Submerse - Slow Waves ( 2014 / Project: Mooncircle )

'Slow Waves' is the first full length release on Project: Mooncircle from Tokyo based producer Submerse. He’s master of adding elements on gritty samples making beautiful and unique soundscapes. That’s that night time music. Let me sit and think for a while type of music. 

Slow Waves is a collection of multi-layered memories, stacked like grainy polaroids in an old box in the closet or under the bed while the colours fade. A young Rob at the beach or on his first day of grammar school. Images of travels across Europe and Japan, moments slipping in trains or planes while landscapes pass by. Memories so unique to his life, yet so similar to the fading memories of youth and adolescence we all have… 

Vinyl seems to be already sold out, so cop the digital release. 

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J-Louis - Soulection White Label: 10 ( 2014 )

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Soulection is back with the 10th installation of their White Label Series. This time it comes from young beatmaker and drummer from LA, J-Louis.

You may remember Mr. Louis as the resourceful young man who experimented with beatmaking on his iPhone in the past. This time, he’s been working with Ableton and other music creation programs to develop his signature sound further.

On this project the sound is more uptempo, but still got that future bass vibe. He’s remixing and sampling RnB vocals and collaborating with oriJanus on one track. 

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Soft Focus Radio 25 / A-STRVYT Guest Mix

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After busy weekend, gigs and all the partying, we came to the studio looking like shit, but still feeling pretty great. It’s the last weeks of summer here in Finland so you must go all out.

For the session we got help form France, BMS and Future Haze member A-Strvyt did a great guest mix and took the lead on the second hour. Good vibes only.

@a-strayt

Cover photo by Helsinki based photographer Matti Keski-Kohtamäki. 
His instagram profile is a tribute to the beautiful city we live in.

MATTI KESKI-KOHTAMÄKI


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Tracklist

Ink

YUMO: Future Nubian Queen (Pt II)
Basecamp: Rydia
4Real: Settle For My Love
KidGhost: Love Me Now
Submerse: Struck Out
AbJo: Infinite Y’all (Souls Of Mischief) [AbJo Refix]
Foisey.: It’s Like.Tht
Allan Kingdom ft. Spooky Black: Wavey
Tapes: The Blue Room
Akouo: Seas Roll On
SassyKitty x Dreems: A Second
I’m From Finland: Limbo
Submerse: Approaching Ends
JL: What U Do
Luke Picket: LYIW [Soft Glas Remix]

Sammy Jam

Rey Ruccio: Memories
Rey Ruccio: Beyond The Boundary
KR$CHN: Trauma
KidGhost: Wonderful
Rome Fortune ft. Candice Mims: Cool Too
Lyrica: All The Way [Guffstar Edit]
GRXGVR: KLINK
Wyattmusic: Attention
KURAK: Notes [Deep Shoq Remix]
Soul_Brk: SNSVXL
JL: Never Have
OBESØN: Alone
Thatday: It’s All Yours

A-STRVYT [1:07:20 - 1:53:20]

PARTYNEXTDOOR: Options [Axxxxgxxx Remix]
Justin Bieber: Change Me [OBESØN Edit]
TVNE: Love & Lingerie
Kaytranada ft. Shay Lia: Leave Me Alone
10A: Long Time Coming
Vanessa Elisha: Ocean [Seywood Remix]
Aywy. & Ekali: Your Love
Yung Lean: Kyoto [Habstrakt Flip]
JAHKOY: Poison [P. C. Justice & Fortune]
MadBliss: Your Flaws
SkulkMuzik: Ho No
Lucas: Keep U Warm
Rich Beatz & Fortune: Dive
Berlioz: San Juan Sunset
Abhi//Dijon: Let You Know [MisterMack Version]
Twenty9: So Far Ahead
Ciara: Sorry [Dave Luxe Refix]
Haan808: Beyreza
Break.: The Morning After
Ellie Goulding: Tessellate [Kojo Refix]
Doja Cat: So High
Nujabes: Mystline [Abjo Refix]
Rome Fortune: Get The Guap [Chris McClenney & Fortune Remix]
R.O.M.: You Everything
Spooky Black: Without You [Great Dane Bootleg]

Sammy Jam

Kuma: Beneath The Flowers
Jordan Rakei ft. Gwen Bunn: Street Light

Rey Ruccio - Electrik Dream Pt. III (2014)

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Rey Ruccio dropped this mangificent album last month. Been going back to it times and times again after that. It is what the title says really, a perfect trip to the dream land painted vivid by Rey’s electronic beats. This would be a perfect sonical backdrop for a night ride around a sleeping metropol on your fixie bike. Just cruising with no destination, enjoying the night vibes to the these delightful sounds.

- Sammy Jam

Soulection x Europa Tour Round I x Stockholm

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Back in June Soulection fam did their first tour in Europe. We travelled to Swedish capital Stockholm to see them live. Joe Kay, The Whooligan, Esta and Mr.Carmack offered good vibes for the growing audience on this intimate outdoor venue. 

Our goal is to bring these cats to Finland in the near future. So Soulection fam, if you guys see this, holla!

Photos by Ink.

YUMO - Immigrant Sound EP ( 2014 )

We played a lot of tracks from YUMO when he started to throw them on Soundcloud. Recently we haven’t heard new music from him and that’s because he was working on this new EP called ‘Immigrant Sound’.  

