Many of you will have become familiar with headlines such as ‘listening to too much Christmas music is bad for your health’ which sprung up on social media over the festive period. Nevertheless, whether it was through habit by association, experiencing that warm conviviality at the thought of being reunited with family and friends over the holiday period, or, for those of us who work in retail, a grudging acquiescence to the laws of commerce, it’s likely that you heard little more than endless repeats of George Michael and The Pogues for most of December. Despite this, there were some great new releases. As always, we’ve got you covered…
Beyond the White – Visionary Hours
Perhaps himself taken in by the spirit of conviviality, Hayden Berry’s latest album sees him collaborate with several other artists throughout the album’s entirety. The album’s track titles are derived from the verse of 8th century Chinese poet Wang Wei, reflecting the spirituality and mysticism in Berry’s own experiences of the natural world. The resultant sounds are warm and meditative, recalling the likes of Nick Drake, while each track holds its own uniqueness by nature of novel collaborations.
Leidseplein - Klangriket & Sjors Mans
Keeping with the spirit of collaboration, Fabian Rosenburg and Sjors Mans gave us a glimpse of what’s to come later this month in their EP, The Amsterdam Sessions. It is a partnership not entirely dissimilar to that of Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds on 2016’s Trance Frendz, a merging of ambient electronics and intricate piano melodies for a truly mellifluent composition. The EP, to be released on January 19th, is set to include four other tracks produced through experimentation and atmospheric textures.
Little Steps – Good Weather For An Airstrike
This solo project was initially conceived by Tom Honey in 2009, in an attempt to alleviate the suffering and insomnia caused by his own malady, tinnitus. That this project was designed to enable the listener to fall asleep does not mean that the record is deprived of its own life and vibrancy. An altogether pleasant combination of ringing guitars, chimes and field-sampling conjure up a suitably dreamlike state of mind.
Chillhop Essentials Winter 2017 – Various Artists
An hour-long compilation of short Lo-fi/Hip-hop tracks from more than 20 artists with the perfect vibes for those long winter nights…