Tag Archives: ambient

FEAR OF THEYDON – REMIXES (Electronica/Ambient – UK)

There is no doubt that Fear of Theydon (born Julian Peck) is fast becoming one of the most sought after producers when it comes to adding the extra spark to any release. As Sunday Best’s in-house remixer he has “always sought to make overtly melodic music… for the disco inside your mind”. Never one to follow the pack, Peck’s compilation The Sunday Best Remix is an exciting showcase of his musical growth as a producer demonstrating his versatility and creativity.

Julian has remixed most of the record label’s singles since 2008: tracing from his Aeroplane-inspired Cosmic Dub of dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip’s ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ to his very heady, futuristic Slow Motion Dub of Beardyman’s ‘Where Does Your Mind Go?’ released earlier this year.

Sound of Rum - Slow Slow (Sunday Best Disco Dub)     

Julian has now left Sunday Best to pursue his music with full devotion. But with the likes of Mylo, Touche, Seelenluft, Quiet Village, Mark Vidler and Mark Moore already giving him their tick of approval, it’s only a matter of time before everyone will want to get their hands on one of the most promising young talent to emerge from the UK in recent times.

Fear of Theydon - He Returns from the Beyond     

Mojo Filter Feat. Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (Fear of Theydon Remix)     

Check www.fearoftheydon.com for Fear of Theydon’s other remixes and original material. Buy Sunday Best Remix on The Sunday Best Remix By Fear of Theydon - Various Artists

CHAD VALLEY – EQUATORIAL ULTRAVOX (Electronica/Balearic – UK)

Chad Valley is the solo project of Hugo Manuel, who happens to be the front-man of alt-folk group Jonquil and is also one of the founding members of Oxford collective Blessing Force. As Chad Valley, Manuel explores sounds that are stray pretty far away from what Jonquil fans are used to. Influenced by his stay in Ibiza, he tries to “recreate the feeling of being on the beach” with his shimmery Balearic blend of electronica.

His self-titled debut EP, released last year on Cascine Records, was a sublime mix of smooth disco, filteredvocals and 80s-inspired beats, with a sprinkling of modernity. It was so successful that Chad Valley became at some point the fourth most blogged about artist on the internet.

Coming June 20th, his new EP, Equatorial Ultravox, brings back the blissfull synths and massive beats while still maintaining the Balearic soul alive. Listen to one of the tracks and to get an idea of what the 7-track EP will sound like!

Chad Valley - Now That I'm Real     

As a bonus, here is a fantastic remix of “Anything”, taken off Chad Valley’s debut. With Seams on remixing duties, this track takes us on a more instrumental ride, with special focus on vocals and drums.

Chad Valley - Anything (Seams Remix)     

For your information, Chad Valley is currently on tour, check out all the dates on MySpace.

ALTRICE – STEM (Ambient/Downtempo – US)

Tucson-based producer Altrice came to public knowledge last year after winning the remix contest for the song “Sun” by Caribou. Blogs started to hail this artist’s production skills and even Caribou’s own Dan Snaith was genuinely moved by his work on “Sun”. So much so that when Altrice asked for the stems of all the tracks on the album Swim, Dan agreed right away and sent all the material.

It took Altrice a few months to complete a track by track remix of the album and the result is a mesmerising compilation called Stem. It uses samples from the original tracks and builds entirely new songs from there.

Altrice - Modern Song     

Dan Snaith described Stem as “beautifully simple – focusing on only a handful of elements but ingeniously reinventing them to make each song very much his own”.

Altrice - Siphon Away     

The whole album can be streamed on Soundcloud and there’s also an album of bonus tracks available HERE. If you like what you hear, visit Altrice on MySpace and please go on and buy his music on Altrice

JÓNSI & ALEX – RICEBOY SLEEPS (Ambient – Iceland)

Jónsi & Alex is the new joint project of Jónsi Birgisson (better known for his work as part of Icelandic ambient electronica outfit Sigur Rós) and his partner Alex Somers.

This fruitful artistic collaboration began as a Sigur Rós side project around 2003 under the name Riceboy Sleeps.In November 2006, they released their first picture book with the same title. The following year a second edition went to press and the pair held a series of art exhibitions in Reykjavík, Arkansas and Melbourne to promote the book.

Jónsi & Alex are now releasing their debut album, Riceboy Sleeps, a moving work that takes the listener to otherworldly musical landscapes.

For more info, check out the boys’ official website or Facebook. Stream the whole album here and buy it on Jónsi & Alex

TELEFON TEL AVIV – IMMOLATE YOURSELF (Ambient/Electronica – US)

Telefon Tel Aviv’s new studio album, the first in 4 years, has finally hit the stores. Immolate Yourself is out since January 20th on BPitch Control. This new album is unfortunately being released in very somber circumstances since it was announced on January 22nd that founding member Charles Cooper had been found dead after going missing for a day. It is unclear whether Telefon Tel Aviv will keep making music after this tragic event.

The Chicago-based electronic music duo (Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis) released their first EP in 2001 to positive reviews. In 2002 and 2004 they released two LPs on Hefty Records’ Immediate Action label. After working with different bands and producing some noteworthy remixes (check out their remix of Bebel Gilberto’s track “All Around” below), they put out a remix collection and started working on  new material.

Bebel Gilberto - All Around (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)     

Their third album is full of surprises. It sees the band taking a radically new approach to production, reverting to analog tape and analog synthesizers. Eustis and Cooper wanted to “sound more real” and this new direction clearly brings things back to the dancefloor. Their new compositions merge electronic noises and strong bass lines, still playing with loops and hypnotic melodies.

Telefon Tel Aviv - The Birds     

Listen to more TTA music on MySpace. Buy the new album on Telefon