Thought Tempo: “Soft Day”.

29 Apr 2011 — Henning Lahmann
This one kinda caught me off guard. Irvine, California's Sean Raji aka Thought Tempo's curiously off-kilter ambient jam Soft Day needs more than a minute to get started, but then the heavily filtered, slightly early Boards Of Canada-reminiscent synth arpeggios and the loose, supposedly deliberately askew vocal layers over the smooth and trippy beat evolve into a pretty irresistible aural experience. The whole thing gets really extraordinary in combination with the stellar video by Zoom Lens. The small, Anaheim-based imprint Zoom Lens is also responsible for putting out the Soft Day single, which can be downloaded for free over here. Thought Tempo - Soft Day Read more → This one kinda caught me off guard. Irvine, California's Sean Raji aka Thought Tempo's curiously off-kilter ambient jam Soft Day needs more than a minute to get started, but then the heavily filtered, slightly early Boards Of Canada-reminiscent synth arpeggios and the loose, supposedly deliberately askew vocal layers over the smooth and trippy beat evolve into a pretty irresistible aural experience. The whole thing gets really extraordinary in combination with the stellar video by Zoom Lens. The small, Anaheim-based imprint Zoom Lens is also responsible for putting out the Soft Day single, which can be downloaded for free over here. Thought Tempo - Soft Day

First Listen: Cave Chorus Records.

29 Apr 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Today the United Kingdom has been blessed with a very exciting occasion (no, not that one) - the birth of a beautiful new label, no less. Nottingham resident Oli Shilling has started Cave Chorus Records, an imprint and collective devoted to digital releases of different genres, though most of its current roster seems to be heading into an electronic direction. Below, listen to the splendid welcome mix compiled by Bury St Edmunds electronic trio The Soft as well as their wonderfully wavey ballad Mind Fuck, and a track off Shilling's own project Comodo's latest EP To The Sun. The Soft - Mind Fuck Comodo - Too Late Read more → Today the United Kingdom has been blessed with a very exciting occasion (no, not that one) - the birth of a beautiful new label, no less. Nottingham resident Oli Shilling has started Cave Chorus Records, an imprint and collective devoted to digital releases of different genres, though most of its current roster seems to be heading into an electronic direction. Below, listen to the splendid welcome mix compiled by Bury St Edmunds electronic trio The Soft as well as their wonderfully wavey ballad Mind Fuck, and a track off Shilling's own project Comodo's latest EP To The Sun. The Soft - Mind Fuck Comodo - Too Late

Cankun: “Your Fingers the Snakes”.

29 Apr 2011 — Henning Lahmann
French imprint Hands In The Dark Records is about to drop the mind-blowing new full-length by Cankun, the still fairly new project by Archers by the Sea's Vincent Caylet. The eleven-track Ethiopian Dreams might be the most delightful and coherent work of psychedelic/lo-fi/h-pop to surface this year so far, all in all it's a surprisingly sundrenched, slacker-friendly aural pleasure all the way, with Caylet's splendid technique of layering his lush guitar phrases and synth patterns over reduced and mellow beats. Ethiopian Dreams comes on CD with two different cover artworks, the one shown above by the esteemed collage wizard Jheri Evans, the other one by Valerian Marguery. 50 copies each, pre-order yours now over here. Cankun - Your Fingers the Snakes Read more → French imprint Hands In The Dark Records is about to drop the mind-blowing new full-length by Cankun, the still fairly new project by Archers by the Sea's Vincent Caylet. The eleven-track Ethiopian Dreams might be the most delightful and coherent work of psychedelic/lo-fi/h-pop to surface this year so far, all in all it's a surprisingly sundrenched, slacker-friendly aural pleasure all the way, with Caylet's splendid technique of layering his lush guitar phrases and synth patterns over reduced and mellow beats. Ethiopian Dreams comes on CD with two different cover artworks, the one shown above by the esteemed collage wizard Jheri Evans, the other one by Valerian Marguery. 50 copies each, pre-order yours now over here. Cankun - Your Fingers the Snakes

Top Girls: “Rayanne (HORS Remix)”.

29 Apr 2011 — Henning Lahmann
It's been quite a while since we last heard from South Carolina pal Evan Adams aka Top Girls, but yesterday he kindly dropped me a few lines to announce that he's finally about to get back into the loop. There's gonna be an EP named R.I.S.E. via Hi-Scores soon, but to start things grab this dark and dub-infused remix of Top Girls "classic" Rayanne, executed by Danish producer HORS. Top Girls - Rayanne (HORS Remix) Read more → It's been quite a while since we last heard from South Carolina pal Evan Adams aka Top Girls, but yesterday he kindly dropped me a few lines to announce that he's finally about to get back into the loop. There's gonna be an EP named R.I.S.E. via Hi-Scores soon, but to start things grab this dark and dub-infused remix of Top Girls "classic" Rayanne, executed by Danish producer HORS. Top Girls - Rayanne (HORS Remix)

The Arcade Junkies: “Dinosaur Brain”.

