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) *
Ryan and Anji return after a month’s hiatus to reveal all of the work they’ve secretly been up to in their Chillcuts studios. Its a little known fact that the Chillin’ with Lovespirals podcast turned 5 recently, but the fact that Anji’s podcast, The Chillcast, just turned 5 — due in large part to a new music compilation she just released. 5 Years Of Chillin’ is a 14 track, one hour plus collection of music that represents the overall vibe of Anji’s weekly show. A brand new, unreleased song by Lovespirals is featured, as well as a brand new single by Anji Bee. Listen to the show for complete details on the release, including a lot of backstory about the inspiration, creation, and completion of the album, as well as the various relationships the band have to each of the contributors. The show closes with Lovespirals’ new song, “Try To Forget.”
We are quite excited to share some brand new music with you! “Try to Forget ” — the first new song to be released by Lovespirals since their January 2010 album, Future Past — is featured on the brand new 5 Years of Chillin’ compilation. This 1 hour collection of chilled tunes celebrates the 5 year anniversary of The Chillcast With Anji Bee music podcast. In addition to the new Lovespirals track, this compilation also features the debut of Anji Bee’s new song, “Put Some Music On,” produced by Ryan Lum of Lovespirals.
Lovespirals’ pals and Chillcast regulars, MoShang, Chill Factor-5 and 7 Day Visa, also contributed new unreleased tracks to this compilation. Previously released tracks — some hard to find — by Adam Fielding, Mr. Meeble, and The Grooveblaster, Ernesto + Markus Z, Under, Science for Girls, Sunburn in Cyrpus, Steve Kilbey + Martin Kennedy, and Karmacoda (who collaborated with Lovespirals on a modern version of the classic Americana spiritual, “Motherless Child”) round out the compilation. A big special thanks to Robert Rich of Soundscape Productions for mastering the album.
So what are you waiting for? Download this entire album for FREE now on Bandcamp and enjoy!
The 5 Years of Chillin‘ various artist chillout music compilation is also available for free download via Chillcuts Digital Media on Soundcloud and Last.FM. Please leave comments if you enjoy the tunes — and be sure to re-post links for your friends to enjoy, too!
Anji and Ryan of Lovespirals have selected the Grand Prize winner and Honorable Mention of the Sony ACIDplanet Remix Contest for “Feel So Good”! We know that 40 some producers have been anxiously awaiting our decision since December 28, while we’ve been sorting through all of their entries. Turns out there were several really solid mixes and plenty of great musical ideas! Once again, we thought we’d make our winner’s announcement with a podcast, so we could share a bunch of our faves with the fans and give the producers our thoughts on their tracks. The remixes are presented in no particular order, aside from the winner and runner-up; the Grand Prize Winner is presented first and the Honorable Mention is presented last. The grand prize winner will receive a copy of ACID Pro, 5 ACID loop libraries plus all 4 Lovespirals albums on CD, and will be featured on an upcoming new remix single for “Feel So Good.” Hopefully several other mixes from this list will be included in that, as well. Details on that soon… Thanks again to all the very talented producers for taking part in this fun competition, and thanks to Sony for hosting it. Congratulations to Yumenomado for his fantastic “Film Noir Mix”!!!
Lovespirals’ Fave Remixes:
- Feel So Good (Yumenomado Remix) Grand Prize
- Feel So Good (Noizz Factor Remix)
- Feel So Good (National Pool Remix)
- Feel So Good (Def Men Walking Remix)
- Feel So Good (Electer Remix)
- Feel So Good (Kagami Remix)
- Feel So Good (Asilyak Remix)
- Feel So Good (Jack Ketch Remix) Honorable Mention
Check out all these plus 4 more great remixes on Anji Bee’s ACIDplanet page.
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The Chillcast with Anji Bee presents the world premier of the video for “Home” by Lovespirals! This is the first-ever music video for Lovespirals, so we are pretty excited. The video was created using HD footage we filmed at the beautiful Newport Back Bay estuary, combined with footage from the ride home after mastering Future Past in Northern California. Its an intimate video with a dreamy feel that we hope you will enjoy. We’ll be making the video available on all your favorite video services soon, so stay tuned!
Lovespirals’ long awaited 4th CD, Future Past, will be available for sale on Tuesday November 17 exclusively on lovespirals.com, with iTunes, eMusic, Amazon etc to follow soon. As always, Anji and Ryan will personally autograph your CD if desired. And as a special bonus, all who purchase Future Past from lovespirals.com will receive a free download of the album (in 256k mp3 format) to enjoy immediately.
Future Past is the band’s first-ever digipak release and they are thrilled with the results. Featuring elegant artwork designed by ithinkitsnice (who designed the latest album and singles for Blu Mar Ten), with stunning photography by long-time band photographer Susan Jennings, and printed on a high end multi-color offset press to luxurious, yet eco-friendly, 100% recycled Enviroboard™ by Groove House Records, this is one album you will truly appreciate owning in physical form.
The Chillcast with Anji Bee, will premier Lovespirals’ first new single – “Shine” – on episode #190. In case you haven’t heard the show before, it is a one-hour free mp3 download of the best new downtempo, chillout, lounge, worldbeat, electropop, and more, hosted with commentary by Anji. This Friday’s episode will also include brand new tracks by Blu Mar Ten, Groove Junkies, Minus Blue, and Amanda Blank.
If you haven’t already done so, please visit the official Future Past discography page to listen to audio clips of every song, read album liner notes, and view a photo album of Lovespirals’ latest band portraits.
Ambient music legend/mastering engineer Robert Rich explains the basics of mastering Lovespirals’ new album, Future Past, at his Soundscape Studio in Mountain View California. Ryan and Anji listen on as Robert demonstrates how he uses Apple’s Logic Studio, Izotope mastering software, and audio dithering to give each track its best possible sound. Robert also mastered Lovespirals’ 2002 release Windblown Kiss and 2007’s Long Way From Home. But the band was pleased to hear Robert say that the mixes “nailed it” this time, leaving him just enough room to creatively add a magic sparkle to the album. The result is the best sounding Lovespirals album by far; achieving a true big studio sound from their much more modestly equipped home studio.
Robert Rich explains his mastering process to Lovespirals