Exillon – Mean Rich Mud

Exillon – Mean Rich Mud

Exillon - Mean Rich Mud

igloomag.com:

Exillon’s Mean Rich Mud is one of the more refreshing electronic releases that have hit these ears as of late. Embracing the sound of classic IDM, Exillon’s Jay Fields infuses this six track EP with healthy doses of acid, electro, and dubstep. Styles are mixed up within the tracks so things are in constant state of change. This all adds up to a sound that is engaging, dynamic, and very danceable.

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Minotaur Shock – Maritime

Minotaur Shock – Maritime

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prefixmag.com:

David Edwards’s newly minted disco folktronica, as easily aligned with Sufjan Stevens as Aphex Twin, is a little bit very crazy. Not that deejays shouldn’t read melodramatic 1930s novels, but when Edwards cited du Maurier as a serious influence on his album, the royal “we” were a little, uh, surprised. Does he spray himself with violet perfume too?
Taking the ocean as a foundation for rhythm, Maritime offers a deeply narcotic and glamorous epic tale of the sea. And du Maurier seems apt as the calm push and pull of the waves emerges, and the odd creak of the ship’s deck materializes in foreboding oboes and clarinets.

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Guts – Le Bienheureux

Guts – Le Bienheureux

Guts - Le Bienheureux

ravemagazine.com:

With Le Bienheureux, Guts joins that company, providing an album of sunny, old-school urban beats complemented with some skilful sampling work (see the downbeat jazz of Narco Trip, or the Gary-Farmer-quoting-William-Blake sample from Dead Man that provides Endless Night with its title). This album’s highlights are great – see Triple J fodder And The Living Is Easy for proof – but, unfortunately, much of the album is pure, unaccompanied beats and melodies

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Autoclav1.1 – All Standing Room in the Goodnight Saloon

Autoclav1.1 – All Standing Room in the Goodnight Saloon

Autoclav1.1 - All Standing Room in the Goodnight Saloon

chaindlk.com:

‘There’s No More Isolation’ might be one of my favorite tracks on the album, for although it uses many of the previous elements employed by Autoclav1.1, it all seems to come together here like magic. Andy Davis had a hand in the (additional) beats and electronics on this one, but I can’t tell where or how. Rachel Haywire’s only contribution to ‘This Town’ is the opening vocal phrase, ‘This is a fictional slumber.’ I like the bold distorted line guitar l which carries part of the melody. I’m reminded of William Orbit here. ‘Some Subtle Inebriation’ is backed with woozy filtered synth pads (courtesy of Don Hill, no doubt) synth voices and dense strings, but once again there is that sequenced simple piano melody, which is getting a little old by now.

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Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

latimesblogs.latimes.com:

If Mogwai hadn’t been inching toward experimental metal before, it is now. There still are uplifting hints of indie slow pop lurking around its seventh studio album, “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will,” the sort of requisite sounds one hears when watching TV dramas about football-playing teenagers in Texas or Prius commercials directed during the Obama campaign, but there are also brief glimpses of ’70s sludge — and it is refreshingly wonderful. As an instrumental band, it would only make sense that Mogwai would arrive here eventually. There is only so much strumming and twinkling an outfit can do before its needs to axe it up or fuzz it out.

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Daniel David Allen – From Schaumburg to Union Station (multiple videos)

Daniel David Allen posted a series of very relaxing videos showing a train ride from Schaumburg to Union Station in Chicago from multiple angles. Daniel writes in the video description and subsequent comments that he was in a front-facing caboose and used his phone propped on a window ledge to take the videos. Each video/angle has different accompanying music.

Schaumburg to Western Ave (facing forwards)

Western Ave to Union Station (facing forwards), my favorite

More videos and angles after the break.
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Nosaj Thing – Drift

Nosaj Thing – Drift

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pitchfork.com:

This magpie ear for odd, leftfield sounds is Drift’s most explicit link to glitch-hop. The endlessly pinging synthesizer on “Light #1” seems to careen off every available surface, while it’s companion “Light #2” builds from a prism of Tron-like laser blurts. Chung clearly relishes a good rug-pulling, and he plays a thousand little tricks on your senses throughout the record– breathing sounds fluttering high in the mix, echoing, hall-of-mirrors synthesizers.

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Cut Copy – Zonoscope

Cut Copy – Zonoscope

cut copy - zonoscope

adequacy.net:

Like its predecessor, Zonoscope strings together a dizzying array of electronic textures and nocturnal rhythms meant to get the bodies moving. This time around though, things feel even more ethereal and ambient, no doubt the result of the band’s deliberate move to engage in more open-ended improvisations and extended jams. Cut Copy has always excelled at injecting some zeal into a genre filled with sterile and soulless repetition, and their latest collection of songs takes an even more organic approach with a swarm of percussion instruments that include roto-toms, congas, and bongos.

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Mimosa – Silver Lining

Mimosa – Silver Lining

This is another album that I am posting because I cannot stop listening to it. It doesn’t necessarily fit all of the definitions of “really chill music,” but if you like IDM, dubstep, trip-hop, downtempo, or just really, really great electronic music, I think you will be hooked, too.

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Jónsi – Kolniður

Jónsi – Kolniður

From Jónsi of Sigur Rós’ new album.

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