Linguistics – The Free Speech EP

Linguistics – The Free Speech EP

Excellent flow, cool synths, earworm-y samples – Linguistics hits all the right tones with this EP. I’ve added the “trip-hop” tag mainly for the excellent production work and vox – it’s not Emancipator, but it’s certainly chill hip-hop. If you liked Lems! you’ll like Linguistics. Real talk, too – Linguistics has some great rhymes, and the title track is particularly worth a listen.

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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Aether – Artifacts

Aether – Artifacts

pitchfork.com:

Opener “Forgive Me” pulses its way into melancholy, electric piano-driven life like a wintry cousin to one-beat wonder Peter Panic’s production on Jay-Z’s “Regrets”, and subsequent sounds– the head-nodding sparkle of “Dejame Dormir”, the stomping orchestral b-boy sweep of “To Her”, the combination of hard, skittering beats and aloof folk-pop on “Anywhere”– reveal a simultaneous impulse towards percussive force and delicate, occasionally baroque melodic flourishes that give Artifacts a high-contrast personality.

Kid Whisky – At the Crossroads

Kid Whisky – At the Crossroads

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Shlohmo – Shlomoshun

Shlohmo – Shlomoshun

potholesinmyblog.com:

Shlohmo’s warbled grooves follow in the wonky (I know, that term sucks) footsteps of established artists such as Flying Lotus and Burial. But, thankfully for his listeners, Shlohmo isn’t just a carbon-copy of his influences. Instead, he builds upon that foundation to craft his own blend of dubstep and hip-hop while integrating elements of psychedelia (“Tomato Squeeze”) and chiptune (“Dead Pixel”). He even breaks into slightly ambient territory, such as on the first minute of “Spoons” before it spirals into a hazy dubstep swirl.

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Submotion Orchestra – Hymn for Him (Live @ Latitude)

Submotion Orchestra – Hymn for Him (Live @ Latitude)

Saltillo – Ganglion

Saltillo – Ganglion

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regenmag.com:

As an album, Ganglion speaks directly to the emotions in a way not many recent releases do, and does so with a quiet intensity. Occasionally, the placid calm is broken by a flurry of energetic drum patterns that not only serve to keep things interesting; they also succeed at heightening the emotional intensity of the album as a whole. Samples play a minimal but very effective role in forwarding the mood of the pieces they appear in.

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The Flashbulb – Arboreal

The Flashbulb – Arboreal

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sputnikmusic.com:

As trite as the body/music metaphor may be, it’s challenging to find one more apt for Arboreal. Benn Jordan’s latest is electronica for the active listener. Long-hailed as sit-down, concentrate, absorb-with-tender-ears kind of music, Arboreal manipulates this axiom of the genre into an album teeming with life. Entrancing listeners with a diverse array of progressive guitar riffs, ambience, ragged electronica passages, acoustic guitar, and a medley of diverse beats and instruments, The Flashbulb has always kept things interesting. Arboreal is no let-down, to say the least.

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M.inD. – Starship u boot

M.inD. – Starship u boot

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Trifonic – Emergence

Trifonic – Emergence

Trifonic-Emergence

trancecritic.com:

So what’s it all about? Trifonic are the latest sibling double act to make an excellent electronic album- brothers Brian and Lawrence Trifon hail from San Francisco and backgrounds in hard rock and hip-hop. Emergence is not the nu-metal album you might expect though, but instead a beautiful and intimate, yet slickly produced combination of icy, glitched-out electronica and acoustic rock intimacy. Brian is a cohort of a certain Brian Transeau, and many of the glitch effects and precision-shuffled rhythm patterns on the album are strongly reminiscent of BT’s most recent album This Binary Universe, on which he played guitar.

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