Musician And Producer Tom Ashbrook’s Debut Song Is An Absolutely Immersive Experience

Ambient-electronic producer Tom Ashbrook is ready to leave his mark on the music industry. His debut single ‘Too Soon,’ released September 27th via The Other Songs, is  hauntingly emotional. Ashbrook has a clear gift for luring out emotions and invoking feelings of all things beautiful, through his music. ‘Too Soon’ manages to shape a completely immersive experience. The track is lifted from his upcoming Sines EP which was mastered by Mike Cave (Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, The Charlatans) and mixed by Mike Halls (Clean Cut Kid).

Originally hailing from Ilkley, Yorkshire, Ashbrook attended the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and stayed on to make Liverpool his home. He has interestingly worked alongside one of Liverpool’s most recognisable exports, Sir Paul McCartney. The two, along with 6ix Toys, composed the anthem for Liverpool’s 2008 award as European Capital of Culture city. He lists John Williams, Pat Metheny, and Mike Oldfield, as some of his influences.

‘Too Soon,’ from his upcoming EP Sines, metaphorically speaks of water. The song has an intensely beautiful quality, perfect for stirring the emotions of any listener. It sounds like a perfect for soundtracks of arthouse films or any visual demanding emotion to be drawn out of or to be relayed to any audience. His ability to draw out emotion is absolute, we will surely see him working alongside greats in the film scoring industry, and the rest of the music industry. Tom Ashbrook is one to watch.

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UK based duo The Cinematic Orchestra releases new song ‘Wait For Now’ ft Tawiah

The Cinematic Orchestra release three different remixes from legendary house producer and DJ Pépé Bradock taking on their track ‘Wait for Now’, taken from their recent album “To Believe”. Released today on Ninja Tune, these three reworks showcase Bradock’s versatility and skill as a producer. The Cinematic Orchestra are longtime fans of Bradock, whose seminal late 90’s releases such as ‘Burning’, ‘Angola’ & ‘Life’ were played in sets alongside their own tracks like ‘Channel 1 Suite’ and ‘Ode To The Big Sea’ at the time.
Off the back of an extensive “To Believe” album tour which included a three night residency at London’s iconic Roundhouse, TCO are also excited to announce that they will be headlining Brixton Academy for the first time on 22nd February 2020. Brixton has special resonance with both Jason and Dom, not only because of its status as a legendary venue but also because they both used to live in Brixton. Dom in fact worked at the venue when it was still an independent and saw hundreds of bands play there. With a hefty support line-up still to be announced the event will serve as a fitting celebration a year on from the release of “To Believe”. The band will also be debuting a show in collaboration with Strangeloop Studios, with more announcements still to be made about the night.
TCO recently released another remix package featuring a rework of ‘Wait For Now’ by Ghostly signed LA Harp innovator and collaborator Mary Lattimore (Thurston Moore/Kurt Vile/Jarvis Cocker) and a remix of the album track “To Believe” featuring Moses Sumney on vocals by New York based producer Anthony Naples, riding high from his acclaimed latest album Fog FM. Rounding off the package was the album version of lead single, ‘Wait For Now/Leave The World’ which features the vocals of soul singer Tawiah (who has worked with Mark Ronson, Wiley and Blood Orange) and the masterful keys work of Dorian Concept (Brainfeeder/Ninja Tune), adding extra texture to the track’s twinkling effervescence, and underscoring the far-flung connections which sit as the album’s foundation.
“To Believe” was released on 15th March 2019 on Ninja Tune to widespread acclaim, with The Observer lauding it as “a triumph” and “heartbreakingly brilliant” in their 5* review, it has received praise from the likes of The Guardian, The Independent, Q Magazine, GQ, Bandcamp and many more. The record debuted at #19 on the Official UK Album Chart and was #1 on the UK vinyl chart, with the band performing three mesmerising shows at London’s iconic Roundhouse as part of their UK & EU tour, inviting a host of guests across the three nights in support and most recently the BBC 6 Music Festival. They will be touring in North America this Autumn, bringing their spectacular, immersive live show there for the first time in over a decade. The extensive run includes shows at New York’s Brooklyn Steel and DC’s 9:30 Club, and will conclude with a very special performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on November 23rd. Photay, who has been supported by Gilles Peterson and released on Astro Nautico and PBDY, who is set to release his debut album on Brainfeeder, will be supporting on all dates. Patrick Watson, who famously collaborated with TCO on ‘To Build A Home’ will be a special guest in San Francisco and Los Angeles.
On “To Believe” they enlisted album contributions from collaborators old and new: Moses Sumney, Roots Manuva, Heidi Vogel, Grey Reverend, Dorian Concept and Tawiah. Miguel Atwood-Ferguson features on strings, Dennis Hamm on keys and photographer and visual artist Brian “B+” Cross collaborated with Swinscoe and Smith on the album’s concept. A call for self examination, a more critical approach to political interaction and a need for empathy felt more and more relevant as divisions widened globally. “To Believe” is a meditation on our consciousness in this moment, a question, not an answer, an album that bucks the trend of making 3 minute tracks and try to give an alternative, something increasingly rare. The record was mixed by multiple Grammy winner Tom Elmhirst in Jimi Hendrix’s legendary Electric Lady Studios. The album artwork comes courtesy of The Designers Republic™.

