Electronic music producer, Craig Caudill aka FM R IZ (pronounced “Ephemeris”) has been close to the world of letters, and surprisingly he is inspired by literary resources in order to create new melodies. Poetry is still his great passion but experimenting with art in different ways seems to be part of his life. I believe this is how FM R IZ brings forward all of his mind’s creativity. I can assure you his new album ‘The Sheep & The Slaughter’ is just that, experimental music that will satisfy those of you who are fans of Electronica, and more specifically, Ambient music.
Here we have 14 tracks in total, some of them were named interestingly, and what they shared in common is the cinematic flavor. Most of these songs feature a minimal stripped back instrumentation and no vocals, however, there are few exceptions. If you are ready to stream this album, I suggest you close your eyes and prepare yourself to explore a new sonic dimension.
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Check out my track-by-track review below:
1 – Maripoza Translated into English as “butterfly”. The album opener is a little monotonous but magically it features hypnotic soundscapes, reducing the amount of tension in the human body.
2 – Who Is Watching You? You’ll notice mysterious pumps throughout this track, which are in effect related to the song’s title. You may feel this is a little bit dark.
3 – The Hunted FM R IZ creates a beauty eerie ambiance, and as a result of his experimentations the track has a really well spooky vibe.
4 – So Long Wave Indeed this is the album’s longest song. The most prominent elements are the delicate synth chords and the repetitive pounding beats.
5 – This Aeon An original production! I simply like the futuristic sound design it possesses. It could serve also as the theme for a Sci-Fi film.
6 – Topaz Frontier 2 If I’m not wrong, this is the only track that features vocals, but it sounds more like a dialogue from a space mission… Too much sound effects in my opinion but I think is an authentic track from the album.
7 – Offshore Accounts There’s a chord sound progression like in the rest of the tracks, but this one sounds a bit louder due to the uncontrolled use of beeps and other electronic rhythms.
8 – The Sheep & The Slaughter A rich electronic composition, where the persistent beats and creepy sounds will transport the listener to an industrial/ambient odyssey.
9 – A Flower Named Dagger I enjoyed the relaxing sound, FM R IZ definitely wants you to chill with this Downtempo gem.
10 – Faded Memory Stains I think this is the most Minimal track from the whole album, as there are just few Electronica elements that can be heard. It requires more dynamism in my opinion.
11 – Raw Sushi Bar Blended with industrial and tribal sounds, you might like this intriguing tune. I’m loving this now. 🙂
12 – A Paid Actor Loud synths vary from second to second, somewhat futuristic but at the same time noisy.
13 – Pure Air In A Can This is totally perfect! Again another great relaxing song, I don’t know why it reminds me of Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack.
14 – Bonus Track: Wind Through Tall Grass Sometimes, I love to use my imagination while I listen to music, just visualize how the wind blows through the grass and experience the mental state of Nirvana thanks to the beautiful last song.
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Introducing Segan: Melodic DnB Producer Begins A New Chapter!
Drum & Bass breakthrough artist, Segan, just dropped an innovative new track that is unlike anything the young musician has released thus far in his meteoric three-year career. “In Your Arms” is now available on all streaming platforms.
Sam Segan, known as his stage name Segan, began making a splash in 2020 with his unforgettable remix for artist Tisoki. From there, a steady stream of singles followed as Segan established himself as an emerging talent in the drum & bass scene. His previous singles include “Champion,” “Attack Order,” and “Don’t Play.”
“In Your Arms” is among several singles the young artist has released, but it’s unlike anything fans have heard from the Los Angeles-based artist so far.
“I’m beyond excited to share my debut single, “In Your Arms,” Segan said. “This song begins a new chapter for my artist project where drum & bass and half time intersect with heavy danceable moments and emotional, memorable writing. In Your Arms is meant to scratch an itch you didn’t know was there and is the embodiment of where the Segan project is headed.”
The nearly three-minute track certainly scratches that itch. The song draws listeners in with breathy vocals and atmospheric elements over an impossibly fast beat Segan fans will love. “In Your Arms” quickly takes listeners through several movements, eventually building to an impressive peak of energetic percussion before gracefully fading out in the end.
The fast pace isn’t new for Segan’s growing community of fans, but ‘In Your Arms’ evokes some deeper emotions through lyrical writing and composition that further displays Segan’s power and versatility as an artist. The voracious track is the perfect addition to Segan’s already impressive discography, and will certainly be appreciated by drum and bass fans looking to spice up their summer playlists.
