French music and video producer Woochia processes heavily every-day sounds to create smooth and melodic techno tunes. Inspired by progressive rock bands such as Tool or Rishloo, he implements wide atmospheres and meditation sounds in his music - such as Tibetan or Inuit throat singing.
After Studying Musicology at the University of Evry and 10 years of composing computer music, his projects lead him to work with artists like Richard "Kory" Rivereau (Beyond the Dust, Rise) and Ebde (Ebde, Otter, and Snake).
The work of this multi-faceted artist, who does his mixes and video himself, has been featured in mix-tapes from "Reason France vol.3" in his early beginnings to "L'été à la ferme" by the Farworker (Champ’Caine Records).
Beside his music productions, Woochia also produces videos for his Youtube channel where he shares how he processes some of his sounds as well as some musical challenges.
Created by French music-producer Woochia based in London, this 6-tracks album - or EP - uses the soothing tones of acoustic instruments (like guitars or didgeridoo) with tones usually used for meditation (singing bowls, different types of throat singing) mixed with powerful drums and electronic bass lines to deliver a soft and melodic techno music, perfect for travelling. All the tracks of this album have been composed in trains, buses and coaches while traveling between and around London and Paris. These songs capture the feeling of being on the road, following the drift of the mind in its own imagination while the landscapes go by, behind the window.
"Wander" is a meditation on memory, asking what fills the cognitive void that comes from a lost relationship, while pondering the phenomenon of re-connection.
Formed in 2016 after years of friendship and late night music nerd-out sessions, Emme is the indie-electro project of Sowmya Somanath and Walter Nichols. Having come up in both eastern and western classical music traditions, Somanath and Nichols balance their musical knowledge with their artistic intuition, resulting in a unique take on a pop duo. The two went to music school together, singing in an a cappella group together, and sharing their love of Spongebob together.
Symmetry is a constant source of inspiration for Emme. The name is a wink to mathematician and physicist Emmy Noether, whose eponymous 1915 theorem brought natural symmetries and mathematics together in a way no one had yet to do.
Experiencing Emme live can feel like standing inside a gemstone. Reflections flutter, refractions bounce, and transformations weave about in the form of Somanath’s lush vocals and Nichols’s eclectic mix of saxophone, synthesizers, and effects. The resulting songs question pop conventions; they both challenge and reward.
The single"CU Again" is the title track on Adrian Underhill's album that was produced by Kindness (Solange, Robyn, Blood Orange). The 10 songs on ‘CU Again’ are the culmination of many years of sonic exploration. Having grown up in Vancouver before moving to Montreal and then Toronto, Adrian spent time in rock bands and making lo-fi recordings on his own, before moving towards a 70s songwriter vibe infused with a more modern production style & sound. The LP is set to be released later this year.
Adrian's thoughts on the song:
"One thing I really like about this song is that it is left open ended who the song is being sung for. It’s about the universal feeling of missing someone and that could be a platonic or romantic relationship. To me, the song invites you as the listener to also become the singer of the song, the protagonist, to sing along if you have ever felt the feeling of missing somebody that means a lot to you."
Chicago-based Floral Couches, the project of Cody Gray, released his new album Electric Fever in August. One of the album's highlights, “Ketamine Dreaming” is a nice display of Floral Couches’ late-night atmospheric development and knack for emerging, twinkling hooks — present here just past the one-minute mark, with twangy guitars entering the fold shortly thereafter.
Floral Couches' debut album came in 2016, with Not Quite Your Type. "I recorded all of it in a Logan Square bedroom over the course of a 16-month span and it was just a totally weird pop album. The cohesiveness was nonexistent but it was really just me experimenting with my own sound."
