Slow Dancing Society- “Pull”

Slow Dancing Society (a.k.a. Drew Sullivan) is probably my favorite chill/ambient artist. He creates exactly the kind of music that I want to hear while practicing yoga, writing or trying to lull myself to sleep. My knowledge of ambient music is limited, but I can say that his songs have a subtle radiance and a uniquely soothing quality that I don’t often hear in most music from that genre. I usually put at least one Slow Dancing Society song on the playlists I use in my yoga classes for that very reason.

His latest piece of work, “Pull,” might be my favorite so far. If you’re in the mood for something especially minimal and soothing, listen to it here and find more of his music on his soundcloud page. His albums are available on iTunes and Spotify, and my personal favorites are Laterna Magica and The Sound Of Lights When Dim.

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