Oakland, CA might have a rep for grim crime statistics and intimidating sidewalks, but the city just a bridge toll away from S.F. also holds some very pretty aspects, and ambient IDM imprint n5md is one of the best.
These guys don't use the phrase "emotional experiments in music for nothing." Home to artists like SubtractiveLAD, who makes Eno-inspired ambiance, beat-maker Another Electronic Musician, and IDM-meets-indie-pop producer Arc Lab, the label embodies the concept of adding feeling (often of the heart-tugging variety) to music previously viewed as faceless and abstract. Mike Cadoo (a.k.a. Bitcrush) compiled this exclusive, hour-long sampling of his label's sounds, many of which are from future releases, so dim the lights, sit back, and prepare to drift like the clouds currently hovering over the Bay Area.
SubtractiveLAD - Filament
Hologram - Moon
Plastik Joy - Twenty-ninth Of April
Arc Lab - I Wish I Could Tell You
port-royal - Hva (failed revolutions)
Bitcrush - Fathoms
Last Days - Run Home
Another Electronic Musician - Green & Olive
Proem - Alt Enter The Busket
Near The Parenthesis - Cerda's Plan
Lights Out Asia - Six Points Of Fire
Funckarma - Magaz Stinged
Ruxpin - Those Angel Wings Look Comfortable