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Absorver – Soils I (Spotify)

“-Absorver- trip to a parallel world, where lies the track -Soils I-. When there is no need for any complex music arrangement, and the soul asks for comfort and privacy. Lo-fi at its best manifestation.”

“-Absorvations- параллельный мир, в котором на перекрёстке его миров особняком стоит трек -Soils I-. Когда нет необходимости перегружать музыку сложной аранжировкой, а душа просит уюта и уединения. Lo-fi в лучшем своём проявление. ”

-Nagamag.com

Thematically the EP attempts to portray an inevitable cycle of feelings. A journey from a cold harsh unknown, from where you wish to return, followed by glances of hope and relief as you approach familiar territory, into a brief moment of comfort, which is soon replaced by everyday annoyances and uncertainties before finally regressing once again as all which made you leave or yearn for a change in the first place reemerges in unbearable cacophony and you want all of it to just freeze...until you need it again.

Musically the overall atmosphere of each segment is conjured by distorted, glitchy instrumentation, minimal repetitive melodies, beats and samples with tape-like lofi processing. Synths, saxophones, warped guitars, unintelligible vocal samples, ambient textures, experimental randomisations.

EP Released on february 26th 2021 on Mai Lei Bel as vinyl and digital.

www.instagram.com/a.b.s.o.r.v.e.r/

I Am Snow Angel – life breath (Spotify)

“The perfection of simplicity from "Life breath" directly at your speakers. So etherial and elusive Until you realize that it's over. Like water flowing slowly in a small pond carrying leaves to an unknown direction. Respect for that true artist!”

-Nagamag.com

life breath is a textural, instrumental meditation on collective loss and rebirth. It is the second track on my forthcoming EP "elegy" (due out March 12, 2021). Fun additional fact: I am a sound designer for Ableton, the Germany-based electronic software/hardware company. I design midi instrument pre-sets for their digital audio workstation, Ableton Live. One of my recent creations is a midi pre-set in the "Drone Lab" sound pack (which was released alongside Ableton Live 11) called "lifebreath." I designed this drone-y sound as I was indulging in this instrumental meditation, and I wanted to share it with Ableton users and music creators around the world.

www.instagram.com/i_am_snowangel/

I AM SNOW ANGEL fuses digital and organic elements, creating a sound that is at once ethereal and earthy. The music is composed, performed, produced and engineered by recording artist and multi-instrumentalist Julie Kathryn. I AM SNOW ANGEL has been featured in MusicTech Magazine, TapeOp, American Songwriter, Magnetic Mag, Refinery 29, and many more for her “fluorescent beats and emotionally charged melodies” and “dedication to craft.” She is an imaginative and prolific producer, sound designer for Ableton, and co‐founder of Female Frequency, a musical collective dedicated to empowering women in the music industry. Her newest release, Elegy (due out March 12, 2021), is a creative meditation on our collective loss and rebirth.

www.facebook.com/iamsnowangel/

Misaïdu – Full Scale Sf Action (Spotify)

“Misaidu offer a generous mix of exclusively electronic sounds. Experimenting with Psydub ideas and some Chill out elements, "Full Scale SF Action" has come to feed our imagination. The variety of wave vibrations is remarkable and every second seems unpredictable too!”

-Nagamag.com

Full Scale SF Action is a breakbeat single that leads the listener into a futuristic atmosphere. It combines synthesizer, rhodes and zither samples, kicked by an heavy rhythmic section ! The track is built as a journey that ends with an overing last part.

Misaïdu

A fraternal duo created by Thomas and Nicolas Beau, Misaidu stands out with its hybrid music. Through "Tiger Lily" and "How To Change", featured on U.BABA Vol.1, and a single titled "Half Light", we discover a generous and powerful sound, with multiple influences, sonorities and textures. This is no accident.

On the influences side of things, both brothers have bathed into the CDs, cassettes or vinyls of their parents. Quickly, they became independent music lovers and soaked up many genres ranging from hip hop to metal, from house to jazz and IDM.

The variety of processes sculpts the landscape of Misaidu’s music. The duo mixes sampling, analog and digital synthesis, drum machines and acoustic instruments such as bass or piano. The result is a colorful and bewitching electronic music and the duo wishes first and foremost to share their emotions and love for electronic music.

Mythos – Progression (Spotify)

“"Progression" is the recent result from the already known "Mythos". High quality sound, made with craft. Instrumental and electronic samples in absolute harmony that only Lounge can offer. A short trip to inner peace.”

-Nagamag.com

For 25 years, Mythos has been creating timeless, ethereal music fusing electronic beats with vocalese, piano, acoustic guitar, synths and sounds from around the world. 2021 marks the 25th Anniversary for the duo of Bob D’Eith (producer and piano) and Paul Schmidt (acoustic guitar) with special guest performances from Jennifer Scott (vocals), Jasmin Parkin (vocals), Rene Worst (bass), Pepe Danza, (percussion), Niko Quintal (percussion) and many others.

