Ambient album review: The Fifty Eleven Project by Kasper Bjørke Quartet

Just a few weeks shy of his 35th birthday, Kasper Bjørke, a Danish ambient producer, discovered a tumor. The next five years of his life were spent in the clinical surrounds of hospitals and clinics. So he decided to document his feelings into his newest release, The Fifty Eleven Project. It's deeply moving, fragile ambient…

Emerging Artist Profile: Cheryl Young/ CYSketch

Emerging Artist Profile: Cheryl Young/ CYSketch @cysketch

Hong Kong artist Cheryl Young's illustrated world of cosy, anime streetscapes feature an endless cascade of hamsters - because there can never be too many. Her art is so chilled out it deserves its own special genre of music. Content Catnip recently caught up with Cheryl for a chat about her charming and endearing art, anime and illustrations and the inspiration behind them.

Emerging Artist Profile: Eleonor Piteira @_eleonorp

Content Catnip recently interviewed established Portuguese artist Eleonor Piteira. She once wanted to be an astronaut as a child, but instead has allowed her imagination to wander all over the galaxy through her striking an beautiful art, impressing people like director Guillermo del Toro along the way...

Emerging Genius: North Atlantic Drift, Departures Vol.1

Emerging Genius: North Atlantic Drift, Departures Vol.1

North Atlantic Drift is the experimental from Toronto-based ambient and electronic duo of Brad Deschamps and Mike Abercrombie. North Atlantic Drift were formed in the summer of 2011. The band sound uncannily reminiscent of their name, with a glacial, hynotic, pleasant drone and ambient meanderings into music. This is expansive, atmospheric ambient in the same…

Seawalls: Artists for Oceans in Quirky Napier, New Zealand

Seawalls: Artists for Oceans in Quirky Napier, New Zealand

On a recent cycling trip to Napier, the Polish Bear and I were astonished to find the most amazing street art in the side alleys, shop fronts and carpark walls. Art Deco Napier is a place full of surprises. Seawalls Napier: Bringing the oceans to the streets Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans is a groundbreaking…

Emerging genius no. 5: Hiroshi Yoshimura - Soundscape 1 Surround

Emerging genius Hiroshi Yoshimura – Soundscape 1 Surround

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.5 on the jukebox, Japanese ambient/new age producer Hiroshi Yoshimura's floaty album Soundscape 1 Surround from 1986.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJSuKb8YAYI&t=603s There is something eerily familiar about Hiroshi Yoshimura's 1986 album Soundscape 1 Surround. It's…

Emerging Genius: Melbourne's Gold Class

Emerging Genius: Melbourne’s Gold Class

 Melbourne band Gold Class were formed about a year ago and went from relative obscurity to being named as NME's New Band of the week in April this year and embarking on an exciting global tour. Although Melbourne's indie scene embraced them a lot earlier for their incendiary live shows and the dystopian and yet…

Emerging genius no.12: Kayla Briët - Smoke that travels

Emerging genius: Kayla Briët – Smoke that travels

Kayla Briët is a 19 year old award-winning filmmaker, composer, and artist. Recently, she was named a 2015 Future of Storytelling Fellow, 2016 National Young Arts Winner in Cinematic Arts, a 2016 MIT Chamber Scholar, an Oculus Launchpad Artist, a 2016 Adobe Creative Scholar, and a 2016 Sundance Film Festival Ignite Fellow. With a goal of combining her loves…

Emerging Genius no.11: Görkem Şen - Yaybahar

Emerging Genius: Görkem Şen – Yaybahar

https://vimeo.com/110633932 The Yaybahar is an electric-free, totally acoustic instrument designed by Gorkem Sen. The vibrations from the strings are transmitted via the coiled springs to the frame drums. These vibrations are turned into sound by the membranes which echo back and forth on the coiled springs. This results in an unique listening experience with an…

