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Zen Baboon [artist review]

Zen Baboon are Daniel Rosado and Henrique Palhavã. Both were born in the 70`s in Portugal and since an early age kept a close connection with the musical world, focusing on great sound quality and original construction.

Daniel is a sound engineer that worked in a studio in Lisbon and started producing electronic music in the late 90′s. Henrique, a zoologist, lives and works in his own farm and started as an ambient DJ, ( ̈DJ Henriq ̈) and producer in 2001.

They got together in 2003 and decided to melt their musical preferences and create Zen Baboon. This brought together their melodic and ambient experience with their need for a more techno approach.

Hibernation [artist review]

Hibernation (a.k.a Ryan Pangilinan) is a noise improviser and engineering graduate from Tarlac. He engages in the brooding and the sonically grotesque, as a master tinkerer of guitar effects and homemade sequencers and synthesizers. A lot of his sound pieces sprawl over twenty minutes or more, approaching the border of harsh noise and dealing with self-proclaimed themes of boredom, darkness, loneliness, social malfunction, mental illness. The sound may seem unsettling to unaccustomed ears but that is the very function of harsh noise — to express the dark and the unspeakable, to show the void by means of getting in touch with the deep black recesses of the mind.

Minddigger [artist review]

In the gripping adventure primeval nature and everchanging metropolis are united as one to make the dive into the depths of thought, mind and soul visceral and complete. No arrogance or pretension. Only honesty with yourself in wandering within the nooks of consciousness on which the music of Minddigger invokes you.

Arthur Pralaya [artist review]

Arthur Pralaya, formerly known as ArmagedDance, is a producer from St. Petersburg. Arthur creates a melodious psychill with light mood in a wide range of rhythm, from relaxed meditative ambient to shamanic chillout trance. The debut album called Mirozdanie is a self release, released in may 2020. Several tracks from the album were produced together with singer Oxana Ohana.

Pitch Black [artist review]

Pitch Black are Michael Hodgson and Paddy Free. Having pumped their way through New Zealand’s electronic music scene since their inaugural performance at the annual Gathering New Year’s eve festival in 1997, they have spent the last fourteen years rousing dance floor punters, generating rave reviews, winning awards and gaining thousands of fans across the world.

Hard to box into a single audio ‘genre’, Pitch Black is a combination of musical journeys. Their sound is distinctive; ranging from organic ambient beginnings and layered soundscapes to skanking keyboards, cutting acid riffs and thumping rhythmic grooves, with dub being the glue that holds their sound together. One critic has described them as like “Orbital meets King Tubby, or Rhythm and Sound in Technicolor”.

Their debut album, Futureproof, was released in August 1998 and rose to the top of the New Zealand electronic charts, despite no marketing or advertising. Electronomicon followed in September 2000, and led to a sell out 30-date tour of New Zealand and Australia. Both albums spawned remix projects, featuring mixes by local luminaries such as International Observer, Epsilon Blue and Downtown Brown.

Their third baby, Ape to Angel, was released in New Zealand on October 4th 2004 to critical acclaim. The Ape tour was the biggest yet, with 42 shows across the world, including their debut performances in America. The album was then released in Europe through Dubmission in July 2005 and in America on Waveform in August 2005, with a Japanese release, with a bonus remix disc, in May 2006.

Their last album, Rude Mechanicals, came out in New Zealand and Australia in August 2007 and the rest of the world two months later. Possibly their most accessible album to date, it ranges from downtempo dubs and ambient soundscapes to trancefloor grooves and drum and bass, and was lauded by veritable music institution Q Magazine as “the sound of the future”!

AtYyA [artist review]

ATYYA – pronounced [ Ah-Tie-Ah ] is the musical project of Tyy Clark. 14 years of electronic music production to formulate the illustrious sound of ATYYA. The music of ATYYA features deep alluring basslines & mesmerizing percussive grooves bedded in cinematic soundscapes. The main intention of ATYYA music is connect listeners to the feeling of happiness, love, and stoke for life!

Ryan Farish [artist review]

Certain paradigms in the world of electronic music cannot be entirely replicated, and the body of work by Ryan Farish deserves such an accolade. The decorated DJ, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist has touched innumerable hearts over the course of his career.

Although best described as downtempo or chillout, Farish’s music exists in a category all its own. By pairing rich instrumentals with elements of ambient and uplifting trance, he’s yielded a polished and unmistakable sound that resonates with a wide international audience. He’s garnered over 330 million streams across the major digital platforms.

While not produced exclusively for nightclubs and festivals, Farish’s music exhibits a supreme appeal. Each concept’s flawless execution speaks to his years of experience in the studio. Farish frequently engages his online supporters, maintaining a fiercely loyal fan base that shares in his ongoing success.

As electronic music’s youngest generation of enthusiasts continue to discover the music of Ryan Farish, his catalogue of music will continue to expand. For Farish, the artistic journey continues to be embarked upon with new avenues constantly being explored – with ‘Art for Life’ and forthcoming bodies of work still to be revealed being of no exception.

Nym [artist review]

Internationally renowned for his emotional and cinematic compositions, downtempo producer Nym writes hauntingly melodic, beat-oriented folk music from civilizations that never were. This is traveler music, a conjuring of eerily beautiful landscapes and the spaces between.

Nym forms his songs organically from a collage of found-sample source material, dusty records, environmental noise, and gentle synthesis. Utilizing nontraditional and often homemade software and sequencing tools, he stands at the bleeding edge of electronic music technology.

After seven years of composing in the dusty hills of San Francisco, Nym migrated east to Durham, North Carolina, where he writes songs and tends to his garden.

Chronos [artist review]

Nick Klimenko is a composer, sound designer and performer from Moscow, Russia. Through his music he shares life’s substance and the universal flow of emotional exchange and passion with the world around him. Besides writing and producing music and performing it, Nick also develops virtual instruments, sound libraries and does other audio work. He is also the originator of an electronic musical school and an author of musical education courses.

Chronos music can be easily recognized by its strong atmosphere, ever present emotional strick, its musicality and by the blend of acoustic instruments into the dominant electronic pattern. Genre wise it can be said it explores the paths between ambient, chillout, ethnic music and psychedelic hypnotic trance vibrations. Chronos performs regularly at festivals and events in Russia and around the world and has shared the stage with the leading acts of the scene.

Chronos – Erbium
Chronos – Lullaby For The Little Robot
Chronos – NESK (Mother Healing Version)
Chronos – Endless Rotation

Red Sun Rising [artist review]

Red Sun Rising is one-man downtempo/chillgressive project from Szczecin, Poland. The start was in 2012 – an EP inspired by ambient spaces called “The Bird with the wounded Wing” released in Mistique Emotion – sublabel of the well-known progressive Mistiquemusic label. In the same year Red Sun Rising also made his progressive house debut track “Behind”, released in Mistiquemusic In 2013, together with the singer Camillaes he created a project called “Red Nails”, which is a combination of sensual female vocal, space electronics and guitar overdrive.

Next step was named d’Este & Red Sun Rising – beautiful cooperation of sad violins, lovely touchful vocals and deep melancholic electronic. And that was it! Option to move all on next level downtempo psychodelic tracks stage – the stage that You can now hear in Red Sun Rising project!