Wikipedia defines “aether” as “the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial sphere.” That’s about as good of an introduction as we can give to Aether, a producer based out of San Antonio who is dreaming up some spacious and, frankly, gorgeous tunes.
Aether (Diego Chavez) is all over the board, from producing for hip-hop group Lotus Tribe and rock band The Panic Division. His own sound is along the same lines as Blockhead or Prefuse 73, a great combination of heavy boom-bap hip-hop and dreamy textures from a million miles away. His newest track “Solace” is full of emotion and reaches Bonobo-esque heights at about the 1:30 mark.
Aether also put out a really good Portishead remix last week that was cued to be in our next chill playlist, but no sense in hiding it while we’re on the topic. It’s a great disambiguation of the original trip-hop jam, one that keeps the original’s sexy chill but replants it firmly in UK garage territory.
Aether hasn’t released a full album since 2008 but there’s been some encouraging activity on his Soundcloud page. Be sure to check out the album, Artifacts, and be sure to visit Aether’s Facebook page.