simultaneously moody, almost sullen, yet bright and hopefully at the same time.

Directed by Titouan Bordeau from studio Folimage, the animated video is a colourful, eccentric and dreamy piece tracing the journey of a mysterious man through ever-changing scenery.

Check ‘Animals Used To Scare’ and its fantastic animated video below:

Xinobi – ‘Skateboarding’

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Portuguese producer and Discotexas label head honcho Bruno Cardoso aka Xinobi released his latest album On The Quiet, an eight-track dancefloor-focused album takin its influence from a wide spectrum of electronica; from leftfield house to pop, techno and spoken word.

The latest latest single from the record, ‘Skateboarding’, gazes backward to a significant turning point in his life for its inspiration. As a kid in the late 80s, he experienced a fatal fracture in his arm resulting in two surgeries; bringing an abrupt and unexpected end to his skateboarding career. For rehabilitation, Xinobi was encouraged to train the muscles in his fingers by playing the guitar. ‘Skateboarding’ is an ethereal ode to that time. A slowly building, all enveloping meditative composition filled with melancholic melodies and spiralling beats, precision percussives; it is blissful, enthralling and all-consuming track. ‘Skateboarding’ is also features a speech from Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dischord) – one of Xinobi’s heroes – about his perspectives of skateboarding. A simply stunning track and a perfect introduction to Xinobi’s equally stellar new record, On The Quiet.

Check out ‘Skateborading’ and its swish video below. On The Quiet is out now, tune in here.

 

Christopher Pellnat – ‘GTA’

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Christopher Pellnat is a musician & songwriter from Hudson, New York, who’s preference is for lo-fi tunes with an earworm quality.

Pellnat’s latest single ‘GTA’ is an infectious ode to playing computer games, young love, Nintendo 64 and of course, Grand Theft Auto. Musically speaking it is a playful, fun and consuming blend of Beck meets Cornershop. This genre absorbing sound is equally unique and strange; the lovable oddity and off-kilter whimsy probably wouldn’t resonate so much were it not for the moments of melodic sweetness and infectious groove threaded through. Add to that an intoxicating array of beats from bouncy danceable percussion, tamberine woods and samples and we’re powerless to resist. On this evidence at least, Christopher Pellnat is a unique and creative voice.

Check out ‘GTA’ below & if that is to your liking, there’s much more over on his SoundCloud page.

JW Ridley – ‘1990’

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Londoner JW Ridley has returned with a beautifully understated new single ‘1990’.

The new single follows motorik, urgent sliver of alternative-indie-disco collaboration with Dan Carey ‘Everything (Deathless)’, and sees Ridley embark on an immersive journey inwards. More focused on atmosphere and delicate ambience, ‘1990’ is led by rippling piano and warm chimes of guitar, it builds from an origin of fragility into a stunning supernova climax. This is the sort of captivating, emotion-filled song that compels you to listen, demanding all of your undivided attention. Great to hear from JW Ridley again and hopefully we’ll be treated to further new releases in the not so distant future too.

For now, of course there is the no so small matter of ‘1990’. Enjoy its stunning qualities below.

Micronism – ‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’

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‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’ is the second single from the re-mastered re-release Inside A Quiet Mind by New Zealand artist & producer, Micronism.

Apparently dating from 1998 (though entirely new to me) the album was created over two years in bedrooms in Morningside, Kingsland, Mt Eden (NZ) & Brisbane (Australia). Now, almost 20 years later, Micronism (aka Denver McCarthy) is re-releasing a re-mastered version of the album. The tracks are synth dominated, with a sound that falls somewhere between electro/synth, minimal-techno and chilled ambient. Everything with ‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’is head-noddingly mellow, yet transfixing as sounds wash over you waves, in a rather warm and mildly euphoric way. Very pleased to become acquainted with this record, albeit two decades later, it still sounds fantastic!

Check out ‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’ below. The album meanwhile, Inside A Quiet Mind will be released digitally & on Double LP, July 21, 2017. Order it here.

Tom Terrien – ‘Pathfinding’

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French producer and multi-instrumentalist Tom Terrien has been in the music making game for close to two decades now, and it shows, in a good way.

The Toulouse-based artist has a deft touch when it comes to fusing genres and styles, something acutely obvious from his latest single ‘Pathfinding’. It gracefully floats in an ambiguous limbo of experimentation, between subtly euphoric and vaguely ambient. ‘Pathfinding’ is patient, slow-building and reveals itself gradually while sustaining the rhythm and protracting the promise of yet more to come. Captivating through repeated propulsive beats and swirls, chinks of light emerge from the hypnotic elegance, for a climactic finish enveloped in mild euphoria. ‘Pathfinding’ is a nine-minute-masterclass in precision, sound and style.

You can listen to ‘Pathfinding’ below. It is out now, and joined by companion track ‘Persistent Thought'; listen here.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #2

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A new feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #2. Enjoy!

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Public Service Broadcasting announce new album; share ‘Progress’

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Two years on from the release their wonderful second album The Race For Space, Public Service Broadcasting are back!

Their return is marked by news of a new album Every Valley; which shines a light on the mining industry in Wales. The album, out in July, is previewed by new single ‘Progress’ featuring vocals from Tracyanne Campbell of Scottish heroes Camera Obscura. It is euphoric, bright and dreamy, building toward a triumphant climax filled with horns and layers of beautiful vocals. Campbell’s voice sits perfectly alongside the band’s signature studious, sampling retro-futuristic motifs and crisp synths. Few, if any act, garner as much excitement around news of a new album as much as Public Service Broadcasting – and taking a listen to the new single below, its easy to understand why.

Every Valley will be released in July and you can listen to ‘Progress’ below.