Astralwerks and Blue Note Records—have teamed up to create Bluewerks, a visionary new series of Lo-Fi compilations where downtempo electronica meets jazz-infused sounds across a variety of themes and moods. The first collection Bluewerks, Vol. 1: Up Down Left Right is out today, an 8-track EP introduced by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong that features up and coming Lo-Fi creators including Zmeyev, Sebastian Kamae, tysu, Saib, G Mills, hiyasu, and Phlocalyst. Dreamy, relaxing, and vibey, Bluewerks draws its essence from the rich musical legacies of these two labels, each of which represent excellence in their genre.
“Partnering with Blue Note to release the first collection of Lo-Fi music from within the Capitol Music Group family felt like a natural fit between our label’s respective sounds,” says Toby Andrews, General Manager of Astralwerks. “Together with Don and the team, we feel we’ve found an ideal blend of music for all occasions – studying, relaxing, chilling out, and everything in between. Our ambition is to update with future volumes regularly and build Bluewerks into a destination for the space, backed by the biggest labels in electronic and jazz respectively.”
“Lo-Fi Beats is a highly evocative form of music with its roots clearly planted in the chordal harmonics and rhythms of jazz,” says Blue Note President Don Was. “The level of artistry involved in creating these tracks fits right in with Blue Note’s mission of creating expressive and authentic music. On top of that, the opportunity to join forces with Toby and his innovative Astralwerks team guarantees that high adventure will be had by all.”
Watch the full EP continuous visualizer below.