No Ordinary Home, by James Murray

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Headphone Commute is one of my favorite places to discover interesting new ambient music – much to my delight they have a new featured mix highlighting minimal sound label Home Normal to commemorate their 10th anniversary. Quite the achievement indeed, and worthy of celebration – much like the mix, which is packed full of blissful atmospheric soundscapes, masterfully curated for optimal relaxation and immersion.

Read more about the mix by James Murray via Headphone Commute

Introduction to Docetism: Trees & Saints

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There seems to be a churning energy happening all over the underground music scene currently, and in an interesting way it all seems to be tied into impressively large projects! Here we have presented by polish Ambient/Dub label Nichts 2-20 track collections of Docetism tracks from the past 7 years. DAUNTING?! A little bit, but it’s equally as delicious and delightful.

Docetism – who has released projects across some of my favorite labels in the past (Silent Season, Rohs! Records) is no stranger to the dub techno scene, boasting a sprawling catalog of full lengths, EP’s and singles. It’s no wonder long time label partner Nichts would aim to give listeners a crash course per-say. As stated on the releases bandcamp page, for a new listener it’s “A good place to start”.

The sounds themselves are pure dub-techno bliss. Docetism presents a distinct voice and flavor however, often utilizing much more movement in chords and progressions than others working in the genre. Raw musicality blends perfectly with the subtle palette of sounds and instrumentation, especially on tracks like Hedera Helix [Golden Bough] or Requiem [Armenia].

Tracks leap in and out of textural ambient and modern classical ideas, all very much welcome in context, eventually leading the listener back to a healthy groove. Out of the two collections I would say I have listened to “Trees” more, but there is plenty of quality to be found in both albums. The kicker? Nichts is offering these both at name-your-own-price, so if you want a nice place to start your dub-techno collection look no futher!

Fresh Batch – July 8th, 2019

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Another happy Monday to everyone out there, poking around the internet searching for that nugget of sonic goodness. Well we are here to present you with another roundup of recently released tunes from the underground – as always spanning many subgenres and communities from all over the world. The energy this summer is buzzing through the atmosphere as creativity flourishes all around us… Lets take a trip into the minds of some artists and explore the worlds they create!


COMING SOON

July 12th – Hikikomori, by ASVMR (Webelotrax) Experimental Electronic
July 12th – Fuck Lungs ‘2TH’ (Already Dead Tapes) Experimental Jazz
July 19th – Backwater Revisited, by Halftribe (Dronarivm) Electroacoustic
August 1st – Forest Thoughts, by OVOD (Self Released) Dark Ambient


OUT NOW

Hysterical Air, by Dino Felipe & Vitamin Wig C
Released by Illuminated Paths
Lofi / Weirdwave / Fun

Pink Secrets, by Twin Galaxxies
Released by Business Casual
Chillwave / Future Funk / Vaporwave

Best Lemon Torpedo, by Two Pixels Above
Released by Subject Lost
Techno / Abstract / Atmospheric

Chroma Advanced, by Omega
Released by Polyrhythmium
Drone / Tape Loops / Atmospheric

Yoga Drizzle, by Lunar Cambridge
Released by Webelotrax
Synthwave / Vacation / Post-Vaporwave

P S I L 0 STORE, by 미확인동물ologist
Released by BOGUS // Collective
Mallsoft / Vaporwave / Late Night

ʟɪᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴍᴇ, by jodövade
Released by Holloway Tapes
Post-Vapor / Lofi / Beats

FRESH BATCH – June 10th 2019

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Hello music lovers! It’s time for another FRESH BATCH of awesome underground music!

This week has proven to be ULTRA underground – with quite a few records and projects being “Self Released”. Seeing this trend got me thinking to myself – what really is the purpose of a record label these days? Certainly the role has changed in the past years and decades, leading many independent producers to push releases without any sort of Label backing. The self-release of projects is DIY to the core – and even if there isn’t a stated label presence, many of these releases are propelled forward by word of mouth and pure sonic interest.

