Dutch producer Binkbeats (pictured above) has been dropping new installments of his Beats Unraveled series for more than a year, and the latest chapter surfaced just today. Last month's episode was the first one since the show found a new home with Boiler Room, and documented the enterprising artist doing a live recreation of Caribou's "Bowls." Now, he's shifted his focus towards the LA beat scene, specifically the sounds of Shlohmo. Read more »
In anticipation of the Musikmesse conference in Frankfurt later this week, AKAI has unveiled a slew of new products—including a revamped version of its classic APC40 controller and the Rhythm Wolf, "an analog drum machine and bass synthesizer module with built-in sequencing." Read more »
Emerging Atlanta-based producer Makeup (a.k.a. Arkia Jahani) develops a dour, emotionally heavy aesthetic throughout his recent Divine Fashion EP, a six-track offering with qualities reminiscent of Tri Angle mainstay Holy Other. From that free digital release, "Vessels as Shadows" is a haunting progression rife with thick reverb and anguished chants resonating alongside patterns of high-pitched pulses. As the individual layers culminate, Makeup's controlled production weaves the multiple vocal, synth, and bass layers into a well-orchestrated arrangement, evoking a meticulously crafted outpouring of emotion in its final moments. Jahani also teamed up with Alex Zhuravlov to co-direct a visual companion for the track, which is said to follow themes related to "limitations of personal identity and gender" in a dark and mesmerizing display of choreography. The piece enhances "Vessels as Shadows"'s overwhelming sense of impassioned agony and can be viewed after the jump. Read more »
Last month, Brooklyn producer and visual artist Aurora Halal announced that she would soon be launching a label arm of her famed Mutual Dreaming parties. That news has come to fruition today with the release of Passageway, a five-track effort that serves as both Halal's debut EP and her new imprint's first outing. Even better, one of its tracks has surfaced online. Read more »
Following the birth of his first son, experimental German musician Hauschka found a "burst of creative energy" which led him to compose and record the entirety of his upcoming Abandoned City LP, with the exception of lead single "Elizabeth Bay", in a mere 10 days. But before it drops via City Slang on March 17, the album is now available to stream in full. Read more »
Leon Vynehall has been busy as of late, appearing as a remixer on a number of impressive releases already this year and dropping a new mix on FACT halfway through last week. More importantly, though, Vynehall's seven-track mini-LP Music for the Uninvited is just around the corner, but before it sees an official release via Martyn's 3024 imprint next week, the record is now available to stream in full. Read more »
Peruvian duo Dengue Dengue Dengue! pride themselves on crafting a unique brand of "psychedelic cumbia" which incorporates streaks of zouk bass, dub, and the likes into its productions. Having appeared as part of the Enchufada label's ongoing Upper Cuts series last year, Dengue Dengue Dengue! will release its first proper effort for the label next week (March 17, to be exact). Pulled from the outfit's upcoming Serpiente Dorada EP, "Banana" finds Dengue Dengue Dengue! cutting up its rhythms with space-age FX and bits of quirky melodies. The tune takes a turn for more psychedelic territory around the two-minute mark, when a ghostly bell melody joins the proceedings and rides out the bouncing production until it reaches its stripped-down conclusion.
Late last week, Jacques Greene announced his plan to drop a new EP via LuckyMe in April, sharing his extensive spring tour dates in the process. Now, the first single from Jacques Greene's upcoming Phantom Vibrate EP is available to hear. Read more »
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