Interview with Hopscotch

Hi Angela!  It’s so good to touch base with you about your super-fine and super-chill recently released Archer EP and Remixes.  What label is it on and what has the reception to it been like? This project went out 100% for free from no label at all. This one was all about the fans, and for a chance to collaborate with a broad range of other … [Read more...]

Bonobo – The North Borders

It has become clear that over the course of a fifteen year career, producer Simon Green aka Bonobo has never called anywhere home. Those early recordings found comfort in the smoky jazz clubs of Paris or sun bleached fishing villages of Southern Italy, but were ultimately discarded in the wake of an ever changing electronic landscape. On his fifth … [Read more...]

Toro Y Moi – Anything in Return

Beginning the year with fashionably great music is always a welcome addition. Now, for three of the past four years, Toro Y Moi’s main man, Chaz Bundick, has released a terrific new album at the beginning of each year. Commencing with his debut, Causers of This, where he, along with friends, ushered in the sounds of ‘chillwave,’ it was quickly … [Read more...]

Neon Indian – Era Extraña

Alan Palomo’s decision to retreat to the Nordic country of Finland for the recording of his second album as Neon Indian appears to be a no-brainer; lushly textured synth-pop that runs the gamut from exuberant to nocturnal seems completely simpatico with a country whose many chimerical qualities were espoused by Finnish patriarch Jean Sibelius. … [Read more...]

Washed Out – Within and Without

If you attempt to parse together chillwave’s patchwork history, it was probably born about 30 years ago but then laid dormant until 2009 when three artists named Chaz Bundick, Alan Palomo, and Ernest Greene began to make waves in the blogging community with their smeary bedroom synth-pop. The summer of 2010 was the newly christened style’s moment … [Read more...]

Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine

In the early parts of 2010, Toro Y Moi’s Chazwick Bundick highlighted the chillwave movement with his stellar debut, Causers of This. After a strong summer progression in 2009, the South Carolina-born graphic designer was able to amass the many proponents of chillwave onto a stunning set of music. Subtle and subdued, songs like “You Hid” were … [Read more...]

El Guincho – Pop Negro

Is El Guincho the primogenitor of chillwave? The Spanish producer was making his watery, carnival-esque tunes long before 2009’s explosion of whitey bedroom-pop. His hyperactive, childlike beats and watery voice sound a lot more epochal now than they did a few years ago - giving the listener a glance into a foreign childhood, incorporating the … [Read more...]