Articles tagged with chillwave

“Mersey Mersey Me” – L’Étranger

November 27

Ben Thomas, the UK-based producer and DJ who records under the nom-de-tune L’Étranger, just posted this track from his forthcoming 1997 EP on his Soundcloud page. “Mersey Mersey Me” may have little in common with the Marvin Gaye tune it namechecks in its title, though it does possess a bit of the same mellow melancholia. Instead, it’s a small homage to the river running famously through Thomas’ hometown of Liverpool and, much like the river itself, has a calm, serene flow to it, with murky electronics adding to the vibe, along with the occasional keyboard swirl or guitar sample bubbling up before submerging again.

L’Étranger’s 1997 EP will be released on March 12 via La Bombe. Stay in the loop via his Facebook page.

– Spoolwork

Legowelt – “And The Beat Goes On”

October 23

Dutch producer Danny Wolfers, aka Legowelt, just uploaded this track to his Soundcloud, a curious but charming interpretation of The Whsipers’ 1980 boogie hit “And the Beat Goes On.” Incorporating the glorious muted tonality of budget synths captured on normal-bias cassette tape, it preserves the basic structure of the song, minus of the vocals (aside from Legowelt’s timid recitation of “and the beat goes on” peeking out occasionally from under his thick blanket of sound. Call it chillwave, call it abstract funk, I definitely call it compelling, coming from a man who proclaims on his very-retro website that he’s been “running deep in a silent corner of the internet since 1998.”

You can grab this track for free from Legowelt’s Soundcloud page.

– Spoolwork