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Digital Bliss Vol 1

by Various Artists

A sensational assortment of 12 emotionally charged downtempo, lounge and chill electronica tracks from the exceptionally talented ladies of Digital Bliss. Great bedroom music, great chillout music.
Genre: Electronic: Down Tempo
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1. Peace And Melody - Musetta
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2. Confessions To The Undertaker - Alu
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3. Give Me Something - Return to Mono
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4. We Will Not Haste - Divasonic
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5. So They Say - Lila's Medicine
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6. Chaos Among Us (DanceMix) - Bekka's Frogland Orchestra
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7. The Way I Do - Celeste Lear
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8. Sweeter - Loop!Station
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9. Lagoon (Baba) - Artemis
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10. Rare Bird - Alice Rose
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11. Undying - Sutro
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12. Lowk - Comfort Food
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Digital Bliss Productions and Boutique Electronique Records officially announce the release of the “Digital Bliss Vol. 1” Compilation CD.

Digital Bliss Vol. 1 is designed to celebrate and promote some of our favorite talented female artists/vocalists and expose independent female electronic musicians, producers and vocalists from all genres of digital music. Gorgeous, ethereal voices of the current electronica movement float over downtempo, drum-n-bass, techno and ambient grooves. Artists are from San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Austin, Germany and Italy.

The compilation features trip-hop symphonic landscapes from Artemis, Alu and Musetta, indie electro from Celeste Lear and Lila’s Medicine, ambient drum-n-bass from Divasonic with her signature flute stylings, alternative downtempo poptronica from Sutro and Return to Mono, live looping duo Loop!Station, ethereal IDM from Comfort Food, spiritual worldbeat from Bekka’s Frogland Orchestra, a bouncy techno song from the larger-than-life Alice Rose.

Digital Bliss Productions was established in 2004 by Lynda Arnold to promote women electronic music producers, vocalists, instrumentalists and engineers as well as women who combine media and disciplines to create their own unique voice in the digital realm. Digital Bliss seeks to connect groups in the wildly varied Electronic music scene to create more community and cross-pollination in the Bay Area and subsequently on a Global Scale. Through performances, education, touring, compilation releases and blogging we share our new voices and music.

Boutique Electronique Records was founded in 2005 by music producer/engineer Celeste Lear who wished to create a “Kinder, gentler label” to record, produce and market music/videos made by cutting edge musicians and producers around the world.

The compilation artwork and layout was designed by Julian Flores from Live Life Culture clothing company (Livelifeculture.com), in San Francisco. Julian was inspired by the cat logo used for our 2005 festival event designed by Dave V. at Vanderkitten.com. Vanderkitten, a clothing and design company, has sponsored past Digital Bliss events and continues to promote the mission of Digital Bliss.

Promotional tour dates and additional information related to Digital Bliss Vol. 1 will be updated at digitalblissproductions.com.

CD will be released April 1st 2007 and will be available on iTunes, Rhapsody, CD Baby and Amoeba Records.

Stay tuned, Lynda Arnold and Celeste Lear


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The term "Electronica" is widely derided among the dance music and post-raver co
The term "Electronica" is widely derided among the dance music and post-raver community. It's generally seen as a term invented by the industy as a catch-all to easily market (read: sell) all music with a predominantly digital edge in it's production and in the 90s, acts such as Moby & Orbital brought those sounds to the stadiums of the world. But at it's roots, Electronica (alternatively called Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) & Electronic Listening Music at various points) was simply a variation of dance music made more for home listening rather than the dancefloor.

But as is the natural cycle of this industry, stadiums sell out and then the backlash begins. And after the backlash, the genre returns to where it began, to flourish anew. And I watched it flourish again at the launch of Digital Bliss Vol. 1 this week in San Francisco.

The greatest downfall of downtempo electronica or trip-hop has always been an over-arching dependance on a beat and atmospherics, vocal or otherwise. The victim? The song itself. All the swirling electronic sweeps and vocal gymnastics in the world can't hide the lack of discernable narrative, tension-and-release song-structure and the vital ability to emote something within a listener that is rife in independant electronica today. Happily, these failings are mercifully absent on this CD.

The continuity is a little off from song to song, but being this is a sampler, it does it's job admirably. The opener from Italian duo Musetta is a pulsating, fully-formed lesson in great electronica. Kraftwerk-esque beats meld perfectly with a subtle bembe feel. It's european with a Tropicalia edge and it just feels right. Although wonderfully delivered and with an exceptionally warm quality, Marinella Mastrosimone's voice takes a back seat to the incredibly funky beat.

In contrast, Return To Mono's "Give Me Something" pushes vocalist Tanya Kelliher's voice to the forefront of the track. Although the textures of the song benefit from valuable and interesting live instrumentation throughout courtesy of Jim Paulos it's Kelliher's crystalline vocals that carry the track, somehow able to combine incredibly strong delivery while maintaining the overall seductiveness of Return to Mono's sound.

Digital Bliss is the brainchild of Lynda Arnold aka Divasonic and her contribution focuses on the marriage of the organic with the electronic. An accomplished flautist, Arnold strips down the production here to focus on her strongest assets: her voice and her flute. It's this sparcity that makes the track so engaging, taking it's rightful place among this strong collection.

Other standouts include Sutro's "Undying" and "Lowk" by Comfort Food. Sutro, fronted by former Everthing but the Girl remixer/producer Tyler Stone, were brought together by fearless bay area DJ Polywog at the latter's improv collective "Poly's Playhouses". The jazz-infused melodies and electro-acoustic beats reveal the group's penchant for improvisation, complementing perfectly the track's themes of search & discovery.

The real discovery (or should I say mystery) here is the track "Lowk". Rightly saving the best till last (being the last track on the CD, that is), the erratic almost arhythmic beat of "Lowk" rises slowly at the beginning of the track, joined by the thin-ice brittleness of a female voice and eventually coalesces into the song's first third. Throughout, the jarring, minimalist rhythmic chirpings continue to develop in perfect unison with the rising urgency of the voice, interspersed by a short toy piano solo, until the emotional climax - and then the song drops off a musical cliff into nothingness. Astonishing.

To add to the interest, I can't find a single piece of information about Comfort Food on the internet: It's like an episode of "Lost"....C'mon guys! Show yourselves! You've got yourselves a buyer.