So what does all this mean? What is the takeaway!? NOTHIN! Just a bunch of great music, so strap in and listen up folks, there’s gold in them-there hills!

Easy Listening, by Centrofovar
Self Released
Electropop / Lofi / Future Funk

Fondest Memory, by Rosentwig
Self Released
Chillwave / Electropop / Post-Vaporwave

改善策, by Jackswan Turner
Self Released
Atmospheric Beats / Experimental / Lofi

Romantic Walks to the Middle of Nowhere, by J_ade_
Self Released
Alternative Pop / R&B / Lofi

Mem Aleph, by Mukqs
Released by Jacktone Records
Techno / Atmospheric / Outsider House

DEMO., by Mr. Simpson
Released by Illuminated Paths
Experimental / Drone / Ambient

INSOMNIASONGZ, by CALI四TYPE
Released by Girly Girl Musik
Dark Ambient / Drone / Experimental

Micro Dub EP, by Malik Faquir
Released by Hello Strange
Dub / Techno / Ambient

Death Keeps Me Awake, by Distant Animals
Released by Engram Recordings
Experimental / Ambient / Noisescape

Suculenta, by Palm Era
Released by Ingrown Records
Lofi Beats / Outsider Techno / Experimental

Networks, by VCRNOT

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Had to share this one ASAP because it was just so0o good. Dropped this past week via Tomorrow Entertainment Records – its the 6-track project Networks by VCRNOT.

This beautiful little release has been on repeat for me this afternoon. Big chill vibes, addicting melodies, a perfect blend of surreal energy and blissful relaxation. Each track being a microcosm – each with their own landscapes, their own rolling hills and towns to explore…

“Inner World” and “Utopia Glitch” are favorites of mine. I get massive feelings of wandering a mysterious new world – waking up in a familiar place that is at the same time strange and new! Like some kind of nostalgia lost to amnesia that I am being gifted back, triggered by the sounds.

Be sure to follow VCRNOT all over the interwebs, as well as Tomorrow Entertainment Records for a great catalog of music.

Soundcloud
Bandcamp
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Influx EP, by Trastler

Russian producer Trastler brings us a beefy 5-Track project INFLUX

With brutally lush instrumentation each track bursts at the seams with rolling percussion and enveloping synths. Melodies and harmonies light the way as we wander the rhythmic landscape.

Excited to dig into this producers back-catalog, as this EP has been my go-to jam for the past week!

Optical Path by Yone B

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Dewtone have some more goodies for us this month, this time from producer Yone B (Guillaume Couttenier) with his Optical Path EP. 4 tracks of soothing dub-techno that anyone familiar with Dewtone’s particular flavor will be able to appreciate. Both melodic and melancholy, filled with deep bass and shimmering percussion, Optical Path is a well rounded project with an attention to detail.

Favorite Track: 3. Zéphyr

Written and produced by Guillaume Couttenier

Mastered by Nikos Fragomanolakis / deepsoundsmastering.com
Photo by Una Knipsolina / www.knipsolina.de

releases October 20, 2015

Northern Shore, by Audub

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ARCHIVES brings us a pleasantly deep project from French producer Audub. It’s wonderfully relaxed and bright, perfect summertime grooves. With three tracks plus a remix, this is a classy little release that deserves some attention.

Favorite Track: 2. Northern Shore (Part 2)

French artist Audub knows well how to mix spacious ambient lines with more usual dub sounds to capture a very special atmosphere, well represented on his first work for Archives. Including two parts of ‘Northern Shore’ and ‘The Reef’, also presented with a remix by Am.Light in an ambient-techno twist.
released 07 July 2015

Written and Produced by Jean Codaccioni.
Aditional Remix by Am.Light.
Mastering by Alexandre Lehmann (Zzzzra).

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Nigel’s Brie, by Patkus

This one came recommended, and boy am I glad it did. 6 tracks of gorgeous looping beauty, feathered with whimsical emotion. I am in love with this little album, its the same but different, a unique take on lo-fi ambience.

Pulse Dive, by 36

Really enjoying this fresh ambient release this morning! PULSE DIVE by 36…

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