‘Pacific’ the new album by Alific invites the listener to an upbeat journey of reflective, sentimental chill sounds. Very different from some of the mainstage EDM acts, he ignores the trends to offer something from deep within.
Whether discovering the album on a lazy Sunday beach afternoon, or experiencing the unique sounds during yoga sessions, Pacific eases the mind with flair.
Alific originally comes from a background as a reggae musician, but ached to do something different. The past couple of years he went through a lot of ups and downs and the new direction he took for Pacific reflects that. Consisting mostly of chill-out instrumentals, the album features some very special guests…
Alific: “The album has some cool hidden collaborations. Frank Mitchell Jr. (Thievery Corporation’s Sax player) played flute on ‘Downtown’ and sax on ‘Faded Times’ when I was living in DC back in late 2013. We were practicing for a live set and while in the studio, I asked him to just quickly freestyle over a few new beats I had. He played 3 separate takes of flute over “Downtown” and then played 3 separate takes on “Faded Times”. I kind of didn’t think much of the tracks at the time and didn’t come back to mix them until 1 year later. Sometimes, the best stuff comes from sporadic and spur of the moment takes.
J Smiles (Bass player for The Movement) plays bass and guitar on “Faded Times” and we recorded his takes in various hotels rooms while on a national tour with The Movement in 2014 . Sam Dechenne (trumpet for John Brown’s Body) plays trumpet on “Bliss”. And my dad plays main keys on “Citizen of the Sun”, and “Faded Times.”
As a big fan of all types of music. Alific grew up listening to jam bands and then got into reggae in his college years. You can still hear the influence of reggae with small hints of it on the new album. While he was living in DC and Vegas, Alific got a new appreciation for dance music – specifically the chill-out and downtempo variety. While on the road touring with bands the past three years, Alific sporadically created and produced some of the album’s tracks.
Alific: “When each one was separately completed I felt that it was too far of a different musical direction to put out as an “Alific” track so I put them all on the shelf until I finally had enough of them to create a full album. At first I thought of releasing it under a different name. Many people suggested releasing the album under a different name since it didn’t really fit into my previous album genres of the reggae-rock influence. However, this is as good a representation of me as anything else. I wanted to show people I’m a producer at heart. One that has a very diverse musical taste.”
As a fan of music from childhood, Alific started out playing piano for 9 years and then moved to Bass guitar in his teens. In college he became fascinated by producing and it was not much later when he started producing albums for the numerous bands. His passion slowly started to shift from live musician in bands to music producer. It wasn’t until he moved to DC where he found himself with no friends or band and only time to produce music. He had a bunch of songs completed but didn’t know what to do with them all so he decided to just release them independently and came up with the name Alific. Since then he has released 3 full length albums with Pacific being the fourth one.
Available as a free download on Soundcloud (mp3 only) and worldwide on iTunes. All other digital outlets will follow July 29th for high quality.
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Get To Know Maximo Quinones With This Smooth Sounding Tune, “Letters”
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Since his teenage years, House had a huge influence on Maximo’s musical tastes. Nowadays, he finds his source of inspiration in those mainstream and classic hits when it comes to working at the studio. Released via Careless Records, “Letters” is his most recent proposal for this year. So, if you’re into smooth sounding tunes or emotive vocals, don’t think it twice, he’s one to look out for!
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Deep House Fans Are More Likely To Enjoy This Track From KillWill
Will Champlin takes his music to a whole new level with his side project, KillWill. Somehow, I have a feeling that Deep House fans will play “Beats and Pills” on repeat. Undoubtedly, this is a banger in every sense of the word. With distorted pitched down vocals, he gives it a dark feel to it, while, the blend of melodies and synths have all the necessary elements to make you dance. Best of all, you can tell KillWill is fully inspired by international hitmakers like Gorgon City and Rüfüs Du Sol. Actually, it’s evident Will’s music has evolved on similar lines, which reflects hammering rhythms, intricate effects, and of course, a hypnotic edge. Without further ado, stream in full right here!
