Untitled Album, by Sad Man

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Experimental Electronic + Jazz musician SAD MAN presents us with an epic new release UNTITLED ALBUM, which dropped back at the beginning of May. This beefy 21 track epic is a true experiment in abstract electronics, with a heavy lean towards resonant glitches and deconstructed club sounds.

At times UNTITLED ALBUM steers into quite adventurous territories, adopting flavors from world music, IDM, glitch hop and more to create his own unique electronic flavor. The songs themselves are hearty meals, rarely dipping below 3 minutes in length, leaving plenty of time to explore sonic ideas and freely wander the landscape of sound.

SAD MAN music seems to lean heavily towards dissonant experimentation, with rhythms propelling the vibe forward at a steady tempo. Though the sounds used may not be stranger to club atmosphere, it is the way all the sounds are broken down – stripped to their essence, and repurposed in a way to tell an entirely different story. Grooves appear as quickly as they disappear – percussion being somewhat nebulous, sometimes held by some boom bap drums, other times being completely phased into crushed synths and chopped waveforms. A track can fly from footwork madness to lofi house vibes in a matter of moments, and yet it all works quite well, with SAD MAN never losing footing within each track.

On the whole, UNTITLED ALBUM is a damn good work of art. It’s a rewarding listen, the kind you enjoy time and time again, with and without headphones – at home, in the car, etc. Take it with you in life and see how it morphs the landscape around you – a premium vibe augmentation.

Really strong recommendation on this one – the best word I can use to describe the complete project is Therapeutic. Something about the nature of the sounds, the mystery of where each track leads, it all put me very much at ease. Even the sounds themselves – I often found myself feeling quite entranced, as if my mind was being massaged through the airwaves. Perhaps you will have the same experience, and I encourage you to give it a shot!

The album is available to stream and download via the artists Bandcamp page – as well as a Compact Disc edition (which I will likely pick up in the near future!). SAD MAN has a healthy discography on his bandcamp page too, and with a remix-album set to release tomorrow, anyone who enjoys ought to be excited…

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Different Worlds Compilation, by Drift Deeper Recordings.

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Different Worlds is a new Various Artists compilation, put together and released by the UK’s Drift Deeper Recordings. Gathering an international roster of producers, Different Worlds does a magnificent job of highlighting the subtle differences in Deep-House style and interpretation from around the globe.

With a healthy 13 tracks, Different Worlds is a lovely long-player with a great energy. It has introduced me to a few deep-house producers I was unaware of, so I definitely encourage giving this one a listen! You can stream the whole thing via Bandcamp or purchase a digital copy from the label!

The Gloom & The Glowing

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The Gloom & The Glowing is the first full-length album from the prolific ambient duo now known as NonconnahLost Trail ). Though on the surface, TG&TG might seem quite similar to the duos former work, but within the folds there are greater forces at work.

The title alone alludes to a theme many people can relate to in these strange times; darkness and light, good and evil, joy and despair. The expressive depths and heights achieved within TG&TG is nothing short of astonishing. The moment when music surpasses mental satisfaction and achieves spiritual satisfaction is both uplifting and grounding.

The album itself is a solid 13 tracks. Throughout, synths churn and bellow between one-another, providing a near constant motion within the drone. The effect is an engaging and easy listen, with songs moving past beautifully like unknown towns through your car window. Tones evoke nostalgia, melancholy, humble warmth and old wisdom. A delicate balance of pain and purity, wistfully guiding the listener in a tour of emotion.

Listening to The Gloom & The Glowing was a rich and satisfying experience for me several times through, and I honestly look forward to enjoying it again many times again. You can have a listen yourself via Bandcamp, or do your stereo a favor and purchase a CD!

Varsovie, by Odes Of The Kabatians

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British-Colombian Label Silent Season brings us a chilled out ambient-techno treat in the form of Varsovie, by Odes of the Kabatians.

Varsovie is a part of the Labels “SSX“, or Silent Season 10-Year Anniversary, series, which focuses on textural ambience and geography. This installment is no disappointment, with 5 expansive tracks that are all both deep and delicious.

You can grab the digital download via the Labels Bandcamp page, or head over to Juno Records for a copy on wax.

Silent Season 10 Year Collection 2007-2017 [SSX10]

The Silent Season 10 Year Anniversary collection celebrates a decade of deeper electronic music. This special edition vinyl series features artists whose music continues to inspire the Silent Season journey from 2007-2017.

