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Playlist: Mazoulew

Mazoulew - Retrospective

UK producer Mazoulew takes inspiration from various genres such as trip-hop, Motown, acid jazz and drum&bass.

His new single ‘Retrospective’ leans to the more ambient electronica instrumental with a focus on leaving the city and heading to the great unknown. To coincide with its release, he has put together an eclectic mix of songs for an Indietronica playlist.

You’ll be surprised at what songs he’s chosen!

Fugees – The Mask
The score was actually the first record I ever bought, I paid £1.5 in a charity shop for the cassette that I played so much it wore out completely. Definitely a defining album for me personally.

DJ Shadow – Building Steam With A Grain Of
I mean, Shadow kinda set the pace for the rest of us back in the day, what he did with the Endtroducing record was just beyond anything else at the time.

Massive Attack – Dissolved Girl
This album sounds as good today as it did 22 years ago when they dropped it, there is nothing else to say, it’s just a masterpiece and it truly opened my eyes and ears to new ideas.

RJD2 – Smoke & Mirrors
Like Shadow, RJD2 just shows you how it should be done, his approach to sampling and composition is second to none. His music has consistently stayed at the forefront of my life since I was introduced to him in the early 2000’s.

Eskmo – Cloudlight
I remember the first time I heard this track it was so fresh and inspiring to me. Most artists nowadays fall into traps within genres, Eskmo punch a hole in this for me and delivered a sound that I never really thought about before.

Gonzales – Overnight
I had to include this record as I think we can sometimes get a bit lost with the production and technology available to us, we can now manipulate and modulate anything into anything. Personally I think it’s important not to lose the fundamental of great composition and harmony.

Amon Tobin – Lost and Found
Amon is another producer that changed my life and my music tastes forever. His ability to reimagine sounds, manipulate source material, taking things that were never designed to go together and make them sound like they had always been that way is simply inspired.

Brushy One String – Grays in My Blues
I included Brushy for much the same reasons that I included Gonzales. When I heard this record a few things struck me, the fact that it is recorded on the side of the road and that brushy only has one string on a beat-up guitar. There is nothing fancy, no tricks or anything to hide behind, it’s just emotion and art in a very pure form.

Foreign Beggars – One Take
It’s with a heavy heart that yesterday I learned my friend Ebow Graham (Metropolis) passed away. The Foreign Beggars made a huge impact on my life and my music. I played ‘Asylum Speakers’ over and over while I was studying, then when I moved to London and actually became friends with these guys I felt incredibly honoured and lucky to have them in my life.

Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
It’s a strange time to be alive in 2020, every day you can turn on the news and for one reason or another there is reason to get a little stressed out with things, to say the least. I think we all need to remember, between all the headlines and noise, there really is some amazing stuff happening in the world still and we should all take a minute sometimes to stop and appreciate it.

Sounds like: Bicep, Kidnap, Model Man, Lane 8, Jamie xx

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Little People – Skies Turn Blue Feat. Tif Lamson

Little People - Skies Turn Blue Feat. Tif Lamson

Little People is the beautiful project of Laurent Clerc, who has just returned to the UK following a stint of residing in Portland, US.

Little People combines elements of tech with lush instrumental landscapes, which will rightfully draw comparisons to ODESZA (who he supported on their US tour), Little Dragon and Maribou State.

‘Skies Turn Blue’ is the second single taken from his upcoming ‘Landloper’ album and features Tif Lamson of the band GIVERS.

It’s out now on his own label, Future Archive Recordings, which was co-founded with Sun Glitters, Arms and Sleepers and CNJR. It is a collaboratively minded label, that looks to empower artists to release music as they see fit with the help, clout and structure of a label.

Sounds like: Little Dragon, The xx, Bonobo, Maribou State, ODESZA, RJD2

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Phoria – Melatonin

Phoria by Thom Novi

Phoria by Thom Novi

Back in 2013, we declared Phoria as one of our ones to watch. Fast forward two years, and although the music industry has shifted, Phoria’s musical standing has remained firmly intact.

‘Melatonin’ will be their first release since 2014. Appropriately named after a hormone that anticipates the daily onset of darkness, this chemical compound adjusts the body’s circadian rhythms. “Somewhere between your dreams and your waking life is a path that you might not notice yourself following” is the band’s motif for the track, along with themes of subconscious time-travel.

We cannot wait for their first full length album in 2016.

Sounds like: Aquilo, Sigur Rós, RJD2, James Blake, Radiohead, Active Child, Years & Years, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Chet Faker, Flume, I Break Horses

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Phoria – Red

Phoria

Phoria

Phoria are a soulful Brighton-based five piece who are quickly gaining popularity with the masses. The band recently reached 300,000 plays on their Soundcloud page.

Although Phoria are classified as ‘alternative rock’, their track ‘Red’ deserves recognition on Indietroni.ca for being so dangerously sensual that it will treat you to goosebumps all over your body.

Close your eyes when you listen to ‘Red’ and you will be immediately hypnotised by the unbroken layers of soft electronic beats…that is until you reach an emotional heart wrenching crescendo which is the last breath of the track.

The video, directed and edited by Jeb Hardwick, Trewin Howard and Thom Novi, echoes a strangely beautiful love story similar to that of a war movie set in southern England, with a stunning cliff backdrop.

The new EP ‘Bloodworks’ is now available on iTunes via Akira Records.

Sounds like: Sigur Rós, RJD2, James Blake, Years & Years, Radiohead

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