The landscape of music in the chill out genre has grown exponentially in popularity thanks to the likes of heavy hitters such as Bonobo and Tycho. I’m confident that this genre will continue to soar in 2017. Today, Blisspop highlights a rising star of the chill genre: Hungry Music, a French electronic music label founded by three talented melodic techno/ deep house producers, Worakls, N’to, and Joachim Pastor. What excites


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Patience is both a virtue and a necessity when listening to ambient techno. Patient ambient techno listeners are rewarded with an enjoyable sonic journey. When listening to Stockholm producer Skymning’s (a.k.a. Erik Lagerholm) “Sfär,” patience is crucial. For the first minute, the listener hears a collection of effected ambient sounds. It’s not until the 1:20 mark that the listener hears the kick drum beat. With wondrous synthesized sounds, unique percussion,


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