Declan Diemer, aka the duuuude behind Cedar Falls, described his new EP as 20 minutes of ambient and dark folk. I don’t think he’s giving himself enough credit here. Sure, Elsa isn’t going to give you any new tracks to add to your “Summer Jamzz” Playlist and you’re probably not going to bump any of this at a party, but Cedar Falls is brimming with the same kinda various influences that make artists like Jacob Braun, Ricky Eat Acid and contron so exciting. Cedar Falls doesn’t stray too far from ambience and folk but he takes those genre touchstones as jumping off points and not limitations. ”Isolated Road” buzzes with garage rock distortion and “Memorybook” moves with orchestral elegance. Opening with the track “The Last Time I Saw Elsa” and ending with “The First Time I Saw Elsa”, Elsa comes across as an extremely personal and honest recording, something that has become harder and harder to do as of late.
When I was younger I always liked tapping buttons on the phone to see if I could make a cool melody out of the beeps. I never got very far and I certainly never got anywhere close to what Ricky Eat Acid manages to achieve by dusting his track “Touched briefly by two hands in an empty room” with a few phone key beeps. Like his best tracks, “Touched briefly by two hands in an empty room” suggests a lot more than it actually says and manages to be powerful without ever being forceful or direct.
Shisa is a producer that I’ve been aware of for awhile despite never actually diving into his music too much. The name of his newest single, “heroin, cherry pepsi, cigarette kiss”, caught my eye and I’m glad I’ve finally caught on to this dude’s material. The sound on “heroin, cherry pepsi, cigarette kiss” is devastated, gorgeous and huge. Melding warm samples with a hard hitting juke beat, Shisa manages to give a psychedelic edge to footwork that isn’t like much I’ve heard before. A 10-second surprise coda at the end closes the track in an unexpectedly brilliant way. This is music for the sunrise.
Considering myself a full-time beaties miner and a frequenter of many beat maker heavy Paxico Records Pow-Waws, I’ve heard a lot of beats in the past few years. Every time I think I’m ready for the indie world to move away from their laptops, some cool beat maker manages to satisfy a new and exciting sonic itch. lotide’s new EP manages to pull off riding the fine line between ambient, organic and danceable not unlike Color Plus’ latest effort. The Way You isn’t going to get you tearing up a club, but it have you grooooooving in its hypnotic waves. I’m grooving right now… while I’m typing, and that’s real.
Last weekend The Up-Turn had its first showcase on a rooftop in Brooklyn, and one of the many amazing performers who came out was Snacs, who put on a vibe-heavy set that went perfectly with the twilight skyline surrounding us (pictured above). Today Snacs released this track which I believe was in that set. With “new alchemy” Snacs doesn’t really change the formula of past tracks like “Trees”, but simply improves on it. ”new alchemy” mainly consists of a fairly simple loop, that over the course of the songs almost 5 minutes starts to feel beautifully ritualistic. You can stream the track below and then download it for free on Futures Collective’s first compilation.
Connecticut producer/homeboy Color Plus just released his new EP, and its by far his strongest effort yet. I originally got really into Color Plus because of the crazy and delicate atmospheric vibes of his Cerulean Dream EP, and although his style has evolved a bit since then, he still maintains all of that goodness. On Lemon Cycle, Color Plus integrates ideas from multiple different electronic genres, including house, footwork, and juke, into his music and it works perfectly. ”Beech” opens in normal Color Plus fashion with spacey guitar chords before seamlessly working in a footwork drum sample, while “Pulp” perfectly explores house stylings without going overboard. Stream “Beech” below, and then the whole EP after the jump.
We are late with the Beaties again this time around, but so what? It’s basically fucking summer. Get off my fucking back, asshole. For Volume 23 we have a maniacally chopped offering from Dil Withers and UPLIFT, a lush Kanye remix from Kirvy, a spacey and masterfully crafted beat by some artist who suddenly changed their name to u space, a wonderfully organic-sounding track from Lux Natura, and finally a synthed-out instrumental from Oakland’s OSØ. Hit the jump to be wowed.