Best 2018aAnother full year doing Below Zero!  We are going on year 15 in 2019, and it is hard to believe we began on FM radio in San Francisco and Los Angeles, then moved to weekly show on the internet, and have moved to a monthly now on the internet. With so many options to listen, we appreciate you continuing on this journey with us. As we look back at 2018 and some amazing chill out and downbeat gems.  This week’s show is a full review of all the #1 exclusives of the year on Below Zero and some of the breakthrough tracks of the year.  

We tip our hat to the likes of The Goods, Dee C’Rell, Nightmares on Wax, Minor Rain, Antennae, Sine and many more who supported us throughout the year.

MONTA AT ODDS 2 Photo Credit Barry AndersonMonta At Odds is a Kansas City combo led by the brothers Dedric and Delaney Moore. The two have played music together all their lives and have been exploring the Monta At Odds sound since the band’s debut in the year 2000. Dedric's pulsing, melodic bass and Delaney's artfully unhinged synthesizers frame the band's central character, which is fleshed out by a talented cast of musicians and collaborators. For Argentum Dreams, Monta At Odds is joined by area native Taryn Blake Miller, AKA Domino Record Co. artist Your Friend, who contributed lead vocal and guitar on the majority of the album’s songs. The result is a heady sonic pool that has been inscrutably referred to as ‘Ummagumma meets Arthur Russell’s mutant disco at Vangelis’s house.’

Argentum Dreams pushes Monta At Odds’ alternate reality into streamlined consciousness. The music consists of minimal rhythms set to maximum noise, slo-mo psychedelic funk, endless dub echo, and extended-cut warped disco. Live musicians manipulating time and space via knob turning, cymbal cracking, and pedal pushing as they interlock into hypnotic moments of heavenly bliss that seem to hold forever, captivating the mind. Tales of love, heartbreak, wandering, invention, guilt, and the ravages of time and miscalculation weave the songs on Argentum Dreams together. Nine songs interconnected like a cyberpunk computer network in a secret basement. Nine songs lead to a vision of a dusty future full of lo-fi synths warming their circuits for possibly the last time. Nine songs of haunted vocals pushing through filters to gently hover above your head in a ghostly harmonic presence.

Released on 8D Industries

geliksGeliks floats across Europe, mysterious and elusive, landing in the Cold Busted inbox with a captivating album titled Indeed. There is no telling who Geliks is or what Geliks wants, but with Indeed the unidentified artist covertly drops 11 captivating tracks that give lovers of tough beats just what they need. Indeed!

The set opens with “2376 Broadway,” imagining a dramatic moment soundtracked by sweeping strings, soulful vocals, and beats for days. It’s catchy as hell, too. There’s also the hypnotic “Paper Plane,” combining lonesome piano, jazzy stand-up bass, and strange musique concrète shuffles. “Ball Flip” is another highlight, boldly mixing hip hop flavors with clanging bell melodies and some terrific rock guitar. These are just of a few of the tracks found on Indeed, and Geliks maintains the extraordinarily heady vibe to the end. Give it a spin!

opulent chillThis show is the Burning Man 2018 iRobot set by Mason Rothert at the Sacred Chill night Wednesday August  29th from 9pm - 11pm at the Opulent Chill tent at 10 & Esplanade on the playa.

It represents some new downbeat material while paying respects to some of the masters who have influenced me over the last few decades in the world of chillout.  All songs were picked because they had a playa desert vibe... enjoy the 2-hour journey.

Set List:

Synkro New Dawn
Shakta Shakta
Kaya Project From Mumbai
Shambala Tranquilation
Deviant Electronics Siverside
Hibernation Deaf Music
Nada Numbers
Unknown Wind of Freedom
Benny Tones Fire Fly
Zeb Surfism
Unknown Chambala
Michele Cecchi Particles of Life
Bamboo Forest The Walk
Fatatli Whisper
Cipcura Bueno
Kaya Project Stone Turns Black
Chad Highlight
Nada Manakhana
Digitalis Connect (Mason Rothert Edit)
Nickodemus Inmortales
Toires Toinet
Gnomes of Kush God's Gift
Kaya Project Walking Through

deadbeats1Deadbeat is Scott Monteith, a Canadian musician, sound designer, and musical technology educator based in Berlin.

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