Jul 21

Dirty Beaches – Stateless (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 41:10 minutes | 390 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover

Alex Zhang Hungtai, known by his stage name Dirty Beaches, is a Taiwanese-born Canadian musician based in Montreal, Quebec.Dirty Beaches began as a one-man band, sometimes employing sampling, inspired by Zhang’s longtime love of hip hop. In addition to his own years moving between countries and on the road touring, films are one of Zhang’s influences, particularly those by Wong Kar-wai.

All seasons are cyclical, like real life shit. We adapt and venture through each phase with intentions of engagement, embracing mistakes and chances that eventually become the foundation of identities and roles we take on in life. All pain is temporary, as in joy, anger, doubt and all human emotions. Nothing is forever. Just a constant cyclical randomization processed in patterns and algorithms. We can’t predict life, but we can try to brace ourselves for the ever changing tides of time. Some dreams, are worth breaking your limbs for.

Tracklist:
01 – Displaced
02 – Stateless
03 – Pacific Ocean
04 – Time Washes Away Everything

All music written by Alex Zhang Hungtai.
Except on track 1 and 4 written with Vittorio Demarin.
Written and recorded in Treviso, Italy and Addac Studio in Lisbon, Portugal. Jan-May 2014.
Mixed by Dean Hurley in Los Angeles. Mastered by Harris Newman at Grey Market Mastering, Montreal.

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May 10

Hammock – Everything And Nothing (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 94:21 minutes | 1 GB | Genres: Alternative,Electronic, Ambient
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover | Hammock Music

Hammock returns with Everything and Nothing, the Nashville duos first full-length album since 2013s critically-acclaimed Oblivion Hymns. With Everything and Nothing, Hammock has entered oblivion a place of personal struggle, doubt, and change and come out the other side; hopeful. The experience is meticulously woven into each song, shared with listeners through intricate melodies, compelling beats, and solemn vocals. In some ways, Everything and Nothing is the spiritual successor to the bands 2006 breakout album Raising Your Voice… Trying to Stop an Echo. It recalls the same mastery of sound and storytelling, destined to spark every listeners imagination.

Tracklist:
01 – Turn Away and Return
02 – Clarity
03 – Glassy Blue
04 – Dissonance
05 – Marathon Boy
06 – We Could Have Been Beautiful Again
07 – Everything and Nothing
08 – She Was in the Field Counting Stars
09 – Burning Down the Fascination
10 – Wasted We Stared at the Ceiling
11 – Reverence
12 – I Will Become the Ground You Walk On
13 – We Were So Young
14 – You Walk Around… Shining Like the Sun
15 – Unspoken
16 – Before You Float Away into Nothing
17 – There Is Only This [Bonus Track]
18 – Lights Will Draw You Back [Bonus Track]
19 – Devil Wind [Bonus Track]
20 – Start Over Again [Bonus Track]

Produced and recorded by Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson.
Mixed by Peter Katis at Tarquin Studios, Bridgeport, CT .
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, NYC.

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Apr 12

Jon Hopkins – Contact Note (2004/2010)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 61:27 minutes | 694 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: LINN | Artwork: Front cover | Label: Linn Records

Contact Note is the second album from electronic composer, producer, remixer Jon Hopkins. An album that slowly evolves into a deep compelling musical experience with Hopkins calling on his skills as a classically trained musician to give his most abstract work delicate impressionist touches. Piano contrasts with deep driving basslines, drifting atmospheres and intense rhythms: a glorious sonic adventure.

Tracklist:
01 – Circle
02 – Second Sense
03 – Contact Note
04 – Searchlight
05 – Symmetry
06 – 100
07 – Glasstop
08 – Sleepwalker
09 – Reprise
10 – Nightjar
11 – Black And Red
12 – Luna Moth

Mastered in 24-bit by Guy Davie.

