Up and coming British producer Mark Dobson, A.K.A. Ambassadeurs, started his adventure in electronic music production with OctaMED on the Amiga; this immediately endears him to us as we are old school MED fans. Fast forward to the present day and he’s been slowly but surely making a name for himself with a succession of well received reMixes and steady touring. He’s just released his new EP, Can’t You See?, as a Beatport exclusive and we can give the title track a listen right now.
Can’t You See? neatly bridges the gap between dreamy Chillwave atmospherics and bassy, Future R&B styled UK Deep House. Ambassadeurs lays on waves of lush Synths and haunting samples over a shuffling beat. For such a spacious track, Can’t You See? is pretty upbeat as Ambassadeurs stabs and a twisting lead line into a frenzy as the song progresses. There’s even a little Dub in the mix too. A complex and intricately crafted epic.
♫ Ambassadeurs – Can’t You See?
Ambassadeurs’ Can’t You See? is out now.
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Tokyo’s Cuushe has joined the ever expanding roster of one of the labels we respect the most, Cascine. Not that our respect counts for much, but if we were to hold up an example of an independent label doing it right it would be Cascine. For her latest EP, Cuushe is combining the mighty forces of Cascine and Japanese label flau to release Night Lines, a four track “noir storybook” out in April on digital and limited edition 10” vinyl. Check out the records first track, Tie.
Cuushe serves up a sumptuous and beautiful swirling synthetic soundscape. It’s an unusual mix of modern, shoegaze, electronics, and oddly nostalgic arrangement. The drums spin and roll layered over with waves of smokey pads and pin-prick lead arpeggios. It’s an otherworldly soundtrack to Cuushe’s 80s-tinged ethereal vocals. intoxicating stuff.
♫ Cuushe – Tie
Cuushe’s Night Lines EP is released 7th April.
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Falcone, the artist formally known as Aaron Alexis, is certainly working his way through the Brooklyn production roster. If we’re honest we’d like to see him going back to producing his own material, we really dug the old Aaron Alexis tracks, they had a consistent sonic style; one of warmth and soul. Anyway, this new one, Ghosts, was mixed by AIMES, who throws off his recent Nu-Disco dominance for some of his old school Chillwave flavour.
And very Chillwave Ghosts is too. Reverb drenched vocals swirl about the track as cacophonous beats and waves and waves of lush pads swell and fall from the speakers. It’s actually kinda’ Shoegaze-y, a wall of melodic sound partnered with a cavernous voice. Electronic Shoegaze with soul, that’s Ghosts. Brand new genre?
♫ Falcone – Ghosts
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Here’s the video for Nautical Disco superstar Goldroom’s current offering ‘Till Sunrise. The track features Australian electronic producer Mammals and has been pretty much doing the business for the last couple of months.
The clip was directed by Dianna Agron and is one of those young-people-in-soft-focus-doing-some-stuff videos that are all the rage. Nice crane shots too!
Goldroom’s ‘Till Sunrise is out now.
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DreamPoppers Korallreven have signed to Cascine! When did that happen? Look, we’re like one of the top 150 websites in the entire world or some shit; I’m pretty sure that means we’re supposed to get a say in stuff like this. OK, so we would have said “yeah, great!”, but Cascine obviously missed the memo where stuff like this is supposed to be run past us. Seriously, just how is the music industry supposed to survive if people don;t stop whatever they are doing and pay attention to us?!?!
Anyhoo, Korallreven have signed to Cascine; and in much the same way that you might let a friend know that you’re not keen on Anchovies (who are you?!) when they offer you some of their pizza, the Swedish duo aren’t too keen on death (“hey, Korallreven; do you fancy some death?” “Nah, that’s OK thanks, death is not for us”). The new single precedes a sophomore album due out in November and is a gloriously upbeat slice of jaunty, tropical Pop that just seems to worm it’s way into your heart and refuse to budge. There’s a monster bassline and some airy brisk keys too in there too, loads of synth and harmony goodness in that contradictory icy yet warm way that only Scandinavians can pull off.
♫ Korallreven – Death Is Not For Us
Korallreven second album, Second Coming, is released 4th November.
