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Let It Be (feat. Veela) – Blackmill

3 Jul

Ah, nothing like a night in the freezing cold English countryside to help you forget about your city problems. Having (not really) slept on the floor of a dusty old barn, the 2 hour car journey home needed music that would be enjoyable for bleary-eyed teenagers. Fortunately, Blackmill was there to save the day.

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(More) Sounds That Are Helping Me To Stay Alive: A(nother) Downbeat Electronic Playlist to Wash Your Stress (Even Further) Away

14 Jun

I have been under the radar, but you’ll have to excuse me while I finish off what ranks among the worst weeks of my life. I thought I’d lift my head out of a book just long enough to give you the second part of my playlist full of relaxing tunes that manage to counterbalance my hair-pulling stress (to some extent). I really enjoyed writing the last playlist post because it was actually refreshingly easy to compile a list of songs that I love, and that I’ve been listening to recently. The hardest part was finding a picture to go with the post, and it was a similar challenge this time. So, like any struggling image hunter would, I’ve gone with a feline DJ. Time to sit back, relax, and here we go…

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Sounds That Are Helping Me To Stay Alive: A Downbeat Electronic Playlist to Wash Your Stress Away

5 Jun

My apologies for not posting as often. As we’ve stated a bunch of times, our exams are just starting to get really intense, and while I wish I could plop myself down on my sofa and keep you satisfied with a never-ending flow of new tunes, it is sadly impossible. It might just be that some of you readers out there are students also, and you happen to have important/life-changing/future-determining exams coming up. Or you’re just stressed about the end of the school year. Either way, I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of the songs that have been helping me stay relaxed and focused throughout this tough time. Enjoy.

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Last Night I Heard Everything In Slow Motion – Oliver Tank

8 Dec

Okay guys, I have a great song for you today. When I say a great song, I mean one of those tracks that you just CANNOT take off of repeat.

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‘Eastern Promise’ – Clubroot

8 Apr

Beautiful electronic tracks two days in a row. Lucky you. If you haven’t already heard of Clubroot, you can thank me for the introduction because his music is absolutely incredible. Based in London, this man has produced two incredible albums, both of which contain some of the best ambient electronic music around. He released the album Clubroot in 2009, before releasing Ii -Mmx the following year. Now, take a listen to Eastern Promise:

Eastern Promise isn’t on either of the albums that Clubroot has released. It’s actually a freebie that you can grab by clicking here. But aside from that, how good is this? Some seriously nice echoes in there, and it’s beautifully deep. Go and buy his albums. Now. They are more of the same. He is a genius.

Moth – Burial & Four Tet

2 Jan

Okay so maybe it’s not a brand new track for the New Year (you know we like to shout about golden oldies here), but if you haven’t heard this then this is a great present. Kieren Hebden, aka Four Tet joined forces with Burial to produce this insightful and soft piece of magic back in 2009. So even though it’s not hot off the press, you should still sit back, relax, and let this one swell on your (hopefully good) sound system. It’s not over complicated, it just is what it is.

I Only Know (What I Know Now) – James Blake

5 Dec

James Blake is amazing. I love James Blake. He’s incredible. Buy his music, it supersedes genres:

Shell Of Light – Burial

3 Dec

Yep, it’s yet another Burial track. Well, now that I think about it, it’s only the second one. What can I say, the man’s a genius. An unusual and intriguing beat runs through the entire song with a really nice vocal sample layered seamlessly over the top. In some parts of this song, things may seem like they don’t fit the way they’re supposed to, but rest assured, after a few listens, if this kind of song is your cup of tea, you’ll embrace it. The end section of the song is different, and I think it’s the best part.

Summed up beautifully by a YouTuber: “This song is amazing. Perfect for a rainy night time drive. I listen to Burial only when I’m driving at night or at home. Either way it has to be at night. There’s just something about the atmosphere Burial creates that makes it only fitting during the night. This song is full of love; dark, raw passion for someone. So many emotions are created with hardly any words.”

Wayfaring Stranger – Jamie Woon (Burial Remix)

13 Oct

Burial has amazed me lately. I’ve walked headfirst into a Burial obsession. The man is tough to track down, never playing live or on the radio, and giving the extremely occasional interview. He says that it makes his music more personal. That if you don’t really know about the person who created it, then it’s easier to make it your own. In one of the rare interview he gives, he describes how he’s a music romantic. “I’m not old enough to have been to a proper old rave in a warehouse or a field,” he says, “but I used to hear these stories about legendary club nights, about driving off into the darkness to raves on the outskirts of London. But it’s got this sadness now, because most club culture got commercialised in the 1990s; oftentimes it got taken off ravers and sold back to them. But it’s still out there; there’s a signal, or a light. It’s like there’s someone still holding a lighter in a warehouse somewhere.”

This song is beautiful. It’s a remix of a song by Jamie Woon, an emerging artist with a wonderfully soulful voice. If you listen to the original, and to this version, you’ll see how much Burial adds. Not just in terms of the beat, but with the general mood of the track. I always get a chill when I hear “I’m going there to see my brothers.” The atmospheric and unique mood of Burial’s music can be summed up by the man himself in a quote:

 

Jamie Woon

 

“I would sit around waiting for night to fall, wait for summer to end. Or I would go out, wait for it to get dark, and then I’d go back and work on it, sort of hypnotise myself. I love that feeling when you know that almost everyone in your city is asleep, or you go out and listen to your tunes in someone’s car at night. It’s like hibernating. When I’m awake all night, sometimes I see the people and the city waking up around me. I feel a little bit moody at them for stepping into my night-time. What I want is that feeling when you’re in the rain, or a storm. It’s a shiver at the edge of your mind, an atmosphere of hearing a sad, distant sound, but it seems closer – like it’s just for you. Like hearing rain or a whale-song, a cry in the dark, the far cry.”

Afterglow – Phaeleh (feat. Soundmouse)

29 Sep

Hot off the press, Phaeleh’s latest track is a thing of beauty. His unique sound and knack for producing great tracks has earned him great popularity, and with new material like this, you can see exactly why. This song starts off ambient with some beautiful female vocals, before a slow but bold beat comes in and carries you through the song. Some incredible melodic hooks stick this one right in your head, and regular atmospheric strings interrupt the beat, but everything here just works perfectly.

Show Phaeleh some love on his MySpace, or even better buy his upcoming album here.