Mix Fix: TJ-KiD (The True Jazzchild) LATE NIGHT FUNKTION!

This week's Mix Fix focuses on Spain's TJ-KiD, voted one of the top Cloudcasters on MixCloud in 2010... This particular mix features a variety of urban lullabies and lounge beats to guide you deep into the night. Be sure to check out TJ-KiD's numerous other Cloudcasts on his MixCloud page!

Genre: Chill Out / Lounge / Downtempo / Trip Hop / Chilled Beats
Featured Artists: Bang Bang, Louis Vertigo, Paul Hunter, Gerardo Frisina, Folk Og Roevere, Mr Scruff, Miguel Migs, Snowboy, Martine Girault, The Mighty Bop, Mr. Scruff And Mark Rae, Sci Fi Select, Le Pample Mousse, The Halftones, Sabrina Malheiros, Fat John The Ample Soul Physician, Maga Bo, Fila Brazilia, Patricia Marx And 4 Hero, Madlib


CD Review: Geyser - Atmosphere

by Lydia Takemoto
August 3, 2011

Geyser (Riad Michael)
Release Date: 12/29/2005
Label: Geyser Recordings
©2005 Geyser Recordings
In anticipation of the upcoming album Fifth, by Geyser (Riad Michael), Massa and I have recently obtained promo copies of this German musician's 2005 ambient-downtempo album, Atmosphere, and his more experimental work, Concrete. Having worked with Geyser before Massa is already well aware of his talent for producing beautiful tracks, but this one album - Atmosphere - personally caught my attention.

Just as the name suggests, Atmosphere is certainly a mood album, and it does an excellent job of combining the talents of a wide variety of collaborating artists around Geyser's core sounds. Starting off with a touch of world instruments and skilled use of dissonance in "Tek 1," the album sets off on a high-altitude course, reminiscent of the album's name. "Pass" is another great ambient track, this time featuring the angelic voice of Estel Hagdorn to produce a calm sound with a sense of lingering grief - like the fading, warm glow of dusk as the sky gives way to darkness, as depicted on the album cover. Moving down the line a bit, the uplifting lounge sound on "Anker" is well accompanied by the energetic sax of Boris Lange, whose kinetic melody kicks the mind into motion. Immediately following, we come to this author's personal favorite track, "Axon," aptly-named, as it combines a high bpm with surreal ambient sounds to create a sense of "calm" urgency - like when the mind-brain fires up an electrical storm and finds focus in chaotic tension just nanoseconds before sending the body into action.

Stay tuned for a review of Fifth in the near future.

Listen to Atmosphere:

Participating musicians (in addition to Geyser): Michael White (aka Yuniversal), Ayhan Doger, Estel Hagdorn, Daniel Michael, Virginia, Markus Schlösser, Boris Lange, Dön, Aimé & Ingmar Niecke

Atmosphere is available on Amazon, iTunes, and a variety of other online distribution channels around the web.


Echolocation News Digest for August, 2011

compiled by Lydia Takemoto

Featured topics for August, 2011:
  • Echolocation makes it to CDBaby's Editor's Pick
  • Beauty in an Empty Glass to enter rotation on SomaFM's Sonic Universe
  • Free track giveaway until August 31

Echolocation makes it to CDBaby's Editor's Pick

It has come to our recent attention that our EP, Beauty in an Empty Glass has made it to the Editor's Pick on CDBaby.com. Moreover, it's now being listed as one of the top albums in the Electronic Genre, and we want to extend our deepest thanks to all of you who have purchased the album and supported us thus far!

Beauty in an Empty Glass to enter rotation on SomaFM's Sonic Universe

Chillout with Sonic Universe on SomaFM, commercial-free, independent, alternative/undeground internet radioWe just received word this morning that our CD has been received by SomaFM's Sonic Universe DJ, Nitya, and several of our songs should enter this week's rotation! So head on over to SomaFM and check it out if you have the chance... and if you have a little spare cash, don't forget to help them out a bit. Like many (if not most) listener-supported web radio stations, they depend on our donations to keep the beats rolling!

Free track until August 31 

Echolocation: Beauty in an Empty Glass
Until August 31, 2011, Echolocation will continue to offer everyone who gets the CD or digital download of Beauty in an Empty Glass from CD Baby the chance to give us feedback and get a free download. If you leave your e-mail address for us while checking out at CD Baby, we'll contact you on the following Monday with a link to our questionnaire, which asks for feedback regarding our album, blog, and our music in general. Persons who complete the questionnaire are provided with a link to a free download of one of our previously unreleased tracks, "limelight." (Be sure to check your spam folder or add info.echolocation@gmail.com to your contact list to ensure that you get the message!)

The questionnaire DOES NOT collect any personal or demographic info about you, the listener. It's just a way for our fans to give us feedback and help us understand how to spread the word about our music!

Love and Peace,
Massa and Tetsuroh