Been on a psych rock tip recently, so this submission from Evil Bone landed on the palette nicely. The mix on In Vain is very tight, capturing that droned out, hazy vibe but without getting too muddled. Citing Tame Impala, Mortal Orchestra, and Kendrick Lamar as major influences, Evil Bone are striving to make music rooted in psychedelic rock which also draws from the soulfulness of other shades of music.
In Vain explores the pain borne by the struggle with Anxiety. In the words of the creator:
If this first release is anything to go by we’re extremely keen to see what more Evil Bone come up with. They’ve got an EP due this year, so keep your eyes peeled. SoundCloud link is above (how could you miss it), you can also catch Evil Bone’s music on the major streaming platforms.
You may remember we featured Sal Dulu’s work on the blog a while back! He made a quite a splash with his tracks Dulouz Dream and Antasmaback in 2017. On ‘Tyko’ Sal has raised the bar higher, whilst remaining true to his own cool and laid-back style of electronic music. The rhythm section’s strong on this one, with crunchy lo-fi drums that could fit into a hip hop instrumental just as nicely as they do here.
The playful use of samples here really inject the track with personality. On Tyko they’ve been drawn from a diverse range of sources including field recordings of random street noise and dialogue from a Japanese game show. Given the resonant synth and brass melodies throughout the track, it’s unsurprising that SD cites Jazz and electronic as two main influences.
Reppin’ Dublin, Sal Dulu’s productions are another great example of the fresh and interesting music popping up more and more back in Ireland! You can stream Tyko and the rest of Sal’s music on the usual digital platforms, Soundcloud embed is above if you somehow missed it!
Deep, melodic blend of acoustic and electronic elements producing this humanised techno jam. Released last year on S.A.M.’s Dream State Of A Bellmaker. I found this to be a really interesting track combining elements of different influences to make something quite unique that could also work on a dancefloor too (in the right context), definitely one for the heads.
Idle Hands have been a beacon of quality in the Bristol scene for quite a few years now and this tune from Om Unit’s 2016 release is a shining example of the top notch output the label have become known for. Their record store is always a good spot for a nice dig with friendly, knowledgeable staff and the label has provided some quality musical moments over the past while from the likes of Shanti Celeste and Outboxx.
This tune was a favourite from an excellent EP and showed a bit of a different side to Om Unit who is more known in the DnB’ and dubstep scenes. Clocking in at 100 BPM, this is a great set opener or warm up track, and when played up toward the 120 range it can actually be a bit of a weapon. Reminiscent of the deeper shades of house, this is a lovely atmospheric trip that develops beautifully.
Another favourite of mine from Om Unit is this remix of Blocks & Escher, a pulsing, unique take on DnB’ that I found to be really unique and interesting. Big Upz’.
Dripping in reverb and oozing tranquility, Mikael Tobias’ recent album Absentia serves up a perfect downtime soundtrack. Released last October on Copenhagen’s Unit Shifter (all links below), Sit and Stare is one of my favourite tracks from the album.
For me, the album seems to convey this feeling of becoming completely stranded and isolated, but finds an easiness in, almost welcomes, this predicament.
Pretentious imaginary scenario aside, this is a great tune to starfish out to. Throughout the track you can hear bare trees bristling in the wind however I’m unsure whether they’re synthetic or not. Regardless, in unison with the broad soundscapes and very laidback percussion, the ordinarily creepy sounds of dead trees chattering become almost wholesome.
Mikael Tobias seems to consistently approach his music cinematically. You can watch a live performance of Meditation 1, another track from the album on his website, which I’ve linked below.
The amazing image above comes from Rebecca Burns, chosen because it captures many of the same emotions as the track. Warped and otherworldly beauty that draws the mind to wander.