Stumbleine ft. Violet Skies - Thunderdome

Stumbleine first made his name by crafting dreamy compositions that combined perfectly selected vocal samples and atmospheric electronics. As the years have gone on, Stumbleine has found more power with collaborative vocalists, adding an extra layer of emotional resonance. This approach reaches its apex with Dissolver, a knockout collaboration with Violet Skies. “Thunderdome” is a great choice as the first track off the album; it combines Stumbleine’s signature techniques with Violet Skies’ entrancing vocals. Head over to Monotreme Records to download Dissolver and as always, enjoy.

Cygnal  - Glide

If you had told me that the newest single from Cygnal, “Glide”, was actually a b-side from Tycho’s latest album, I would have easily believed you. “Glide” captures a lot of the feeling that makes artists like Tycho great, adding in some DJ Shadow-esque beats for good measure. “Glide” is the perfect track to remind us that summer is right around the corner. Check out more from Cygnal on SoundCloud, and as always, enjoy. 

SUNBII - Don’t Go

Here’s a short one from South Korean producer SUNBII entitled “Don’t Go”. While its run time is quick, “Don’t Go” covers a lot of sonic territory during that span. Its slow and relaxed start is a bit of a misnomer; “Don’t Go” eventually builds to a much more intense yet satisfying experience. There are more tracks from SUNBII available over on SoundCloud; go ahead and give them a listen and as always, enjoy.

Panda Coast - Wool Jacket

Panda Coast mentions on their Bandcamp page that they make chill music for people with chill minds, and from the opening seconds of “Wool Jacket”, there’s no doubt about it: this sound is all about a certain state of mind. I’ve touched on before how predictability isn’t necessarily a bad thing; if a track goes in the direction you want it to go, shouldn’t you be happy? “Wool Jacket” combines a logical progression with flourishing creativity to make a very solid track. Check out more on Bandcamp from Panda Coast and as always, enjoy.

Nautical Youth - DPAT ft. Nautical Youth Above Us Remix

Soulection was the label of the year for 2013, and Dpat’s In Bloom was a big part of their success. Subdued, soulful, and experimental, In Bloom struck a good balance between accessibility and something more personal. Nautical Youth saw a bit more potential in the album closer, which brings us to his “Above Us” remix. Powerful but not forceful background rain and atmosphere are coupled with soft vocals and a laid back vibe to create a worthy rework. Check out more from Nautical Youth on SoundCloud and as always, enjoy. 

Worshyper - Goodbye

Music, in its very essence, is transformative; it forces us to think about what we ponder constantly, what we avoid, and what we have no knowledge of. When performed correctly, music can serve as a call to action, a mobilizing force fraught with emotion. Today, I came across Vol. 1: Foundations Built On Hope, and Empathy, a collective music project from Left of Field Records. The purpose of Vol. 1 is to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Worshyper’s “Goodbye” runs the gamut of emotion, dealing with feelings that we may not want but most deal with. If you get a chance, please donate anything you can on Bandcamp; Vol. 1 is definitely worth it.

After Eating - For Daisy (Pretty Brown Eyes)

I’m always impressed with the skill some producers have at such a young age. Only 17, After Eating comes to us with “For Daisy (Pretty Brown Eyes)”, a Gatsby-inspired stunner of a track. There are only certain times when movie samples work; thankfully, this is one of those times. Media is amazing in that it can influence people decades down the road; it makes a person wonder what F. Scott Fitzgerald would think of this track. Check out more on SoundCloud from After Eating and as always, enjoy.

The Fluid Music - My Body

Today we have another track that showcases great synergy between song, album name, and cover art. The uneven beat of The Fluid Music’s “My Body” fits in perfectly with the mind-tripping nature of the album artwork and thoughts of sedation. “My Body” is a hard track to put your finger on at first listen; restless and magical, it drifts along to nothing but its own drum. Check out more from The Fluid Music on their Bandcamp, and as always, enjoy.

Jamie xx - Sleep Sound

Back in 2011, when this blog was was quite young, my album of the year, without question, was Jamie xx’s take on Gil-Scott Heron, We’re New Here. There was nothing quite like it, and as much as I enjoy the xx, I’m always looking forward to Jamie xx’s solo material. Which brings us to “Sleep Sound”, one half of a single out May 5 on Young Turks. “Monolithic” is the best way I can describe “Sleep Sound”; it goes in so many directions, covers so much ground, describing everything going on in the track simply wouldn’t do it justice. Take a listen to “Sleep Sound” here and enjoy.

SivarBonsai - Promise

I’m always looking for music from different countries. No matter how you try to cut it, your environment influences who you are as a person and an artist, regardless of whether you accept or reject your conditions. SivarBonsai hails from El Salvador, and whether or not the location’s influence is apparent in “Promise”, the one thing we can be sure of is the originality of the track. The repeated phrase “I’ve got feelings too” can mean a plethora of things, but above all else, it comes across as, you guessed it, a promise. Interesting time signatures and a muted horn section add to the ambiance. Check out SivarBonsai on Bandcamp, and as always, enjoy.