Tag Archives: downtempo

Worm Is Green – To Them We Are Only Shadows

And speaking of Icelandic artists – there is also another magnificent new album recorded by the musicians from that island but the band behind it has spent incomparably more years on the scene than our latest hero M-Band. The release is called To Them We Are Only Shadows and it is the fourth album in the discography of Worm Is Green, a group of musicians from Akranes, a small port town on the west coast of Iceland, who have been making music together since the beginning of the century. The LP is full of lovely and peaceful sound that is enriched with the delicate voice of Guðriður Ringsted and the outcome of this mix could be easily compared to the best releases of the British trip hop.

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Shutta – A Little (featuring Evka)

Today we had a little chat with our long time hero Shutta about his brand new song, past experiences and plans for the future.

OSOM: Hi Greg. Your new track brings quite a surprising sound. Your previous songs were rather bass-focused future garage jams whereas ‘A Little’ is a downtempo relaxing composition. How did this happen?

SHUTTA: It was based around a piece of A2 coursework I had to do where I was given poem to compose from. I was lucky for my friend to be in a studio recording her work at this time, so I got her to record some vocals from the lines in the poem. When we recorded it, it was at a BPM around 115, so I decided to try something new and more melodically based.

OSOM: This is the first time you are collaborating with a vocalist, am I right? Did you like this experience?

SHUTTA: I’ve always wanted to work with a vocalist, however it’s quite hard to get everything done in order for it to work out. I definitely enjoyed the experience, we’re looking to do another track over the summer, maybe that’ll be more bass focused.

OSOM: I must admit that Evka has a magnificent voice. That part at the end of the track has something as mighty as Florence Welch’s vocal.

SHUTTA: She really does, we used to be in a rock band called The Homesick Hustlers which is where I got to know her. Her voice has always had a pure quality to it and is powerful too.

OSOM: The Homesick Hustlers presented totally different sound from what you are doing now. What was your responsibility in that band?

SHUTTA: I was the drummer, in a way I think a lot of my influences are from playing in the band. I remember doing regular 4-6 hour practices where the majority of the time the bassist and guitarist and I would just jam together. I think there’s a lot to say about the link between acoustic and digitally made music. It’s quite hard to bring across your natural musical instincts into the digital platform, that’s a reason why I think Burial has done so well, his music is so brilliantly messy.

OSOM: How did you switch from being a drummer in a rock group to being an electronic music producer? Was it Burial’s music that pushed you towards this genre?

SHUTTA: I always produced electronically during my time in the band, I started off in fruity loops, I remember having absolutely no idea what I was doing! I’ve always appreciated acoustic music but electronic music is where I felt I best applied myself to. I remember hearing Burial’s track Endorphin 4 years ago and not really understanding it but at the same time I didn’t not like it. It grew on me and led me to discover his other music. His music didn’t push me into the genre but I would definitely say he’s an influence of mine.

OSOM: And one last question – a little bit less than a year ago you released an EP ‘Messy’. Should we expect a follow-up in the near future?

SHUTTA: Haha, I hope so! I’m in line to releasing The Hum on Future Flavour later this year along with Rotation. I plan to keep very active in producing so hopefully you’ll hear some new sounds from me.


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Nowhere Society – Through The Fog

I once said that you never know what to expect when Nowhere Society publish new music and they keep on proving that this statement is right. The style of the fresh song is more or less similar to what the last one presented – namely a relaxing downtempo beat – but the surprise strikes from the different side. We do not hear Grace’s voice in this track and instead of that the vocal parts have been taken from Nina Simone’s My Man’s Gone Now. So what is coming next from this Australian duo? There is only one thing we can be sure of – it will be worth listening to!


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Idls. – Soy Sauce

Idls. is an abbreviated form of a Spanish expression interpretaciones del leve sentir and it is a name of one-man project which has been founded in A Coruña but is now based in Taipei (quite a cool place to create music, isn’t it?). One of the latest tracks released by the artist is this beautiful song Soy Sauce in which melancholic beat is accompanied by dim vocals. This combination results in a deeply calming song with running time almost reaching eight minutes but you will need much less to fall in love with this emotional sound.

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Nowhere Society – 7am Central Station

It is the third time I am writing about Nowhere Society this year but it does not mean that you can assume you know what is coming. Well, this would be a huge mistake as this Australian duo is presenting different sound with every new track and the trend continues with 7am Central Station. Their last song, Find North, pleased us with the intensive beat but it contains almost no vocals. This time, however, the band decided to create a chill downtempo composition that shows the entire beauty of Grace’s voice supported by the delicate music in the background.

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