Obsqure is a Tunisian music composer, producer and DJ residing in Doha, Qatar. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘musical world’, Obsqure often creates work using creative sound tactics, but these are never permissive. Play is a serious matter: during the creation, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation.
His artworks demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between self and other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. In a search for new methods to ‘read the city’ and please the listener, he focuses on the idea of ‘public space ‘and ‘world sounds’ and more specifically on spaces where anyone can do anything at any given moment: the non-private space, the non-privately owned space, space that is economically uninteresting.
His works are characterized by the use of everyday sounds in an atmosphere of an open mind mentality in which recognition plays an important role. By taking daily life instruments as subject matter, his works could be loosely described as cinematic electronica, but his roots are in Trip hop, ambient and chillout. His compositions are a fusion of live instrumentation and electronic production.
His new album Tabula Rasa, available from Bandcamp, is described as follows:
“Tabula Rasa, Blank Slate from Obsqure is a Trip-hop / Down-tempo album created with both modern and oriental various instruments.
In terms of sound, the artist invites us on a sonic journey with a weird, disturbing and oriental atmosphere.
On a traditional altogether building , the album starts quietly with just enough sophistication with Hijaz to install an oriental atmosphere with Eastern electro-jazz accents. The first three tracks elapsed, the compositions are gaining depth and pleasure grows. Hijaz and Rabbath beautifully introduce Cloud Chaser, the summit of this album, the track that could definitely be on a compilation somewhere between Massive Attack and Archive without having to blush at the comparison. It is dynamic, catchy, melodic and rich at the same time and above all it’s fun! Do not be surprised to nod, shake the shoulders or the beat with your foot while smiling.”
Official Website: http://www.obsqure.tk/
Twenty four years old Jeffrey Edinger from western Massachusetts says of his music: “My music is the product of what I’ve felt in the past or what I am feeling at the time I am creating it, and like all of us musicians it’s also a product of a troubled life.” It wasn’t until age eighteen that he started getting into electronic music falling in love with producers such as Pretty Lights, Gramatik, and Flying Lotus,. He says, “I loved the hip hop vibe they gave off and how the songs kept altering and transitioning. I always loved their music but never thought I could do what they do; three years later here I am making a similar art.”
Hear his recent release Remember Back When
Richard Alfaro is an ambient producer from Texas. He says, “Music has always been a key part of my life. My productions are a reflection of myself on any given day. As a producer I’m always exploring different blends of synthetic and acoustic sounds. I create music as an outlet/introspective. My music can be egotistical in the sense that I focus on creating a sound I want to listen to, without concern for others. I’m always exploring new techniques and pushing my sound into different directions.”
Look for his new EP this winter! His featured tracks include Sand, Other, Shine and Forget
Richard Alfaro and PI Wrecks-J.I.M.
Hear Richard Alfaro’s and PI Wrecks’ collaborative track J.I.M below
Knyvez likes to sleep during the day and make music at night. He says, “I make music to express emotion which I’ve never been good at doing verbally. Music is the most important thing in my life.”
Hear his recent track Whoops
Marcus is a producer based in London with several previous releases including We Will Rise, Finesse, and The Past is Over. Hear his recent track Made in London available from Soundcloud below. He is currently working on a collaborative track called Paid in Full.
Composing music for fun since 2007, twenty seven year old Kilam Blade, from France, says: “I love to use various kinds of samples to try different styles such as Future Bass, old school Hip Hop, Dubstep, Trip Hop …With the Push 2 of Ableton it is a real treat.”
Hear his track Reaching Infinity
Beefus is an electronic artist and producer based out of Beacon, NY. Having played the drums for many years he mostly does beat programming nowadays. He currently uses Ableton Live controlled with Ableton Push 2 or sometimes a Roland TD-20 electric drum kit is used to put down beats. There can be some bass playing and vocal manipulation at times. Somehow it all comes together. Here are some places where some music happens:
His featured track From Light Into Darkness is described as follows: “From Light Into Darkness was created from a feeling of watching something originating from serenity and through time, fallin ghard into the deep abyss never to return. Maybe a reflection of present times.
Trimming Moods plays violin in the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Nacional de San Juan. Born in Ukraine, he now lives and works in San Juan, Argentina. He started practicing violin when he was child with his father, also an violinist. Besides playing violin and guitar, his true passion is creating music. Whenever he has time, he works on his musical projects which are an avenue for him to experience music and explore infinite possibilities without relying on anyone.
Hear his recent track Purifying below.
Twenty year old producer and composer Azaleh, from Germany, started producing electronic music autumn 2014. He has been playing the bass guitar since 2012. He writes: “Music is really important to me, it is my medium to express feelings and talk to the people. When I came across Burial’s and Sorrow’s music I knew that I found something I could identify myself with. Music is right now only a hobby, and it will probably always be. Let’s see where this journey takes us.” Azaleh has just started studying electrical engineering.
Hear his featured tracks Endeavour, In Aeternum with Eikona, and Unify with Sublab below. His Revenant EP is also featured. Endeavor is available here from Bandcamp!
