DIORAMA – TRAVELLING
For Fans of: Mum, Air, AM Static,
STUMBLEINE – SOLAR FIRE
For Fans of: Air, Four Tet,
There is something about well executed, slow, electronica that reminds me of traveling. Not the desperately poor moments, not the terrifyingly life-risking moments, and certainly not the embarrassing culture clash moments. Instead, it reminds me of the modern, the high-class moments of traveling. Crispy clean white dress shirts, brand new stiff leather shoes, a GQ in a futuristic airport, leather gloves reflecting the bright lights of downtown Shanghai. It’s douche baggy BS, especially considering even in those moments I was on a student’s salary and could only afford those things through loans, but it is also an undeniably intoxicating feeling. The world of a cosmopolitan jet setter is clean, modern, avant garde, and cutting edge. And what better music to reflect that than the Airs and Four Tets of the world?
Anonymous producer Stumbleine has created a thing of sophisticated beauty that can be added to those artists with Solar Flare. The vocal samples are chopped to the perfect length and play off each other in a cool haze, several percussion layers and a Talkie Walkie-esque keyboard plays a notably nocturnal and urban sound. The mixture of instrumental cold and vocal warmth gives it the perfect balance, and it makes for the perfect mega city soundtrack. This sharp production is extremely sleek and shiny. A little like Shanghai at night.