May 2020

Album releases

Ben Lukas Boysen — Mirage

Mirage is a lovely synthesizer album with lots of emotion and detail. But two of the tracks (Kenotaph and Clarion) throw live drums into the mix for even more texture and dynamics; these songs make the record a memorable one.

New to Me

⣎⡇ꉺლ༽இ•̛)ྀ◞ ༎ຶ ༽ৣৢ؞ৢ؞ؖ ꉺლ — )✧⃛* (2017) Highly recommended!

This Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) pseudonym puts weaker blogs’ text encoding to the sword! This EP is a lovely one, made up of three chill, synth-driven tunes; track #1 is a little more ambient, #2 adds some jazzy, shuffling drum samples, and #3 sprinkles a bit of head-nod bass into the recipe.

Cykada — S/T (2019) Highly recommended!

A boisterous dance-jazz assault! And yet another very excellent record coming out of the youthful London scene.

Godblesscomputers — Solchi (2017)

An electronic album with a diverse range of styles. Typically with stuff like this I expect a “jack of all trades, master of none” result, but I was pleasantly surprised here. There’s soul, dancehall, Bonobo-style house and Boards of Canada-style blips and bloops and all of it is distinctive and high-quality.

Gigi Masin — Kite (2018)

Not all music needs to be challenging. Kite is a mellow and thoughtful album of compositions rooted in piano, although they at times incorporate electronics and effects. Recommended for a sunny spring day after the rain has stopped and the clouds are parting.

Belle Chen — Departure (2019)

What an interesting album. You could start out describing this as “solo piano” but it ends up much too distinctive for such a simple label. There are lots of tasty processed piano sounds, a hang drum (I think?), and even a full-out tango.

Cookin' on 3 Burners — Lab Experiments, Vol. 2 (2018)

Nothing too complicated here: this is a scorching funk album. Perfect music for a breezy summer day or a sweaty night on the dancefloor.