It's been a year since we last heard from Belgian producer Cupp Cave (a.k.a. François Boulanger, Ssaliva). His last release, NVMB, on Ramp, was a jangling network of abstract rhythms and filter-smeared samples. Now, he's back with a new single for the label, "Death Vessel" b/w "TT IBM," a two-track 7" that follows a similar vein, albeit with a noisier edge. Read more »
Hailng from Austin, Texas VVV is the chosen moniker of Shawhin Izaddoost, a producer who can often be found exploring the more tender ends of slow-motion beatwork. Kicking off his forthcoming Separate Planes EP for Seattle's Hush Hush label is "Present Tense," a rain-soaked cut which laces its simple, understated beat with long-winded chords and a syncopated assemblage of gushing vocal chops. Spending little time on an intro, here VVV instead focuses on the track's gradual conclusion, which utilizes the tune's final minute to methodically break down "Present Tense," elongating its dreamy atmosphere and sinking the listener deeper into VVV's chosen textures. "Present Tense" and five other similarly nocturnal efforts will be available on VVV's Separate Planes EP when it drops on April 21.
Over the years, Tim Sweeney's Beats in Space WNYU radio program has set a high mark for mixes; nearly every major figure in underground dance music has appeared on the program. That being said, last Tuesday's show with Anthony Parasole offered something special. Read more »
After nearly 30 years of being brothers, Phillip Lauer (a.k.a. Lauer, half of Tuff City Kids) and Jacob Lauer formed Hotel Lauer, and will issue the project's first release with the upcoming Brudis EP. "Smend," which is taken from that record, is an animated mesh of club-ready retro pads, thumping percussion, and sounds which seem to reference the duo's '80s upbringing. Sporting a colorful range of activity, the brothers' production executes a plethora of blips and synth loops in a surprisingly cohesive manner, and is careful to do away with any clutter. Before Hotel Lauer's Brudis EP drops on April 21 via Live At Robert Johnson, snippets of the release are available to stream after the jump. Read more »
Berlin DJ and a resident of Berghain and the Panorama Bar, Ryan Elliot has been enlisted to put together the sixth edition of Ostgut Ton's Panorama Bar mix series. Though the announcement currently comes with few details, it does come with word that the Ostgut Ton label has decided to "move away from the CD format" for the series, revealing that the upcoming mix will appear "in a new form." Read more »
Following the release of his debut solo EP, Deleted/Fool, LA producer (and former XLR8R podcast contributor) Jerome LOL (a.k.a. Jerome Potter) has kept himself rather busy, spending a lot of time on the DJ circuit and continuing to build the Body High label with co-founder Samo Sound Boy. Next month, Potter will be extending this active streak, as he'll be embarking on a two-week jaunt around North America alongside UK selector and Rinse FM standout Oneman. Read more »
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