Local Los Angeles label Cold Busted release a properly chilled album by Berlin-based musician Boris Blenn. Blenn updates the easy listening genre and spices it up a bit with Nu Jazz, making a pleasant space-age cocktail disc worth relaxing to.
[Music] bastrd – An Anthology of 16th Century Azerbaijani Classical Works by Fuzûlî
I have a sneaking suspicion that the legendary Divan poet Fuzûlî didn’t dabble in modern hip-hop during the 1500s, though who am I to suggest that the young, enterprising souls in bastrd didn’t go back in time and ask him to sample a few grooves for him?
Rather elegant jazzy lo-fi beat music out of Northern California. A worthy purchase.
[Music] Alexandre Navarro – Imaginations
Checking out the tags at the bottom of his Bandcamp page, I noticed that Alexandre Navarro’s latest release, Imaginations, is listed as post-rock. Absolutely, positively not!
This has more of a feeling brought out in albums by classic artists like Harmonia, a touch of Popol Vuh and maybe even the Russian soundtrack composer Edward Artemiev. This is mellow, has a wonderful 70’s vibe and makes for a nice way indulge in headphone listening.
[Music] El Mahdy Jr. – Raï Dubs
El Mahdy Jr. is a composer and beatmaker originally from Alergia, but who is now hailing from Turkey. His work is informed by VERY heavy dub (his dad, apparently, had quite an awesome collection) and sampling. Very creative.
[Music] Sturqen / vÄäristymä – Atonia
Nervu is a Portuguese ambient music record label who debuted with this split release between their countrymen Sturqen and Finnish brothers Janne Liimatainen and Jarko Hedenius (who operate under the monicker vÄäristymä).
This release reminds me of the gorgeous minimalism of Pan Sonic and their side project Ø. Perfect headphone music.
[Music] Ghoula – Hlib el Ghoula
Ghoula is an arist from Tunisia who makes an aural salad out of Hip-Hop, electronic music, North African ethnic instrumentation and whatever else he can throw in. It’s nice to hear real fusion still being made.
[Music] Murkok – My Friend Is Ivan Efremov EP
Something calm, soothing and lovely to relax to after watching people make utter animals out of themselves the last 24 hours. Many thanks to Murkok for this treasure.
[Music] Pahat Kengät – Tanssimusiikkia
I wish to thank my friend Neea for introducing me to one of the most enjoyable pieces of work I’ve heard in some time, allowing me to get lost in my work. Fans of minimalist composers like Steve Reich and the early Berlin Electronic School of Music will enjoy this. Pahat Kengät sit comfortably between Krautrock, contemporary classical music, New Age and a mellow form of techno.
[Music] Cousin Silas – A Quiet Night In Point Pleasant
9 minutes of deep listening, courtesy of Cousin Silas, one of my favorite new ambient artists.
[Music] Breatherrr – Chantrieri
I NEVER get mail from local bands or record labels. It’s been a constant since I started writing to musicians. Part of it was because I could see them at my leisure, but part of it was because it wasn’t ‘cool’ to talk to local indie rags, only to people from the outside. Well, today, I can say that I can finally promote a local person. Breatherrr is a trip-hop act with retro influences which bring up genres like electro and new wave. I’ll have to investigate further.