Cradle is a 2-track ambient/downtempo EP from San Francisco’s Solarein, self-released on May 13th, 2023.
The project is tight and lush, with atmospherics and textures taking center stage, surrounded by chilled beats and slowly-evolving synths. Speaking of textures, the sonic feeling of this record is pretty phenomenal, with lots of room in the mix for clicks and pops to fly around in between the more melodic and utilitarian sounds.
Both tracks borrow themes from one-another, from the progression to the vibe, like two sides of the same coin. Heavy yet hopeful. The songs return to motifs seamlessly, looping back around on themselves and their melodies. Some of my favorite moments were when guitar blissfully swept its way into the mix, soaring above the established structure and injecting heavy emotional energy with its distorted riffs.
For fans of downtempo electronics like Boards of Canada, Casino Vs Japan and Kiln – Cradle is likely to put a smile on the listeners face, if only for 15 minutes.
Snow day ep by hyacinth is a relaxed downtempo trip-hop project with a touch of post-vaporwave lofi looping vibes.
Rooted in experimental bedroom beat-making energy, the 9 track ep swirls through samples, riffs and grooves with an effortless sense of style. The dusty boom-bap percussion layered with warped jazzy samples take me back to 2008, evoking feelings of Madlib and Boards of Canada.
This little beat tape packs a lot of heart and creative energy into its relatively short playtime – it won my heart over and I found myself playing it on repeat. Perfect for mellow mornings with a warm cup of coffee.
You can support the artist and pick up the release for ONLY 2 BUCKS via their self operated label peradam tapes.
Hairs aBlazin’ Label brings us this lovely split-cassette project featuring TVVIN_PINEZ_M4LL & Δcid.rar . The vaporwave project has a loose concept to it, characterized by the eyes watching us from inside the album. The watchman has become lustful, and this is the soundtrack inside his thoughts… The music evokes thick feelings of nostalgia, longing, regret and hope.
Digital download is available via bandcamp as well as a Cassette available, edition of 24, so get em while you can! They look gorgeous with the red tape housed in a black case, and the artwork lending a VHS Tape vibe, digging it for sure and hopefully I can pick up a copy before they are all gone…
“Toward the Unknown” is the debut 4-track project from Boston-Massachusetts duo Project Parallels, consisting of producer/multi-instrumentalist Jesse Ciarmataro and Saxophonist/composer John Aruda. The record is available now courtesy of Simple Truth records.
Dropping back in January, yet only appearing on my radar in the past week, this one has become a go-to jam with its infectious grooves and addicting progressions. The title track warms up the listener with a healthy rhythm and friendly vibes. Things really pick up in “Waltz for Beverly”, especially around the halfway mark, where urgent saxes encourage a beautiful flute solo.
Definite favorite of mine is “The Region and The Riot”, a track I originally discovered while poking around SoundCloud – it’s a quintessential trip-hop track with all the perfect ingredients. A blissful chord progression, with rich chillhop anime vibes, accompanied by beautiful horns and OH THE DRUMS! The percussion on this track is so addicting, it makes me click repeat as soon as the song is over…
Really looking forward to more sounds from this duo – if this project is any indication, they have a lot of fantastic ideas that I would love to see developed into a full-length project. You can download the album now via bandcamp and streaming on most platforms.