Smooth electronic rhythms enhance the inviting stories of “Discover Infinity” by @AashMehtamusic

Aash Mehta

AASH MEHTA, Discover Infinity

What does ‘infinity’ mean to you?  Chicago-based producer Aash Mehta may help you out with that question with the songs in his new album Discover Infinity, which is a follow up full release to last year’s EP Stardust. 

Like its predecessor, Discover Infinity focuses on the softer side of electronica that is full of bigger, special moments.  The stories of love, romance and friendship are earnest and appealing to anyone.  There is a fine in-house repertory company of male and female vocals within that offer different perspectives in their songs. 

To me if you like the stories offered by folks like Above & Beyond and the Alan Parsons Project but enjoy the ear-catching quieter melodies of others like Chet Porter and San Holo, then the music of Aash Mehta is for you.  Aash anchors the album with a couple of preceding singles that I wrote about, “Infinite Summers” featuring Lydia Kelly, and “Say Goodnight” featuring the duo of Capelle and Gavin Garris.  Lydia and Capelle appear again in other strong songs “Silver Linings” and “Edge Of What We Know” respectively, and the album is punctuated, like a good, progressive electronica album should be, by a few interesting instrumental interludes. 

With each release, Aash’s songs and music grow stronger, and I think the adventurous choice on the album is “The Call”, featuring singer Andy Sandrick, which has an ages-old, folky flavour to it which meshes well into the electronic genre.  “Running With The Bulls” is a dramatic, eventful instrumental that provides the album’s climax, so to speak.  The album finishes with its most thoughtful song, “Equal”, featuring male vocalist Rence, which is your impetus to do something about discovering your own ‘infinity’.

Head over to Aash’s Facebook page where he fills you in on the backstory of each song in Discover Infinity.  The album is terrific food for thought with silky melodies that you can dance and sway to, and stories that everyone can embrace.  Give a solid listen at the Spotify link below.

Aash Mehta opens up for Elephante on his Glass Mansion tour in Chicago on October 20 at The Bottom Lounge.

 

Published in: on October 4, 2018 at 7:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Escape and dance to “Take Me Away”, courtesy of Chicago’s CHO @petechosen with singer Brittany Foster

CHO and Brittany Foster, “Take Me Away” (free DL)

Following last year’s slice of pre-Hallowe’en fun with “Howlin'”, Chicago’s CHO is back with a more pop-oriented dance sound with “Take Me Away”.  Despite a rather uncharacteristic start, “Take Me Away” builds into an uplifting anthem of sorts for putting aside the troubles of today and getting away, to somewhere, anywhere, maybe a dance club, to recharge and live your life another way for a while.  Brittany Foster has nice touches of soul and grit in her vocal to make the song real and honest.  CHO’s production and synth work is on point, just the song itself to me could have been about 30 seconds shorter.  Nonetheless, with those extra few choruses you’ll be humming “Take Me Away” long after it’s over.  Download it for free while you can at the link above.

Published in: on July 30, 2018 at 10:23 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Chicago’s Pete Cho @petechosen makes an auspicious debut with “Howlin'”

PETE CHO, “Howlin'”

It was a rather pleasing and unexpected surprise to get to enjoy “Howlin'” by Pete Cho recently.  Pete is a Korean BBQ restauranteur from Chicago turned pop/dance artist who also writes and produces his own music.  And if you’re going to do it then you may as well go big and bold with help from the likes of Dino Zisis (Lady Gaga’s “Applause”).  “Howlin'” sounds great and of course has just arrived in time for Hallowe’en.  That means there’s a spooky video with a few twists, and Pete had his hand in writing it too.  “Howlin'” has a solid overall sound with a lot of punch in its beats that generates appropriate suspense without overkill.  The uncredited singer has a good voice too which adds to the atmosphere.  Check out the video above – you’ll want to hear “Howlin'” again and play it for your friends 🙂

Published in: on September 29, 2017 at 9:22 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Up in the air: @WinandWoo team up with @BryceFoxed for “Chicago

WIN AND WOO featuring BRYCE FOX, “Chicago”

The windy city’s own Nick Winholt and Austin Woo bring us one of their best original offerings yet with “Chicago”.  A familiar, playful melody is set against the recognizable voice of Bryce Fox, who we got to know last year with his own “Burn Fast” (which Win & Woo also remixed).  It’s obsession versus nature in Win and Woo’s hometown as the singer wants an affair that’s not meant to be, even if it was helped by the windy city itself, as the singer pleads till the song’s end.  Alas big cities can’t always fulfill our dreams, even the crazy ones.  Win and Woo have pop whimsy more in mind this time instead of an EDM club shaker, and it all works out well as a whole.  Pick it up at your favourite digital store.

Published in: on June 3, 2017 at 10:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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