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Released late last year, Artifacts was released by an act called Aether on Exponential Records. A delightful, care-free blend of broken beat aesthetics with lots of cues taken from trip-hop / instrumental hip-hop.

It’s pretty straight up awesome. Lots of nice effects artfully mixed in, Flying Lotus-esque beats, tightly-knit vocal sample usage, excellent choice of said samples; a really light-hearted and positive album. Highly enjoyable.

The album is about forty minutes in duration with sixteen tracks and competently manages to remain pretty consistent the entire way through. The album’s opener, “Forgive Me,” starts off with a Portishead-like beat while heavyweight electro effects kick in right before icy cool female vocals come out of the woodwork. Most of the tracks on the record are pretty short; all under three minutes save the last song, which is equally as strong as its opener, while fusing male vocals with a Prefuse 73-esque musical backbone.

Perhaps the album’s strongest track is “Anywhere,” a short, melodic, and dreamy minute and a half exploration into a positive, content state of mind. A highly enjoyable and organic-feeling album. It’s almost as if Flying Lotus, Amon Tobin, and Portishead made a collab and produced this. Highly recommended. Throw some Rodrigo y Gabriela in there too if you include “Orfeu Negro.”

Stunning – it sounds like something released on Warp. Sadly, it isn’t being sold physically. You can order it at the artist’s page at Bandcamp (below), which is one of the best websites out there for musicians.

For more information, check out:

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5 Comments

  1. Yeah, you’re welcome for this recommendation. :)

    Without me, you wouldn’t have posted about this blissful album. :)

      • isleptintheseclothes
      • Posted October 2, 2009 at 09:09
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      True :P

  2. i found this album on torrentech a few months ago and it’s become one of my favorites; good to see it here :)

  3. This is really good. Thanks for the heads up.

  4. Ooooh my ears. This must be one of the best albums I have ever listened to. It’s great to listen how this album grows to one big entirety.
    Keep up the good work!


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