Stream or download Ryan Lum’s “Atmosphere ’99” DJ set for free from SoundCloud and read more about this classic mixset — as well as Ryan’s return to the wheels of steel for Savasana Relaxative.
Ryan Lum and Anji Bee of Lovespirals contributed stories to The First Time I Heard book series compiled and edited by Scott Heim, who wrote the novel, Mysterious Skin. Ryan’s story on the first time he ever heard the Cocteau Twins is out now on Amazon and iTunes, while Anji’s story on Kate Bush will be out later this year. Other musical acts covered in the series include David Bowie, The Smiths, and Joy Division/New Order with Abba, My Bloody Valentine, Kraftwerk, R.E.M., The Pixies, and Roxy Music coming soon. Additional contributors include Harold Budd, Annie Barker, Ian Masters, Rebecca Coseboom, and many other musicians and vocalists, as well as several novelists, journalists, and poets. Follow The First Time I Heard on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news on this ongoing series.
A 30 plus minute set of 4 extended club-length Jazz-Step and Atmopsheric Drum and Bass tunes in the vein of Good Looking Records. Classic breakbeats like the Amen and Funky Drummer propel these song with a frenetic pace, while Ryan Lum’s signature reverb-laden guitar chords and ambient synth washes lend a much more relaxed atmosphere to the proceedings. With the sexy saxophone of guest musician, Doron Orenstein, and the dreamy vocal musings of Anji Bee glossing over the top, Lovespirals have created a magically dreamy, late night, uptown vibe perfect for chillout rooms in the club or the penthouse suite.
All of these tracks have been included on compilations including Chillout in the City, The Chill Lounge: 26 Chilled Euro Tracks, Chillout Lounge Vol. 2, Cool Terrasse, Mondisk: A Celebration of 13 Years, and Music for Active Yoga Vol 1. Lovespirals have also licensed these songs to a number of cable, network, and Internet programs including E!’s Gastineau Girls, VH1’s The Love Lounge and Celebrity Fat Camp, MTV’s Made, Playboy’s Celebrity Centerfolds (the Farrah Fawcett episode – bonus!), UK’s Day Trip Designer, various Current TV programs and more.
“Perhaps most notably known in the Goth community under the moniker Love Spirals Downwards, with their Cocteau Twins sound. Frontman Ryan Lum has changed their sound, and shortened the name to just Lovespirals. Together with vocalist Anji Bee, Lovespirals has embraced the sound of Drum n’ Bass and created a masterful relationship. Their release, Ecstatic EP, is a combination of sexy Jazz riffs, mellow breaks, and Bee’s seductive vocals. For those fans of Good Looking Records, Lovespirals could easily be found amongst their ranks in talent, and sound. “ — Hot Artist Spotlight, Mp3.com
“As synthpop’s rise led inexoribly to its decline, some Gothic/Industrial artists have started looking toward other avenues of inspiration. On these releases, Lovespirals [Ecstatic EP] and Claire Voyant [Time Again: A Collection of Remixes – feat. a Lovespirals mix] provide tasty Illbient and Trip Hop influenced grooves and give us a harbinger of Goth’s Next BigThing.” — Kevin, StarVox “Best of 2001”
- Ecstatic (8:49)
- Beatitude (5:27)
- Hand in Hand (8:34)
- Spanning Time (9:11)
- Ecstatic – Radio Edit (3:36) *