‘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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Wanna Keep The Party Going? Listen To JP Source’s “Want And Take”
With “Want And Take”, Louisville-based producer JP Source guarantees to keep the party going no matter what. First of all, he unleashes a dancefloor weapon highly useful for Deep House DJs. Likewise, there’s certainly a good mixture of chunky percussion + dreamy soundscapes made for your entertainment at clubs. “Want And Take” is the second release on his fresh label Condiments & Jams, where he demonstrates he has no attempt to hide his love for dense beats. On the other hand, its ceaseless energy is ideal for a trippy late-night affair. Give it a try below and prove it for yourself.
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Waysons Drop Groovy Experimental Track “Royals” On CYB3RPVNK
Waysons return to CYB3RPVNK for a holiday treat in the form of their new track “Royals” a uniquely groovy tune that majestically suits its name. Drawing upon melodic synths and cinematic basslines, the Swiss duo sets a moody and thoughtful tempo out of the gate, later laying in bouncy percussive melodies that add a spark of dancefloor fire to the track. From its namesake, you can almost imagine “Royals” as the soundtrack to a widescreen pan over an ancient ritual in a long-lost civilization, with Waysons as its ruling monarchs. Let your imagination run wild and press play on “Royals,” which follows the duo’s recent release “Beyond Time” from earlier this month.
In 2018 DJ and producer R3HAB founded his label CYB3RPVNK, a place that embraces the alternative, pushes artistic boundaries and serves as a platform to build up new artists. The imprint is currently home to R3HAB himself and a strong roster of artists, including Skytech, Tommy Jayden, Dropgun, Cityzen, and more. Among them is Swiss duo Waysons, who also released on Hardwell’s Revealed, Afrojack’s Wall, NCS, and Sirup labels. Their collaborations with R3HAB put them on truly on the map in the CYB3RPVNK family last year, and the duo continues to evolve and perfect their sound with every release. Waysons have all the makings to be the label head’s proteges, so we can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeve next!
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Meet One Of The Netherlands’ Up-and-Coming Music Producers, Martin Wild
Nowadays, there are so many DJs and music producers from the Netherlands who have emerged on the electronic scene within a short time. Without a doubt, one of these up-and-coming artists is Martin Wild. Like many young artists, he started making his first songs at the age of 15. Curiously enough, he ventured into Rap, but years later, he took a Deep and Tech House direction.
In point of fact, he has over 200 unreleased projects that someday will see the light. Furthermore, Martin has achieved a milestone of 10K listeners on Spotify. Not for nothing, the wide audience that is supporting him is hooked with his feel-good melodies and dark/chilled-out vibes. One such example is his latest single, “Communication System”. Above all, he dreams big in performing at the mainstage of Ultra Miami. If you can dream it you can do it. Everything is possible even the impossible. Check this out!
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Get To Know Maximo Quinones With This Smooth Sounding Tune, “Letters”
High-qualified music producers are increasingly more frequent on this blog. One of these types of artists is without a doubt, Maximo Quinones. Progressively, he has been making a name for himself behind the decks throughout the best nightclubs/venues in Chicago and abroad. There’s no doubt he has a passion for DJing but also makes a considerable impression with his early compositions.
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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