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DONE’s New Mixtape Takes You On A Fantastic Sonic Journey!
German DJ DONE gets creative behind the deck and delivers a fantastic sonic journey in the form of a mixtape. He wants you to let yourself be carried away primarily by Deep House music. You’ll listen to a mix that leans on hypnotizing and haunting electronic beats. If I’m not mistaken, he was inspired by fantasy elements like the depths of an enchanted forest. Unquestionably, there’s nothing like hiking to a great rhythm, so this is a great choice for your next adventure. Even better, if you’re surrounded by nature, music will be your best companion. The ‘Zauber Wald und Phantasie’ mixtape features a good range of underground tracks, in which, DONE displays his versatility as usual. Enjoy it!
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Megan Kashat Lends Magical Vocals To Spectacular Song “Dripping”
Prepare to be amazed! Megan Kashat join forces with Producers Adem & Murat on a spectacular song entitled “Dripping”. Combining her magical vocals + melodies influenced by eastern vibes, the results speak for themselves. The audio uploaded via Music Tap Records on YouTube reaches already more than 2 million plays. Indeed, there’s always a seducing element in her Deep House style which enchants listeners. Rather, to such an extent that you will want to put this tune on repeat.
That’s right, sometimes it’s hard to decipher what makes Megan’s collaborations so irresistible. Perhaps, the long path and experience from Adem & Murat have much to do with its success. Not for nothing, they have been signed to major electronic music labels such as Spinnin and Ultra. Either way, the crucial thing is that Megan knows how to please our ears with one of her best feel-good compositions to date. “Dripping” is out now and available via all digital retailers.
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Bobby Love & Olive B Release Their Second Groovy Deep House Collaboration “Why”
Bobby Love kicked off 2019 with his single “New Love” in collaboration with Olive B, and now the two are back with their second groovy Deep House track, “Why”. Featuring Love’s grooving house style and Olive B’s captivating vocals, the track delivers a radio-friendly, organic electronica sound and lyrical prowess that will have you singing along to every vocal hook. After listening to the track, it’s easy to see why Olive B – who recently received airplay on Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio 1Xtra – and Bobby’s styles fuse together so seamlessly. “Why” is out on Love’s home label Physical Presents, where he has also released “I Know” and “Drink About” as well as “New Love.” In fact, “Why” began with an unused verse from their previous collaboration – one that Bobby Love simply couldn’t get out of his head. Check out the story behind the new release in Bobby’s own words below:
“I’ve always loved the lyrics and performance of Olive B’s voice on that verse in particular, so I decided to build a new song entirely around them. There’s a certain emotion in what she’s trying to say that I felt needed to be brought to life. I played the guitar chords around that idea and the rest of the song sort of fell into place. I’ve recently been obsessed with trying to capture an organic sound while still being electronic and familiar with my previous releases. I feel this song really captures that” – says Bobby Love.
Bobby Love is the newest talent emerging from Toronto’s vibrant club scene; he cut his teeth performing at the city’s top venues. He began to build a reputation for his unique production style through his official remixes for MiC Lowry’s “Oh Lord”, Fjord’s “I Get It Now”, Felix Cartal’s “Get What You Give”, and Giorgio Moroder’s “Champagne, Secrets, & Chanel”. Additionally, his enthralling live sets opening for renowned DJs, such as Klingande, Wankelmut, Bakermat, Danny Howard, and Hannah Wants; has garnered him a dedicated fanbase around the globe. Bobby caught the attention of the global electronic music scene when Armin van Buuren’s imprint Armada Deep released his track “The Way You Look,” and ever since he has been on a steady rise. His 2018 single on Physical Presents, “Still” featuring Ben Stevenson, experienced immense viral success – it was premiered on the Huffington Post and was featured on over 30 music media outlets, including #3 on the Hype Machine. Love has since been building his resume with original releases like “Why” and “New Love,” setting himself up as one to be watched this year.
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