In today’s HUGO Tracks edition, we take our listeners on a meditation session. With tracks from Sau Poler, Babicka & Mic Mills, Sovnger and Left/Right, we explore our inner selves and may even come across our dark demons. Expect the unexpected on this journey! For those who are ready for a transcendental experience, your free limited edition downloads of each track are available below.
Sau Poler “Juun”
Our first track is by Catalan producer Sau Poler, whose real name is actually Pao Soler, which is quite relaxed and a good start to our meditation. Poler, or Soler, started his music career in 2012 and his style is clearly influenced by the light and catchy tunes of friends John Talabot and the Hivern Discs crew. Nevertheless, “Juun,” from his EP “Paradoxes of Progress,” out on Atomnation, is a unique, slightly ambient track, emphasized by natural sounds of woodblocks, tambourines and R&B-spiced vocal fragments. Perfect for getting you into the mood for meditation. Ready to start?
Babicka & Mic Mills “Depraved (The Brave)”
Now that we are in a relaxed mood after listening to Sau Poler’s tune, we continue with the natural sounds but go a bit deeper. Our second HUGO Track is taken from the collaborative EP of two of Australian label Untzz Twelve Inch’s better-known artists. Babicka and Mic Mills have joined forces for their “MBM” EP, which was recorded in Berlin earlier this year. “Depraved (The Brave)” integrates natural sounds into rather monotone, blurry beats that gradually increase intensity and put you into a kind of hypnotic trance. The label describes it very well as “sleep deprived angst and alien timbres from a distant place.” This is the next step of our transcendental experience to another hidden place. Have a listen yourself!
Sovnger “Kyoto (Cuts by Mr. Viktor)”
With “Kyoto” by Sovnger we are quite close to our inner demons. The French producer, who now lives in Tokyo, describes himself as a hyperactive sleepwalker, which might explain his unique and bizarre style of music. What makes “Kyoto,” out on Police Records, so special is that some sound elements were actually recorded in the city of Kyoto and cut by Mr. Viktor. Whether it’s the noise of a monk’s prayer, a crosswalk alert or the modified voice of Sovnger himself, the sublime, almost chaotic mixture of these elements is sure to open our minds for a rather extraordinary spiritual experience. Get your free download of this wild electronic track below.
Left/Right “Sweat (Original Mix)”
Our closing track for today comes from Dallas-based Chris Lund aka Left/Right. After 15 years working as a DJ, producer, and professor, and even longer as a musician, he is definitely no newbie to the international electronic music scene. His track “Sweat,” released on Audiophile, begins with a rather monotone base, punctuated only by eerie synth sounds that slowly grow until they reach their climax and gloomy, almost demanding vocals. It is just the right tune for us to slowly wake up from our meditation session after having made our metaphysical adventure. Welcome back to the real word and look forward with us to the next edition of HUGO Tracks.