chillwave

STONED MAZES - "Temperance"

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Stoned Mazes - “Temperance”

Mexico-based electronic artist Stoned Mazes brings us Temperance, a chilled out collection of spacey, wide-open tracks full of fuzzy synth loops and upbeat rhythms. This latest EP is a continuation of the cool, dreamy beats found on other Stoned Mazes releases.

The opening track, Manners, combines a hazy synth loop with scattered chiptune elements and a driving beat. Still, is a downtempo ballad with emotive keys and an exotic rhythm, The title track, Temperance infuses an energetic breakbeat with synth textures and a buzzed out lead line with just a touch of artful dissonace. Unkind Gestures is built from a clean piano loop with some nice work on the brushes and a subdued synth backing. The EP closes with Peacekeeper, which features a hypnotically cycling ambient vibe surrounded by miniature textural elements.

Overall, Temperance is a short and sweet EP that is a good introduction into what Stoned Mazes is about. It’s a light musical experience with plenty of chillwave bang for your lo-fi buck.

Gray Lee

https://stonedmazes.bandcamp.com/album/temperance

SR388 - "Where No Clouds Go"

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SR388 - “Where No Clouds Go”

(Bonding Tapes)

Plucky electronic beats with plenty of buzzy, lo-fi synths for good measure characterize Where No Clouds Go, which, according to the cover art, is an album that relates the story of a little green person who is interrupted by a shark whilst swimming to an enormous strawberry floating in the ocean.

Each of these chilled tracks has the perfect balance of thumpy beats and ponderous synth lines for a cool and fresh musical experience. The album is well represented by the second track, Braindead, which has an infectious repeating melody that is absolute ear candy. This Mess We’re In is built from a distinctive loop of 8-bit sounds, layered over with meandering winds of electronic ooze and chunky rhythms. Loaded Handshake feels like a chilled-down prologue level of Streets of Rage, featuring a building tension and driving drums.

Overall, Where No Clouds Go, is a brightly decorated collection of cool beats with some nice electronic seasoning, and just the right mixture of vintage sounds and original artistry for durable repeat plays.

https://bondingtapes.bandcamp.com/album/where-no-clouds-go

Gray Lee