Daizy – [2011] The Daizy Factory

Laidback easy listening. Simple ambient tracks with distinct flavour.

Another entry from prolific netlabel Enough Records, who have been releasing over 400 albums and EPs since 2002, and are – unlike many others – still active. This weeks album features guitar-based trip hop served on top of ambient synth sounds. A bit too busy for coding, this album makes for a great pool party backdrop (not that I had a pool to test this). Continue reading “Daizy – [2011] The Daizy Factory”

Sister Soleil – [2012] Haunted EP

Indie trip-hop. 4 track EP full of intriguing tracks and collaborations of creative musicians.

Netlabel Sirona Records specialises in specially sounding music. Just looking at their link of backlinks to reviews, music blog “Yeah I know it sucks” is among the most frequent listed; it specialises in reviewing “underground stuff”. So why I am I writing about one of their releases here? Find out for yourself: Continue reading “Sister Soleil – [2012] Haunted EP”

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”

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”

stockfinster – [2009] Dead Line

Carefully crafted electronica. This is a gem from now defunct netlabel Sutemos, back from 2009. Artist stockfinster, whom I have reviewed in this blog before, is a household name in the Creative Commons scene, and for a reason. His productions occupy a quiet, warm corner somewhere between New Age ambient and IDM electronica. I like it there, so his tracks end up in my playlist regularly. Here I present two of the 13 tracks this release contains. Continue reading “stockfinster – [2009] Dead Line”

Triplexity – [2008] Between Light and Shadow

Diverse trip hop lounge world jazz… did I say diverse? Oh my gosh is this album diverse. The common theme is laid-back background music, but otherwise all bets are off. Just listen to the three picks I have selected this week and decide for yourself… Continue reading “Triplexity – [2008] Between Light and Shadow”

Frenic – [2011] Lessons From The Past

Melodic instrumental hip hop. Soft beats and beautifully aranged samples make this album a very special and very seductive entry into the instrumental hip hop genre. The tracks are not completely free of repetitive arrangements, but they have less repetetive arrangements than this sentence contains repetitive arrangements… 😉 Continue reading “Frenic – [2011] Lessons From The Past”

Boogie Belgique – [2013] Nightwalker (Vol. 1)

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Vintage remixes done right. Wow, simply wow. Before encountering this album, I thought that remixing old vinyl recordings necessarily leads to repetitive hip hop background tracks. But this release, presented by netlabel Dusted Wax Kingdom, fortunately breaks with this rule. Modern sounds seamlessly blend with old audio samples. Continue reading “Boogie Belgique – [2013] Nightwalker (Vol. 1)”

Auditive Escape – [2013] Profound

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Convincing downtempo trip hop. Ok, “convincing” might sound a bit too corporate for this lush piece of an album, flirting with ambient genre elements. French artist Jean Patier really knows how to turn the knobs to create deceptively simple chill out tracks. Read on for my two (from 10) favourite tracks and the release link. Continue reading “Auditive Escape – [2013] Profound”

Intoxicated Piano – [2013] Vice Versa

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Juicy indie-pop with scratchy vocals. This album contains five melodic songs, beautifully arranged around piano and the singer Oxy. It is brought to us by the Russian netlabel Mixgalaxy. It features solid production, classy song arrangements and a wonderful singer. Read on for two preview songs and the download link. Continue reading “Intoxicated Piano – [2013] Vice Versa”

LASERS – [2012] LASERS EP

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Slightly positive IDM with a dash of Trip Hop. Bad Panda Records released LASERS EP back in 2012. With four original songs and seven remixes, the release is almost 50 minutes long. Its sound is very relaxed and doesn’t try to impress with catchy tunes. Instead, spherical sounds are combined with straight drum patterns. (What am I writing here? Better go on and listen yourself…) Continue reading “LASERS – [2012] LASERS EP”

Kognitif – [2012] My Space World (LP)

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This is my first review of a release by Dusted Way Kingdom that focuses on instrumental hip hop. Most releases, while enjoyable, sound too loopy in my ears. But not so with this gem by Kognitif from the French Midwest. This release is reminiscent to good old trip hop, think Massive Attack. Vinyl loops are artistically composed to timeless pieces. Listen and judge for yourself! Continue reading “Kognitif – [2012] My Space World (LP)”