Kovacs – Eastern Block EP

KovacsKovacs brings six tracks of odd, dark pseudo-jazz / downtempo. Beginning with Trip to Nomoreland, we are introduced to the EP with a sort of dream-like flight instruction mixed with some Sputnik transmission type noises. This all quickly gives way to a mellow tune that reminds me of Revolution Void. Next up is the slow mover Torespont, a droning cello with jazz drums, a moaning sax, and other assorted orchestral instruments to form an audio canvas so dark you’ll need a flashlight to find your way to the next track – Jazz.zene. I’m still trying to place the accent in the opening sample. Faster paced and more lively, the rest of the EP delivers a strange, dark message, one that we are all aware of but don’t really want to think about. The last track lightens up just a bit, waltzing by in two and a half minutes.

This is a great release, big thanks to Kovacs for bringing his music to the world.

Slava – Sunflower

Slava - SunflowerSlava brings us some dark, ambient sounds. I’m not sure how to classify this one, it’s experimental but not *too* experimental. Slava crosses the line into the realm of the weird, but doesn’t go too far on Sunflower. A range of styles are represented here – ambient, breakbeat, electro-blues, jazz, d’n’b, a little bit of everything is on the table. This is a strange pick for me, but it’s doing the job – keeping my ears happy.

Slava – Sunflower

Lunar – Wall Of Sound

Lunar Wall Of Sound coverRemember Lunar? Another stunning release has been issued forth from the brain of Lunar. His last release, Hybrid Awaken, was top notch and the follow up is only better in every way. Wall Of Sound has everything – ethnic instruments blended with electronic beats and synths, staccato rhythms and minimal basslines mix it up with orchestral strings, piano and electric guitar. This release is such a melting pot of different styles but it still boils down to one style and that style is simply Lunar.

Foolk – Bleep Bleep

A new ep from Foolk has been released. Foolk, formerly known as Foolcut, does a sort of hip hop / breakbeat / jazz thing thats difficult to describe. You just have to hear it. This ep brings three tracks of energetic electronic music to your ears. More organic and flowing than his previous release, but still in typical Foolcut style, the basslines fit perfectly with the almost glitched out synth / sample work. Track one, Bleep Bleep, sounds almost like a reworking of Royksopps ‘Eple’. Next is ‘Space Blues’, a chillout track with rap vox over it. Sounds perfect, I only wish I knew what the lyrics were. Or what language for that matter. Apologies in advance if they aren’t family friendly. The last track is a live version of Gorillaz ‘Clint Eastwood’.

All in all, this is a great release, especially combined with the previous one.

Thanks to Ladybird for sending me a note about this release.

Singing Crane – The Rising EP

SC Cover artSinging Crane has released a five track ep of his signature style electro. A mixup of breakbeats, trance, and decidedly eerie synth sounds take the listener on a moving trip through the cosmos of the mind. Beats that keep the listener paying attention mingle with classic synth sounds and an assortment of audio textures that tie it all together. Singing Crane also has a flash player at his site with lots of his other music. Check him out, and let him know what you think at The FLipside, a forum that he runs dedicated to the worlds greatest music production software, FL Studio.

Arturo Garces – My Sound

Album artWhew! It’s been a while since I posted, summer has been very busy. At any rate, here’s Arturo Garces with a very nice set of minimal dance tracks. Deep sounds and beats with just the right amount of swing will get you moving. Or at least snapping your fingers. Look for the third release from the top of the page.

Schilli-San – Smooth Situations

Schilli SanFrom the German net label Sofasound comes Schilli San. Smooth Situations is indeed what this release is all about; it doesn’t get much smoother. I once heard that if the mirror inside the hubble space telescope was scaled up to the size of the Atlantic ocean, the imperfections would only be a couple thousandths of an inch high. Thats how smooth these seven tracks are. Jazz influences combine with slightly glitchy drum tracks and acoustic instruments are mixed with synthesized instruments and samples that drive the whole thing home. Smooth Situations is a don’t miss release.

Equivallentium – Unexplainable

EquivallentiumFrom the Stretching Spaces netlabel comes Equivallentium with fifty five minutes of fast paced drums and classic synth sounds. I’m not sure if this is breakbeat or hip hop or techno or what, but it is definitely worth a listen. BTW, to find it you need to scroll about two thirds of the way down the page; it’s listed as ‘STRETCH017’.