Live: Slow Magic + Manatee Commune

Last night saw the return of Red Bull Sound Select showcase here in Portland. It was another amazing show with a killer lineup featuring a couple artists that we love, Slow Magic and Manatee Commune.

The night started off with local electro DJ, Quarry. His recordings sound different than his live show, but what is important is his style of beat making. I really enjoy his work, whether it’s a beautiful melody that can put you to sleep, or an abrasive dance beat that gets all your body parts moving.

Quarry
(Photo credit: Aaron Rogosin)

Next was an artist that we have featured many times here, and for good reason, it was Manatee Commune. For his second time in Portland, Manatee Commune just absolutely destroyed the Doug Fir Lounge. The crowd was grooving and grinding to the chillwave beats.

Manatee Commune
(Photo credit: Killing Sasquatch)

The headliner for the night was Slow Magic. An incredible anonymous electronic artist, that wears a glowing mask and drums on two toms like a wild child. The live show is so fun, he is a must see act.

Slow Magic
(Photo credit: Aaron Rogosin)

Odesza + Slow Magic

Brand new music from our favorite electronic artists, Odesza and Slow Magic. Both of these artists have a great chill vibe, yet still provides a great dance beat to their music.

We’ll start with Seattle duo Odesza. The new album is called In Return and it is great. These guys take big beats and samples/vocals to the next level. Odesza has a sound that is best listened to in slow motion. The tracks that stand out are “Bloom,” “All We Need” (feat. local Portland band Shy Girls), and “Koto.” In Return is a very beautiful album that is very dynamic. I believe it will be in the top album list at the end of the year.

Slow Magic has a more house vibe going on with his new record, How to Run Away. The new album definitely brings the energy that comes from his live performances. The builds and drops that occur are well constructed and not overplayed. Overall Slow Magic brings the chill energy to How to Run Away. Make sure to listen.

Top Albums of 2012 Part 2 of 5: Electronica

For the next installment of our top 50 albums list comes the most exciting category, electronic music. This category if for those artists pushing the technology side of music, whether it’s trip-step, chill-wave, or dance, good electronic music gives me entirely brand new sounds that I haven’t heard in music before. So enjoy our alphabetical list of electronic albums from 2012.

Crystal Castles – (III)

This Crystal Castles album is by far my favorite one of theirs, I never got into their music until this one came out in November. (III) is super rich in dark flavors, yet is very satisfying to dance to. It really engulfs all kinds of electronica and delivers a sound that is hauntingly beautiful.

Grimes – Visions

Visions is the perfect blend of electro-pop and dance. Grimes has been able make some of the freshest beats this year. Definitely worth listening to.

Onuinu – Mirror Grazer

This local Portland band has the whole electro-pop sound on lock down. Mirror Grazer is a super danceable album that will have your party going till the early hours of the day. Right now they are on tour so check here if they coming near you.

POLIÇA – Give You The Ghost

POLIÇA has a really unique sound, with lots of vocal manipulations and larger than life beats. Give You The Ghost is one of my favorites to go on a walk with, especially out in the cold weather.

Purity Ring – Shrines

Purity Ring’s Shrines is an album that has such an incredible sound to it. Not only is every song super good and fresh, but the whole album goes together really well and it is impossible to skip a song on it. Definitely one of my favorites this year.

Slow Magic – Triangle

Slow Magic is quite an appropriate name for an artist who makes this music. Great instrumental electronic music, some of the finest I’ve heard in some time. This album has it magical moments so check it out here.

The Soft Moon – Zeros

Soft Moon makes some of the most anxious music that I’ve heard ever. With that said Zeros is still such a great album for that aspect. Some really dark guitar and bass riffs that clash with the keys and synths makes for an intense listen. You can stream the whole album here.

Teen Daze – All Of Us, Together

This is Teen Daze’s first full length album which came out in June. It is a wonderful piece of instrumental electronic music. Above is my favorite track off of All Of Us, Together and you can check out the whole album here.

Young Magic – Melt

Melt is one of my favorite albums this mostly because the beats and sounds he gets are out of this world. The record includes a bunch of field recordings from all over the map, which adds a whole other depth to the music. If you haven’t heard this album yet, please go listen to it right now here.