Best of November 2016 – The Playlist

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Track of the Week 24/07/16: Wildhart – Shake Off

Wildhart hail from Sweden. They combine almost jazzy elements with shimmering synths and soundscapes with gentle vocals. Shake Off is ambient-induced chill out music, while still staying in the realm of electro pop. It’s one of those albums that lets you drift off into daydreams when it gets dark so early outside.

If singles like this one and Fantasy are anything to go by, Wildhart might be about to make a name for themselves. With their debut album coming out November 11th, I’m sure there’s a lot more to come.

Track of the Week 11/07/16

Fresh off my hiatus (which may or may not have been because I was actually doing some grown up work for an actual company and not blabbing away irrelevance into the vast chatter of the internet) here’s my track of the week to get back into writing.

For the ultimate chill, dreamy vibes to start the week off, have some Tycho. It’s been a while and I’m glad to see him back out with new and even cooler stuff. For more of my words in a more elaborate review, head on over to Can You Ear It and check out the first thing I wrote for them.

Have a beautiful week, everyone!

 

Review: Parra for Cuva – Darwis // Shall We … Dream?

Imagine a cozy night in. Maybe sitting on the windowsill with a book or a badly mixed drink, watching the world whiz past – but everything seems eerily quiet. And you’re lonely, you think. But maybe you’re just alone.
This is what Darwis sounds like. A very emotive musical exploration of the feelings without words, that this genre so often relies on.

Berlin-based producer and electronic artist Nicolas Demuth and Jonas Lechenmayr, better known as Parra for Cuva and Senoy are well-known for their downtempo electronica that Demuth started experimenting with on his 2014 release Majouré.

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Day 12: ABBY – Hexagon // ever so gentle, ever so Berlin

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Abby’s hometown Berlin is quite audibly an influence. Their second album Hexagon was released in August in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, but only made it to the UK and the rest of the world in October.

That meant I could buy the vinyl for my Dad and then mourn over it when I was back in England because I had to wait for more than a month for it to be available.

Overall, it’s a very gentle, calm album. With a mix of electronica and indie-esque melodies it definitely fits in with the current trend. For me, this album really represents the time of change when I moved to University and, therefore, is laden with emotional baggage, not necessarily just bad.

This brings us to the end of my personal 12 Days of Christmas. Thanks for coming along for the ride and I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

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Day 8: Howling – Howling // Australia + Germany = the perfect collab no one expected

howling-sacredgroundRZ-2500-finalMultitalent Ry X and producer and Innervisions leader Frank Wiedemann released a collaboration track in 2012 called Howling that went viral. Despite living half a world away from each other, Ry X is from Australia and Wiedemann lives in Germany, they knew that what they had is something that needs to be exploited.

The tracks on the album that came out in May on Counter Records were mostly recorded in rehearsals or other random places – Wiedemann’s mansion in South Germany, California, Miami, Zurich, …

Different cities have different vibes and that’s maybe what makes this album stand out. The strange, otherworldly vibe of the album is beautifully accentuated by gentle and very professional production.

This is definitely a personal highlight for me this year and it makes me a bit sad that we can’t expect a new album anytime soon, and that we can’t even be sure there will be a new album. But if time and patience make for another album of similar quality and expertise, I am more than happy to wait.

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