Hiding within the nooks and crannies of SoundCloud is Australian producer and DJ Samuel Meier. Going by the name Sunbather, Meier is experimenting with ambient, floating soundscapes and dreamlike techno and house.
His most recent fixation, an original which samples Isaac Hayes’ “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” is a lush, melodic river to wistfully – and lazily – drift upon. With a slow building and uplifting groove that soothes the senses as it convinces you to ease into a comfortable level of existential bliss, the track, “Leaving My Heart Right Here,” is a constantly shifting, heart-string pulling synthwave landscape. It’s moving, lovely, atmospheric, and feels like the soundtrack to someone’s painful longing for intimacy. It’s supremely gorgeous in its embrace of melancholy.
Listen to Sunbather’s “Leaving My Heart Right Here” below.
Milanese duo Hunter/Game’s new album on Kompakt, Adaptation, is the hype of this week and my favorite LP of 2016 so far. Emmanuele Nicosia and Martino Bartola, the men behind Hunter/Game, have created an ethereal techno masterpiece laden with well designed sounds, complex percussion rhythms, and beautiful meandering melodies. Adaptation is another example of the Italo-German ethereal techno that we’ve seen a great deal of lately (Hunter/Game are Italians and Kompakt is based in Cologne, Germany). If any readers have insights as to why there is so much electronic music – especially ethereal techno – coming out of Germany and Italy, Blisspop would love to hear your thoughts.
I couldn’t pick one favorite from Adaptation, so here are my top three: “Declino,” “Adaptation,” and “Hexagon.” That said, every track on the album is worth listening to. Stream Adaptation here for a limited time:
Hometown house heroes DJ Meegs and Philco have teamed up to bring us a monthly mix series aptly named “Meegsco”. This is the first one of hopefully many to come and it goes deep. They start it out with an anthem from Carl Craig and keep the tribal vibe going with the following track, “Ixchel” by Doza. The rest of the mix is filled with top quality tracks from names such as Pezzner, Dan Beaumont, and plenty more. Needless to say, all of these were strung together seamlessly, providing you with a nice one-hour journey through the world of underground house and techno.
Nadastrom have a new release on Sabo’s Sol Selectas Records. If you aren’t familiar with Nadastrom, read more about the duo in this Spotlight feature we did on them in May. “Jupiter” and “Chivas” have a refined deep house sound with cosmic inspirations. The Soundcloud track description of the release elaborates on the sound Nadastrom captured:
“Both tracks are based around strong melodic themes with the same psychedelic synths dancing wildly around their hooks. “Jupiter” takes a stripped back approach relying solely on a kick and cabasa for its drums, with lush synths guiding the impactful journey, while “Chivas” uses polyrhythmic percussion to drive the record.”
“Jupiter” is my favorite of the two, but I’m confident that many listeners will favor “Chivas” – both tracks are well produced works of art. “Jupiter / Chivas” is out today on Beatport, and the release will be available everywhere on the 15th. Listen:
The Cyprus producer Transposon recently gave us a journey of a track, premiered by Soundspace. The swirling techno production is filled with whirring synths that fall in and out of tune and is accompanied by an extremely pitched down vocal sample. Transposon takes you through some 4-to-the-floor techno then throws in some old-school breaks that ends up giving it a nostalgic feel. It’s out on Tessier-Ashpool Records so grab it up!