Welcome to "Vibe with Damon", a bi-weekly blog highlighting ten dope beats from the Lofi / Jazz-funk, Chillhop instrumental scene. To submit your music for consideration, use our labels submission portal. To connect with me personally, Follow me on IG!
1. "Caligo" by Moderator play immediately grabbed my attention. Those strings and harps, that atmosphere, reminds me of TV show intros from the 80s and 90s and makes me deeply nostalgic. Really dope guitar melodies float over the rhythm and silky strings. Overall an amazing track for morning activities.
2. "Hakumei (Remix)" by re:plus, Osamu Fukuzawa, Yuichi Kato is incredible. It's not your typical instrumental Hip Hop, but it blends the complexity and intimacy of Japanese melody-writing with a simple, downtempo groove. All the producers on this track are beyond talented. This is the second song from this album that I've covered, but it's truly just that good.
4. "Like Water" by Herr Kaschke is revitalizing. It feels like a sunny day in some coastal city, I can feel the ocean breeze already. The drums are well-mixed, crispy, and the flutes add the perfect touch to this relaxing yet uplifting instrumental.
5. "Ancient forest" by Knob Reflection is a really fun track with playful melodies and groovy rhythms. I'm mentally transported to an 8-bit game character-select screen, awaiting to explore the scenery and story of this "ancient forest".
6. "Jurassic Snooze" by Howie Doowin has some really dope synth work and groove. The swing on these drums is crazy, and I love how it only builds up throughout the track. Great for both upbeat or downtempo vibes.
7. "Noodle" by Clifford, Howden is a super high-quality instrumental track with trumpet, keys, dry percussion, acoustic guitar, and more. It's a great listening experience and continues to evolve till the end. A must-listen for music enthusiasts.
8. "Back in the day" by Occupant is another one of those "fun" tracks to me. That synth melody feels video game-like, and those strings evoke yet another island-city vibe. Really great emotions here.
9. "TIME TIME TIME" by ddddeeellllaaa is a Jazzy, laid-back instrumental reminiscent of simpler days, relaxing at the house. The rhythm and groove is what I love most about this one, the drums sit right in pocket and those chords add some nice tension.
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