Soundlab: Refreshing by the Breeze – Contemporary Lynx
I hope this month sound laboratory find you well. I’ve decided to go against my usual MO of recommending full albums, and feature a slowly fading collection of singles released over the summer. If you find yourself somewhere still warm, hopefully this serves as a brief refreshment. If fall has already arrived at your doorstep, I hope it serves as a pleasant soundtrack to memories of the previous months.
We’ll be listening to warm IDM; a fresh, albeit vintage, downtempo start; a unique remix project linking Mexico, Norway and the UK; some dance-oriented pieces from Canada; and we’ll end with an exception to the “rule” of singles in the form of an EP combining live instrumentation and expert sound design from southern Italy.
Oven Tet – Mango
Kieran Hebden has been busy. Touring on both sides of the Atlantic, performing at the famous Glastonbury Festival, releasing what many electronic music fans considered the track of the summer, while fighting his label for a fairer share of his streaming revenue .
It seems like a very tight schedule, but he still managed to release another track, aptly titled Mango. Kieran’s stiff pacing and usual sampler set create a great end-of-season vibe.
Hagop Chaprian – GL/Raining
Hagop Tchaprian is an English producer, recently signed on the label Four Tet’s Text Records. I can hardly imagine a greater recommendation for an electronic music producer than being asked to collaborate by Kieran Hebden himself!
The sounds found in these two titles will certainly please Boards of Canada fans, but at the same time, Tchaprian has managed to avoid the feeling of plagiarism that often haunts musicians inspired by the legendary Scottish duo. GL requires a little patience, but the “drop” is well worth the wait! Both tracks lead to a full album, due out later this year.
Carmen Villain – Resume x Actress
Carmen Villain is a Norwegian-Mexican producer, usually working with field recordings, samples and synthesizers. After the release of her last album, she invited Darren Cunningham (actress) to do a remix of a track from this album.
The actress, known for her original approach to composing, did not disappoint; although rather than remixing a single track, he came up with an 8-minute “print” featuring elements from the entire original album. The soft, highly meditative sounds create a mini-epic that’s both relaxing and focused.
Daphnia – Clavicle
Dan Snaith is a Canadian musician, best known for his work under the nickname Caribou. Caribou released a live recording from the studio last month which is also great to listen to.
Daphni’s moniker is Snaith’s way of releasing music that was less pop and more directly influenced by 4/4 house. Clavicle is the third single released in anticipation of an upcoming LP, which will be released this fall. So far, all tracks have followed a similar formula: steady beat, subtle synths and pleasing melodies. Great sounds to put in the background of your commute or, if you feel like it, to pop out for a mini dance session at home.
Indian Wells – No one really listens to oscillators
Pietro Iannuzzi is a producer who comes from a place little known for the kind of music he produces. Its precise and sometimes cold IDM is not something many would associate with southern Italy. He caught my eye a few years ago with an incredible track based on an on-court recording of the 1980s Wimbledon tournament, so I’m happy to see how his work has evolved over that decade.
No one really listens to oscillators is a surprising mix of live instrumentation (mainly percussion) and captivating sound design. If you liked the works of James Holden, you will certainly enjoy this one too. Stylistically, we could speak of progressive electronics, but I think it’s better to listen to it without a priori.
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