As we start to see the light at the end of winter’s tunnel, we still cling to the dark moods the cold seasons present us. This selection of tracks has been given to us from emerging artists from around the world. Don’t lose hope, the flowers will soon show themselves again.
Been enjoying the R&B revival of the last few years? Us too. We believe the world population has skyrocketed and quami.xyz is partly to blame. This music is smooth as the night is long (and it’s January).
The collage work of Michael Rogel pulls from trap, drone, industrial and Cher. This little ditty pulls in all sorts of different directions but fuses as one to create a cohesive whole. We’ve had our people try to contact Rogel about the suspected Cher sample. Still no response.
The Slaughter Slits
Absolutely a product of their country’s musical history, we present to you The Slaughter Slits. Melding black metal, sludge and nintendo sounds these lords of the north will crash into your heads and destroy any thoughts of light and love that you may had lingering around.
The Green Door
With a Sabbathian intro, the songs melts into a garage train with doobie wheels that will only end once The Green Door is reached. Don’t forget your jazz cigarettes kids, that train shows no signs of slowing.
A tangled mess of electronics and ethereal, floating pianos is how this track defines itself. The churning, glitched out vocals promise what can only be a final embrace. We hope it never ends.
An extremely slow build opens up into something akin to Aphex Twin at his 90s peak. Breakneck percussion pull the track from oblivion to to a headnod suite. Don’t tell me how to live mom, I love IDM.
Slackers of the world rejoice! This lackadaisical tune has walking bass that won’t sit still and drones that feel like a haunted beach. Don’t forget to do your chores or the Mangled Jangles are sure to come after you.
This track is a mixed box of chocolates, that is to say that it’s a melody of several different songs mixed together for your ears to process. We’ve got a little of everything in this chocolate box: a Goblin-esque soundtrack, trip-hop, ambient guitar work, trappy IDM, you name it.
Something akin to the smell after a light rain, Elskavon delivers a beautiful and delicate ode to Iceland. You would be hard pressed to not drift away to the far corners of your mind while listening to this track.
What the title of the track means, we may never know. What we do know is that this minimal electronic piece is spaced out and heart breaking. The dreamscape that Derobla seems to be weaving mustn’t ever be woken from.
The swirling collage work of Varsity City would fit nicely on one of Schmutz’s favorite lavels, Ghost Box. Other worldly explorations of consciousness caress you into a state of stasis that isn’t often reached with modern music. Do not operate heavy machinery while enjoying this one.
Jäverling & von Euler
The track is taken from the projects forthcoming album; an ode to and inspired by the art of the Swedish painter and graphic designer, Sten Eklund. This peaceful piece will move you from self-reflection and introspection to the desire you discover where their inspiration came from, moving you back towards the song itself. A beautiful sphere you’ll not want to leave.
The opening track from Fletcher Beasley’s new album is primal, it begs movement in every sense. Movement of body and of the mind. Its subtlety is immediately apparent the moment the track is finished it has to replayed for fear of missing something important. An artist to keep an eye and ear on to be sure.
The dark winter mood of Berlin is clearly having its way those at Schmutz. The upbeat yet subdued stylings of Kim Anker are keeping us going through these long January nights. This low-key banger will either make you take a seat to pay closer attention or get you off the wall and cut some shapes. Ball’s in your court.
Photo credit to Ed Jansen for Berlin Atonal