YUMO, hailing from Brisbane, Australia, has a nice unique style. On the EP, there’s slower tracks like ‘Roger dat’ and ‘Future Nubian Queen (Pt II)’ and uptempo cuts ‘Pon dem’ and ‘Liquid’. But it doesn’t matter what the tempo is, every track has a cool little bounce, YUMO trademark. Even though there’s lots of things happening on these tracks, he manages to keep everything on place, making a beautiful and smooth mixture of carefully selected sounds. He’s throwing new elements in when you least expect it. I would like to specifically mention horns and how they blend in.

It’s hard to select my favorite tune. I like the soulful future groove ‘Future Nubian Queen (Pt II)’, but I’m also more than happy to hear Jordan Rakei on YUMO production, together they are making EP’s last cut ‘Liquid’ a real masterpiece. 

Buy the EP from bandcamp.

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kuma - BERA EP (2014)

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L.A. based kuma (repping Flow-Fi) has been a constant feature on the Soft Focus shows for some time and now he’s back with a beautiful two-track EP paying homage to the likes of Lupe Fiasco, Kanye, Blue Scholars and Freddie Joachim. These are all acts that I also have been listening to a lot during the years so you already know I felt the vibe right away.

Here’s what the artist has to say about the project:

"A few months ago, I found myself listening to the music I listened to heavily in high school. A lot of it was Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Blue Scholars, and Freddie Joachim. One of the records I was listening to was Lupe’s ‘Food And Liquor.’ I heard "Daydreamin’" for the first time in years and immediately went to work on a new tune, sampling Jill Scott’s lovely singing, which would ultimately become "Beneath The Flowers." 

I don’t really remember starting the writing for “I’ll See You Later,” but it’s wutevz tho, iz emotional af. 

Hope you can get a piece of who I am from these joints and enjoy the short journey of the BERA EP”

- Sammy Jam

Soft Focus Radio 24

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This time we had to make a pre-recorded show, because we couldn’t make it to the studio. We’re lucky that we can tour this beautiful country this summer. And it happens to be a very hot one at least here in Finland, with longest heatwave in 26 years. We feel nothing but happy about it!

And here’s our selections for sunny days. Two hour long seamless mix from Soft Focus head honchos Ink and Sammy Jam. Hope you guys enjoy it!

Cover photo by Helsinki based photographer Matti Keski-Kohtamäki. 
His instagram profile is a tribute to the beautiful city we live in.

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www.livelovehelsinki.tumblr.com/


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Tracklist

Ink

Illusive: Safe (with you)
Janet Jackson: Someone To Call My Lover [Seiho Remix]
Patchley: Make U Float
Janet Jackson: Alright [Tails Redo]
Mom Tudie x Tom Misch: Wait [RicoWright Remix]
Rgry: Good2U
Wes Pendleton: Be Alright
Majid Jordan: A Place Like This
Giorgio Oehlers: I Rise
Da-P dabeatX: Tortoise
Mincha: Tales For Her
Linkz: Someone Like You
Majid Jordan: U
Harris Cole ft. IanEwing: Mistakes/Regret/Forgiveness
LeXus: Blue Raspberry [Prod. by Giorgio Oehlers]
The Weekend: Often [Kygo Remix]
Mecca:83: The Inbetween
PYRMDPLAZA: softeR
Pat Lok: Needy [Robo Taki Remix]
Gordon City ft. Laura Welsh: Here For You [Bearcubs Remix]
Rubio Druid: Harmony Cloud
Future: Honest [Tails Redo]
Soh Yung: Sierra
Wulves: Dive
Elcee: Adaption [Prod. by Fluence]
R.Kelly x Keri Hilson: Number One [Elkco Edit]

Sammy Jam

Kanye West: Diamonds From Sierra Leone [Ekany Edit]
Lupe Fiasco: Kick Push [El.Train Remix]
Dope: Shlohme & Jeremih [Su Na Remix]
C r o s s a n: Hazed
Su Na ft. Maesu: Attached
Drake: The Language [Myth Syzer Remix]
Obey City: Wait
Josh Pan x Kuma: Submission
Klimeks: Shards
Sinah ft. Phoenix Troy: Just Ok [Deep Shoq]
Seiho: Double Bed
Fujimoto Tetsuro: Dramas
CONGRUENCE: Let Go
Rihanna: You Da One [Wind0zz Remix]
Future ft. Kanye West: I Won [Powercord Remix]
Nathree ft. Dasu: Lullaby Song
Yosef The Soul: Look In Your Love
Niko Javan ft. Sudie: Affection
Alper Atrek: Ok
NEET: Empyrean
Myth Syzer ft. Kaytranada: Widescreen
The Code: How Many Drinks
Nathree: Dasu
Chris Brown: Loyal [SirOJ Edit (Sam Timba Remix)]

Jakarta Records - Summer In jakarta ( 2014 )

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On the last day of July Jakarta Records released their summer compilation ‘Summer In Jakarta’. Big names on this one, 20syl, Ta-Ku, Mura Masa, IAMNOBODI Mndsgn and more. Tunes for the rest of the summer.

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Seiho + Obey City - Shochu Sounds EP ( 2014 )

I’m a big fan of both artist and I’ve been waiting for new material to drop. For some reason and somehow I’ve been sleeping on this and I had to admit, I didn’t know they released EP together few months ago.

I stumbled to this on soundcloud today and I really haven’t heard any of these tracks before, so this kinda makes it for me. ‘New’ release from both. Thank you. Two tracks from Seiho and two tracks from Obey City. ‘Scochu Sounds’ EP is everything you can expect from these guys. Laid back yet dramatic. Release was back in February via Perfect Touch.

Buy on iTunes

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