Following a whiskey-tastic weekend at Mighty Sounds, I’m feeling rather punk-rocked out and in need of something a bit more downtempo to settle myself down for the coming week. As it happens, Soundcloud has just the medicine for me in the form of this beautiful track from Czech producer Ower. He’s been on our radar for some time, usually due to his laid back dnb productions. Reflections is something different, blending a rather mournful melody with ghostly vocal snippets and bass that sounds as though it’s enjoying taking a bit of a breather from it’s regular dnb gig . Instead it’s lazing around on a deck chair shouting out occasional instructions. Stunning stuff. Check out Ower’s Soundcloud page to hear more of this music.
Bloody hell! Perhaps I’m taking the easy way out in my bleary-eyed early-afternoon state by deciding to write a post about the very first tune to appear on the top of our Soundcloud feed, but what a tune it is! Lukáš Puška, aka Andels, has turned up on these virtual pages a couple of times already and with very good reason, he is certainly one of the shining lights of the Czech electronic underground. His latest work – a track entitled ‘The Noir Thing’ – may not even be finished yet but it already rocks! Firstly, and possibly most importantly, it has a drums-only intro of one minute and twenty seconds! There’s no way that this should be allowed to work but something about the power, clarity and evolving layers of complexity of the beats ensures that the listener is drawn further and further in. When the melody eveuntually kicks in, there is simply no turning back. Slow and deliberate, the synth is dark but strangely beautiful. The horns and occasional hints of piano add further subtlety to the piece. I cannot wait to hear what this talented young producer is going to create next.
There is a lot of great music coming out of Slovakia at the moment and this is another classic example. The artist is Beatfoot – Lukas from Kosice in Slovakia who now seems to be residing in Prague (but I could be wrong about that!). Beautiful textures and a gorgeous atmosphere are created on this song with delicate sporadic sampled beats dropping in almost randomly to provide structure and direction. I have listened to this track many times now and it never fails to lift my spirits and take me away.