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.

Want More heavily relies on its catchy bass line, that carries unchanged through most of the song.

All Your Loving follows the same formula, just with slightly different rhythm signature. As I said: effective, not subtle ūüėČ

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M-PeX – [2014] OD√ĚSSEIA

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), Andr√© 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] OD√ĚSSEIA”

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”

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”

Bluevet – [2014] Believers

Recreational electronic beats. Unobtrusive chord patterns and subdued melodies.

Netlabel Discos Confort specialises in House music styles, featuring multiple artists and DJs. This release by Mexican DJ Bluevet is one of the more silent pieces. I wouldn’t call it ambient, but it does for some indie flavoured background music. Continue reading “Bluevet – [2014] Believers”

Cutside – [2016] Paramnesia

Powerful big beat trip hop. High-concept sounds meet instrumental hip hop.

This is an instrumental EP by a Russian ex-graffiti artist music producer, featuring six quite diverse tracks. The last track features spoken lyrics, but the rest of the release is instrumental (except for mixed-in vocal samples). Continue reading “Cutside – [2016] Paramnesia”

Floating Machine – [2017] Convergence EP

Monotonic, minimal trance. Evokes unconscious head nodding; its creator calls it “hypnotic”. No experiments.

I usually only listen to trance music when doing something else, like programming or reading. There are no lyrics, no fast changes, nothing which would distract me. Yet I can notice the rhythm, the pace, which I find somehow relaxing. This release is a prime example of that type of music, released on Digital Diamonds. Continue reading “Floating Machine – [2017] Convergence EP”

Geotic – [2009] Hearth

Minimal guitar drone ambience. Soothing instrumental music based almost completely on subdued, soft, echoing guitar melodies.

It is surprising how much can be accomplished with only long, soft chords, without any percussion, in terms of structure and rhythm. While most artists that employ these drone tones work without a discernable short-term rhythm, Geotic succeeds in giving his bars a certain punch. Interesting! Continue reading “Geotic – [2009] Hearth”

Triplexity – [2008] Live in Triplex City

Non-cheesy world lounge. A striking balance between combining multiple music and ethnic styles, and producing a coherent musical release.

I am usually sceptical of loungy world music attempts for being shallow, flat listen-and-forget experiences. This album defeated that suspicion thoroughly: not only do all tracks have more than enough depth, they all seem to have their own inspiration. Continue reading “Triplexity – [2008] Live in Triplex City”

Golden Grey – [2016] Awaken the Wolf

Glitch-craft ambient. Beautiful electro sound, aiming at the space between C148’s Minecraft and soft, minimal synth quirkiness.

More than a year after I received this public review suggestion on my blog’s About page, I finally got into the right mood for reviewing this quiet gem. If you search for uplifting power pop music, stop right here! If you seek a calm and subtle delight, read on. Continue reading “Golden Grey – [2016] Awaken the Wolf”