Praise the moon! Nicolas released this yesterday as a present for Thorinair, one of the fandom’s longest-running trance DJs and producers. Sweet downtempo drum patterns and smooth plucked synths match the nocturnal theme nicely too.
Blackened Blue has been around for a while, but this is their first original release in nearly a year, and it’s great to see musicians getting back into the swing of things by releasing new music. This new song based on the story of Luna and her Tantabus has a great metalcore sort of vibe with its punchy, fast-paced drums and fantastic riffs!
Technickel Music/Pony/Ted’s always been great at making remixes with that classic hip-hop feel. I admittedly don’t know the orignal version of this, but Ted sure follows in sci’s sample-based footsteps with his production style…but in a slightly less chaotic fashion.
A slightly longer (and later) episode than usual to round off the year, with our usual selection, plus a bunch of festive piano and orchestral tracks from some artists you might not expect!
Tracklist and embeds available after the break
NEW MUMBLE?! Well, not quite. Taken from a 2015 EP of remixed MLP songs, but new to YouTube, Mumble put his unique spin on Music In The Treetops with a sort of electro twist that moves from straight time to triplets and back again, keeping a hard-hitting glitchy bassline throughout the entire song.
More cute Christmassy vibes (even if they are a little belated on our part!) this time from Zephysonas and CrystalData. It’s a short but sweet piece that incorporates and transitions between many different parts of an orchestra, as well as harps and nice little jingly bells in the background.
I didn’t expect so many people to be releasing music over the holidays, but there’s almost an abundance of lovely Christmassy orchestral pieces including this one by Sonic Hooves. Little plucked harps and bells make great aural representations of snowfall and the rising and falling of the strings carries the steady progression of this piece.
¡Sí, se habla español aquí! But we mostly stick to English for the writeups. Nic’s working on a new album full of chill goodness, and this is one of the songs that will feature on it. Published just after the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, it works as a counterpart to Le Soleil, which was released at the Summer Solstice. Clever, that.
Originally briefly featuring in their own animation (because one talent is never enough!), Etherium Apex also published the full-length version of this nice little piano piece that honestly sounds to me like something from a cool indie game soundtrack. Simplicity sometimes works best, and it certainly does the job here – well-executed piano and strings is all it takes to catch my attention.
I feel like Makenshi should be writing this post, since this song is dedicated to him, but of course, he’s left a comment on it with his own thoughts! 😉 And as he says in his comment, the upbeat nature of the song and the melodies are a brilliant reflection of Makenshi’s personality and what he strives to be to other people.