DA’s Sunday Morning Medicine: Volume 139
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. Shlohmo has the honor of the opening slot as Sunday Morning Medicine barrels on into Summer 2016. “Been Thinking” is a B-side from the producer’s first album Bad Vibes, released in 2009. Opting out of the crepuscular, ominous vibes that has been his calling card, this production aims more for a spacey ambient vibe. True to its name, this idiosyncratic oldie will have listeners pondering what other suprises Shlohmo has in store for future.
2. Dutch producer Sensi Sye, with an assist from countryman Cresce, occupies the on-deck spot for Volume 139. A lo-fi intro gives way to an expansive, varied production. Swirling synths, skittering plucks, chopped vocal samples, and a gnarly sub bass — giving the track a tasteful amount of grit — are all present in “Bon Voyage.” Infectiously groovy, this smile-inducing release is a perfect compliment to a lazy summer sunset.
3. At the halfway point is a late-breaking entry from Philadelphian instupendo. A gently stilted piano line forms the foundation of “beauty unit.” In a clever inversion of the norm, instupendo uses the meandering bass line for a bit of call-and-response with the main melodic phrases, adding some life and giddy bit of forward momentum to short and sweet entry.
4. Vol. 139’s penultimate entry looks a bit ahead, as “Out At Night” is French producer Stwo‘s second single from his upcoming EP D.T.N.S.T. Perhaps obviously a meditation on late nights and all the trappings that come with them, the track, featuring vocals from A.Chal, never pushes the energy or tempo. This won’t be the fit when looking for that last burst of energy at 4 AM, “Out At Night’s” minimalist drums, rounded off synths, and slinky guitar work instead provide the perfect soundtrack for the contemplative trip home as the sun begins to peak over the horizon.
5. Closing out the last entry before Sunday Morning Medicine turns the big 1-4-0 is Vassh’s “but how…” Unabashedly downtempo, this cautiously optimistic track stars and stays gentle throughout. Reverberating vocal samples float over a foundation of guitar, glistening pianos, and subdued percussion. In all, an able and effective production ideal for closing one’s eyes and drifting off.