Although the ALL CAPS title might suggest it’s meant to be blasted out of your Alexandria X-2 speakers, The Letter Box Project’s “TOURDEFRANCE” is a quintessential headphone listen. With shimmering synths and woozy melodies effortlessly floating back and forth between your ears, the track is more than enough to put you into an intoxicating haze with only a single listen. Just when you are ready to float off into the atmosphere, LBP grounds you with a fast-paced rapid-fire percussion line that’s prominent enough to be noticeable, but not overwhelming. “TOURDEFRANCE” is from a recently released five-track EP entitled Lullabies For Those Who Cannot Sleep, which you can download for free from The Letter Box Project’s myspace page.
The last time we heard from UK-based Shells, he was brilliantly remixing fellow British electronic artist Seams’ track “Nightcycles” (which has since been pressed into vinyl). Well Shells is back with a great new original track called “Mulberry Parade” that, in my opinion, is one of his best pieces to date (although “Lunar Park” might give it a run for its money). Possessing more momentum than his “Nightcycles” mix, the track starts off from the gate moving with a driving bass drum line, knife-like synth cuts, and twinkling keyboard notes that fly in and out of focus. At the one-minute mark, garbled robotic sounds — whose harshness is a good counter to an otherwise ethereal song — enters the foreground, remaining there for most of the track. With elements being removed and reintroduced fluidly, “Mulberry Parade” shows how a composition can be radically changed with even minor additions and subtractions of layers.
Fortunately, both artists have a plethora of tracks available to stream/download on their soundcloud pages — here for The Letter Box Project and there for Shells. You can also listen to the two featured tracks below: