Dezeen Music Project
It's not exactly Miami Vice, but something about the track's synthy 80s sounds just felt right for cruising around in Miami's December sun.
UK singer-songwriter Sivu, aka James Page, seems to have spent most of 2013 on the verge hitting the big time and is surely set to explode in 2014. Working with in-demand producer Charlie Andrew, the man behind Alt-J's critically acclaimed debut album An Awesome Wave, should certainly help.
It features Sivu's typically ethereal vocals, with a guest appearance from singer Marika Hackman, all accompanied by a melancholy blend of pianos, guitars and a dark underlying electronic bass.
UK artist Blak Nite, as his name suggests, specialises in exploring dark and murky sonic territories, creating music that, in his own words, sounds "as if it was found in a ditch or gutter or down a back alley."
Shake, which is taken from Blak Nite's Shadow Party EP, is built around a deep, rumbling bass from which fragments of vocal samples sporadically emerge.
Hodge's piano playing is the focus of the track, to which Cooper has added subtle but increasingly intense electronic percussion, which he created from chopped-up samples of the sound of the crowd at a Manchester United football match.
Jungle Du Dimanche is a dreamy electronica track by French producer Aimedeuxhaine. Starting with a few clicks and keyboard splashes, the track builds up almost self-indulgently slowly. But it's worth sticking with it for the beautifully inventive rhythms and melodies that kick in around half-way through.
45 is a brooding electronica track in a similar vein, which Atom Tree have made available to download for free as a nice taster of what you can expect to find on the EP itself.
We liked the track so much we used it on the soundtrack to our first Dezeen and MINI World Tour movie from Eindhoven with Miriam van der Lubbe.
Dezeen is in Eindhoven for the penultimate leg of our Dezeen and MINI World Tour, so we thought we should seek out some musical talent based in the city.
It's rare for a chill-out track to make a big first impression - they tend to be slow-burners by nature - but there's something immediately arresting about Hanging Out Of Moving Vehicles by USA artist RyIm.
We can't put our finger on it, but the combination of skittering drums and echoey guitars seems to hit the spot from the moment the track kicks in.
We featured debut single Magpie by East London musician K H U S H I a few weeks ago on Dezeen Music Project. This stripped-back track called Never Never is the B-side to that release and is available now, together with the main single, on Laissez Faire Club Records.
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