‘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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Momento Finds Some Musical Inspiration In Ibiza — ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ EP
Momento is a fresh new duo formed by two up & coming Australian producers. Formed over a few late nights and early mornings in Ibiza, they bring outstanding productions inspired by the sights and sounds of the paradisiacal destination.
Momento brings this sound and showcases some of the world’s most scenic locations with a series of live sets featuring all their own original productions and amazing locations.
Their aptly named debut EP ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ encapsulates that sound and feel that makes The White Island such a special place. The first track of the EP is called “Dusk Till Dawn” and captures the sound of the sunset slowly fading into the sky. “The Light” is the next one that harnesses a more club-ready vibe you would experience when the sun sets and dawn approaches.
Some of the biggest international names in the House/Techno scene are already supporting this EP and it won’t be long before you hear more from the duo. ‘Dusk Till Dawn’ was released on 43 Degrees Records on April 28th and is available on Beatport, Traxsource & Spotify.
To follow their musical journey through some of the world’s most scenic locations check out their YouTube channel.
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Life Is Better With Deep House, Hear Chris Padin’s “Losing My Mind”
Chris Padin is responsible for an ear-catching production thanks to his collaboration with Georgia Rose. Check out “Losing My Mind,” the Deep House rhythm and beat all work in tandem to get you through a bad day.
Certainly, dance music is a powerful remedy for a better life. It continues to invigorate souls dealing with stress.
As proof, “Losing My Mind” is a perfect track you won’t want to miss due to the powerful, diva-esque vocals and its great groove that recalls classic hits. In fact, the New York-based DJ/producer is accustomed to creating dancefloor killers.
Almost every masterpiece under his command finds its way into breaking records. Previous singles like “Hold Me Closer” and “Alpha” have amassed half a million streams in a short period of time.
On the other hand, coincidence or not, the lyrics enter in tune with Valentine’s Day in a passionate form. Clearly, “Losing My Mind” talks about those feelings when you’re magnetically attracted to someone.
Be ready to be musically possessed when the hard-hitting four-on-the-floor formula drops in the club. Harmonies and basslines are very pleasing to the more mature and refined house ear as well.
By next March, Chris Padin will bring you more delicious deep jams via Kibbutz Records and Ensis Records. Stay tuned!
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Remix This Track Legally: CLOSE QUARTERS INFILTRATE – I AM CQI
Next up on the Tulsa-based label Stereowave Records is an insanely Deep cut from CLOSE QUARTERS INFILTRATE. You can download the track directly via SoundCloud for free and remix it legally without fear of consequence.
The first tier of his involvement in the House scene displays a short cyclical rhythm inspired by Hardcore Punk. “I AM CQI” is an essential cut for the out-there Electronica heads who are willing to let their imagination run wild and tweak it all.
Moreover, a combo of female vocal samples which sound like Paris Hilton plus aggressive beats makes it stand out. Likewise, the experimental nature of the whole tune seems to work ideally for any remix. Perhaps, dark textures may see the light with more upbeat tones.
For instance, CQI’s previous release, “OPERATION SMOKESCREEN” got a similar kind of energy, and it’s also available for free download. Whatever comes to mind, you can legally remix the techy bassline and drums into something brand new.
Indeed, CLOSE QUARTERS INFILTRATE puts at your disposal a great option to practice your production skills.
Above all, this type of initiative has been worth the wait, especially in underground circles.
There is a real sense that anything can and will happen once you lend your own signature style to the original mix.