Melbourne’s Planète is back. The incredibly talented musician returns with two vibe-laden, slow-motion dance tracks that are all too irresistible. ‘Embers‘ is a beautifully crafted seven-minute gem, taking the listener deep into the realms of lush, electronic bliss. Get lost in the beautiful world of Planète below. Coup de maître.
Inspired by Gaspar Noé’s Enter The Void, James i.V set about delivering one of the year’s (albeit early) finest tracks. Under the moniker James i.V, formerly Network and James IV Stewart, this talented Sydney-based artist has been steadily building a high-calibre collection of work. His latest, ‘Sunshine, Blue Skies‘, is a masterclass in vibe-laden electronic music. Be sure and grab a free download here.
Yilan is a twenty-one year-old producer based in Coventry, UK. He recently dropped a pretty slick four-track release titled Tremble, featuring a mix of old and new tracks. ‘I’m Not Really Here‘ is an absolute gem; gorgeous vocal samples, energetic keys, and smooth bass give rise to an all too irresistible listening experience. Grab the Tremble release for free here and be sure to check out Yilan‘s eclectic mix of sounds on the cloud.
Taken from my favourite release of 2013, ‘Winter Flags‘ is the kind of track that would fit seamlessly into the soundtrack of a Sofia Coppola film. Winter Flags is the side project of Tbilisi, Georgia native Gacha Bakradze. Gacha‘s penchant for creating forward-thinking, emotive ambient music is plain for all to hear on his debut Winter Flags release. The seven-track debut is a masterclass in ambient electronic music. The EP is available via Dado Records.
I was recently pointed in the direction of Swimful Buterfly‘s debut beat tape. 馬路天使 (Street Angel) can be filed under the distinct aesthetic ‘Based’. Laced in deep nostalgia and ethereal beauty, 馬路天使 (Street Angel) delivers a highly engrossing listen from start to finish. ‘Ossorus‘ is a particular highlight; its subtle percussion, flickering bass, and glorious vocal samples are structured perfectly. Enjoy the ride and free download via bandcamp. Thanks to odubhghall for the tip.
‘Aquarius‘ has got it all; five minutes and twenty-three seconds of pure, vibe-laden bliss. This gem from Planète featured in my favourite tracks of 2013 list but given its sheer brilliance, I felt it was worthy of highlighting again. The talented Melbourne-based artist has developed a stellar collection of tracks in the last few years. Grab a free download of ‘Aquarius‘ here.
Kicking off 2014 with the soothing, organic sounds of Perth’s Dara Nafasi. ‘Fireflies In Prabang‘ is a wonderfully crafted track with irresistible string work, delicate vocals and organic textures. Dara Nafasi is the solo project of Tim Sherry, his debut album is set for release later this year. The album, ‘Vientiane Vagabond‘, is heavily influenced by his travels throughout the Mekong region in Laos. Get lost in the sublime ‘Fireflies In Prabang‘ below, free download here.
The last few months I’ve found myself consistently revisiting the sounds of Hinako Takada. Born in Japan, now based in Melbourne, this twenty-one year-old beatmaker and electronic music producer is definitely one to watch. ‘Apricot‘ is a truly stunning piece of electronic music; atmospheric synths, crisp percussion, and echoing vocal sounds are combined beautifully. Last month, she played a superb live set at Ferdydurke, listen to it here. Hinako Takada is the future.
The supremely talented Southampton-based electronic musician Foundrel dropped a number of slick new tracks to close out 2013. This is the first we’ve heard from Foundrel since his glorious opus ‘Void‘. Foundrel‘s penchant for creating electronic bliss is on full display with ‘Wash Away‘. Clicking percussion, progressive chords, warm bass sounds, and smooth vocal samples flourish in this vibe-laden gem. Enjoy free downloads via the cloud.
Samuel Organ is a Brighton-based musician impressing of late. His minimal, downtempo style of electronic production has resulted in a number of highly impressive tracks. ‘In Zadar‘ is a particular favourite of mine; its airy chimes, minimal sounds and slick synth work are exquisitely displayed. Be sure to check out more from Samuel Organ on the cloud, free downloads available also.