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Berlin-based audio technologist Floating Spectrum releases a new music video for ‘Inner Island’

The film follows the curious journey of mysterious stones descending deeper into a cave, undergoing changes in the electromagnetic field. Director Abe Pazos offers a more comprehensive explanation of the cerebral narrative:
“A story about a mind trying to come up with a great creative idea, represented by a world of stones wanting to become something they are not – organic. They attempt this by performing choreographic moves eliciting unsuccessful responses, like a novelist rewriting the same page over and over.
Too many attempts trying to reach nirvana bring burn out. It is a paralyzing shock, but one stone refuses to give up, like a doctor trying to revive a patient.
Slowly the team joins to get back on track. Prior stress makes them clumsier, but still, a new world is found. Do they survive the effort? – to be continued.”
Floating Spectrum is the moniker for Taiwan-born, Berlin-based composer and audio technologist, Mei-Fang Liau. Her debut album as Floating Spectrum, A Point Between (released by Brooklyn’s Temporary Residence Ltd) – crafted from a combination of synthesizers, everyday household objects, and unique software synthesizers made by Liau herself – is truly a sound and vision unlike any other.
To complete the album, Liau relied heavily on a self-made, fractal-inspired software synthesizer called Polyphylla, which simulates the way in which nature creates very complex and organic forms just by repeating slight variations of a simple form. It allowed Liau to create slowly evolving textures and sounds with complex dynamics, and thus the driving influence for the whole of A Point Between. The lone outlier is “Eruption,” for which Liau built a generative sound system that turns visual data into sound. In this hybrid system, sensitively fluctuating analog signals, fine-tuned data analysis, and human intuition perform together as one coherent living being. The technological marvels of Floating Spectrum are, of course, uniquely impressive. But the more astonishing and intangible triumph of A Point Between is its singular ability to collect and shape such abstract sonic organisms into richly textured, immersive works of art. It’s that profound resonance that makes A Point Between such an uncanny work of emotional and structural depth.
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Uppermost releases his tantalising new music video for ‘Inner Peace’

