Chloe Harris, or Raica as she is often known, finds a certain balance difficult to possess for most ambient artist; she keeps the ideals at the heart of ambient music while maintaining a consistent groove throughout her tracks. This single “Makmba [Future Times]” is a prime example of the slow swell and ambient feel present in all her work, but also the consistent tempo and rhythm that helps keep us attentive to her every move. Having been a DJ for over 20 years, she’s quite adept at weaving seamless sounds and still keeping that pioneering spirit alive in what she does.
Happy Xmas Merry Holidays, etc. I was out earlier this evening and witnessed the colossal lines and traffic jams at shopping areas here in Central California and it was a bit overwhelming. This 9-minute off-beat groove from Dungen feels strangely in-step with the hustle and bustle of the ceaseless Holiday purchasing and is cathartic in a way for me. Have a great Holiday everyone and don’t get down about materialism; when Dec 26 comes around, it’ll all evaporate, just like Frosty.
With a warping, shifting, yet breezy sound, Kelly Lee Owens creates a spacious, ambient pop-track hybrid which feels like a nice change from what’s been pushed to me recently. Her echoey vocals bring a warm, calming effect which permeates today’s troubles and provides some lyrical mining material for fans willing to wade a little deeper.
This track seems neither celebratory nor mournful, but like a fly on the wall of the universe itself, the music is a simple witness to the happenings of nature; sometimes cold and heartless, sometimes triumphant and warm. We have yet to post any tracks by the father of ambient music, Brian Eno and there’s no better introduction than a fantastic piece like this, composed by Eno and Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) released recently on Adult Swim singles. The vibrations throughout give the effect of the earth quaking some distance off, while voices spin about; some passing to their own destination, some coalescing to join the great singular noise of the song. Another breathtaking installment in a long line of Eno credits.
It’s a subtle groove, just prominent enough to make its melodies known but calm enough to push some of the sweat off your forehead and I’ve got to admit I’ve been pretty impressed with the output of Shelf Nunny and their labelmates as of late. I tend to lean more to ambient and less experimental pop, but tracks like this “I Should Have Known”, from Shelf Nunny, have really been hitting the spot for me. The slight permutations made throughout the track are, again, loud enough to make the necessary emotional effect but not so loud that they demand any additional energy from the listener, and that’s a tough tightrope to walk. Well done.
If you hear the intro to this track and think you’ve stumbled on a corrupt mp3, fear not. The song reaches a relaxing, hazy, feel beginning at precisely the 1-minute mark and this is where HimeHime shines. Whether you hear a tranquil jungle or maybe a calm, after hours shower, this track provides some aural ‘E’ that takes me places too fine to accurately articulate this early in the week. HimeHime does a bang-up job bringing the variety on his bath texts release which can be found the other side of the link above.
Lushloss, an artist on Hush-Hush Records, grants us a brief remission from our struggles with a cathartic 2min 15 sec of minimal ambiance and peace with this track “Shame”. In her own words Lushloss is: Olive Jun, a 25 year-old Korean-American trans woman. You don’t have to listen long to hear how much of herself she’s genuinely poured into this music and how brilliant her resolve in the finished product.