Seavane is a producer based in Melbourne Australia. His work contains influences from various genres and he is always striving to improve both his composition skills and production quality. His track There’s a Bear in Here is featured below and is available from Soundcloud.
Bjørn Bless aka (Ayo Xolan) born in South Africa, now based in Zürich (Switzerland) became interested in music at a young age. He is a producer/co-producer & remixer involved in various projects! Bjørn’s aim is to inspire people, make them dance and smile for the love of music. He is currently working on various upcoming EPs.
His Vxero One Day Less remix and track Zulu Warrior are featured below.
Soundcloud : https://soundcloud.com/ayoxolan
Artwork by Lulu Swallow
Between electronic and traditional music, turntables and Abelton Live, Lil’Fish realizes that balance is the heart of creating music. He draws upon many musical influences that form the substantial marrow of his composition. He writes of his music,, “…Genuine UFOs that can not be defined in a style!”
His first LP Fusion was released June 2016 and is the result of a large collaboration with various artists known in France such as Al’Tarba, CloZinger, Arure, Screenatorium, and Ovalys or LTRGK. Lil’Fish says of Fusion: “An album, which had the result of a large collaboration, a mix of traditional and acoustic music, a timeless travel, which will transport you in a unique and colorful [way]!
From the album Fusion hear the tracks Ghina composed with CloZinger and Livyatan composed with Arure (feat. Stef).
From the South of France, musician Olivier Simoëns has been creating music for the past three years. Prior to this, he used to be a DJ and played electronic, trip-hop, turntablism and morr music. He defines his music as follows: ‘…positive melancholy with a background of abstract rhythm. Every day I realize a track, it’s a day-track, hope you enjoy it!
Hear his recent tracks Klom and Zoom
Bandcamp: https://simoe ns.bandcamp.com/
Koh-dee is an eighteen year old electronic music producer from Tasmania, Australia. His music genre has been described as electronic, future bass, chill trap music. Released July 2016, his Don’t Forget EP was produced by him and features singer Hannah Dillon in his song High Road.
Justin Loring has been composing chill/downtempo instrumentals since he was sixteen. In the last two years he has become serious about producing and has chosen to be an audio engineer. While he mainly produces for rap artists, he also produces for artists in R & B. Hear his tracks Toasty and Mango below:
The musical forum of twenty year old Vincent Heeren, from Belgium, is called Noctilucent. He says of Noctilcuent: “All of the songs I write have a unique story to tell. I draw inspiration form my own personal experiences, but am also influenced by books, movies or series I enjoy. With every song I try and deliver a message.
His recently released Drowning EP is described below:
“Drowning is a story of two people living in an enchanting virtual world due to their physical bodies malfunctioning. This apparent virtual utopia has its advantages: A paralyzed boy can finally walk again… and the girl whose heart is failing can live on. However, their paradise soon begins to crumble around them as they start questioning their very existence. Drowning is a journey featuring soft electro-ballads, where every song is a piece in a story that questions both the moral and emotional aspects regarding the extension of human lives.”
May 2016 Lambro released an album called Do You Havet the Belief That Your Couch Is A Gate To Another Dimension?!. He describes his music as follows:
“The term hyperreal|electronica concludes everything about my Echodreams.
A Symbolism or an echo|sound|dream could be a conjectural sense of a soundscape,|a soundscape should possess a sacred|hidden Geometry| or a description of a soundscape. Sounds live in a surreal environment and they possess surreal qualities. Often they are the environment.”
His tracks Cat Purr and Part II of his EP series Do You have the Belief That Your Couch is a Gate to Another Dimension are featured below. His track Cat Purr features an actual recording of his cat recorded with piezoelectric microphones.
LEB3N became interested in electronic music and becoming a DJ at age twelve. After discovering FL Studio a few years later he made his first tests with the stage name “LifeTax”. Now sixteen and with five tracks, LEB3N says, “…I’m getting better every day and it shows in each of my tracks as in my latest single Dook.”
Hear LEB3N’s latest single Dook and some of his featured tracks below:
Dmitry Mitrofanov is a sound producer and designer who performs freelance work composing for television, soundtracks, and video sound design. He also writes music for various genres including pop, ambient, lounge, and R & B. Hear his recent release Polyphobia Project; electronic music consisting of different genres including ambient, noise, industrial, and cinematic.
Influenced by hard rock when she was younger, it wasn’t until she heard two albums that made her interested in electronic music; Violator by Depeche Mode and Broken by Nine Inch Nails. Having played physical instruments since the age of fourteen, she feels better prepared using DAW and controllers to create music. Since the early 2000s she has experimented with sound clips and loops, though she took time off to pursue her other passion, writing. It was her brother who encouraged her to return to music.
Hear Marada’s single Positron available from Soundcloud below:
Virtual Riot–Chemistry EP
Valentin Brunn is a dubstep producer from Germany currently studying music production at Mannheim’s PopAcademy. His Chemistry EP is available on ITUNES!
Toric–Blood Moon EP
Duo Eric Thrasher and Torbjorn Nordgaren’s have crafted their own sound resulting in their recent Blood Moon EP release. They are currently working on new music and previews are now on their Soundcloud page.
Hear the full Blood Moon EP available on ITUNES below.