September 23, 2019

Chihei Hatakeyama

Good morning.

Today we're listening to Chihei Hatakeyama, a Japanese ambient composer based in Tokyo. This is our second time featuring the prolific Hatakeyama, who’s released several albums since we first featured him in April. His music sounds like it’s made from synths, but in fact much of it is heavily processed recordings of acoustic instruments. Today we’re playing this year’s Ghost Woods and Forgotten Hill, which came out on Friday.

Ghost Woods by Chihei Hatakeyama (70m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play

Forgotten Hill by Chihei Hatakeyama (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Have a great start to your week.

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September 20, 2019

Kornél Kovács

Good morning.

It's Friday, so we're playing something more upbeat. We're listening to Kornél Kovács, a Hungarian DJ and producer born and raised in Sweden. Kovács began DJing jungle music in his early teens. In recent years his sets have favored sample-driven house and percussion-driven techno. The 2019 Mixmag set and 2017 Boiler Room set (a Flow State favorite) exemplify this style and show his playfulness. Kovács’ debut LP, 2016’s The Bells, lay tender chord progressions and nostalgic samples over driving dance beats. You might be reminded of Caribou or Jamie xx.

Kornél Kovács in The Lab LDN (60m, 🗣 some vocals) YouTube / Mixcloud

Kornél Kovács @ Boiler Room Sugar Mountain (60m, 🗣 some vocals) YouTube / SoundCloud

The Bells by Kornél Kovács (60m, 🗣 some vocal samples) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Have a lovely Friday and great weekend.

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September 19, 2019

Javad Maroufi

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Javad Maroufi, Persian pianist and composer active in the 20th century. Maroufi was one of the first composers to write Persian-style classical music for the piano. We’re listening to two of his solo piano compilations, both published in the years leading up to his death in 1993. We love the mournful, mystical tones created by his use of the double harmonic scale. Tell us what you think by replying to this email.

Raz by Javad Maroufi (60m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Golden Dreams by Javad Maroufi (60m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Have a peaceful Thursday.

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September 18, 2019

Hakobune

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Hakobune, a Japanese ambient composer based in Tokyo. He applies effects to electric guitars, which creates these layered atmospheres that are warm and enveloping. His compositions are vocal-free and perfect focus music, creating what this newsletter is always seeking: an atmosphere of profundity. If you like Hakobune’s music, you can find more of his albums on his Bandcamp.

Looping Around the Forest I Thought I Remembered by Hakobune (30m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

In Arboreal Whispering by Hakobune (30m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Shadow on the Lawn by Hakobune (40m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Tidal

Have a fantastic Wednesday.

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September 17, 2019

Franz Liszt

Good morning.

Today we’re listening to Franz Liszt, Hungarian pianist and composer active in the 19th century. We’ve been fans of his wild “Hungarian Rhapsodies” for some time, but this past weekend we discovered his “Années de Pèlerinage” on recommendation from our friend Mike. In 1842, as Liszt’s fame crested, the term “Lisztomania” emerged as the name for the hysterical state that some of his fans entered upon encountering Liszt or his thunderous playing. His compositions are all over the keyboard and all over the emotional landscape. Let us know what you think by replying to this email.

Hungarian Rhapsodies by Franz Liszt, performed by Roberto Szidon (160m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Années de Pèlerinage by Franz Liszt, performed by Lazar Berman (180m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

Have a really good Tuesday.

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