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Relax Zone: Poivre’s Hammered

Plenty of artists can create minimal, relaxing beats that work best as background music — an entire genre of anime-girl-doing-things-over-beats type streams exist around such music. Producer Poivre approaches relaxed sounds a bit differently on Hammered. Nothing on this nine-track album ever really pushes into particularly energetic territory — digging into Poivre’s history reveals plenty of collections that do, including some juke comps — but enough happens on every song to keep the focus on the music rather than settle for study noise. Check the skittering beats beading down the acoustic guitar notes on “77” or the warped effects puncturing the otherwise chill sounds of “Bubble.” Sit back and enjoy, but expect to focus on the details. Get it here, or listen below.