From there, Cody decided to pursue a more electronic-minded sound. Shortly, he had three songs written with synths and buzzsaw basses, and put them in a folder called "Electric Fever". That name stuck, and after a year Cody had his second album, Electric Fever. "I never had any plans to play live shows since i dealt with bad performance anxiety in the past and just didn't have any friends in Chicago to perform with. When I met my best friend Conor we just worked out how the hell two people could perform this stuff live and we've been performing for about five months."
Both tracks (as well as every other Floral Couches track) were recorded and mixed using only instruments and VSTs in Logic, including the guitars. "I was broke when I first started recording under Floral Couches and decided I was going to fully exhaust Logic of everything I could do with it before I purchased new equipment or instruments," Cody explains. "About half of Electric Fever actually has some serious track bleed on the vocal takes because while I was recording "Now You've Done It", my headphones broke and I couldn't afford to get another pair for a while. I was going to redo the vocals, but I liked the washed-out sound that it had produced and decided to keep them as is. "
Per Cody, "Ketamine Dreaming" is the only really sad song on the album. "A week before Christmas 2016 our dog passed away unexpectedly and I just totally lost it. I emailed my boss that I wasn't going to be going into work for a while and nobody saw me for about two weeks. When I was in high school and college I was dealing with peak depression and anxiety and I was absolutely coping by drinking myself stupid. I stopped drinking for the most part after college... During that two weeks of intense grieving I basically kept myself sustained on beer and cheese (I'm a Wisconsin boy at heart). It was the first time since I had graduated college that I was trying to just escape from what was happening in my life. I wrote the lyrics to capture that escapism mentality... "I don't need to feel pleasure/ and anything's better than this" was exactly what I had going through my head."
Serene spellbinding worlds come together on the glistening waves of Shall Remain Nameless’s self-titled effort. Quite pastoral in its efforts the way the many layers converge into a singular whole feels deeply satisfying. Field recordings permeate the entirety of the album for the way they seem to simply immerse the listener in such a wild jungle of recordings feels positively liberating.
Drones remain equally important as Shall Remain Nameless touches upon some of Stars of the Lid’s more elegant, less-feedback laden later works. Classical helps to frame every piece for the songs resembles suites in a greater symphony.
“Forest Fly” carries the listener to a tranquil, exotic rain forest, inhabited by tropical wildlife. The inclusion of an enigmatically soothing sitar suggests that we are perhaps accompanied by an imaginary, mysteriously wise sherpa as our guide, giving the track a relaxed, melodic warmth.
Seamlessly shifting to the celestially- inspired “Sunshine In a Blackout”, subtle changes in this ambient orchestral production are somehow simultaneously glacial and emotionally uplifting.
Meanwhile ,“Uneven Terrain Pt 1” as its title suggests, leads the audience down a murky musical path as sinister whispers from dark forces fill the air in this curiously lurid nightmare. The resulting creation is dark ambience at its best.
The twisted nostalgia of “Coney Island Sideshow” presents an electronically intricate, if unsettling centerpiece for the album. The contrast of hypnotic sonic chattering and vocal snippets of family fun at the fair ground requires repeat listens to appreciate its many nuances.
As the album comes to a close “The Fear” reintroduces earlier themes; wide open musical landscapes, floating ambient melodies and electronica are all enhanced by selective samples of the human voice.
The artists influences : The Future Sound Of London,The Orb, Ambient music from the early 90's.
GroundBurst is an instrumental rock trio whose sound strikes for the band’s kaleidoscopic approach and wide-open mindset. The band consists of Phil, Si, and Erik, respectively on guitars, bass & keys, and drums. These three talented musicians set out to create a lush, diverse and textural musical backdrop, borrowing from influences as diverse as electronic music, psychedelia, rock and even jazz with a minimalistic flair. Their recent release, “Triad” is an EP featuring 3 original compositions, as the title of the release might lead you to guess!
These Are Truly The Last Days is a musical project with a driven experimental twist. Their music blurs the lines between various genres, including ambient, electronica, glitch hop, and more. The project’s self-titled studio effort features 11 studio tracks.