Emerging genius no.10: Tengger Cavalry - Warhorse

Emerging genius: Tengger Cavalry – Warhorse

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.10 on the jukebox, a dark metal gem from Mongolian metal band Tengger Cavalry.  Warhorse by Tengger Cavalry is an exciting aural assault that embodies the nomadic warrior spirit of the Mongolian…

Emerging genius no.9: Lav & Purl - Absorbed in Serenity

Emerging genius: Lav & Purl – Absorbed in Serenity

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.8 on the jukebox, a gorgeous new age ambient track called Absorbed in Serenity from the album A State of Becoming, by producers Lav (Christopher Landin) and Purl (Ludvig Cimbrelius).  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZbittxnjo8 These…

Emerging genius: Wolf People - Ninth Night (2016)

Emerging genius: Wolf People – Ninth Night (2016)

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.8 on the jukebox, from the English prog/pagan rock band Wolf People it's the single Ninth Night from the new album Ruin.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eafkYEXJKg4 Pagan witchy rock from the woodlands, riverbanks and…

Emerging genius no. 7: Hidden Spheres - Beachy

Emerging genius: Hidden Spheres – Beachy

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.7 on the jukebox, from the Lobster Theremin label it's producer Hidden Sphere's single Beachy.  Imagine silky sunsets and waving palms, rollerblades and a real 90's acid house/ chicago house bar vibes.…

Emerging genius no. 6: DJ Seinfeld - U

Emerging genius: DJ Seinfeld – U

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.6 on the jukebox, DJ Seinfeld's detroit house/acid house has a fierce AF bass that tore the roof off my house and entered my soul.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6eu1Wb8CVE A beautiful and banging floor filler…

Emerging genius no.4: Waveshaper - A Picture in Motion

Emerging genius no.4: Waveshaper – A Picture in Motion

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.2 on the jukebox is Swedish synthwave producer Waveshaper's latest single A Picture in Motion (2017).  https://soundcloud.com/waveshaper-2/a-picture-in-motion-furi-original-soundtrack Waveshaper is a Swedish Synthwave musician who is inspired by classic synth artists like Jean Michel Jarre,…

Emerging Genius no.3: Toshiki Kadomatsu - Sea is a Lady (1987)

Emerging Genius no. 3: Toshiki Kadomatsu – Sea is a Lady (1987)

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no. 3 on the Cosmic Jukebox, Japanese musician Toshiki Kadomatsu and the sun-soaked funk album from 1987, Sea is a Lady  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDFLEQq1jCw Toshiki Kadomatsu is a Japanese Funk legend who came to the…

Emerging Genius No.2: Sonic Jesus - I'm in Grace

Emerging Genius No.2: Sonic Jesus – I’m in Grace

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, Here is no.2 on the Cosmic Jukebox the band Sonic Jesus and the single I'm in Grace from the 2017 album Grace.  https://soundcloud.com/fuzz-club/sonic-jesus-im-in-grace Sonic Jesus are an Italian Post Punk/ Cold Wave band formed in 2012.…

Emerging Genius No. 1: Tibetan Night Terrors - Foreplay (2017)

Emerging Genius No. 1: Tibetan Night Terrors – Foreplay (2017)

Over the coming weeks I will share an eclectic lucky dip of music that I discovered and loved via subreddit /r/listentothis, here is no.1 on the Cosmic Jukebox the band Tibetan Night Terrors and the single Foreplay.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72c_zgaJUts Tibetan Night Terrors  are an unsigned Calypso Disco band from Norwich in the UK. They fuse 70's disco…

Famous fairytales reimagined as buildings

Federico Babina: Famous fairytales reimagined as buildings

Insanely creative Italian architect and illustrator Federico Babina has immortalised artists, musicians, films and even countries as mid-century buildings, but he has turned his hand towards fairytales in this collection. The fairytale universe is reinvented to incorporate elements of timeless 50's and 60's building design so that it imparts personality and new dimension to the…