Uppermost has just released another incredible music video. ‘Inner Peace’ dropped on 20 September via his own imprint Uppwind Records and was premiered by Dancing Astronaut. The Electronic French producer recently saw more support and praise from the tastemaker Youtube channel Mr Suicide Sheep with his remix of The Midnight’s ‘Shadows’, and has been featured by Tasty, xKito, Purely Chilled, Chill Masters, Saints Of Serenity, Wobblecraft – with over 50 million views and counting. Publications such as Billboard, Vice, COMPLEX, YourEDM, Clash Mag, Paper Mag, Earmilk and Magnetic Mag have favourably received his work and he has releases on prominent labels Sony BMG and Ministry Of Sound. His own label, Uppwind Records has championed releases for French-touch and nu-disco visionaries such as Digitalism and Satin Jackets. He has featured on the Beatport electro-house chart and the JunoDownload electro-house chart.
Inner Peace’ is a testament to the unflagging power of music from a place of truth and positivity. As an artist and producer, Uppermost knows that the journey is as important as the destination, and ‘Inner Peace’ is another invitation through which he encourages his listeners to grow. The unique arrangement of this beautifully crafted track underscores the integrity and passion of Uppermost’s trademark sound, while meditative elements lend to it a halcyon beauty. 
The video itself has been masterfully made and it depicts Uppermost walking along a bridge with a neon symbol on his back. The video then playfully starts changing the locations while uppermost continues to walk. It gives you a sense of an epic journey that is taking place, a journey for ‘Inner Peace’. It transports you into another world and makes you feel as if you are joining Uppermost on this epic journey. 
Uppermost shares some insight into the track: “For a long time I thought that the most interesting moments in life are those where big changes happen, so I was always looking for them instead of focusing on the present moment. Over the years, music has helped me understand that happiness lives in the process. I made Inner Peace as a tribute to this silent, underlying, crucial slow walk that shapes everything else.”

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Music producer Phelian submerges listeners in sound with latest LP, Beside You

Ambient producer Phelian released his latest LP, Beside You on the 18th of September via Enhanced Music’s new Chill imprint, Enhanced Chill. So far, the album has received a fair amount of play, with ‘Aerias’ already hitting nearly 10 thousand plays on Soundcloud alone.

However, our favourite track is one of the relatively overlooked ones, ‘Submerged’. The track is titled well as it leads the listener to embrace the concept of being submerged, both physically in water and mentally in emotions. The pulsating bass comes in rhythmic waves, further subconsciously reinforcing the concept. There is a static aspect that carries gently in the background as if the listener’s ears were filled with water.

‘Beside You’ Album Tracklist:

01. Arrival
02. Black Orchid
03. Aerias
04. Submerged
05. Interra
06. Underbloom
07. Beside You
08. 19.1.2018
09. Goodbye

The New Orleans based producer told us, “’Beside You’ is a personal body of work inspired by the euphoria experienced after attaining a deep devotional union; and the concept of intimacy at a transcendental level. I wrote the album in New Orleans and London, inspired by autumnal beauty and the exultation that affectionate passion can bring. When one finds this embodiment of the abstract, the simplest of things such as a walk through the woods feels like poetry in motion.”

The entire album is an experience to listen to and we strongly encourage our readers to set aside the time to devote their attention to it.

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London-based music producer Zeb Samuels shares a new song ‘Lost In My Dreams’

Zeb, aka Zac Mendelsohn, grew up in London with an abundance of musical inspiration on his doorstep. As a young record collector, DJ and MC, he immersed himself in the emergent sounds of Drum and Bass, Jungle, Garage, Hardcore and later Dubstep. He also cites the work of Boards of Canada, Miles Davis, James Blake, Bon Iver, Henry Wu, Radiohead, Bonobo, Travis Scott, Drake, Taylor McFerrin and Ash Walker as hugely influential on his music.

‘Lost in my Dreams’ is the first single release taken from the highly anticipated debut album ‘Hope & Light’ from Deep Heads label boss, Zeb Samuels.
The track is drenched in delicate pads and low end that give the recording an abundance of warmth.
Here for ‘Lost in My Dreams’, we hear Zeb switch from spoken word on the verses and then to singing the choruses.
His talents for this track are on full beam and a joy to immerse yourself in. The energy of the track captures a UK sound that Deep Heads have been connected close too over the years, with 2-step rolling beats and sub low bass that pulse through the veins of the production. Co-written by Jason Beukes aka Escapism Refuge, the collaboration flows together to create a magical piece of music.

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