Ok, one last one from our first raid on the more recent end of Gravitas Recordings catalogue. Chasing the Midnight Sky is a downtempo album with wonderful performances on keys and guitar woven into an array of rhythmic experiments. Our favorites on this record are Embrace the Sun and Brave Moon.
Another great free/name your price release. Go grab it.
Yet another interesting LP from Gravitas Recordings coming from Soulacybin called Stazi. For lack of a better explanation, we have to call this one psychedelic dubstep. Probably a little more laid back than Liquid Stranger’s last EP, and very well executed.
It’s free/name your price. Give it a shot, and remember to tip your producers.
Another recent release from Gravitas Recordings from French artist CloZee. Revolution is a wonderful EP that makes us a little weepy because how well the songs are constructed; they unfold like little stories. CloZee offers you extremely adept rhythmic programming with syncopated drums (perhaps pan-Arabic/African at times) and enveloping bass. The sound is crisp and well layered, but never overwhelming.
Another great free/name your price EP from Gravitas.
We were introduced to Gravitas Recordings last Summer. They have built a strong catalogue of releases on the name your price/free model, which we consider to be the interitance of the netlabel movement of the late 90’s/00’s. They work with next-generation bass music, so a lot of it doesn’t sync with OEM Radio’s sound, but everything they put out is certainly well put together.
One of their newest offerings is from Esseks called Bad Cartoons. We dig this record because it’s weird and quirky bass music that lives closer to hip-hop than dubstep. Our favorite tracks are Bowser, All Over Now, and Elevated. Just take a listen. And download it for free/name your price.
Cut Records finished 2015 strong with two releases that we really dug. Cut’s subscription model (USD$2.00/month, still worth it!) supports a wide cast of international artists you’ve never heard of. Subscription gets you access to the entire catalogue (40 releases), which is certainly work the price of admission.
Laktic – Awakening EP. An amazing 4 track deep but traditional dub affair that’s heavy on the bass and reverbs.
Moduleset – Form LP. A more ambient dub entry that provides throbbing bass and a lot of aural spaciousness. Full LPs are rare on Cut, and this one delivers strong.
It’s good catching up with old friends. Carl Martin aka transient aka beat.dowsing aka Harmonic Defiance (and others) has two new entries into the OEM Radio library (though in truth, he has a raft of great free music to grab).
Harmonic Defiance – Language of Light, a neat little EP full of minimal techno movers with micro-editing reminiscent of Akufen (circa 2002), though a little more laid back as is c.martin’s style. This is a new moniker for transient, which means a new approach to song style and groove construction. We really dig this one and hope he’ll put out some more music on this tip.
beat.dowsing – washed.out – transient brings back the beat.dowsing moniker along with its peculiar, minuscule, and (dare we say) cute grooves.
Pick both up, along with others, free at his blog site, Noisy Vagabond.
Our guy in Chicago, Edamame, dropped this LP on bandcamp back in October. Periderm really displays all of what makes tried and true downtempo wonderful even after all these years: solid beats, beautiful melodies, and mellow bass lines.
Pick it up for free or (name your price) at bandcamp.