As one half of niche noise act Birds of Delay, Steven Warwick coaxed waves of psychedelic drone from a minimal, casio-and-pedal-based set-up. He's since moved onto greater recognition with his solo Heatsick project, turning heads with a series of inventive releases for Berlin-based label PAN over the last two years that traded Birds of Delay's dense textures for refreshingly off-the-cuff dance beats, once again made with his trusty casio. Warwick's latest, a second full-length release for PAN, is perhaps his most eloquently conceptualized record yet. Described in the press materials as a "cybernetic poem," Re-Engineering is a brittle and surprisingly lithe record that updates the now-historic sonic futurisms of post-punk, disco, and synth-pop to comment on our current, hyper-modern era. It is also incredibly wry; Re-Engineering's track titles are heavy on puns and wordplay, and include such gems as "E-scape" and "Clear Chanel," while the title track features an automaton-like voice reading a buzzword-heavy poem. Moreso than Warwick's previous, often lo-fi releases as Heatsick, many of Re-Engineering's 11 tracks are surprisingly lush and make clearer the dance-music influences that have always been latent in the project; however, despite these changes, textured, improvisational psychedelia continues to help define the work. Read more »
Back in November, New York-based sound collagist and singer James K self-released her four-track Rum EP, and now, a new remix of EP cut "Drunktrack" has come in from L.I.E.S. affiliate Florian Kupfer. Extending the vocal-led song into an eight-plus-minute voyage through airy house sounds, Kupfer proves unafraid to take his time with the rework, as he slowly builds a glowing procession of hypnotic looping patterns of keys and vocals around slightly overdriven drums. It all makes for a meditative rework that still packs a good deal of punch despite operating below 100 bpm.
Layers of sharply chopped, hiss-addled samples and the slow clatter of a half-time beat kick off "Neapolitan," the opening cut from Montreal producer Toboggan's forthcoming Matryoshka EP. Dropping for free on December 17 via The Villa (a collective which the producer helps run), the EP is set to bring four new works from the Canadian talent. "Neapolitan" shows off Toboggan's sense for melodic texture and methodically built rhythms, with the sun-kissed opening chords leading the way towards a sunken four-on-the-floor procession which makes the track pleasantly reminiscent of records like Seams' solid Tourist EP or the work of budding Dutch producer Applescal.
Morgan Geist may have just landed a UK number-one single, but Metro Area remains his most critically acclaimed project. Darshan Jesrani, his partner in that duo, has been relatively quiet since the pair first ceased operations some years ago—the two actually reunited for a run of live shows earlier this year—but his just-launched Startree label suggests that he is still investigating Metro Area's DNA. All-Night People, Jesrani's first single as Funn City, recalls the sort of material the duo dug out for its Fabric 43 mix—if not outright cheesy, it does capture a kind of exuberance that just doesn't exist anymore. Read more »
Set to drop this coming Monday, the Transmuter EP by Irish electro producer DeFeKT will serve as the second vinyl release from Electronic Explorations, the label wing of the long-running podcast series of the same name headed by Houndstooth label manager Rob Booth. Pulled from that forthcoming record is "Skitzo," a track which lunges forward with analog pulses and the steady strut of a drum machine. The five-plus-minute production concerns itself with little more than executing slow-and-steady filter tweaks and gradual enhancements to its undulating rhythms, and that—as it turns out—is a good thing, as DeFeKT's efficient tune still makes an impact without too many bells and whistles. Before the Dublin artist's Transmuter EP officially sees a release on December 9, a preview stream of the four-track effort can be heard after the jump. Read more »
A day after we enlisted Snoop Dogg and Dâm-Funk to highlight their favorite tracks from each other's catalog for the latest Hi-Five feature, a new video interview has surfaced with the two West Coast G-funk experts discussing their upcoming 7 Days of Funk album for Stones Throw (out next week, streaming here), among other topics. Read more »
Save for a quality mix he dropped over the summer and a track he gave away from his collaborative Karenn project with Blawan, London DJ/producer Pariah hasn't issued any music throughout 2013. And though there's still no word of any original solo material on the way from the artist born Arthur Cayzer, we've just been handed a brand-new remix he did for fellow London outfit Real Lies. Read more »
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