29 Apr 2011 — Henning Lahmann
The stellar folks over at Beer On The Rug just notified us that the ever-exploring Ohio native Byron Ferrari whose deservedly buzzed-about Casino Gardens project we introduced recently has returned with a brand new sonic endeavor, the even more hypnagogic (sorry) Arcade Junkies. Dinosaur Brain is a one-track 30+ minute CDR that shows Ferrari at his most psychedelic and playful, a deeply mesmerizing mind trip that will take you away to the outer realms of your consciousness, with or without drugs (though the latter alternative might be helpful). Release date is May 5, pre-order Dinosaur Brain right now over here. Read more → The stellar folks over at Beer On The Rug just notified us that the ever-exploring Ohio native Byron Ferrari whose deservedly buzzed-about Casino Gardens project we introduced recently has returned with a brand new sonic endeavor, the even more hypnagogic (sorry) Arcade Junkies. Dinosaur Brain is a one-track 30+ minute CDR that shows Ferrari at his most psychedelic and playful, a deeply mesmerizing mind trip that will take you away to the outer realms of your consciousness, with or without drugs (though the latter alternative might be helpful). Release date is May 5, pre-order Dinosaur Brain right now over here.

Video Premiere: Zeadron - “Level With Me”.

28 Apr 2011 — Henning Lahmann
Recently, South California online magazine and of late also label Rebel joined forces with North Carolina blog-born imprint Crash Symbols to put out the newest release by Orange County native Jack Heffron aka Zeadron. Hold My Hand? No is a collection of eleven gems of contemporary electronic music, stylistically ranging from dub-step, garage to house and hip-hop resulting in a deliberately eclectic yet coherent effort that never loses focus. Above, watch the first accompanying video, the nostalgia-dripping collage for the splendid and chill Level With Me. You can download the whole album for free over here, but of course the purchase of one the beautifully crafted cassette tapes is highly recommended. Pre-order your copy here. Read more → Recently, South California online magazine and of late also label Rebel joined forces with North Carolina blog-born imprint Crash Symbols to put out the newest release by Orange County native Jack Heffron aka Zeadron. Hold My Hand? No is a collection of eleven gems of contemporary electronic music, stylistically ranging from dub-step, garage to house and hip-hop resulting in a deliberately eclectic yet coherent effort that never loses focus. Above, watch the first accompanying video, the nostalgia-dripping collage for the splendid and chill Level With Me. You can download the whole album for free over here, but of course the purchase of one the beautifully crafted cassette tapes is highly recommended. Pre-order your copy here.

LUM: “Stoned, Not Working”.

28 Apr 2011 — Henning Lahmann
After my gentle wake-up call for La Ville Reine last Sunday, Toronto-based blog Gold Soundz didn't hesitate a second to strike back by highlighting the manifold wonders of their city's underground music scene. The artist that instantly caught my attention was some guy called Liam Sanagan, who's usually part of the straight ahead pop formation First Rate People but who also has a solo project named LUM which appears to be all about staggering bedroom a capella that indeed, as Gold Soundz pointed out, brings to mind some reduced Wilson-esque harmonizing. Absolutely compelling. LUM - Stoned, Not Working Read more → After my gentle wake-up call for La Ville Reine last Sunday, Toronto-based blog Gold Soundz didn't hesitate a second to strike back by highlighting the manifold wonders of their city's underground music scene. The artist that instantly caught my attention was some guy called Liam Sanagan, who's usually part of the straight ahead pop formation First Rate People but who also has a solo project named LUM which appears to be all about staggering bedroom a capella that indeed, as Gold Soundz pointed out, brings to mind some reduced Wilson-esque harmonizing. Absolutely compelling. LUM - Stoned, Not Working

Premiere: Sleep In Sundays - “July”.

28 Apr 2011 — Henning Lahmann
For someone who has mostly traveled the coasts of the United States, this is exactly the kind of music I've always connected with the enormous terra incognita that lies in between. The fragile, midwestern melancholic hush of July naturally evokes tropes of classic Americana, that forlorn intimacy that every human experiences in face of the sublime. And for this you never needed more than a soft voice and a gently plucked acoustic guitar. Sleep In Sundays is the brainchild of St. Louis, Missouri native Eric Williger. July will appear on "Okay", his debut full-length that's been in the making for the last four years. It is the follow-up to The Sunflower Split 12 inch which was put out together with fellow St. Louis artist Falsetto Boy on Brooklyn imprint Blackburn Recordings in 2009. Blackburn, run by Eric's brother Jonathan Williger, will also release "Okay" by the end of May or the beginning of June. Keep an eye on their site for further information coming soon. Sleep In Sundays - July Read more → For someone who has mostly traveled the coasts of the United States, this is exactly the kind of music I've always connected with the enormous terra incognita that lies in between. The fragile, midwestern melancholic hush of July naturally evokes tropes of classic Americana, that forlorn intimacy that every human experiences in face of the sublime. And for this you never needed more than a soft voice and a gently plucked acoustic guitar. Sleep In Sundays is the brainchild of St. Louis, Missouri native Eric Williger. July will appear on "Okay", his debut full-length that's been in the making for the last four years. It is the follow-up to The Sunflower Split 12 inch which was put out together with fellow St. Louis artist Falsetto Boy on Brooklyn imprint Blackburn Recordings in 2009. Blackburn, run by Eric's brother Jonathan Williger, will also release "Okay" by the end of May or the beginning of June. Keep an eye on their site for further information coming soon. Sleep In Sundays - July