Replay: December 2016

In this monthly series, we scour the depths of the Internet and its memory vault to curate a list of tracks that caught our attention in the previous month. From classics to the freshest and obscure releases, we bring you tracks that we believe you deserve to know or are deserving of greater attention, or both! Sit back and enjoy the ride

1. Case Woo – Circus (Live)

Our local veteran and maestro Case Woo delivers a massive 10-minutes track in “Circus”. The track begins with a throbbing bass line that fades away into the low-end as three interchanging arpeggiated melodies drive the song with the help of a light reverb. For the gear geeks, there is even an accompanying YouTube video. It is a pity we missed his live set last month.

2. Doppelate – Bobo’s Garden

Doppelate drops an ambient track steeped in emotions. We are not quite sure what we are feeling when we listen to this track: melancholy, resignation and at the same time some optimism encased within them. A short three minutes, “Bobo’s Garden” manages to convey depth in feelings without boring the listener.

3. Quiem – Out Of Nowhere

Next up, we have another ambient track from Quiem. “Out Of Nowhere” starkly contrasts with the previous track. Grand and cinematic, the track would not be out of place at all in a sci-fi movie. With spacey echos and sweeping synths, it transports the listener into another world.

4. Paperkraft – No Other

The emergence of lo-fi house in 2016 has not gone unnoticed. Here, we include one of the sub-genre’s rising talent from Asia. Hailing from Japan, Paperkraft has a knack of delivering quality lo-fi house tracks with smooth sampled vocals. “No Other” is another fine addition to his growing discography. This is available as a free download along with other great lo-fi house tracks released by Steps Back Trax. We would have put the entire compilation on this list but we decided not to bore you. Check the SoundCloud link for more information if you dig such tracks.

5. Kölsch & Michael Mayer – Dogma 1

Earlier this year, Kompakt Records co-founder Michael Mayer and techno musician
Kölsch collaborated on an EP to mark the debut of the latter’s new label IPSO
Records. The result was two tracks and it’s the first one that caught our attention. Opening with a repetitive synth rhythm, this track gradually builds up over three-and-a-half minutes and by the time the bass creeps in, we knew we were listening to something special. Uplifting and emotional, this is soulful electronic music that moves the mind and body. At nearly 10 minutes long, it’s simultaneously euphoric and measured, and throbs with an emotional core that shimmers. Listen to this with your eyes closed.

6. DNGLS – Labingi

This track is simply mind-blowing. It is even more amazing considering how simple the song is. With a three-bar lead looping over an arpeggio, the track is infectious, energetic and uplifting at the same time. And that is how the song goes on for a good 7 minutes. (Spotted in Amelie Len’s 7 hour all night long set at Labyrinth Club, uploaded on YouTube)

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