2021 is Mythos’ 25th Anniversary and this year we are pleased to release “XXV” a 14-track album including 5 new tracks and 9 fully remastered classics. “Progression” is a piece that evolves through the addition of ever complex melodies, all woven together into a tapestry of sound.

twitter.com/mythosmusic

Alberto Rizzo Schettino Interview on Nagamag

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Nagamag:
What are the genres that describe better your music style?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
I write original music for film and video games. I play piano and keyboards and in the years I have gathered quite a collection of synthesizers, guitar amps and FX pedals. This definitely drives my music towards those instruments as I like to mix elements of electronic music (ambient, downtempo, glitch etc.) with more traditional orchestral instruments (strings, brass, percussion) and ethnic sounds from Africa and the Middle East. I try and mangle these original acoustic sounds from world music to be 'assimilated' by the machines, while still retaining their contrasting features. I try to maintain a delicate and constant fight between an industrial, cyberpunk and somehow dystopian sound palette and a more organic, classical setup with roaring strings and epic orchestral elements. I guess a lot of my work with techno artists and the club scene plays a role in what I imagine would be the sound of the streets and the underground in a distant future.


Nagamag:
Few words about your musical background and career?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
I've worked as a pianist/keyboardist for artists, bands and recording studios, mostly as a session musician. I've had my good share of live gigs in rock, acid jazz and fusion setups in which I would bring my keybards, guitar amps and guitar pedals and kinda force the stage to accept my sounds. I am not a fan of playing 'realistic instruments' live, and unfortunately you can achieve pretty good ones these days with keyboards.. but for me it's either acoustic piano, vintage keys or straight up synthesizers and mangled sounds. There's no in-between. In 2007 I opened my own recording studio, called 'Fuseroom' and I started producing records and keeping the facility open to music education programs. In the past years I went back to my role of composer and joined some game development companies (among which were some good friends of mine, from high school) to write original music for their video games. Getting back to writing music by myself was an adventure and somehow reconnected me with an artistic self that I had kept asleep for a while. It was a good time to get back at it and I was able to use this momentum to release a new solo record, called 'Future in the Past', highlighting some of the most iconic elements of my sound and songwriting, in the soundtrack genre.


Nagamag:
Do you remember your first connection of love to music that was the right impact to be a music artist now?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
As a kid I was lucky to have friends who one day told me on the phone: "We're making a band. What do you want to play?". It was that simple. We wanted to move from air guitars and air drums using broomsticks and empty soda bottles to playing for real. I looked around, I had a small digital keyboard I had been playing since I was in primary school and decided that I wanted to play piano and go to a real teacher. I started both classical and modern piano together and never stopped taking lessons from the day. At around 18 I felt like I had to choose and was captivated by modern music. I've played in pop/rock bands, jazz ensembles, small freestyle and acid jazz bands etc. especially when I moved my beautiful (but small) town of Firenze (Italy) to continue studying in Los Angeles. I cannot remember how many people I've played with and whose projects I joined. From there on I kept on studying, moving cities, attending to more music academies in the US and in Europe. If there was one constant that never left me is that I do not partake in projects that I do not like. I just cannot do it. I've studied to be a professional musician and I am happy to provide others with my expertise but I have to hear some kind of pulse in the project. Exposure, fame, money, you name it.. they just do not cut it in the end as I cannot go to sleep and look at myself in the mirror if I am doing something I do not genuinely and directly enjoy. I guess that spontaneous phone call from my friends when we were kids really left a mark.


Nagamag:
Is there a cliché or recurring pattern in the way you come up with a new piece of music?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
With the passing of time (and things become more recurring or fixed, with deadlines, revisions, team discussion, production supervisors and so on) I noticed that I start working on a song only after I can hear it in my head 'enough', over the course of a couple days. It is kinda funny to say that but once I receive the initial brief for a new music project and the team or production sends me guidelines for the vibe they are looking for, I do not sit at the instrument and try to put down ideas. I just let things breathe for a couple days and I start thinking about a tune. It might happen at the worst time or before falling asleep. If the idea is good, in a couple days I can always recall the main theme and at least the B-section that answers it. That is usually the right time for me to sit down, turn my computer on and start writing music.


Nagamag:
If you only had to keep one musical instrument, what would it be?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
This would be very challenging. I certainly consider the acoustic piano as my foundation but I have so many instruments that I like for their specific sound palette, some of which have almost healing properties when played, in my opinion. I would have a very hard time parting from my Voyager, Polysix, Juno-6 and Hammond, as well. Please do not make choose! ;)


Nagamag:
Most artists have a favorite song from a different music genre than the one they are producing music for... Which is yours?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
Andy Summers Mysterious Barricades


Nagamag:
Of Course Nagamag would love to listen also which track from a similar artist you admire?

Alberto Rizzo Schettino:
Ola Strandh Tom Clancy's The Division (Original Soundtrack)

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ill-esha, K+Lab – Simplicity (Spotify)

“Judging from the title you may expect a simple sound mix, but the truth is very different! After a soft intro there's a blast of breaking loops that follow each other in electronic madness. Discover the rare talent of ill-esha via "Simplicity"!”

