October #1

Hello ET readers!

Before I start loading this post up with links, I wanted to take a second to thank anyone and everyone who has supported this project from the beginning – I am inspired every day by seeing artists and collectives still producing and curating amazing content, along with a whole new generation of content creators pulling the underground scene into new directions and uncharted territories.

It is in this spirit that I am announcing a slight shift in the blog format to better accommodate both the current underground climate as well as my own personal habits and responsibilities. Moving forward, I will be focusing on posting “Lists” of recommended listens, opposed to individual “Quick Picks” of my findings. I feel this is a logical step, and also one that will be beneficial to both the readers and the artists featured. So without further explanation or excuse, here is the first list to kick off October 2018 – please enjoy browsing and exploring this batch of recommended underground music!!

 

Last Dayz ov Zummer – by Reflections From Nowhere

Released October 5th, 2018 – DMT Tapes FL

The ever-busy DMT Tapes Florida has graced us with another beautiful, meandering release from Reflections From Nowhere – tinged with a slight melancholy and dystopian vibe, the 13 tracks seem to drip from one to the next, laced with droning synths and keys, dusted with downtempo grooves and textures. The tape on a whole is quite a satisfying listen, as I found myself going back for a repeat listen 2/3 times whenever I pressed play… 🛰

 

Rum River Ramble – by Marcus Eads

Released September 30, 2018 – Self Released

Longtime readers will know that I am a fan of Marcus Eads’ stripped back, “Primitive” Americana compositions – so it is no surprise that I am both excited and pleased with his latest offering, Rum River Ramble. In traditional Eads fashion, the album is a peaceful homage to archaic sounds, featuring vibes ranging from swinging mellow melodies to thoughtful blues. Throughout the record, Marcus utilizes not only the Acoustic Guitar, but a peppering of unique instruments like the Dulcimer and Autoharp! Quite the enjoyable listen for a relaxing morning coffee. ☕️

 

Vault of Glass EP – by Doctor Jeep

Released October 5th, 2018 – Self Released

Dark and atmospheric Drum & Bass from UK’s Doctor Jeep – featuring collaborations with Fixate and Cirrus, with remixes from Hyroglifics and Sinistarr). Wonderfully satisfying dark club grooves with flavors of dub and world sounds. 🌍

 

Mental Disorder – by Hybrid Boy

Released October 5th, 2018 – Self Released

New Belgium producer Hybrid Boy presents us with an energetic and bold 3-track EP as a first release on the scene – each track is packed with atmosphere and energy, utilizing extraordinary drumwork and soundscape crafting. Definitely excited to hear more from this young producer in the future! 🌀

 

• CHOON FINDS – Saint Elsewhere •

“Experimental Trip Hop from Vienna/AT” – Saint Elsewhere strings together chilled electronics, downtempo beats and blissful vocals in a small collection of songs uploaded to Choon. Quite interesting stuff, subtle and worth multiple listens 🤙

Listen: Self-Titled 6 Track Album

Imaginations, by Alexandre Navarro

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Imaginations is an EP of ambient synthesizer music by french producer Alexandre Navarro. 5 tracks packed full of beautiful textures, blipping and buzzing synths combined with tasteful percussion. There is an attention to detail in each sound and tone that only becomes more apparent on repeat listens.

Good For:

  • Study Music
  • Midnight Drives
  • Deep Thought

Favorite Track: 4. Au bord de toi

So Divine!, by skyline divine

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So Divine! is a new vaporwave album by producer Skyline Divine, released April 9th by Adhesive Sounds. The project is light-hearted and drenched in sunny California-Retro vibes. Loosely a concept album built around an awkward teens first love experience, it’s easy to close your eyes and imagine these tracks playing out as the soundtrack to this heartwarming story.

A lonely teen is thrown into an expensive, neon pink covered world they call San Fernando Valley. It didn’t matter how much time she spent on her hair and make-up, she couldn’t find love… until today. She finally feels like she’s ‘all that… and a bag of chips!’ She couldn’t believe it! The hottest guy in the Valley noticed her and invited her to his private yacht party!

skylinedivine645.bandcamp.com

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The Album is available to download via Adhesive Sounds bandcamp at the price of your choice.

Locked Grooves, by 400PPM

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Fresh from Berlin’s Avian Label is this collection of hypnotic tracks by 400PPM. Locked Grooves is a collection of experimental techno loops constructed by Shawn O’Sullivan. The release itself is 10 tracks of raw, relentless electronics, with satisfying jagged edges. I would even dare to call this a Punk interpretation of techno, with the often distorted tones buzzing from track to track, as well as the startlingly short track lengths (most tracks barely breach the 2-minute mark!).

All in all, its a breath of fresh air in the oft-over-produced techno scene. You can scoop the digital album for free now via Avians Bandcamp.

when they benefit [NWOB-1], by echochamber

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echochambers latest release is part of the label New Worlds latest cassette-tape-box-set project dropping in a few days; when they benefit is an excellent long-player of stellar beats and melodies. Blurring the line between hip-hop beat mentality and vaporwave sonics, echochamber masterfully crafts these 20 tracks into something equally addicting and satisfying. I particularly enjoy his choice of synth tones and overall mixing, all with a subtle nostalgic sci-fi tone.

You can pick up the album digitally today for only a buck! Or you can wait until the 7th when this tape along with 4 others will be available in a limited edition box-set from the label.

echochamber:

twitter.com/ninejp
echochamberjp.bandcamp.com

Instinct, by Organit

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Released October 6th, 2016, INSTINCT is a new 3-track project from Tamás Olejnikv moniker, Organit. What we find is deep and dark dub within, with flavors of old school dubstep and dub techno drizzled here and there. Condor is a great opening track, perfectly riding the line between calm melody and haunting dissonance. Tribe follows with a more brisk pace and staccato structure, evoking the feeling of running through a dense jungle in the pitch black night. The third and final track, Rite, is just as spooky as it is satisfying, with a brilliant bassline leading the ritual, the whole track swirls into an urgent yet relaxed composition.

You can grab this EP along with others at the artists Bandcamp page.

Written, produced & mastered by Tamás Olejnik.
www.dublicator.hu

Previous Organit releases:

Detect
tamas-olejnik.bandcamp.com/album/detect
Innear
tamas-olejnik.bandcamp.com/album/innear
Altern
tamas-olejnik.bandcamp.com/album/altern

Or check my website:
dublicator.hu/organit.html

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