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The SSX series showcases elemental textures found in the nature surroundings of Vancouver Island. The collection features 2 different sleeve colour editions: Dark & Light. The first 5 EPs for Winter share a dark smoke transparent vinyl in a custom 10th anniversary black sleeve emboldened with the Silent Season Tree of Life.

The first 5 x 12″s will be available at Juno and other fine record shops starting Spring 2017. The vinyl series will roll out over the year with the remaining 5 eps coming out in the Fall.

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www.juno.co.uk/products/odes-of-the-kabatians-varsovie/637283-01/

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released May 24, 2017

French artists PVNV and Amandra work together under the project Odes Of the Kabatians. They are cofounders of Taapion Records and Ahrpe Records. The Varsovie EP has been produced in Amandra’s studio in Warsaw, Poland.

The Tales of the Sagebrush Wind, by Atmeo

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Energostatic Records of Kiev brings us a phenomenal little project from Marc Atmost / Atmeo, The Tales of the Sagebrush Wind.

Only 3 tracks long, this little EP is simultaneously packed with pulsing energy and relaxing vibes. The long-form tracks fluctuate and evolve between textural ambience and hypnotic rhythms. Such as the first track, which takes a full 8-minutes to ramp-up to a serious groove, only to be whisked off into the aether. All in all it is quite satisfying, and I certainly wish it were a longer project! You can grab the digital download via Bandcamp.

“If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.”

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Written, produced and mastered by Marc Atmost / Atmeo.

released May 19, 2017

Dub In The Forest EP, by Dijuma & Gaston Volpe

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A brief yet satisfying EP from Dijuma & Gaston Volpe, put out by Argentinian Label Concepto Hipnotico. Grab the digital album via Bandcamp today.

Textures Ø #1, by Andrea Porcu

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rohs! records brings us a dank little release from Andrea Porcu (Label Founder), a collection of “Textures”. Only 3 tracks, but satisfying to the core. Grab the EP today via bandcamp at your chosen price.

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Written, produced and mastered by Andrea Porcu.
[Original photography by ~Brenda-Starr~]

released April 23, 2013

I Thought I’d Never Find You, by Desolate Horizons

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Early Morning Ambience for maximum relaxation. “I Thought I’d Never Find You” is a new 4-track project from producer Desolate Horizons. The release is washed in melancholy yet remains relaxing and melodic through the whole project. With essentially no rough edges, this is the perfect soundtrack for meditations or simply dozing off. With a deeper listen your ears will be delighted at how DH masterfully weaves tones and samples to create a soundscape that leaves you feeling warm and embraced. You can download the release now via Hidden Vibes Label Bandcamp.

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“I Thought I’d Never Find You” was recorded from December 2014 to February 2015 originally for the split with ‘The Last Before Falling’ but unfortunately, it has never been officially released. And now I decided to rewrite one track called “I Stood There Calling Out Your Name” to finally give a life to this release.

“I Thought I’d Never Find You” is inspired by my own dreams and experiences obtained in them. To some extent, this is quite a sad story, but this story has a happy ending.

This is an archival recording. Thank you for listening

Desolate Horizons is a dronegaze/ambient/shoegaze one-man project from Russia. Side-project of C. Horizon, the only member of thehappymask.

Desolate Horizons on web:
desolatehorizons.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/thehappymask
soundcloud.com/thehappymask
vk.com/thehappymask

AMFH, by Liquid Delay

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Brought to us by London’s Drift Deeper Recordings, AMFH is a 2-track project by producer Liquid Delay. This is a wonderful-if-brief project, with finesse and nearly effortless sounding deep tones, complimented by delicious sunny rhythms and textures. You can download the project now via the labels Bandcamp page and get both tracks for about a dollar!

Deep and Dub Summer 2016

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Tehnofonika Records Brings us a marvelous summer sampler of Dub-Techno tunes, perfect for relaxing while the sun sets on a hot day. Featuring tracks from some of my favorite producers (Martin Frost, Dublicator) as well as a few fresh finds, this sampler is 10 tracks of high-quality techno tunes. Each song fits perfectly with the relaxed, sunny-mellow vibe, steeped in atmospheric flavor and texture. The album is currently only available for download via the Labels Bandcamp page.