Decoded Sundays presents Snowday

This weeks chill mix is provided by a band currently on tour across their native Canada. Toronto chill out duo Snowday came upon the inspiration for the project in an unlikely source – a ukulele they picked up in Madrid, Spain while travelling across Europe together. Without a studio to record in while on the road, Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner found a new creative spark in going back to basics and jamming with small acoustic instruments they collected throughout their travels. This newfound appreciation for acoustic textures and live playing greatly coloured the material they recorded once they returned home, which ended up becoming Snowday’s first songs.

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Sloan and Skinner have been making music together in various projects since meeting in high school in Ottawa and bonding over a mutual love of underground hip-hop, which led them into sample-based production. Later, inspired by the records they were sampling, with a desire to become better performers, they taught themselves to play their own instruments. The duo began recording piano, guitar, drums, and other instruments to generate their own samples, which helped lay the foundation for Snowday’s live organic approach to ambient pop.

As a live act, the addition of drummer Tait Rowsell and violinist Jessie Lyon pushes their sound in more assertive and upbeat directions, without sacrificing the subtle atmospherics of the recordings. Snowday on stage is much more a live band than a laptop act, although both Sloan and Skinner can still be found in the DJ booth on occasion as well. You can find out more details about their current tour here.

A collection of favourites and influences, the mix is a who’s who of underground talent. From the experimental beat mastery of J.Dilla through to the melancholia of A Winged Victory for the Sullen and moody pads of Chasing Dreams, this is the perfect antidote to a night on the tiles.

Tracks

01// Seigen Ono – Mallets
02// Moshimoss – On the Ice
03// Cafe Lanai – Lanai
04// J Dilla – Unreleased / Untitled
05// BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah – Stark’s Reality
06// A Winged Victory for the Sullen – A Symphony Pathetique
07// Adam Saikaley – Sons
08// Feverkin & Koresma – Golden (fear. Cuff Malloy)
09// Dosh – Naoise
10// House of Waters – Thiaroye
11// Penguin Cafe – Catania
12// Snowday – Safety
13// Chasing Dreams – The Lightless Gate (feat. Earthquake Island)
14// Sinerider – Moments Alone
15// Portico Quartet – Ruins
16// Maribou State – Moon Circles
17// Lusine – February
18// Glades – Facade
19// Penguin Cafe – And Yet…