Segan happens to be one of many artists in 2022 who are once again embracing the Drum & Bass genre as a whole, which is seeing a huge surge in popularity around the globe after it first debuted three decades ago in the UK. “In Your Arms” comes at the perfect time as listeners are discovering, or rediscovering, the inventive genre of electronic music.
Thanks to Segan’s comfortable foothold in the modern Drum & Bass space, the future is bright for Segan and his contagiously energetic tracks. Don’t be surprised to see even more from the emerging LA artist as Segan continues contributing to the movement that’s shaping America’s modern Drum & Bass scene as we know it.
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When You Feel Ambient Music Is So Relaxing… Listen To ‘Drone 1’
Shizo van de Sunflower is known for his unique perspective on Electronica. In fact, he creates an impactful sonic landscape through experimental Ambient music. That being said, his album ‘Drone 1‘ is a must-listen.
The Dresden-based artist is seeking to break away from the stress and depression caused by the global pandemic, the climate crisis, and the Ukraine war. On this basis, the sleek 8-track production provides sounds for deep relaxation.
In order to restore his mental balance, this project helped him cope with the tormented reality. As a result, such an exploratory sonic venture also invites listeners on an out-of-this-world getaway.
Most importantly, ‘Drone 1’ is available in vinyl format via Amazon.
Sonically speaking, Shizo van de Sunflower employs a deceleration formula, which reduces the overall speed of the beats progressively. What’s more, there are some interferences or glitchy electronic noises, giving greater originality to the whole textures.
Don’t underestimate the importance of taking time to breathe easily. Without a doubt, the ‘Drone 1’album is filled with hermetic tones that are perfect for chilling out.
Sometimes, you get so caught up in your life and what’s going on around you that you become overwhelmed and tense. The simple solution is to unwind and appreciate non-traditional music like the one stated above.
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International Producer Biicla Seeks Home And Comfort In ‘Yes Place’ EP
International singer-songwriter, and producer, Biicla makes a major return with his second full-length LP ‘Yes Place,‘ via Good Luck Have Fun. Building up to the release with singles such as “Never be Mine” and “I’ll Be There”, the 10-track album is a showcase of the Russian producer’s creative versatility as he once again flourishes with his genre-blending talent.
Producer and multi-instrumentalist Biicla is a singer, songwriter, and at his very core, a creative. Expressing and exploring various boundaries in music, the global DJ has been developing his artistic presence in the dance music scene. Announcing his arrival with his debut LP, “No Place” in 2020, Biicla’s genre-blending ability has received critical praise from industry taste maskers such as Billboard, EDM.com, Dancing Astronaut, BBC Radio, and more. Having left a bold and positive mark on the dance music community, the promising young DJ faces great optimism as he continues to fuel momentum in his career.
“For a few years, I have been thinking about where and how to move on. Constant trips alone, a new team, new friends, and endless thoughts in my head, as well as my first performances in America. All of this was like in the movies, and naturally it affected my music.
The album “No Place” was about finding myself and in 2022 I think I found myself. I just decided to create a light dance album for you that will touch you to the depths of your soul, because it is inspired by the new events and people I have met during this time. I share my fresh look at electronic music with you in this new album. Its full name was: “Yes! I think I found a place”, but I decided to shorten it and leave it to just “Yes Place” as opposed to the last album “No Place”.” — Biicla
A 10-track studio album, Yes Place is a full-on display of Biicla’s unique sound and indefinite musical capability. Facing a tremendous positive shift in his life and career, this collection of tracks shows obvious contrast in title with his previous LP, “No Place”. Previously named “Yes! I think I found a place”, the greater symbolic meaning behind the album is another attraction to be enjoyed by the fans. In the project itself, Biicla delivers a sonically diverse and entertaining project as he delves into different genres while still maintaining and constructing a cohesive and captivating sound. Featuring a wealth of inspiration and features from all over the electronic music spectrum, the combination of dynamic and creative sound design gives the project an original twist. Immersing listeners in an adventurous dance music playing field, features from artists like Rome in Silver and Kroy are pleasant guests as their stylistic and technical production further decorates the project. Continuing to build an exciting tracklist for his upcoming summer appearances, the original and extensive “Yes Place” by Biicla is an evident sign of his continuous growth as an artist and an individual.