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Costal is the latest slice of sweet, laid back, Tropical Disco Chillwave bliss from the wonderful Mr. Box Of Wolves. It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, Box Of Wolves hazy dance sounds always take you away to a warmer climate and better times. Check out his new symphony of nostalgia and groove; and prepare to let the sunshine into your life.
Riding in a hazy organ hook, Costal rolls together elements of House, SynthWave, Chillwave and Nu-Disco into one warm and relaxing four minute jam. Layered with intricate purcussion and waves of smokey pads, the track take you on a smooth voyage where you can forget your troubles. Sometimes we thing Tropical is the sound of the summer, but sometimes it occurs to us that Tropical should be the sound of the winter, when you really need warming up, so we’re glad Box Of Wolves brought us Coastal when he did.
♫ Box Of Wolves – Coastal
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Nu-Disco producer Louis La Roché has been away for a while. It’s been almost a year since he released his last EP, Composure, and the man has spent the last twelve months holed up in the studio playing with sounds and moods. He’s about to release some brand new material in the form of the Dusty Cassette EP, which is due for release this week. As a precursor to the EP dropping, Louis has given away this extra track to give you a taste of what’s to come. Check out The Way She Makes Me Feel.
Giving late 80s Soul a funky dancefloor update, Louis lays down the law of his new EP. Gritty sounds, tape noise, old school vibes, Dusty Cassette really sounds like it will live up to it’s name. The Way She Makes Me Feel combines a classic R&B sound, with a little LA funk and a host of Nu-disco editing. The hazy result has got an almost Chillwave-y feel to it and is perfect Sunday listening. The EP should be interesting.
♫ Louis La Roché – The Way She Makes Me Feel
Louis La Roché’s Dusty Cassette EP is released 19th August.
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Here’s another new track from Canadian SynthPop queen LIGHTS’ forthcoming third album Little Machines. This one is called Portal an taken on an almost Chillwave drone in it’s lush and gentle sound.
Check out the video, as hypnotic as the track itself. It’s actually kinda’ calming.
LIGHTS’ Little Machines is released 23rd September.
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You’d have to have been living under a rock the past couple of weeks, or maybe you just don;t write for a music blog, not to have been hammered with ‘preMixes’ if the new single from the producer of the mist blissful music in the world, Goldroom. It was actually a very interesting concept, release the stems for reMixing before anyone has heard the original and let creativity ensue, but as much as we love Josh we just hid under the aforementioned rock until the man himself dropped the original version of the track. which is now; so “hello world””
‘Till Sunrise features Australian electronic producer Mammals and was well worth the wait. I know we quite often refer to stuff as soundtracking the summer; but in real life as soon as the sun starts to shine we reach for some Goldroom tunes, and ‘Till Sunrise will be pushing it’s way toward the top of that pile. A slo-mo Disco dream that swirls hazy snyths, Topical purcussion, and the most warm and inviting of back beats, around your head as Mammals misty vocal rolls over the tune. Too chilled for Disco, to Disco for Chillwave, ‘Till Sunrise hits the sweet spot between the two. Dreamwave was always supposed to sound like this.
♫ Goldroom (Feat. Mammals) – ‘Till Sunrise
Goldroom’s ‘Till Sunrise is out now.
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Bristol’s finest electronic rabble rousers The Other Tribe have been flexing their musical muscles with their latest tune. Usually more known for massive summer festival anthems and pounding House tunes, The Fear sees The Other Tribe charting new territory and dipping their collective toe into the waters of something a little more smooth, and something a little more esoteric. Check out The Fear.
This new tune find The Other Tribe folding a little Future R&B, and a little Chillwave, into their dynamic electronic sound. James delivers a slick and laid back vocal performance over an undulating swirl of woody bass and hazy synths. It’s got that subtly hunting quality that the best Chillwave tends to have but looses none of The Other Tribes trademark tribal twist, here introduced via a selection of understated purcussion. The whole thin feels both synthetic and organic at the same time and makes for perfect sunshine chilling music.
♫ The Other Tribe – The Fear
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