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Apr 12

Jon Hopkins – Immunity (2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 60:03 minutes | 661 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Artwork: Front cover | Label: Domino Recording Co

Jon Hopkins has hovered around the edges of dance and indie rock for several years, playing with Brian Eno, Coldplay, and King Creosote – and even seeming to take a backseat on his own records. But Immunity, the producer’s breakthrough fourth album, bounds and writhes with its own life force.

Between Insides and its follow-up Immunity, Jon Hopkins worked with King Creosote on the charming Diamond Mine, which set the Scottish singer/songwriter’s ruminations to backdrops that were half rustic folk and half evocative washes of sound. Immunity isn’t nearly as acoustic as that collaboration was, but its gently breezy feel lingers on several of these songs: “Breathe This Air” expands from a pounding house rhythm into a roomy piano meditation that recalls Max Richter as much as Diamond Mine, while the title track – which happens to feature King Creosote’s vocals – closes the album on a whispery note. This feeling extends to the rest of the album in less obvious ways; Immunity is often a more blended, and more expansive-sounding work than Insides, particularly on songs like the Brian Eno-esque “Abandon Window” and “Form by Firelight,” which offers a playful study in contrasts in the way it bunches into glitches and then unspools a peaceful piano melody. Some of Immunity’s most impressive moments expand on the blend of rhythm and atmosphere Hopkins emphasized on Insides: “Collider” uses sighing vocals courtesy of Dark Horses’ Lisa Elle as punctuation for almost imperceptibly shifting beats and a heavy bassline that helps the track build into a moody, elegant whole; meanwhile, the aptly named “Sun Harmonics” turns Elle’s sighs into something angelic over the course of 12 serene minutes. Despite these highlights, the album still reflects how Hopkins’ polished approach is something of a blessing and a curse. Immunity shows how he’s grown, in his subtle, accomplished way, as a composer and producer, yet its tracks occasionally feel like the surroundings for a focal point that never arrives. Even if it doesn’t always demand listeners’ attention, Immunity is never less than thoughtfully crafted.

Tracklist:
01 – We Disappear
02 – Open Eye Signal
03 – Breathe This Air
04 – Collider
05 – Abandon Window
06 – Form By Firelight
07 – Sun Harmonics
08 – Immunity

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Apr 07

Underworld – Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:51:38 minutes | 1,04 GB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: e-Onkyo | Artwork: Digital Booklet | © Beat Records

While Underworld’s Karl Hyde and Rick Smith have retained what was special about their greatest triumphs – Dubnobasswithmyheadman and Second Toughest in the Infants were two of the most revered dance albums of the 1990s – Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future is never weighed down by its makers’ history. Karl Hyde’s “found” lyrics (using snippets of overheard conversations) are affecting, fractured evocations of the disorientations of modern urban life. Even the album’s title is a real-life utterance, a phrase Hyde’s father said to his mother shortly before he died. Opening track I Exhale has the sleazy ambience of David Bowie’s Lodger, its “blah, blah, blah” motif echoing the “far, far, far, away” refrain of Red Sails. But that and If Rah aside, Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future is dreamy and unabrasive. Gently menacing instrumental Santiago Cuatro has a Middle Eastern feel, while the smooth synthpop texture of the closing track Nylon Strung reaches a state of bliss. — www.theguardian.com

Tracklist:
1 I Exhale 08:11
2 If Rah 07:13
3 Low Burn 06:45
4 Santiago Cuatro 04:01
5 Motorhome 06:24
6 Ova Nova 05:32
7 Nylon Strung 06:48

Bonus Track for Japan:
8 Twenty Three Blue 06:44

Personnel:
Karl Hyde – vocals, guitars
Rick Smith – keyboards, mixing, vocals

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Mar 22

Scann-Tec – Unyt (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:11:09 minutes | 744 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Artwork: Front cover | Ultimae Records

Vladislav Isaev, music composer and sound sculptor from Moscow, Russia, also known as Scann-Tec started writing music in 1996. He has since been working as Audio director for NIVAL, a Russian game developer and composing music for various TV Series. Vladislav collaborated with The Future Sound of London and Mark Morgan on several projects and with his partner Elena on Broadcast of Variants. After several tracks on various compilations and two solo albums, Scann-Tec releases his third opus “Unyt” on French label Ultimae.

