From the synthwave label Midwest Collective comes the brand new and fresh-faced artist Yu-Utsu! These days, it seems very likely that we are seeing a boom in interest and romanticism of our new-age space race. Similar to those who experienced and lived through the very first race through the Cold War: Part One, many artists these days have been drawn to ideas and the ever growing possibilities and fascinations of space and space travel. We’ve seen this with numerous modernRead More
Happy first day of spring! Here’s a little treat to help you soundtrack the beginnings of the season. Pacific Coliseum’s Ocean City LP is yet another perfect soundtrack for those seaside cruises against those orange and pink sunsets shimmering on the water. A slow breeze of 80s city-pop and Japanese jazz inspiration brought to you by Jamison Isaak of Teen Daze and owner of more recently formed record label Flora. The album is book-ended by two versions of Wave Catalyst.Read More
Within the shallow waters of the pastel-coated ambient/house oasis known as Coastal Haze lies the friendly sounds of artist Pool Boy. Released on the label’s Bandcamp page back in January, Pool Boy LP had been an extended sunlit hand of escapism and warmth through that last little stretch of a dark winter. Pool Boy LP opens with the slow ambient warmth of “Empty Buffet”, the song that originally grabbed our attention. A track soaked in seaside textures, a distant smoothRead More
Summer of 2011. In the dense forests of the Olympic Peninsula, I lay on an uprooted mossy giant, bathing in the leaf-filtered sunlight and sharp echoes of bird calls. From the nearby trail I hear a faint repetitive rhythmic chime advancing forward, swirls of South Pacific strings becoming more apparent with every passing second. A beautifully eerie psychedelic loop of island instruments and hip-hop percussion pouring from one of twenty-something cargo pockets hanging loosely around a friends’ legs. Still lyingRead More
In a slight deviation from his recent bass-heavy rap sounds, Star Slinger has taken to showcasing a few old and unreleased songs on Soundcloud. We were surprised to see it culminate in the release of his short but upbeat new song “Good Chance”. Sampling from soul artist Jimmy J. Barnes and topped with quick high-hat rolls, the song quickly takes shape as a fantastic little pick-me-up for your day. Good Chance by Star Slinger
Bibio is back! And this time he’s bringing some French-house inspired music to the table. A song suitable for your warm and sunny drives down a long stretch of freeway, or perhaps wandering the city streets alone at night while observing the subtle cinematic moments around you. “Beyond My Eyes” is one of four songs from Bibio’s upcoming Beyond Serious EP due for release on May 5th via Warp Records.
Throughout the last two years, we’ve been keeping a close eye on Dream Journal’s releases. From his single “Circles” featuring the soft vocals of Kaisu Mirth, to his ethereal remix of “Young” by Vallis Alps. Although it’s a slow drip-feed of tunes from Dream Journal at times, it makes every release that much more special. “Take You Home” is no exception. An introduction of gentle piano and an intimate vocal daydream by Maiah Manser swiftly takes root and is carriedRead More
For those of you who listen to Café Chill on the radio, you may have heard a few of the catchy little bumps that we use between segments. Some of our recent favorites come to us from California-based beat maker Jinsang. With the release of his album “life.” in late 2016, Jinsang quickly became a house favorite for escaping the bitter cold clutches of winter and accompanying our hangouts in the off chance that we receive a day of sun.Read More
Back in September of 2015, lost somewhere in the middle of the month-long Seattle music celebration that once was Decibel Festival, I found myself standing in the upper deck of The Crocodile watching over the venue as the crowd waited for Stwo to take the stage. Little did I realize that the highlight of the show would actually be the support, Dylan Stark. Having felt slightly out of place in a night fueled by trap and DJ sets, Stark broughtRead More
Step into the realm of jazz for just a little while with Freud’s new three-song EP “Velvet Dance”. Elegantly tying the worlds of jazz, hip hop, and electronic music together, Freud has delivered a wonderful small collection of songs for both the passive and the active listeners out there.