Monday is on the rise & we’re happily back with our favourite duty to fulfil today: writing about the latest music. As it is a weekly challenge, it’s always tricky & interesting what we’re going to stumble over.
Focusing on today’s episode, we’d like to announce another special edition. This time, we asked one of our most beloved labels, better said, one of their founders, if he’s up to host a part of this anthology. As we were listening to their latest compilation, we knew that it was already about time to make this happen. Luckily, he said yes.
In case you’re wondering about who were talking about, you guessed it right: Viennese hybrid music label & digital life platform Ashida Park.
For those ones who might never heard about the label, it is a loose collective, label & virtual safe space from & for people interested in contemporary & experimental forms of club music, plus everything revolving around it. Due the lack of platforms & parties they could identify with, they decided to take the initiative to create their own network. As they previously said that they’re based in Vienna, Ashida Park work with artists all over the world, yet what they’re especially trying to happen is to feature & connect musicians, DJs & visual artists from cities within their immediate vicinity.
The founders are Markus, also known under his moniker Amblio, & Antonia. Both together are running the label, hosting their events & playing sets outside & inside the Ashida-realm as well. From our perspective, what they try to convey is to think outside of the box by merging Club Music with elements from Reggaeton, Baile Funk & Grime. These mezclados give them opportunities to wade through the spheres in between, let them publish creations you never imagined they could exist.
As we were having a talkfest on the perception on music or art in general, Markus shared with us his current 5 favourite pieces & his thoughts on them. We have to say what a lovely collection we got here. But enough with the talk, let’s hear some music & his thoughts on each of these sublime pieces:
1. Y1640 – Weep
Y1640 is the brainchild of Coucou Chloé & Sega Bodega and just hits me right in the heart. There are only 2 tracks on their Soundcloud for now and both are equally stunning to me, so I can’t wait to hear more from them.
2. Abra X Akito – Catching Fruit
I love cheesy RnB ever since I was a young kid, so it’s not really surprising that I am a huge fan of Abra. Akito is one of my favourite producers out of the UK at the moment and with this remix he manages to add an amazing set of drums to Abra‘s original and creates the perfect track to play in the clubs.
3. Future – Covered In Money (Vegyn Remix)
In the last two years I fell in love with a lot of tracks that use acapellas from rather well-known rap tracks and combine them with emotional or deconstructed instrumental. Vegyn’s take on Future’s Covered in Money sounds as if Future is so sad about all this money he is covered in rather than just boast about it.
4. Kassett – Charme (feat. RIN)
One of the best things originating from Vienna is a label called Amen. Their last compilation as well as releases have been simply amazing. They released one of my favourite tracks so far this year – a collab between Belgian artists Kassett and RIN called Charme.
5.BENOIT B – Global Euphoria
Parisian crew Casual Gabberz are bringing back Rave music at its best, but some of their producers don’t shy away to combine it with other genres. The track Global Euphoria is a beatless tune that you want to peak so badly but it never really does, still it gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. Ashida Park’s FVBIO created an incredible club tool out of it that is also featured in the mix but will unfortunately never be released.
Oh, btw there is one more thing. We can happily share something else as well. A mixtape. Right, you read right. The following mixtape includes a gargantuan amount of tracks from artists that have already released or will publish soon on Ashida Park. To quote Markus:
I felt like making a really heavy club mix that at times is probably gonna be too much too listen to at home. I love a mixture of hard drums and really emotional productions and I tried to combine this as good as I can with this mix.
With this stunner of a tape, Markus wanted to give you an opportunity to take a closer look on FVBIO, an artist from the Ashida roster, whose debut release will be around the next month, by including four of his tracks & bootlegs in the mix as he always manages to get him emotionally attached to each of his pieces. Plus, of course the sheer fact that he is still quite unknown. So, have a listen now:
A billion Thank Yous followed by a gargantuan amount of 🙏🙏🙏-emojis to Markus for the time & effort + making this episode a really special thing. Be sure to subscribe the gents immediately, because who knows when the next gems will be online. Just a tip: pretty soon!
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