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Two for Tuesday // Letter Box Project | Shells

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Got a pair of great electronic-based tracks from two of PT Music’s favorites to share with you guys this Tuesday:

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:

The Letter Box Project // TOURDEFRANCE

Shells // Mulberry Parade

Seams // “Nightcycles” (Shells Remix)

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

A couple of weeks back I came across an awesome video from London electronic artist Seams (aka James Welch) for his track “Glitch” that made me want to play Lemmings really badly. Well today Welch passed along another gem of a song — this time a remix of his hypnotic track “Nightcycles” from fellow UK artist Shells.

Even by cutting the 7+ minute playback time of the original in half, Shells is still able to fully develop the song by giving it more momentum through an added trap drum set and a prominent chime-like bell line. Although the differences are noticeable, the remix still adheres to the dream-like tone set by Seams’ version. The trance inducing quarter note swells are still present as is the apt vocal sample “I saw colors / like I was floating on a cloud”, keeping the song in the sky, just not high up in the exosphere.

At the cost of an e-mail address, you can snag the original from Seams’ website while you can check out the remix below:

Seams // Nightcycles (Shells Remix)