Chillwave Wednesday CXXVIII

Chillwave Wednesday 2017

Chillwave Wednesday is a semi-weekly shortlist of chill music from around the internet. We start out the mix easy with a slow burner from ESHE NKIRU called “Divinity.” Then we wind it up with a Crackazat remix of Tom Misch and a Throttle remix of Snakehips vs . There’s also a Louis La Roche remix of “Nobody Knows” by the king of pop himself and an Autograf single featuring Wynne. It’s Autograf like you’ve never heard.

The mix sends you back into chill-mode with a Tribe Called Quest remix by Rhythm Scholar. And finally, we finish you off with the instrumental version of L’Aquarium’s “Petit Camarque.” Jazzy!

Chillwave Wednesday is also available on Spotify. See all of the tracks posted to Chillwave Wednesday 2017 each week on Spotify here: http://play.spotify.com/user/thenewlofi/playlist/ChillwaveWednesday

Playlist


Kiefer

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Just came across an LA-based Hip Hop producer and piano player called “Kiefer” that you should check out. His music has the perfect vibes for Sunday.

His sound is a mixture of super soulful bass licks mixed with tight snare drums that harken back to the golden age of Hip Hop. Add in an off-kilter piano and you’ve got a sound that will have you laid back for the rest of the evening.

Kiefer – happysad sunday ruff2

Kiefer – vdka n listerine (feat. David Otis)

hear more from Kiefer


Fresh Friday Mix: Sophie Wilson

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Willow is the stage name for Manchester native and DJ, Sophie Wilson. I came across one of her singles called “Feel Me” last week and I was curious to hear more of her dark and minimal flavour of House. After a little digging, I found this little gem. It’s Wilson playing an hour and a half Boiler Room DJ set in London and it is wicked.

Willow – Boiler Room London Studio DJ Set


Are We Live @ The Jazz Factory

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Are We Live is a London based podcast made up of 4 young London-based musicians & taste-makers, collaborating together to talk about music, make music, debut music, and generally immerse themselves and us, the audience, in music.

Made up by Jordan Rakei, Tom Misch, Barney Artist, and Alfa Mist; each brings their own eclectic tastes and musical intricacies to the weekly chin wag . They’re not a band (they all pursue individual projects), more a collective with an ethos embodied in songs that invite your head to swim in the ether – is well in situ.

On Thursday night, Camden’s iconic Jazz Café was packed to the rafters with steam and bodies alike for the first live show from the collective in 2017, punters braving the freezing elements of a February London evening and queueing round the block. The 500 tickets for the event had sold out within 4 minutes of going on sale last month, and at just over £10 for three and a half hours of music of this quality, it wasn’t hard to see why.

Each of the artists had their own individual slot, but these were regularly interspersed with duets and guest appearances, most notably on the superbly soulful I’m Going to Tell You between Barney and Jordan.

Infused with influences from jazz, soul, hip hop, funk and house, those that have seen these shows are likely to agree that experience of one doesn’t necessarily leave you in the know for those to come, as the elements are tuned and re-tuned, much like the strings of Tom Misch’s guitar.

His arrival to the stage did appear to be the most eagerly awaited, his lick-laden guitar scintillating amongst a chorus of instruments, with poignant strings from a violin and a palette of guest vocals in an audacious blend of unique cameos. Authentic to the personality behind the voice and with an ear for concerted collaborations – no better shown off than on a freestyle, J Dilla-esque tribute with genius lyricism from Barney – all together Misch managed to make something well composed from a voguish variety of sound.

A collection of the most unique and exciting breakthrough artists of 2016 have kicked of 2017 with aplomb. Watch this space…

 


Stevie Parker: Without You

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Art is subjective. In most cases, if not handed the meaning, a performance piece can be interpreted in any manner one chooses. Stevie Parker’s visuals for “Without You” is the perfect example of subjectivity. Individuals who don’t attempt to derive their own meaning from this piece will be left lost in a maze,  filled with the utmost amount of confusion.

I’m absolutely intrigued by the visual display in “Without You” — not to overshadow the vocal perfection.

Through my eyes, this video depicts an almost-broken character attempting to keep the puzzle pieces in tact. We’re left wondering if we are witnessing an emotionless Parker or an individual who experiences more emotional turmoil than the average human; It’s very confusing. However, that’s simply my own pretentious interpretation. It could as well just be a weird girl being weird. But weird’s good; I like weird. Either way, i’m very impressed by the Bristol singer.

Watch the official music video for “Without You” here:


Grumpus – Divides

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Graham Stevenson is the 24-year-old singer/songwriter behind Grumpus. Hailing from Massachusetts, Stevenson has spent the last several months developing his sound in order to release his latest single, “Divides.” He describes his release as something “built for a cinematic road trip across the US.” A special blend of indie-pop and rock, Stevenson’s single ties together an interesting mix of guitars and lyricism.

Grumpus – Divides


Killer Bee

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Killer Bee is an independent 23-year-old hip-hop producer from New York/New Jersey. He passed me his new album, Otaku, last week and I got it on the spinner right now.

He describes himself as a lo-fi Hip Hop producer who takes inspiration from anime, jazz, vaporwave, and funk. I’m not sure what “vaporwave” is, but I’m loving it.

The album consists of 13 tracks and features an interlude by MSFTSrep member dylAn. Each download also comes with a .txt letter explaining the inspiration behind the album and a .txt file detailing the samples used.

Check out my two favorite singles off the album below:

Killer Bee – irl

Killer Bee – luvsick (intro)


Bipolar Sunshine: The Scientist

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I constantly find myself wishing that artists would refrain from covering my favourite songs. I don’t ever wanna hear a voice rapping over the “Lose Yourself” instrumental unless that voice belongs to Slim Shady.

“Leave the song alone! It was done right the first time,” I stupidly said.

However, more and more artists are discovering unique ways to shut me the fuck up. Releases such as Bipolar Sunshine’s reconstruction of Coldplay’s “The Scientist”, leads me to further embrace the idea of music, like journalism, as a process rather than a product. Who’s to say when a song plateaus? There is nothing wrong with another artist telling the same story from his or her own personal viewpoint.

Bipolar Sunshine chose to deliver his rendition of the 2002 hit single in a very minimalist way –and it’s simplicity is beautiful. Straight-forward vocals that we naturally feel obligated to hang onto for dear life, coupled with the most soothing of piano keys; the perfect way to pay homage to one of the greatest-ever written lyrics.

Listen to the Manchester-born singer’s latest release here: