This one was a last-minute entry on our records of the year (SO FAR) list, from a mysterious artist named Domenique Dumont. Even Domenique's own label, the Paris-based Antinote Recordings, claims to know nothing about the artist (please), but he/she has created a blissful, dreamily aquatic world via an elegant collision of dub, tropicalia, chillwave, ye-ye, bossa nova, techno, balearic, and every other genre/vibe you could possibly need for the beach...
Here's a balmy summer night jam from LA electronic pop composer Lauren Hillman, aka Kotomi. "Swimming" has a warm, intoxicating vibe, thanks in part to Hillman's soothing vocals and the welcome appearance of some gloriously woozy lap steel, and is the latest in a series of singles that Kotomi is releasing for free download on the first Tuesday of each month...
Doss' unstoppable debut 12" is the gift that keeps giving, as Lexington, KY producer Ellie Herring turns EP highlight "Softpretty" into a shimmery, very chill summer night gem (speaking of balmy summer-y vibes, also check Ellie's "Cool It" over on her soundcloud):