This month we find ourselves unintentionally focused on the more experimental side of things.
When it comes to music, experimenting can take many forms. It becomes a very broad umbrella terms for sounds that are created with “less-than-commercial” intentions.
Experimental does not necessarily mean complex. Nor does it mean the sounds need to push the boundaries of creation. While these things commonly happen simply given the nature of experimenting, they are not necessary conclusions.
To experiment with music means to create without boundaries or limits. To create with self-satisfaction as the only goal in mind. Creating and manifesting sounds that provide pure pleasure to the creator, and sometimes the listener as well…
At least that’s the definition we follow here!
How do you feel about the experimental process in music and art? Do you find it makes the underground landscape less accessible, or perhaps more interesting? Let us know in the comments, we would love to hear from you…
Last month had some seriously wonderful drops, and the beat goes on!
The amount of music that is created, released and distributed nowadays can be as breathtaking as it is overwhelming. It’s a constant challenge to keep an open eye, ear and heart for new voices in sound.
Whenever I get overwhelmed, I always remind myself of the days when I was younger and it was much more difficult to discover new music. Scraping the various tags and underbellies of websites like myspace and purevolume – to find people pursuing their creative goals with a DIY spirit…
Fast forward! We really are in an amazing era with incredible tools to create, curate and share to a massive audience, which is inspiring in itself! It’s casual thoughts like this that propel me forward.
Anyway, I have rambled enough! Without further delay, enjoy this months FRESH BATCH!
April brought us a wealth of excellent new sounds.
Things tended to trend on the “Cozy” side this past month – whether grounded in ambience, bedroom pop or some other genre – producers and musicians found themselves harnessing the pleasant rather than the problematic.
Without further delay, enjoy this months FRESH BATCH!
Well HELLO there readers! It certainly has been a while since we had one of these!
We are very pleased to announce the return of the FRESH BATCH – a monthly roundup of the freshest and finest sounds from the underground!
The goal of the FRESH BATCH is to provide a one-stop shop for some quality music. Too busy to browse through Bandcamp tags or thumb through your social media feeds?! We got you.
Thanks to our over 6 years of experience combing through labels, collectives, blogs, PR blasts and pure curiosity – we collect interesting and inspiring sounds every single month – trim the fat and hand deliver it…..FRESH.
With many of us approaching one-month in isolation, it is nice to see the fruits of labor starting to surface. Bandcamp is thick with new projects from artists all over the world. Inspired by, or perhaps in spite of solitude, creativity is flourishing regardless the reason! Time to click play and bask in some magnificent creations…
4/23 – Healing Lullabies, by Heavenchord (spclnch) Ambient Techno
Boom! Selections! All over the world folks are pumping out incredible compositions and projects – as always it’s tough to keep up, but we’re doing out best! Please enjoy this selection of recently released excellence – the best of the best for whatever the reason – along with some goodies on the horizon to look forward to…
3/17 – Tabernacle Takeover, by Gaddy (The Rust Music) Bass
3/20 – Beyond the Time Barrier Travelers, by Adult Human Band (Already Dead Tapes) Experimental
4/8 – Ultraviolet Radiation, by Feral (HYPNUS Records) Atmospheric Techno
4/10 – Plant Lab, by Plant Lab (Crash Symbols) Psychedelic
AIR DRIVE LP, by Zwansound Released by Girly Girl Musik Experimental Ambient / Dreampunk / IDM
Alienomy, by Low Orbit Satellite Self Released Techno / Acid / Electronic
φ-2, by LUSTER-φ Released by xo-archives Experimental Techno / Longform / Electronics
ソリス博物館, by Telenights Released by Seikomart Ambient Vaporwave / Dreamwave / Experimental
火星情緒, by 火星情緒 Released by Illuminated Paths Ambient Vaporwave / Eccojams / Lofi
Slow Dubs Vol.1, by Mystic Fyah Released by INFINITA Dub Techno / Downtempo / Ambient Dub
Filtered Artifacts III, by Coppice Halifax Self Released Ambient Techno / Dub Techno / Deep House
Mínimo EP, by Sacha Rush Released by Kopoc Label Dub Techno / Electronic / Minimal
split, by Lather/BBJr Released by Personal Archives Improvisation / Harsh Noise / Experimental
Jungle Boogie, by Ten Atmospheres Released by NO PROBLEMA Tapes New Age / Ambient / Field Recording
Amongst The Sakura Trees, by Sebastian Paul Released by Shimmering Mood Records Ambient / Drone / Chillout
Atmos, by Hidden Valley Logging Company Released by Lillerne Tapes Lo Fi / Atmospheric / Ambient
February has is coming and going at a brisk pace per-usual, but that has not stopped many producers and artists taking advantage of this strange season to push magnificent new releases. 2020 is trending with huge atmospheres and forward thinking composition, with exciting sounds coming from every direction…
3/9 – Skin to Skin, by Sabriel’s Orb (Inner Islands) Ambient
3/13 – The Devil Defeated, by Darko The Super & Steel Tipped Dove (U Don’t Deserve This Beautiful Art) Hip Hop
4/24 – Hexose, by Sunken Foal (Coundersunk) Electronica
Legacy Media, by Unaired Sitcom
Released by DMT Tapes FL Alternative Vaporwave / Nostalgia / Ambient
Endless, by Zuwe
Released by Seikomart Ambient / Electronic / Naturewave
Peachy, by Abdersta and Azuresands大麻
Released by power_lunch corporation Vaporwave / Future Funk / Plunderphonics
12 Parsec, by Dott Santafeo
Released by Kopoc Label Dub Techno / Electronic / Ambient
A Serene Sky and Clear Air / $T∆3IL
by Dublock / Trium Circulorum
Released by Trium Circulorum Dub Techno / Atmospheric / Bass
Enigma, by Ovoid
Released by The Rust Music Bass / Downtempo / Psychedelic Dubstep
AMBIENCE TOOLS II (50:02), Varvarkt, WHAT NOW BECOMES
Released by Sleep Is Commercial Dub Techno / Deep House / Ambient Techno
Each Of Us Was Several, by Various Identities
Released by Engram Recordings Experimental Ambient / Dream Pop / Improvisational
Virtual Ballet, by Sent Down Girl
Released by No Problema Tapes Experimental / Soundscape / Sound Collage
SHAM, by Kid Mania
Released by Girly Girl Musik Broken Transmission / Experimental / Sound Collage
‘Oumuamua, by shnozberry fields
Released by BOGUS // COLLECTIVE Experimental / Post-Internet / Eccojams