Mondays can be pretty slow and dreary all around, like heavy rain in the morning. Let me use Mondays to share with you some of the music on rotation in my life!
I love all kinds of music – pop, rock, jazz, R&B, country, just about everything has a presence in my music library. Having been exposed to Gorillaz and Daft Punk from an early age as a music fan, I also count electronic music as some of the very best and most meaningful.
Over the past few years, I’ve slowly been digging through the catalogues of labels like Ghostly International (home of Matthew Dear, Heathered Pearls, and formerly School of Seven Bells) and Kompakt (the Field, GAS, and Matias Aguayo, among many others) to uncover great dance music from America and elsewhere. One of the very best, and perhaps underrated, artists in the Ghostly fold (via their Spectral Sound imprint, which specializes in more dance-oriented tracks) is Osborne.
Though I have not listened to a fair chunk of his output at time of writing, I fell in love with Osborne’s aesthetic through 2009’s Hovercrafting EP. There, opening track “Wait a Minute” showcased a winning disco groove, complete with electric pianos and vocoded vocal lines. I was hooked from first listen, and a lot of his later singles have followed in this mold.
That said, I’d like to shine a light on “Daylight,” one of his earliest releases on Spectral Sound. This song is instead a light and bouncy minimal techno romp, which exudes warmth and light through its quiet kicks and punchy bassline. Its B-side, “Hydragilm Exit,” rounds out the package as a lilting downtempo closer. Give the A-side a listen above!
“Daylight” can be purchased digitally on iTunes, Beatport, Amazon, and the Ghostly Store. Physical copies of the single (on 12″ vinyl) can also be purchased at the Ghostly Store.