Slow Magic- “Hold Still”

I tend to be pickier about electronic music as opposed to rock, and Slow Magic makes just the kind of electronic music that suits my tastes. It’s a little on the chiller side, flows in a casually intriguing way, makes minimal use of vocals, and tends to layer and stagger the beats and sounds to make the composition feel varied, balanced, and well thought out. His tracks are intricately detailed and carefully produced. And the arrangement he has laid out with this latest track, “Hold Still,” has a subtle way of enticing the listener to dive deep into the soundscape and get carried by the rather unpredictable currents that move it along.

Slow Magic will release his new album, “How To Run Away,” on September 9 via Downtown Records. You can pre-order it here smarturl.it/SlowMagicRunAway

Odesza- “Memories That You Call” (feat. Monsoonsiren)

Odesza are known for their sun drenched, spacey, upbeat productions that feature bright, shiny chopped up vocals and hypnotically rhythmic bass. This new track, “Memories That You Call,” from their upcoming album In Return (due 9/9), definitely fits that description and does not disappoint. If you’re looking to get lost in an extended state of summery paradise, put this track on repeat for a little while and see what happens…

Bonobo- “Duals”

Bonobo has always been one of my go to artists for “late night chill out” music that stands out among the massive amount of bland, forgettable stuff that exists in that genre. And while this new track, “Duals,” doesn’t exactly disappoint, it’s not nearly as compelling or as interesting as the material from his 2013 album “The North Borders.” Still, with its smooth, rather simple arrangements, it is a great track to put on late at night when you’re in the mood for something chill, but just a little bit funky and hypnotic.

Elliot Moss- “Slip” (JNTHN STEIN Remix)

If the intersection of trap and minimal Bon Iver-eqsue indie music sounds sonically appealing to you, this remix might become your new favorite thing. JNTHN STEIN has managed to make this excellent Elliot Moss track even more darkly compelling, with a sinister, driving beat and thickly layered instrumentation that envelops the listener but preserves the vocals that made the original track so stunning in the first place.

Definitely one of the best remixes I’ve come across in a while. Give it a listen, and repeat…

Douglas Dare- “Whelm”

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Douglas Dare is kind of like James Blake’s more classically trained, piano based musical cousin. Both artists have a rather minimal, somber approach to their music and a heartbreakingly beautiful quality and depth to their vocal delivery. Dare certainly laces some of his work with that experimental, avant garde electronic sound that Blake is known for, but overall his songs are marked by more of a lush simplicity and flow. Listening to “Whelm” right after Blake’s latest album, “Overgrown,” felt almost like the difference between reading a classic work of fiction or poetry and a something more postmodern.

It’s challenging to describe the beauty and nuances of Dare’s music. Better to just listen to it. It’s pretty breathtaking…

Douglas Dare- “Whelm”

Kiasmos- “Looped”

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If you like chill electronica, this song is definitely worth checking out. Icelandic artists Olafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen have teamed up again to record a Kiasmos album and Arnalds offered a few thoughts about this song and the upcoming album:

‘This song, like most of our songs, was made late on a Friday night while enjoying a glass or two of a nice Scotch. It’s one of our personal favourites of the upcoming album and is usually the point in our live set where things change from ‘slight head-bobbing chill’ to ‘all right, let’s party!’. We want to release this song ahead of the album to get ourselves as well as you all excited for a much more Kiasmos-active 2014!’

https://soundcloud.com/erasedtapes/kiasmos-looped