Dezeen Music Project

Dezeen Music Project: Old Black Madonna
by Floyd Lavine

Here's another chilled-out track by South African DJ Floyd Lavine, who we discovered at the Design Indaba Music Circuit in Cape Town.

We are using the track on the intro to the video interviews we did at the Design Indaba conference, as part of our Dezeen and MINI World Tour, including last week's interview with Richard Perez, World Design Capital programme director for Cape Town in 2014.

Listen to another great track by Lavine that we featured on Dezeen Music Project recently here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Marks of a Tear (remix)
by BLKrKRT

This is a remix of a track by Japanese artist Yu-Chi, which we featured on Dezeen Music Project back in August last year. The original track is both weird and beautiful, a quality that BLKrKRT's remix retains, while introducing a darker, more brooding intensity.

You can listen to the original track here.

The track was submitted to Dezeen Music Project by online record label Curious Absurdities. You can listen to other tracks we've featured from them here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Brides and Bees
by Floyd Lavine

Brides and Bees by South African DJ Floyd Lavine blends techno rhythms with the sounds of soul music to create a track that's smooth, laid-back and danceable all at the same time.

We used the track on our latest movie from our Dezeen and MINI World Tour, which you can watch here.

We discovered Lavine at the inaugural Design Indaba Music Circuit in Cape Town last week.

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Dezeen Music Project: Options
by Gazelle

Gazelle is another South African group that we discovered at the Design Indaba Music Circuit in Cape Town last week. As this track called Options demonstrates, Gazelle fuse traditional African music with elements from the electro, disco and synth-pop genres to create an eclectic sound that they call Lim Pop.

Make sure that you also check out the excellent track Ear Salad by South African artist DJ Kimon, which we featured in the first movie from Cape Town as part of our Dezeen and MINI World Tour.

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Dezeen Music Project: Ear Salad
by DJ Kimon

This is the track that we featured in our first movie from Design Indaba in Cape Town. It's by a young South African DJ and producer called Kimon, who played a set here in Cape Town as part of the Design Indaba Music Circuit.

You can watch the movie here.

Make sure you also check out the track we featured on Wednesday by the great Spoek Mathambo.

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Dezeen Music Project: Control
by Spoek Mathambo

Dezeen is at Design Indaba in Cape Town all this week, for the first stop on our Dezeen and MINI World Tour. For the first year at Design Indaba, there is a music festival running alongside the main conference, which is showcasing a range of exciting South African musical talents, and we'll be choosing some of our favourites to feature on Dezeen Music Project.

Spoek Mathambo will be closing the conference on Friday, which gives us the perfect excuse to feature his excellent 'township tech' cover of Joy Division's She's Lost Control.

Make sure you also check out the excellent music video for the track.

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Dezeen Music Project: Toothpaste
by Floella Grace

This is a session recorded by young British singer-songwriter Floella Grace and features nothing but a stripped-back acoustic guitar and Grace's stunning voice. The track was sent to Dezeen Music Project by Choosic, a newly formed organisation promoting music by unsigned bands and musicians.

You can listen to a studio recording of the track here, but we prefer the raw tenderness of this session version.

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Dezeen Music Project: Byrds in Heaven
by Human Machine

This track by Human Machine is a tribute to the late, great trumpet player Donald Byrd, who passed away last week. Byrds in Heaven is a gentle electronica track, which features a mournful sample of Byrd's playing.

The track was sent to us by Love Our Records, a UK-based online record label that releases a free download each week. Check them out here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Contrast
by Junior Size

Here is another track from the fantastic La Première EP by new electronic record label Atelier du Sample, which we featured a track from last week. The EP is still available to download for free here, so get it while you can.

Make sure you also have a listen to Aimedeuxhaine's Daft Punk remix from the same EP here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Voyager (remix)
by Aimedeuxhaine

We've got another remix to end the week on Dezeen Music Project, this time courtesy of young French producer Aimedeuxhaine who has turned his precocious talents to the Daft Punk cassic Voyager.

The track is part on an EP by new electronic record label Atelier du Sample, which you can download for free here.

Make sure you also check out the great dance track by Aimedeuxhaine that we featured on Dezeen Music Project last year.

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Dezeen Music Project: Cloud Armour by
Remote Scenes

The music featured on today's movie about Faye Toogood's installation for the Seven Designers for Seven Dials project is by Edinburgh-based artist Remote Scenes.

The track on the movie is called Blue Sapphire, which we featured on Dezeen Music Project last year, and this track called Cloud Armour is a similarly melodic soundscape with chiming keyboards and mushy post-rock guitars.

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Dezeen Music Project: A Case of the Yesterdays
by Darko and You Haven't Heard of Him

This nostalgic hip hop track by rapper Darko and producer You Haven't Heard of Him features soulful samples from I'm Still Waiting by Diana Ross. The track comes from the duo's Used Heart Salesmen EP that will be released this month on the Curious Absurdities online record label.

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Dezeen Music Project: Love With You (remix)
by B.G. Baarregaard and Briem

Here's a chilled-out deep house remix of Icelandic music producer B.G. Baarregaard's track Love With You, the video for which we published on Dezeen on Saturday. The remix is by an artist called Askell and has been released, together with the original track, on the Imolan Nights record label.

Make sure you check out the music video for the orginal track, in which director Harald Haraldsson combines a wall of bookshelves and a projector to surprisingly dramatic effect.

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Dezeen Music Project exclusive: I Could See
You As A Mayan by Brian Lewis Smith

American musician Brian Lewis Smith has made his latest track I Could See You As A Mayan available exclusively to Dezeen Music Project. Right now, this is the only place you'll be able to hear it.

I Could See You As A Mayan is a gentle, lo-fi instrumental with delicate keyboard melodies and bass-lines that emerge from the warm crackle of tape fuzz. "It was the first time that I used a cassette tape recorder extensively," Smith told Dezeen Music Project. "The idea was to amplify all of the little crunch and hiss sounds that come from using older gear in order to create a bed of texture that the tune can lay upon."

This production technique provides the perfect platform for Smith, whose background is in jazz music, to demonstrate his musicianship. Melodic phrases weave intricately in and out of earshot throughout the track, with subtle variations and flourishes that only reveal themselves after repeat listens.

You can listen to another track by Brian Lewis Smith that we featured on Dezeen Music Project last year here.

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Dezeen Music Project: New Territories
by Sun Yin

It's Friday so we thought it was about time for some more house music on Dezeen Music Project. This track by Manchester-based producer Sun Yin has got a nice deep bass and some lovely lush synths that come in as the track progresses.

Check out some of the other house tracks we've featured on Dezeen Music Project here.

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Dezeen Music Project: Route by
Fine Cut Bodies and Fink

Hungarian DJ and producer Fine Cut Bodies has given us all a late Christmas present by making this little-known collaboration with Brighton-based musician Fink available for free download. Route is a mellow trip-hop track which, although composed over eight years ago, still sounds fresh in 2013.

Download it here while you can.

You can listen to other tracks by Fine Cut Bodies that we've featured on Dezeen Music Project here.

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