EDR012 – Various Artists: „Emerald Dreams II“
Although „You Never Dream The Same Dream Twice“, there is still a chance of having perpetual dreams. „Emerald Dreams“ are fairly new to the world of the subconsciousness, but despite their recency, they already have a sequel in „Emerald Dreams II“. Scientists won’t doubt that this collection of „Dazzling Sounds For Daydreams“ is in any way inferior to the first sequence of noises from the world of electronic music. The go nogo test provides ample reference points in chill-waves, pulsating house-vibes, amalgams of 90s and 80s tinged pop and funky slaps from cosmic areas. Whatever story you make up from what you hear, there’s room for interpretation. Quotes from unmentioned celebrities testify that „Emerald Dreams II“ will haunt you like an earwig. There’s hardly any cure from the recurring theme of elevation, but who wants to wake up when you are in dizzy heights? Eric Schemer and Fred Scholl who have explored the first and second part of „Emerald Dreams“ wish you a pleasant flight.
Themes are from:
1. Her.Hot.Robot - FadedBlue
Having been introduced by the first edition, this time it's up to Her.Hot.Robot to introduce this second Part of "Emerald Dreams". Fair enough, as this was the opener of Mike Tate's very own album "American Cinema" in 2012. Why? Well, after listening to this wonderful melancholic song, you won't ask this question anymore.
2. go nogo - Sad (Kaito Instrumental Remix)
No self-indulgence here, but time for go nogo to present this vocal-free Kaito remix of their latest single "Sad". There's a contemplating mood, washed away by waves of guitar-layers and Kaito's signature sounds. The savvy combination of Tech House and Indie-styled dance music wets the appetite for more border-crossing.
3. Tomas Barfod - Till We Die (Voxels Remix)
Voxels, a Portuguese Duo, has just released their first full-length album "Bachelor House"- a reprise of classic House-piano, string-laden arrangements and an overall feel-good vibe that takes us back to the Saturday Night Fever-disco days. They deliver an exclusive remix of Tomas Barfod's smash bouncer "Till We Die" in exactly this vein.
4. 7mirror - Pyramid Noise
Brighton is home of the very talented Dub Techno artist Olavi Foldi who seems to have inhaled a big dose of tracks from genre-pioneers like Basic Channel and ~scape. "Pyramid Noise" has an Echo chamber where even Ramses would love to dwell in - a truly majestic cushion of delayed and filtered sounds.
5. Evil Zed - Down
Our man from London, who has already left an impressive mark with "Maybe" on ED I, is conjuring up more haunting sounds from his laptop. "Down" is equally equipped with a broken beat flavor, but even more sinister in execution. The mournfully pitched vocal sample is down-the-line material for pirate radio stations and the low end for your speaker.
6. Mr. 3 - Carnis
Mr.3 is in for the hip-thrusting biz, either hip hop or deep techno, his vibes are chilled like a Virgin Colada. "Carnis" shamelessly works around samples that can be traced to the classics, but what matters is the way he does it. Always sexy, always tongue-in-cheek and always a bit eccentric… tight as your pants!
7. Moon - Follow Me
Riding a car at night makes you think the moon is following you. But that effect is just an optical illusion - Boston artist Stephen Gilarde captures this moment perfectly well by dropping a slowed-down House beat and a darkly funky psychedelic synth that is swirling in and out of the mix.
8. The Lonely Smoker - The Bay
This is a taste of The Lonely Smoker's upcoming "Magical Ocean" - EP on Emerald & Doreen, a soulful puff from the pipe of wisdom. What sounds like Marvin Gaye on a trip to Barbados is Ricardo Medina from Mexico who is generally in for a chilled-out atmosphere. He has a crush on saxy bits, bongos and deep baselines.
9. Charles Bordeaux - Black Hole Girl
Somewhere between the slurred singing of Steve Malkmus and the romanticism of Elliott Smith, Charles Bordeaux captures your ears and your heart. He sounds as if being around your house for ages. With every high note he hits, the man from Long Island embraces his listeners like a good old friend.
10. Hailie Wallas - Away
Hailie Wallas takes it back to an oldschooly Hip Hop Vibe from da banks of da Seine. That French girl has the brazen-faced language to make Uffie get pale. She got down to business only in 2011 at the age of 20, so make some noise for a real talent.
11. Mute Empire - Comatose Surface
There's a warm breeze coming from the bay area in the guise of Mute Empire.
L.A. based Jack Ramos is the master of dreamy, chilled-out electronica. He likes to make a contrasting effort in combining sweet, bell-like lullabies with accelerated broken beats. Just the right stuff for post-dub-step afinicados who cherish acts like Mount Kimbie.
12. Yoshiyuki Ota - Easy Flight
It's al about the vibe, not about a beat-structure… and the vibe is lost in reverie as there is with all of his genre-bending tracks. As the swingy ride-cymbal provides a jazzy backdrop, Yoshiyuki Ota sticks to a meditative and repetitive pattern that could easily be tagged as Chill-House. "The sun rises in the east:" (sic)
13. LowSky - Midnight Rain
LowSky means heavy weather. There's a black cloud zooming in and all of a sudden "Midnight Rain" is falling down to earth. Thick as crude-oil and tough as lava, the punches are deep to the dome. The forebodings of an apocalypse send a shiver down your spine. Simply eerie.
14. Svndaze - Dreaming
No better than a track called "Dreaming" could fit the second part of Emerald Dreams. Svndaze reverberates the dazzling light that shines into your eyes just after waking up in the morning. Sleepy, drowsy and sort of narcotic you get up and spill the milk. Though it means the end of this bewitching compilation it is not a bad start for your next daydreaming.