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"The Cartographer's Lotus" - Thomas Woodham

The Cartographer’s Lotus’s central theme is exploration in the most fundamental sense of the word. Taking thorough inspiration from a wide amalgam of sources such as science fiction, Islamic mysticism, and biodiversity, this album takes the listener on journeys far outside the boundaries of imagination both within and beyond the mind. Each track uses elements of human curiosity, ecstatic adventure, and formative introspection to create new landscapes, timelines, identities, and worlds. Although the tracks are unique from one another, they share a common sense of outer-ness and the humility and new insight which is concomitant with being a stranger in a strange land.

"ill Recollection" - Sro

Sro once again takes us by the hand to lead us on another psychedelic ride into the ether. This time around, the destination, “ill Recollection”, is a gentle, dreamy headspace at the bottom of the ocean, where Rhodes glide between your ears and percussion smoothly fades in and out of your consciousness.

"Iridescent" - Elleodin

Upon listening to Elleodin’s debut EP “Iridescent”, one can almost see the colours and imagine the smells of the dreamscapes Elleodin has created. Largely fuelled by her sound-colour synesthesia, each track has a unique atmosphere saturated in floaty synths and organic instruments. Accompanied by instances of her vocals, bass guitar and recordings, and through various techniques and experimentation, the result is five tracks that wildly differentiate from each other and yet fit beautifully together.

"Cold Summer" - Roshi

Roshi’s first album release with Aviary Bridge Records is an evolving and boundless project which explores various sectors of the electronic music scene. An album filled with contrasts, “Cold Summer” is indeed an apt description for the release. In the background, nostalgic summery vibes combine with gentle icy ambience. In the foreground, organic instruments gently play alongside aggressive synthesised basses. One of “Cold Summer”’s most notable characteristics is it’s spaciousness; this is an album that should be listened to on headphones for the full intended experience.

"I'm Right Here" - LeVirya & Garot Michael Conklin

Ethereal, spacious and heavily emotive, LeVirya’s EP “I’m Right Here” was written for his mother, who sadly passed away on the 1st of April after a long fight against cancer. A direct link to Permentier’s headspace at the time, “I’m Right Here” explores the ebbs and flows of the feelings that come from having to say goodbye to someone you love. For this emotionally charged EP, LeVirya is joined by Garot Michael Conklin, who brings out this release’s sentimental vibes with his sublime trumpet solos.

"Dormin" - Human Centerpiece

What is immediately noticeable when you listen to Human Centerpiece’s debut album “Dormin” is the sheer amount of variety on the release. The texan producer has kept an open mind when it comes to genre, incorporating characteristics from a full spectrum of his music taste, rather than limiting it for continuity’s sake. However, despite this, “Dormin” is anything but lacking continuity. Human Centerpiece has kept it tightly woven together with attributes known only to him; a masterful control of dynamics and space, as well a hint of sweet, gloomy darkness.

"Sanctuary Of Dreams" - Thomas Woodham

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Woodham’s debut album “Sanctuary of Dreams” proves itself to be nothing short of an intense and absorbing journey into our psyche. An experimental album which tests the limitations of genre, “Sanctuary of Dreams” is at it’s heart a spiritual experience which explores our emotions in depth. From sorrow all the way through to euphoria, it makes for a deeply cathartic listen and an entrancing escape from both body and mind.

"The Unknown" - Behind Clouds & sar.casm

If there ever was an EP that could capture the essense of yin and yang, “The Unknown” would be a successful contender. As a collaborative EP between sar.casm and Behind Clouds, two producers with vastly different approaches to music, “The Unknown” by nature juxtaposes itself, and yet what the two producers have ended up with is a harmonious blend of their two contrasting styles.

"Every Other Color" - Mirrorish

Hailing from Maryland, USA, producer and guitarist Mirrorish’s debut album “Every Other Color” is bound to surprise you. At a glance, the album appears to sit comfortably under the jazz hop umbrella however, it is in fact an eclectic fusion of genres, inheriting characteristics from not only hip-hop but post-rock, chill wave and shoe-gaze. With it’s irregular beats and psychedelic riffs, it’s a distinctive collection of songs which engages you with it’s unpredictable tendencies.