mercredi 29 juin 2016

Padang Records - Barong & Garuda

Let's dive in the murky depths of swampy voodoo people-ridden underground worlds with this compilation from Padang Records. There will be slow and pounding techno beats, dark psychedelic atmospheres seeping through the sound monitors, strangely familiar ritual incantations...

Padang Records specialise in a more technoid kind of psychedelic electronica, and you can really feel it through this collection of tracks from noted artists about whom I did not know anything at all before coming across them in my search for free music.

As they say better than me : "Receiving data from random creative psychedelic neuro connections, world wild artists will take you on a journey of digital and analog soundscapes not yet explored by mankind". I mean, that's the way they describe themselves. Couldn't be clearer, you'll see it's true after listening to this one.

For the most curious and/or knowledgeable among you, you'll now be able to tell your friends that Barong is the lion-shaped king of the spirits, a mythological figure from Bali, Indonesia, and Garuda a humanoid bird that is the mount of Vishnu in Hinduism and Buddhism.

That was the international culture moment, thanks for your attention. Back to weird psychedelic techno now.

mercredi 22 juin 2016

Kalpataru Tree - Preverberations From The Infinite Future

Today and once again I want to share with you an album from a very inspiring artist of whom I've already spoken before, but whose art makes me float in the air with each and every step forward it takes.

Kalpataru Tree has become one of my favourite artists, and is, in my opinion unavoidable in the psydub scene today, of which he successfully makes himself the avatar with a blend of tweaked up instrumentals, rhythm boxes, deep layers of bass to sustain the whole and dreamy velvet melodies floating in space, faithful to his own style.

Preverberation From The Infinite Future, with its impossible to pronounce name and its cover reminiscing of an episode from Ulysses 31 unleashes long threads of psydub able to calm down the most reluctant souls, to make the laziest among us able to touch the stars.

Listen without moderation is all I have to say in the end.

See you later.


mercredi 15 juin 2016

Tough Crowd - We're All in This Together

Well, what can I say ? It's about life, ups and downs, good times, bad times, people, talking, being polite, suspicious, fresh, groovy, all in an upbeat frame where beats always fall into place exactly at the time you wanted them to.

Complex instrumentals, chilly vibes and an atmosphere of friends getting together to slide their flowing lyrics on good beats.

Noticed how I'm always talking about atmospheres ? Well, it's because I think that that's what music is about.

See you later.

mercredi 8 juin 2016

Lost In Sound - VA Compilation #004

It's quite hard to write a little review on this profuse and rich release of 45 tracks (yes, 45, you read right) in such a variety of styles... There is a bite of everything, glitch, techno, electro, piano, dub, dubstep, psydub, you name it... There are also killer bots with laser sight, but you'll hear them soon enough. I better warn you though, that their unique eye can cut through about any material, so watch out.

This compilation was put into being by the Lost In Sound collective as a means of celebrating the comeback of their website and online musical catalog in 2015 (in spring, as you can guess). After contacting more than a hundred artists, they were sent those fourty-five pearls of musical craftsmanship. And there goes a collection of tracks shifting gracefully between up and down, light and dark, bounce and flow. Trippy, futuristic, strange, shwifty...

And entirely free of charge !

You can spot some names we already talked about some times like Mindex, Pericles, bioLumigen, Erothyme and Kalpataru Tree. So much tracks to add to my playlists I cannot even begin to think about it clearly. Ah, if playlists could talk...

Well I'll leave you on this very interesting thought. See you next time.

Oh and don't forget to take a look at LIS's website, there are many a musical pearl to find there. Not all is free, because they do not specialise in that field, but there are some very good things to find. I've just begun to dig the vein myself...

mercredi 1 juin 2016

Kanka - Abracadabra (Chapter I)

With productions in genres such as Roots, Dub, Stepper and Dubstep, OGDProd has made itself quite a little sunny spot to lay off and produce quality music for the great pleasure of our ears. They produce artists already quite well-known such as Panda Dub, the surface of whom we already talked about, and soon a bit more.
Kanka gives us an album filled with an atmosphere of voodoo bayou swampy grounds inhabited by talking snakes dabbling in black magic. Big dub, a little step, joyfully testing the solidity of your sound monitors and subwoofers with basses made to crack the earth and chthonian lasers hailing from the underworld.

As for ODGProd, we'll talk a bit more about them later in an article that only deals with them, their catalog, what they do, what they are, etc. In the meantime I give you some interesting links if you want to better discover them by yourself.

One last thing. Please do be careful not to get your free downloads from Bandcamp when you do not want to donate, if you can help it. The artists actually have to pay for a certain quantity of those "name your price" downloads, so in the end, if everybody types in 0$ and gets the albums for free this way, it will cost the artists. Thank you.

Here are the useful links :

ODGProd's website.
ODGProd's Facebook page.
Kanka's Facebook page
Link to download Abracadabra (Chapter I) for free.
Kanka's Bandcamp page (to name your price).

See you 'round.