The album redefines Scann-Tec’s approach to musical composition and introduces multi-form field recordings vaporised in an array of analog and digital tools to create surreal and behind the veil atmospheres ; wide etheral pads floating high above his distinctive, dynamic and well-calibrated low-end, slender drums, and finely carved rhythmic patterns set the pace gradually transforming free fall into a zero-G experiment.

With its unique cinematic downtempo aesthetics, Unyt leads us into a perpetually expanding travel through soundscapes while playing with our centers of attention, loss of focus and a certain sense of dispersion.

Tracklist:
01 – Snova I Snova
02 – Unyt
03 – Quantum Evo
04 – Ne Viden
05 – Svet
06 – Klinostat
07 – Parsec
08 – Delta-V
09 – Nadezhda
10 – Turgenev

All tracks written, arranged, produced and mixed by Vladislav Isaev at studio Monokanal, Russia.
Audio mastering by Vincent Villuis at Ultimae Studio, Lyon, France.

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Mar 22

Scott Nice – All The Wild Creatures (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 45:59 minutes | 565 MB | Genre: Electronic
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: bandcamp.com | Front cover | © Jumpsuit Records

Northern California producer Scott Nice invigorates the dance floor on his new LP “All the Wild Creatures”, a flowing adventure through world music colors, sounds of the jungle, and dance music aesthetics. This is art rooted in indigenous cultures and traditions; the vibrations find a home in nature’s resplendent environs. Nice, a former turntablist who has logged time in the skateboard and snowboard industries, returned to making music with a newfound clarity and focus following a debilitating bout with illness that saw him stop making music for an extended period. Through intestinal fortitude and personal triumph, Nice has arrived at an exotic cross-section of styles, yet maintains a sound all his own.

For All the Wild Creatures, Scott Nice placed the artistic focus on creating music that stands the test of time, art that has a replay value for years to come. There are no fads chased here, no genre-of-the-moment, no tried and true formulas at play. Instead, the producer leans heavily on his own world view, and the globalized rhythms that pulsate throughout the album are a testament to his wide-eyed approach. Nice has reinvented himself in beautiful and inspirational fashion, eschewing the aggressive tendencies of modern EDM for more organic and spiritual instrumentation. Scratches and cuts of classic James Brown calls harkens back to the golden era of hip hop. Yet if this music sounds as if it’s tailor made for Ecstatic Dance, that’s because it is.
The album opens with “Peacock Drop”, as bird calls sound nature’s trumpet, announcing that the journey has begun. Tribal drums and steel pan sounds launch the globalized rhythms into the fast lane. The opening salvo sets the tone for what’s to come, in the form of a driving, breezy bouyancy that ushers in this undulating effort. From there, the record is a prolific promenade; a testament to a lifetime loving all animals. “Hey Ma” is a reverent, humble dedication to his mother, the meditative bounce of “Picafloricita” a Shibipo medicine song for the hummingbird eagle. Album highlights also include a spicy remix of The Polish Ambassador’s regal “Koyelia” as well as a collaboration with the Jumpsuit Records President in “Lost Continent.” Serving as album coda is the masterful reimagination of Ayla Nereo’s “Bonteka,” an expansive exploration in song and emotion.

Tracklist:
01 – The Peacock Drop
02 – Hey Ma
03 – Picaflorcita (feat. Shira Netanya)
04 – Lost Continent (feat. The Polish Ambassador)
05 – Respeto Por Ti
06 – East Pangaea
07 – Sunshine Cameo
08 – Touching Down
09 – The Polish Ambassador – Koyelia [Scott Nice Remix]
10 – Ayla Nereo – Bonteka [Scott Nice Remix]

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