Ilya Goldberg, the violinist of Emancipator, simultaneously ventures out into his own musical endeavor with his project, Lapa. Lapa is an ambient chill out project that, “weaves together musical stories with complexly textured harmonies, expansive melodies, and intricately layered beats.” I had the honor of speaking with Ilya after his show at U Street Music Hall. We discussed many topics including his recent album, Meeting of the Waters, the process


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Best Remix Jimpster, “Eel Pie Island (Adam Port Remix)” [Systematic Recordings] Adam Port’s remix of “Eel Pie Island” is creative on many levels: the sound design is spectacular throughout the track and Port displays a virtuosic rhythmic sense. But what made his rendition of “Eel Pie Island” stand out from every other remix I heard in 2016 was the spoken-word sample he used in the track. The spoken-word artist shares


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Best Remix CloZee, “Sankar’s Lake (Igama Remix)” I am rooting for the newer producers out there who possess a fresh approach to remixing. I’d consider Igama to be one of those producers with his latest remix of “Sankar’s Lake” by the French producer, CloZee. His remix is mesmerizing. I hear a prominent fusion of Eastern and Western sounds: he samples the sitar and couples it with a deep bass line, driving


Grant Eadie, aka Manatee Commune, is a multi-instrumentalist and a one-man band extraordinaire, featured on the likes of KEXP and NPR’s All Songs Considered. His style emcompasses whimsical and pleasant, chill out electronic music that captivates audiences around the world. I had the chance to catch up with him before he commenced his “Sink or Swim” tour of the United States. His upcoming album, Manatee Commune, will be released on


Follow Your Stupid Heart Album Art
Blocktreat’s single, “Follow Your Stupid Heart,” is an experimental piece by Vancouver producer/artist Brandon Hoffman. One can anticipate layers of looped vocals, field recordings, and bluegrass music pulsing to a syncopated beat. The music video, directed by Sam Tudor, imparts a sense of wanderlust and daydreaming. The escaped fantasies depicted in the music video are triggered by unconventional syncopation. “Follow Your Stupid Heart” is from the recently released album, Exciting Adventures