Lo-Fi Sundays 052 - A Conversation with Axian

To mark one year of Lo-Fi Sundays, we’re publishing a conversation with an eminent representative of beat music, Alexander Fjellerad Thomsen, better known as Axian of Aarhus, Denmark. In addition to covering who Axian is and how he makes his renowned spacey, sample-cut music, we ended up discussing beats music generally, the “lo-fi community” at large.

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Lo-fi Sundays 051 - Xon'a'jazza

Channeling the smooth noire of jazz and ballroom sonatas, Xon’a’jazza is a hidden gem reaching out from the Russian Federation. Combining dusty instrumental motifs with craftily sampled hip-hop verses and a particularly clean mix-down, his productions are set aside from typical lo-fi in their stereo depth and percussive clarity.

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Kalaha - Mama Ngoma

Sometimes bands combine seemingly disparate music styles into one cohesive sound. In doing so, they remind listeners that styles which may seem far apart either physically, stylistically, or both, are actually closer to one another than they appear. The Danish group Kalaha allows us to experience this phenomenon through their new EP Mama Ngoma.

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Lo-Fi Sundays 050 - Furozh

“…And I sound the way I feel.” Smooth and resonant words that producer and peacemaker Furozh seems to live by. Furozh beats carry with them the sound, swing and essence of the concrete jungle of New York City from which the producer hails. They also carry an inspiring and necessary message of peace, goodwill and uplift in between their breaks and sample-cut melody.

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Primate - Out Of Time

Seemingly standing atop the shoulders of giants, Primate is a creator of the highest accord, and he utilized his precious time with a remarkable patience to craft the aural opus Out Of Time. The word “layering” does not do his process justice, as his music is not stacked like logs or bricks. It is a crisscrossed, interwoven, biosynthetic matrix of sound and intent.

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Kalaha - Mama Ngoma [Premiere]

From the first guitar lick plucked by Niclas Knudsen, one can hear the West African influence in “Mama Ngoma”, the title track off the upcoming EP from Danish band Kalaha which arrives October 29th on Rump Recordings, the imprint founded and managed by producer and Kalaha synth player Rumpistol. The premiere of “Mama Ngoma” is accompanied by far out animated music video, directed by Zven Balslev.

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Lo-Fi Sundays 049 - wowflower

Based out of Boston, Massachusetts, wowflower is a young beatmaker with an exceptional talent for melody and atmosphere. He creates vibratory fields full of colorful static backed by fuzzy, textured percussion. At 22 years old he’s released 14 albums and a pair of mixes. It’s likely that most of that is hardly touched upon in our curated playlist, which features compositions from the past 18 months or so.

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VALE - Dmitri's Table Compilation

Following up their massive Awareness Compilation, their most recent collection is a parred-down, tactile assortment of nuclear powered sound design. Enter: Dimitri’s Table. The concept of Dimitri’s Table is at once both novel and elementary; Elements combine to form compounds. Compounds have different properties from the elements they are composed of.

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DeeZnauts - Disruptor

DeeZ and Smigonaut are two Boston-dwelling bass mages practiced largely in the crafts of halftime and glitch hop. The two have alchemized their labor into a single project and Street Ritual now blesses the world with Disruptor, the first release from the hilariously-named DeeZNauts. This EP - the 150th release from Street Ritual - is fittingly a testament to the evolving sounds of the next generation of electronic enthusiasts.

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Lo-Fi Sundays 048 - Tenki

Warming bones straight out of the deep Canadian tundra, Tenki is a sample-carving wiz with a slapstick approach to controllerism. Flipped, reversed, pitch-shifted samples, and even palindrome phrasing sprout heavily dot the arrangement of each song. His choice of call-and-response between sampled phrases is the fuel that powers the evolution of his catalog.

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VALE Singles: Voljum & Devisored

The deep underground label VALE adds to their ongoing stream of far-out, bass-heavy singles today with two raw tunes from two relatively unknown and international producers, Voljum and Devisored. The label is gaining recognition for its curation of dark, high-brow experimental bass music. This go-round, they may have outdone themselves.

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Lo-Fi Sundays 046 - ningen

Transmitting raw jazz energy from Germany to the ears of the world, ningen is stepping up the paradigm by taking lo-fi straight into his own hands. From melody to stereo-imaging, this novel producer is bucking the usual reigns of sampled music. Taking a cue from some of the finer craftsmen of break-beat music, ningen crafts his samples from scratch, performing primarily through guitar and piano.

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Solasta Festival - Vinja [Interview]

The venerable Vinja is a stalwart of turntablism and high-octane electronic grooves. This summer, Vinja performed in Tennessee at the upstart gathering Solasta Festival. We were able to steal Vince Santora (Vinja) from the revelry for candid conversation covering the development of his tunes, Solasta itself, and the ever-evolving music social phenomena and his place within it.

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Lo-Fi Sundays 045 - G Mills

G Mills has been working hard lately, from an epic tune on the BLESS Vol. 2 compilation to a short but sweet tape on Dust Collectors. The consistently rich quality to his music is perhaps its most noteworthy aspect. His compositions fill up the stereo spread. The sample selection is robust, as G Mills leverages the full weight and potential of each sampled sound, even a split second glitch.

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High Dude - Withstanding EP

Operating deep in the shadow realms of the Artist is High Dude, a producer, visual artist and PhD student with an innocuous name but a captivating, black electronic sound. The producer’s new release, a four-track mixed-tempo trip down the rabbit hole called Withstanding, is available today on the always dark and lurking digital label VALE.

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Shambhala Music Festival - Chord Marauders [Interview]

Gaz Frost, one half of the producter/DJ duo Congi our of Nottingham, UK, agreed to sit down for an interview representing the Chord Marauders at Shambhala Music Festival 2018. The jazz-infused 140 bpm record label has been pushing one of the most original sounds in dubstep since forming in 2012. Shambhala, which rarely curates spotlights or showcases on its lineup, booked the Chord Marauders for a label showcase at The Grove stage on Sunday.

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DeeZ - Data Splatta [Premiere]

Leading left-field bass music producer DeeZ is set to self-release a new four-track EP called Data Splatta this Wednesday, September 19. The EP finds DeeZ again honing in on his signature vibrations, though with more ferocity and abandon than ever before. Today, the producer offers the title track as a first taste of the full release.

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