Category Archives: Chill / Ambient

[Alternative EDM:] Grasscut – Pieces // Underground EDM, indie & rap from [adult swim]


[Alternative EDM:] Grasscut – Pieces

 

Grasscut’s “Pieces” is a delightfully unique offering in the electronic genre-sphere. Fresh from the Ninja Tune label, this “alternative electronic” track has elements of dance-pop collide with alternative rock/indie music that is reminiscent of bands like Death Cab for Cutie or Velveteen.

Beginning with sultry, subdued warped vocals, the song quickly begins an entrancing xylophone-like synth along bass and a steady beat. The accompanying video uses what looks like tripped out stock footage, in vintage 480p, adding to that underground/indie feel.

Appearing in an [adult swim] bump, the intermissions between their own shows and commercials, the network often promotes underground rap, hip-hop and electronic music. The network and Ninja Tune label are also closely associated with Big Dada records, Brainfeeder (Flying Lotus’ record label), and WARP records.
It is partly thanks to [adult swim], the network designed for 18-34 year olds, that eclectic acts such as Flying Lotus and Tycho and many more underground hip-hop acts (through label Definitive Jux) have been discovered, such as Aesop Rock, Cage, Despot, El-P, Murs, RJ-D2, and more received more widespread recognition.

The Ninja Tune and WARP records labels were radio stations in Square Enix’s Hong-Kong “GTA” video game, “Sleeping Dogs.” Within the game, playing the station would bring up underground EDM and ambient hits like Bonobo’s “Kiara,” artists like Stateless, Coldcut, UK rap/grime act Two Fingers, Emika & Lorn. It’s sister station “WARP records” played jams from artists such as Rustie, Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke. Truly revolutionary for it’s time (Sleeping Dogs was released in 2012).


More from Ninja Tune & Warp Records, Definitive Jux:

[Ambient/Chill:]

[Transcendent Ambient as seen in Sleeping Dogs]

[Hauntingly Deep Bass:]

[Underground, Thought-Provoking Alternative Hip-Hop:]

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[Concerts/Festivals:] [Deep Prog. House:] Boris Brejcha – Blue Lake (and more) @ Tomorrowland 2018


Boris Brejcha’s “Tomorrowland 2018” Set

(Catch “Blue Lakes” and any other song in his Tomorrowland set, which is tracklisted in the info on Youtube. This video starts at Blue Lake 52 minutes in)

Progressive DJ Boris Brejcha put on a hell of a set at Tomorrowland 2018 in Belgium. Several standout songs were in his set, which featured exclusively only Brejcha’s own music. The German DJ had fans locked into his realm of entrancing soundscapes for over an hour and a half and received rave reviews for his performance (as well as many others he has done as of late). Be sure to check it out!

 

[Chill House/Future Ambient:] Louis the Child – Better Not (feat. Wafia)


[Downtempo Dance House:] Better Not (feat. Wafia) – Louis the Child.

Just in time for the summer is a cut with plenty of cool, tropical vibes. With a repeating reggae tin drum in the backbeat helping to create the dreamy, calm atmosphere of “Better Not” Wafia‘s vocals fit right in.

Louis the Child creates an interesting flow with this one, which initially resembles a contemporary pop song.

Though that may be true, by the first hook the track intrigues as the synths pick up. Then by the first “drop” you’ll find yourself humming and swaying to the beat and echoing the chorus of “You better not…” This is a great song for the season and not to be missed.

[Chill/House:] NVDES – Louì


[Chill House/Ambient/Big Room:] NVDES – Louí

 

Check out this chill house cut from NVDES. The group has been gaining popularity after their song “D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing)” appeared in an Apple commercial for different styles of camera lighting.

Like “Do Your Thing,” “Louí” has a very chill vibe, even more so than the former. Lush house vibes and a calm, but steady beat are refreshingly reassuring for the house genre as a whole.

NVDES – D.Y.T. (Do Your Thing) [feat. REMMI]

[Bass/Future House:] Tchami – World To Me (feat. Luke James) [Cazztek Remix]


Bass/Future House:

Tchami – World to Me (feat. Luke James) [Cazztek Remix]

Tchami’s “World to Me (feat. Luke James)” was one of the songs hot enough off his album to warrant its own EP. I’ve covered the Rootkit Remix & the Dillon Nathaniel Remix but there’s another flip just as epic that deserves not to be overlooked.

Cazztek’s remix of the song takes it in an interesting direction. A fusion of bass house, dance house and Future House this remix blends all these elements for an uplifting, atmospheric remix with plenty of energy.

A catchy beat and vocal sample play over the opening hook, “Baby, you should know/that you mean the world to me” with trance synths into a bass filled future house drop. The drop alone, heavy enough to fill dancefloors, refreshingly devolves back into broken down layers at the second chorus/full hook.

Ending out with warped bass and synths and then the return of the distorted vocal sample results in a song so upbeat, so funky, so different it’ll turn just about any person’s head.

Check it out above as well as more remixes from Tchami’s “Confession” label YouTube page.

[Ambient Future House:] Robbie G & Cureton – Here’s My Heart


[Ambient Future House/Chill House:]
Robbie G & Cureton – Here’s My Heart

After all the heavy EDM posts I figured I’d get back to some melodic and relaxing music. Selected music always has great choices when it comes to these categories and Robbie G & Cureton’s “Here’s My Heart” is no different. Filtered vocals, ambient chords and synths and boom clap percussions characteristic of ambient and future house combine for a melodic and entrancing ride in electronic music.

[Future House:] Moguai & Younotus ft. Nico Santos – Lessons (Zonderling Remix)


[Rhythmic Future House:]

Zonderling’s remix of Moguai & Younotus’ “Lessons” is amazing. Featuring the vocals of Nico Santos, the Zonderling remix melds truly uplifting synth chords, and heavenly strings. Funky and mesmerizing. Everything a future house song should be. Check it out above!