DA’s Sunday Morning Medicine: Volume 136
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
1. We here at DA can in no way endorse the use of certain contraband herbal products for their numerous beneficial properties — unless, of course, our readers reside in a location where they are legal, in which case: live your life, we’re not going to tell anyone what to do. What we can do here at Sunday Morning Medicine is provide the chillest sounds in electronic music and this week we are led off by “Elusive – rollin stoned (kenny segal special strain edition).” Anchored by a watery, wobbly electric piano progression — subtly chopped and edited — Segal’s rework also rounds off his percussion’s high frequencies to match a mellow groove throughout.
2. Bearface’s “no one like u.” occupies the second spot for Vol. 136. The platonic ideal of a modern slow jam, the track features vocals from No Rome, often layered and tinged with a chorus effect and slight autotune. The entire track features a vaguely aquatic feel, with numerous water drop sounds to accentuate the theme even more. The romantic vocals add to the emotional vibe, providing a perfect compliment for a lazy Sunday spent with a significant other.
3. Goldwater offers up “don’t leave me alone” for the third entry this week. Featuring Ed Sheeran samples — pitched both unrecognizably high and low, along with other subtle production tweaks — to handle the melancholic melodic content, the track features languid, rolling electric pianos throughout. Slinky guitar lines and gentle organs trade solos when Sheeran isn’t being used and the percussion ranges from mellow to busy, matching the rest of the production’s energy or exceeding it for a jolt of excitement to maintain its forward momentum.
4. Izzard provides an iridescent entry to Sunday Morning Medicine with “Ghost Naps.” In keeping with its title, the track is a dreamy affair where basses can wobble before settling down and bright pianos twinkle over a mellow string section. A final third featuring generous reverb pulls many of the larger elements away, giving room for interesting percussion elements and a swaying melody to play the track out.
5. Canada’s very own four ● lore finishes off Vol. 136 with an 808 heavy track “first impressions.” Making full use of the venerable drum machine’s kit and a rumbling sub bass to build the foundation for vocalist Dannah’s breathy contribution, at times pitching her up and down to create a call and respond effect. Electric xylophones chime around her and add a subtle atmosphere of intrigue that compliments the track’s low end-heavy energy.