-Nagamag.com

Joining forces for their first collaborative effort, K+Lab and ill-esha unleash sublime two-track EP, Simplications. The project finds the two distinctive keytar-wielding artists come full circle to their drum & bass origins as they now put their creative synergy to work in a boundless and experimental release.

Rattling sound design and slithering sonics paves the groundwork for “Complications,” which weaves syrupy vocals over intricate layers. Counterpart “Simplicity” also employs a similar frenzy of syncopated rhythms for its halftime structure, witnessing ill-esha & K+Lab come together for a dreamy, cacophonous paradox.

Fanlink: wstwd.io/simplications

New Zealand-born master of intergalactic funk, K+Lab has been rocking dance floors and bringing the beats to the masses with his signature keytar in hand. K+Lab's sound draws from a seemingly endless array of influences from soul to jazz, hip hop to drum n’ bass, glitch to G funk—all tied together by an orbital pull of all things funky. His incredible live performances are unlike anything else occupying the sonic landscape today and have seen him conquer dancefloors across the globe with unmatched energy.

10after10 – Forgive Me (Video)

“Sometimes we realize we have done wrong, feel the regret of our bad deeds and wish we knew more. This is the general idea of 10after10-Forgive Me. A focus on the importance of forgiveness and the avoidance of repeating the same mistakes. All presented in a great Cinematic track.”

-Nagamag.com

“There are so many things I wish I knew
Wandered for so long, to come back to the same place”

“The music video of “Forgive Me” is a pictorial analogy of the everlasting guilt driven by a bad decision which leads to ruminate the “I wish I knew” thought.

The scene takes place following the moment when God talked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to ask them why they were hiding. They must have felt so guilty even though God was showing them so much love.

In the video, Eve is wandering as she seeks forgiveness for the sin that we are still paying for to this day. She wanted to know so badly that it led her to take the worst bloody decision in the world when she was totally free in the garden… How can we break free from such a burden?

Letting go is always a decision away, it starts when you accept that you are guilty, selfish or sometimes, an asshole, but it’s ok, as long as you don’t keep being it! The biggest challenge after is to open the door and let the light in… to let love in.”

– 10After10 –

Misaïdu – Shinobi (Spotify)

“Misaidu comes with a great surprice for our ears. Follow the harmonic flow of "Shinobi" with the various chilling melodies and Psydub core. A wise selection that fits in every situation.”

-Nagamag.com

Shinobi is an organic electronic track divided in two main parts. The first one is dark and enigmatic, led by a deep pad and sharp glitchy drums. All the suspense developped in the first part is resolved when the track opens itself in the second part, wich reveals a dreamy downtempo track !

Misaïdu

A fraternal duo created by Thomas and Nicolas Beau, Misaidu stands out with its hybrid music. Through "Tiger Lily" and "How To Change", featured on U.BABA Vol.1, and a single titled "Half Light", we discover a generous and powerful sound, with multiple influences, sonorities and textures. This is no accident.

On the influences side of things, both brothers have bathed into the CDs, cassettes or vinyls of their parents. Quickly, they became independent music lovers and soaked up many genres ranging from hip hop to metal, from house to jazz and IDM.

The variety of processes sculpts the landscape of Misaidu’s music. The duo mixes sampling, analog and digital synthesis, drum machines and acoustic instruments such as bass or piano. The result is a colorful and bewitching electronic music and the duo wishes first and foremost to share their emotions and love for electronic music.

Thomas Valverde – Rave (Music video) (Video)

“Thomas Valverde’s insanely atmospheric, flattering and completely unobtrusive music. Wallpapers of ambience and tender piano melody.”

“Безумно атмосферная, обволакивающая и совсем ненавязчивая музыка Thomas Valverde. Фоновые слои эмбиента и нежнейшая мелодия пиано.”

-Nagamag.com

« Rave » is a kind of slow-motion instrumental techno, dark and beautiful.
The piano with a soft sound is mixed with a mesmerising synth. The two trace a dark and marvellous path
among dissimilar beings who commune though a slow and sensual dance.

We dive into the night when the bodies dance and exult. We frame in slow motion to better capture
and admire this feeling of freedom and communion.

The music video is created and directed by Arhur Valverde. It is taken directly from his Fashion Film
« Rave » (released in 2018) for which Thomas Valverde had previously composed a first arrangement of « Rave ».
The two brothers regularly works together.

4am Kru x Phoebe White – Your Only (Video)

“A selected Drum & Bass piece that matches the soft with the hard and the slow with the fast! Unique in a way that only 4am Kru can show, so don’t miss this candy.”

-Nagamag.com

As the UK finds itself in another lockdown amidst a grey January, 4am Kru & Phoebe White’s new track Your Only captures the laid back, melancholic yet hopeful feeling enveloping London in 2021.

A chilled jungle roller, in the spirit of mid 1990s experimental breakbeat, IDM & glitch, Your Only is 4am Kru’s 8th release continuing their homage to old school UK rave culture.

www.instagram.com/4amkrulondon
4amkru.bandcamp.com

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