A few weeks ago I got introduced to the sounds of Salamander Bay, a project for which there is next to none information available. ‘Forever‘ would appear to be the project’s debut offering. It’s got a feel-good, summer vibe to it a la the sounds of Southern Shores. Grab a free download over on bandcamp.
Georgia has produced some true gems in recent times. Okinawa Lifestyle and Gacha are atop the list for me. Enter, Oimactta, a new project based in Georgia with very little information as to its make-up, influences etc. Oimactta‘s debut EP was released a few days ago and it’s a masterclass in deep, ambient music. I found it pretty tough to single out one track to showcase the EP but ‘DMT‘ is a good starting point. Grab the stellar Bad Trips EP here.
‘I’m a Walk‘ is the excellent first taste of Jogging House‘s soon to be released ‘Into‘ album. Clocking in at just over the four-minute mark, the talented musician delivers a journey that’s laced in delicate, nostalgic sounds. ‘Into‘ is out March 20th through the Cologne-based label Noorden. In the meantime enter the beautiful world of Jogging House below.
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.