Review: dep – dep

Label: BFW Recordings
Catalog No: BFW111

As you feel your heart coursing its beats through your veins, a great wistful feeling begins to encircle you. Sweeping graces of ambient spectrums cascade down upon subtle fragmented rhythms. You are lifted up into the empty space blessed by the choirs of chords and the drones to nourish your soul.

dep has created an immense progression of pieces made with your well-being in mind. The tones heard can bring about regeneration of the human spirit. You can crawl in between the ambient waves and make a bed to rest your mind. Manipulation of human voices move the works into a linguistic labyrinth, where what is being said does not matter so long as it is heard.

This is a stunning relaxation for the mind, body and soul. A downtempo immersion into the within, with positive results.

Standout track: City Nights
Rating: 4.5 stars


Review: SineRider – Ambivert

Label: BFW Recordings
Catalog No: BFW105

Drift off to sleep with this walk at sunset. The calming atmospheres hug you and bring warmth as they slowly fade away, leaving you peaceful and relieved. You are swept away by the echoes and drift among clouds and pleasant sine waves. Wafting along, the stars unfold before you in a magnificent spectacle as you float with their shimmers and eternal glows.

SineRider has taken ethereal drones and infused some IDM rhythms into them. They mix beautifully and create a dream world abundant with the graces of the universe. His melodies are angelic, mesmerizing synth lines that guide and protect your body while your soul goes off on a short walk. The entire experience is a sweet and wonderful descent into a subconscious world. You can rest gently and carry on, knowing that the soothing tones will ward off all unpleasant vibrations.

Standout track: Sleepless
Rating: 4.5 stars

Review: Entheogen – Tryptamine EP

Label: BFW Recordings
Catalog No: BFW102

Drum ‘n’ Bass melts with psychedelia in this 3 track EP. The beats are solid and the atmosphere is lush. The mood it creates is very relaxing yet tense. It’s like being in a nightclub chilling out right before the mescaline kicks in. There is a certain lack of consistency with the whole album. “Javanese Dance”, the first track, is a quick Drum ‘n’ Bass beat with mild electronic experimentation. The other two songs are more downtempo and much less beat driven. The latter tracks are also more appropriate for the concept the artist was trying to express. “Neuromodulator” (of which tryptamine is) has a very chillout vibe as is swirls around, floating six feet above existence and in time to its beats. “Trip to Mine” features samples from a man describing a DMT trip. If he was going for a concept or if it’s all a big coincidence it is unclear.

Standout track: Neuromodulator
Rating: 3.5 stars