jasmin – [2005] EP02

Jazzy postrock. A modern classic, surfing hard on genre boundaries.

This gem of a EP, released at now inactive Berlin netlabel 12rec is surprisingly hard to classify. Although it ticks all the boxes of instrumental postrock, the songs touch everything from pop music and jazz harmonics. Jazz in disguise, so to speak. Continue reading “jasmin – [2005] EP02”

Ramacod – [2017] Fang

Digestible microsampling. Hundreds of millisecond-long snippets, beautifully arranged, form a danceable melange.

This artists knows how to create a distinct sound, that you will be able to recognise, even after just hearing it for once. I guess that producing these arrangements, made from hundreds of tiny sound samples, must be quite laborious. But the effort pays off in a discernible, groovy end result that you certainly won’t forget. Continue reading “Ramacod – [2017] Fang”

Emerald Park – [2011] Reality Bites EP

Radio-compatible guitar pop rock. Three relaxed songs from Sweden.

The guitar chords come easily with this release, as well as the snares and drums. The arrangements don’t win prizes for originality, yet are crafted with such care that you can even forgive them with opening with the played-to-death four-chord progression. But judge for yourself whether this is for you. Continue reading “Emerald Park – [2011] Reality Bites EP”

Wings Of An Angel – [2016] Vain Crescent

Excellent quiet ambient.

There are times you need punchy beets, strong rhythm, catchy tunes and a sing-along chorus. This album has none of these. Instead, it features lack of beats, only subtle rhythm, uncatchy, drawn-out tunes and no chorus. In short, this music is not intended to be listened to as a primary activity. Rather, it is perfect to accompany situations in which most other music would be distracting: concentrated reading, meditation, or — now that I think of it — writing blog posts… Read on for almost two hours of such music Continue reading “Wings Of An Angel – [2016] Vain Crescent”

Galavis – [2012] Not Enough

Simple dancefloor loops. Not winning awards for subtlety, this EP knows how to create catchy loops.

Dedicated to a solid bassline, catchy rhythm and tunes, this release by Mexican house producer Galavis, originally released at the now (seemingly) inactive Konfort netlabel, does not rely on window dressing. No chord progressions, no overwhelming sound effects. Instead, the music focuses on the key ingredients of the genre. Continue reading “Galavis – [2012] Not Enough”

MEDL4 – [2017] Anima Mundi

Bassy classy instrumental hip hop. Vocal samples introduce each song, but then instrumental samples reign.

This blog has seen its fair share of releases from netlabel Dusted Wax Kingdom. Somehow, they manage to consistently select for artists that produce the label’s signature sound of vintage sound samples, mixed with contemporary beats and effects. So does this recent album by MEDL4. Continue reading “MEDL4 – [2017] Anima Mundi”

M-PeX – [2014] ODÝSSEIA

Portuguese guitar meets modern beats. Guitar and double bass, featuring electronic sounds.

This gem I found via the Enough Records mixed tape for the 2016 CC Europe Meeting in Lisbon. It features artists M-PeX (Portuguese guitar), André Coelho (double bass), and DJ X-Acto who provides the electronic part. It’s incredible stuff that deserves much more attention than the release’s view counter indicates. Continue reading “M-PeX – [2014] ODÝSSEIA”

Djinnestan – [2004] Rain 1

Dreamy soundscape. Fairytale forest ambiance, masterfully crafted.

When I first encountered this release over ten years ago, I did not like it right away. I just was not yet prepared to accept something this non-musical as background ambience. But if you accept that good background “music” does not have to follow a traditional song structure, you’re in for a hell of a ride. So, darken your room, lower the volume and do something else while this 74 minute track teleports you into an enchanted forest… Continue reading “Djinnestan – [2004] Rain 1”

Zifhang – [2017] Two Worlds

Vintage trip hop. Old music samples, forming auditory dioramas above contemporary beats.

Netlabel Dusted Way Kingdom is a reliable supplier of (instrumental) hip hop music. This release even leans towards trip hop sound (think: early Massive Attack), while not forgetting to sport slow, fat beets. Continue reading “Zifhang – [2017] Two Worlds”

Herr Doktor – [2017] Time for Love

Nostalgic 80s synth pop. Tightly produced retrowave, focused on beats and synth pads.

This is a special free music release, in that it appears simultaneously in three labels’ catalogues: Enough Records, Illuminated Paths, and Future City Records. That in itself tells you that Herr Doktor’s music is in high demand from curators. Continue reading “Herr Doktor – [2017] Time for Love”