Astralwerks and Blue Note Records have released the fourth installment of Bluewerks, the iconic labels’ collaborative Lo-Fi series where downtempo electronica meets jazz-infused sounds.
Bluewerks Vol. 4: Drift Off is a calming collection that is a fresh reset for Fall. Arbour’s “Near Dark” sets the scene for this serene EP, which presents some of Lo-Fi’s latest and greatest artists such as Wun Two, Flughand, Ymori, SCayos, Mark Raggio and TV Culture.
In the time since the first EP’s release earlier this year, Bluewerks has become a runaway success in the Lo-Fi genre, garnering over 21 million streams across platforms and prominent placements on tastemaking playlists like Spotify’s “Lo-Fi Beats,” Apple Music’s “Beatstrumental,” and YouTube’s “Lo-Fi Loft.”
Bluewerks Vol. 3: Heat Wave hit No.1 on the NACC Electronic college radio chart, making it the second Bluewerks EP to reach the top spot. Bluewerks Vol. 1: Up Down Left Right sat at No.1 on the NACC Electronic college radio chart for four weeks, and Bluewerks Vol. 2: In Full Bloom peaked at No.6 on NACC Electronic.
Back in April, a Bluewerks-themed Hong Kong pop-up shop in partnership with FabCafe provided an immersive experience to fans of the music and coffee alike, presenting a Bluewerks-inspired menu and decor. The event was so successful that a second Hong Kong pop-up was launched with openground cafe. Bluewerks has also partnered with British loudspeaker manufacturer KEF, pioneers of excellence in sound and acoustic authenticity, and will collaborate on a forthcoming content series.
In July, the two iconic labels released Bluewerks Vol. 3: Heat Wave. The project followed in the tradition of the first two editions, bringing together swirling beats and reflective jazz-inflected instrumentals to create a boundary-pushing collection of songs from Lo-Fi producers like Maple Syrup, Burrito Brown, Leaf Beach, and more.
Bluewerks Vol. 4: Drift Off Tracklist:
1. “Drift Off (Prelude)”
2. Arbor – “Near Dark”
3. Wun Two – “Nella Laguna”
4. Flughand feat. obrabts – “Brue”
5. Ymori – “Summer Is Coming”
6. SCayos feat. azayaka – “Starry Meadows”
7. Mark Raggio – “Drifting”
8. TV Culture – “Grenadilla”