The ultimate organic lo-fi tribute to Stardew Valley

“Stardew & Chill” is a 15-track lo-fi hip hop tribute to the music of indie videogame phenomenon Stardew Valley. With live violins, kalimba, ukulele and melodica, Stardew & Chill features an “organic” approach to lo-fi hip hop.

Stardew Valley is a charming farming simulator in a 2D pixel-art style. With laid-back gameplay and its enchanting countryside setting, Stardew Valley is known for its relaxing and cozy vibe — and its soundtrack, composed by developer ConcernedApe.

With soundtrack selections spanning from its seasonal themes, in-game events, and places to see, Coffee Date (Evelyn Rivera) and Dj Cutman (Chris Davidson) have crafted the ultimate chill tribute to Stardew Valley. Stardew & Chill features live instrumental and vocal performances by Evelyn, with meticulous production and laid-back beats provided by Chris.

Here’s a direct statement from artist Coffee Date on Stardew Valley, Stardew & Chill, and the album’s production process:

Hi! Evelyn (Coffee Date) here.
I spent many, many hours with Stardew Valley: playing couch co-op with my friends, exploring the mines, fixing up the Community Center, finding love (Leah is best girl), and of course building my own farm from the ground up.
Stardew Valley is a very special game. Its message is about the importance of not settling for a mindless grind but instead finding meaning in simply living life, sharing with the community, and making the most of every day. As I first played the game in a very difficult season, I found its messages unfolding in the world around me, and I fell in love with life again.
Stardew & Chill was produced over the course of Summer 2021 into the beginning of 2022. I had the honor and joy of working closely with Dj Cutman (Chris) every step of the way — even flying out to Philadelphia to work on it together in person! We were both able to teach each other a lot by sharing in the process, and I can easily say I’ve become a much better producer with all that I’ve learned from Chris. There’s a lot of love and care in every detail; we even sampled voice memos from the project’s creation for a personal touch. This album also uses every live instrument in my arsenal at the time of production: violin, ukulele, African kalimba, melodica, piano, and my own vocals.
With Stardew & Chill’s tracklist, I took care in making sure that the album would fully capture the Stardew Valley experience. We narrowed down the selections to fifteen tracks — the biggest project I’ve done! — and I couldn’t be happier with how we encapsulated the game’s story and world. From the seasons to the places to be explored, the characters, and the community; the very moment you load up your save file, it’s all here. It’s my sincerest hope that you can kick back, relax, and enjoy Stardew & Chill.”

– Evelyn (Coffee Date)

Stardew & Chill is currently crowdfunding vinyl on Bandcamp

Stardew & Chill on vinyl

Startup the next single from Coffee Date & Dj Cutman’s forthcoming Stardew & Chill: “Load Game”, a lofi beat with sparkling keys and starry synth lines. 🌟

Stardew & Chill is Coffee Date and Dj Cutman’s first contribution to the “& Chill” lineup. Stardew & Chill is a lofi tribute to the music of Stardew Valley, an indie game hit created by developer/composer ConcernedApe.

Spring is here, and so is the first single from Coffee Date’s forthcoming album, Stardew & Chill! 🌷
“Wild Horseradish Jam” is a happy and chilled beat jam-packed with plucky strings and slice-of-life vibes.

Coffee Date is the project of producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Evelyn Rose. From the indie hit Stardew Valley, “Wild Horseradish Jam” is Coffee Date’s take on one of several springtime themes on the game’s soundtrack

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Load Game
Pelican Town
Wild Horseradish Jam
The Sun Can Bend An Orange Sky
Calico Desert
Stardrop Saloon
Dance of the Moonlight Jellies
Raven’s Descent
A Stillness in the Rain
In the Deep Woods
The Smell of Mushroom
Nocturne of Ice
The Wind Can Be Still
Mines (Cloth)

Produced by Coffee Date & Dj Cutman
Artwork by Sean Thurlow

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