DA’s Sunday Morning Medicine: Volume 138
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. “Complexion” from Minnesota producer su na and vocalist Dizzy Fae occupies the opening slot of Vol. 138. It’s slowly becoming a tradition that each edition of Sunday Morning Medicine include at least one slow jam and “Complexion” offers an interesting take on the form. Breathy, effortless delivery from Fae ramps up the sensuality of the track while su na’s production, oscillating between minimal electric piano led sections and four-on-the-floor thump with fuzzy synthesizers keep things interesting throughout.
2. Flamingosis is the first artist to be featured in two editions of Sunday Morning Medicine since I’ve humbly taken up healing on the weekends. As always, the producer relies on his deep knowledge of sample work to compose and groovy original out disparate parts. Anchored by a chorus of vocalists and alternating horn stabs and long drawn out notes, “what went wrong?” does have a very emotionally charged moment when bringing in a sample from Good Will Hunting. All the same, though the track is an ode to understanding a failed relationship, it can’t shake an optimistic and relaxed energy.
3. To take things in a distinctly more digital direction, next up is “Hey Lover” from Village and Inca. Vocalist Inca is the star of the track, both delivering her own, unaltered contributions in staccato patterns while also serving as formidable clay with which Village can mold into various elements that pop up throughout the track. Swelling chords give the track significant bounce as Village opens up the rest of the production by drapes numerous elements in large amounts of reverb.
4. Handbook occupies the penultimate spot of Vol. 138 with his clever remix of Nelly Furtado‘s “Like a Bird.” Relaxing into an unassuming hip hop groove, Handbook chops Furtado’s vocals to his own liking. Stuttering snares and an active kick drum drive the production of strings and chimes, opening up wide during Furtado’s inescapably chorus and enlivening a track that is somehow already 16-years old.
5. Wrapping things up this week is an ambient number from Oklahoma City producer Celadon City. Centered around a dreamy electric piano progression, the producer adroitly adds strange delayed samples, strings, into a forward rolling affair. Although clocking in at a little over 2 minutes, the track never feels in any rush, lulling listeners with an introspective and gently meandering energy.