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Free Download – Ghostly Swim 2

Posted by Jakub

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Tracklist

01. Pascäal – Holo
02. Shigeto – Tide Pools
03. Anenon – Grapevine
04. Heathered Pearls – Supra
05. Babe Rainbow – Don’t Tell Me I’m Wrong
06. Dauwd – Kolido
07. Patricia – Spotting
08. Lord RAJA – Spilt Out In Cursive
09. CFCF – Oil
10. Feral – Mirror
11. Mary Lattimore & Jeff Zeigler – I Only Have Eyes For You
12. AceMo – Futurism
13. Nautiluss – Lonely Planet

Legend has it that Brian Eno’s concept of ambient music came to him while laid up in a hospital bed after an automobile accident in the ’70s. A friend brought him some records, playing them too low to be properly heard, and Eno couldn’t get out of bed to adjust the volume. While the record spun softly, Eno’s idea for music you could ignore as easily as you could give it your full attention, like a sort of sonic wallpaper, was born. It’s in that spirit of quiet isolation that Ghostly International, in association with Adult Swim, shares Ghostly Swim 2, our way of giving listeners a space to get away from the manic holiday bustle.

For those keeping track at home, Ghostly is wrapping up its 15th anniversary as an Ann Arbor/Brooklyn-based indie. 2014 has seen the company soundtracking video games (Playstation’s Hohokum), collaborating with awesome companies like Warby Parker and VOID watches, and clearing 300 releases of forward-thinking music with records from Tycho, Com Truise, and HTRK. What better way to end this banner year than to revisit one of our favorite partnerships from the past decade and a half?

Released in 2008, Ghostly Swim was praised for its adventurous survey of exploratory dance and pop music. Our curatorial focus has shifted this time around, moving further inward (spiritually) and outward (as far as our roster goes) to reflect the electronic underground in all of its hazy and vibrant experimentalism. Ghostly Swim 2 is a document of textured ambient zone-outs and woozy, granular house and techno that will help you find some downtime away from The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. So sit back, lower the volume, and enjoy our selections.

The Most Refreshing Musicians of 2014

Posted by Jakub

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Photo by Moiré


We have our staple artists for the year all over the internet in Caribou, Aphex Twin, FKA Twigs, Todd Terje, I mean the list goes on. I wanted to bring forward my most listened to artists that kept the year in music enjoyable that might have been overshadowed or they just have an exciting path that they’re on that I wanted to share.

Please list yours in the comments, love seeing the readers lists.

#10. Leon Vynehall

#9. Lee Bannon

#8. Sophie

#7. Huerco S.

#6. Yung Lean

#5. TIE: Mark Barrott & Young Marco

#4. Moiré

#3. Torn Hawk

#2. Daniel Avery

#1. Galcher Lustwerk

ISO50 Exclusive: Loscil Album Stream

Posted by Jakub

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Excuse the silence recently.

The master of tone is back with another album on Kranky. Loscil has been a blog favorite since the beginning, we are proud to be debuting this album stream, as always, ENJOY.

Sea Island is a collection of new material composed and recorded over the past two years. While many of these compositions were performed live extensively prior to recording, others were constructed in the studio and are being heard for the first time here. Musically, the album represents a range of compositional approaches. Murky, densely textured depths of sound are explored with subtle pulses and pings woven within, contrasted with composed or improvised moments of acoustic instrumentation making a move into the foreground. Certain tracks on Sea Island such as album opener Ahull make rhythm their focus by exploring subtle polyrhythms and investigating colliding moments of repetition and variation.

Though staunchly electronic at its core, instruments such as vibraphone and piano make appearances, and layers of live musicality, improvisation and detail appear in the looped and layered beds of manipulated sound recordings. A varied cast of players appear in the loscil “ensemble”, some familiar collaborators from the past such as Jason Zumpano on rhodes and Josh Lindstrom on vibraphone, and others new to the mix such as Fieldhead’s Elaine Reynolds who provides layered violin on Catalina 1943, and Ashley Pitre contributing vocals on Bleeding Ink. Seattle pianist Kelly Wyse, who collaborated with loscil on his 2013 edition of piano-centric reworks Intervalo, performs on the tracks Sea Island Murders and En Masse.

