Chapter 21 Creating beats in insular times – our debut album „Into The Blue“

“Berlin duo rocomoco have a fuzzy, lo-fi touch to their work, matching laid back electronics to the subtle use of melody.”
CLASH Magazine

From the moody textures, jazzy chords, and lively drum grooves, rocomoco sure delivers the goods in high quantities.“
The Word Is Bond

We love these guys since 2018. I feel so happy as rocomoco will be releasing a debut album named Into The Blue during the next month! Their lo-fi tempo aesthetics have ruled the nowadays picturesque scene reminding us of the good old 90s vibes.
Give it a spin!

We will be releasing our debut album, Into The Blue on the 29th of October via Aviary Day on Aviary Bridge Records Ltd. On our LP, listeners will find the softly caressing lead single, Sparkling From A Distance.  Already available are the previously released singles, Grooveshop with Hoffy Beats, Djeep with Devon Rea, Years and Warm Flicker.

So far we have earned over 10 million streams across platforms, with features on vibe-maker Youtube channels such as nourish., Dreamy, Délicieuse Musique, College Music, STEEZYASFUCK, and The Jazz Hop Cafe to boot as well as appearing on Mr Suicide Sheep’s Favourites Spotify playlist. We have bee been picked several times by Apple Music Beatstrumentals and Spotify Jazz Vibes, Lofi Beats, Chill Lofi Study Beats, Chill Instrumental Beats, Fresh Finds Indie. We have also been featured in Last Day Deaf’s Cool Smooth Chill playlist and received written support from the likes of CLASH Magazine, The Word is Bond, IndieShuffle, A Closer Listen, Stereofox, and Give It A Spin.  

From the press release of our promotion agency The Playground:

The Berlin-based duo rocomoco incorporate a collection of chilled vibes, jazzy guitars and dusty beats with a forward-looking left-leaning edge into their work, calling upon the likes of J Dilla, Nujabes and Jinsang while they do so. In turn, their sound draws parallels to the likes of Potsu, Kruder & Dorfmeister, FKJ and Nightmares on Wax. The album was inspired by rocomoco attending “The Big Chill” event in New York in March 2020. Creating the album required an important dose of inspiration and motivation to stay on top of things in the following long period of lockdowns and social distancing caused by the pandemic dangers.

A crowded room, illuminated by dimmed lights and the casual buzz of the symbiotic exchange of ideas. The dusty lo-fi hip hop tunes provide the canvas for the broad brushstrokes of casual conversation: revolution, politics and socio-economic statuses. All addressed, acknowledged and allowed to slip away into their night’s air to be resolved at another point when the rhythmic tones of the DJ in the corner are pulling you onto the dance floor. It is in this space that Into The Blue was born and developed over the following months, gaining layers of complexity and nostalgia as rocomoco delve into their own minds; The album’s lead single ‘Sparkling From A Distance’ takes ultraslow 66 bpm hip hop beats, curtained pianos and backward running guitars to delve into the emotions when you suddenly get overwhelmed by the sparkling and enigmatic presence of an unknown stranger.

With the album, we wanted to create empowering and positive vibes that breathe a dose of nostalgia and a light touch of melancholia. Creating beats and forming tracks became our way to escape from the daily needs and worries in 2020 when we wrote the album. Into the Blue has been our leitmotif and the tracks have been our constant companions, like pages in a personal diary. Lofi beats are often seen as functional music to relax, focus and chill only. But chilled beats can be more than just background noise. Music, in general, has the power to evoke memories and dusty lofi hip hop beats are their go-to retreats. They are daydreams designed to act as containers for everyone’s emotions, thoughts and experiences.

Into The Blue LP Tracklisting

1. Into The Blue

2. Grooveshop (with Hoffy Beats)

3. Aurola (with Bastido)

4. Djeep (with Devon Rea)

5. Warm Flicker 

6. Sparkling From A Distance

7. Lay Back (with The Hidden and Harry Hawaii)

8. Years

9. Some More Luck (with Tabi)

10. Clouds

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