OUT: November 17th 2014 on Kranky
SUPPORT: 2X VINYL / CD

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Jam City + Wolfey + TEIFII + Biosphere

Posted by Jakub

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Jam City pushes away from the Night Slugs club usuals and embarks on a more experimental emotion, I definitely have it on repeat.

Expecting a slow disco Woolfy single and stumbled on this happy accident from Canadian producer Wolfey. He has that deep melodic house groove that captures that live take from a session, raw and smooth heat.

TEIFII & IZELIKA collab for a compilation by SOMICO, SOMICO is an electronic music collective for artists age 18 and under. Laying the foundations for young artists futures. This is the stuff that makes me feel like kids under 18 should be allowed to sample music just to sort give them a deadline to get comfortable with production then give them a reason to switch up out of sampling to then recording.

Earlier this year, Rafael Anton Irisarri (aka The Sight Below) and his wife had all of their possessions stolen while moving across the country. This theft included Rafael’s gear and entire library of music and data.

Here’s a chance to help Rafael help rebuild and as a bonus, receive awesome music and art in the process.

Donate here.

Out of this awful situation comes lovely music already, please click the link above while you enjoy this Biosphere remix.

Dolphins + Austin + No Body + Dirty

Posted by Jakub

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With Fall creeping in I have more time to get cozy and discover new music. One of the best possible choices i’ve made is following musicians on bandcamp, soo many good surprises pop up in the email box. This Dolphins In The Future is flooring, grabbed the limited cassette right away, only a few more left.

Somehow Opal Tapes just keeps getting the best underground music delivered to them, they nurture and expose some of the most interesting electronic music out there.

No Body is a project by 800beloved’s frontman Sean Lynch. Easy on the ears and resonates for a wide range of music listeners.

Been waiting for the new Dirty Beaches LP but if you haven’t been on his bandcamp you’re in luck, piles upon piles of good material that never hit the Spotify’s and iTunes of the world.

ISO50 Premiere: Fernando Infinite Ways

Posted by Jakub

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International Feel had me at the Gatto Fritto album a few years back then Mark Barrott LP hit me hard this year and then I got to preview this single Road Music by Fernando a bit early and had to share it with you guys. Its a return to Italo but less stylized and has some innocence left in it instead of a making pop to make pop feel to it. The full EP is above and out in mid October, vinyl link below, don’t see a pre-order yet though.

The artist known as ‘Fernando’ once washed up on the shores of Uruguay after a freak boating accident off the coast of Carilo, Buenos Aires in 2008. An incident that occurred while on a submarine studio mission conducting sonic experiments aboard a renovated and highly customised Uboat circa 1945. Free from constraints & operating outside territorial waters, Fernando was putting the finishing touches to a new collection of music, setting out to bottle those sweet and indescribable moments in suspended time and space when we feel weightless and surrounded by sounds richer than reality…. an inexact science, yet a universal privilege that life and ears afford us. Presumed dead, what in fact happened was a serendipitous encounter between the lucky survivor and a roaming associate of International Feel, who, during a walk along the sands of Punta Del Diablo, found an airtight USB stick clutched inside the hand of a partial amnesiac, dazed and shivering but with a sly smile stretched across his sun and sea worn face. It seems that whatever Fernando was looking for, he had found and thanks to the saviour of that day and (much further down the line) Fernando’s blessing, it sees the light of day on October
13th, 2014 in all good record stores.

SUPPORT VINYL / DIGITAL HERE

Thom Yorke Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes

Posted by Jon M

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As an avid vocal critic of today’s online music distribution practices, it comes as no surprise that Thom Yorke has come up with an inventive way to distribute his sophomore solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, by releasing it through BitTorrent, a move which he says, if successful, could revolutionize the music industry:

As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..

The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.

It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …

If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.

Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.

Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.

If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.

The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.

It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…

The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

Oh yes and it’s called

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich

Click here to download the album now and to pre-order the vinyl.