UK electro-pop producer Chad Valley drops his new EP, Equatorial Ultravox, on Cascine on June 20. He has also teamed up with director Lucy Bridger to create a video for opening track "Now That I'm Real (How Does It Feel?)," a light-hearted black-and-white clip in which a playfully intertwined young woman and man are enraptured by a glass sphere. Read more »
After years of operating as separate entities, sister labels Slit Jockey and Seclusiasis have teamed up to offer a series of free promo singles under the name Seclus Jockey. The idea behind the series is to showcase unique collaborations and remixes that seem to fall in between both labels spectrum of sound and to highlight the relationship between them. The first single released, "Lunge", is a collaborative effort from UK producer Sduk and Rotterdam beatmaker Halp (pictured above), the result of which is a hard-edged, arpeggio-laden, 8-bit number. "Lunge" opens with a saw-wave melody that gives way to the half-time drop. Heavily-overdriven bass and cleverly-distorted drums push the track forward underneath the shiny, arpeggiated square-wave lead. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Seclus Jockey releases and grab "Lunge" below.
This latest cut to leak from the prolific London-based tunesmith known as Slugabed comes from a brand-new EP that just dropped via the producer's new label home, Ninja Tune. "Heck Flex" is the second track on the Moonbeam Rider EP, and sounds quite a bit like that record's title; the production's opening synth has a kind of wavering glow reminiscent of a full moon, and once Slugabed's slow-grooving beat drops, you certainly get the feeling you're riding his futuristic G-funk vibes into space. We expect the other five tunes that make up Slugabed's EP will complete the soundtrack for that intergalactic journey in similar fashion.
Formerly residing in Paris and now based in Berlin, producer/DJ Rone has turned in this enthralling video for the title track of his recently released EP, So So So. Beautifully animated thanks to Studio Fünf, the video begins as a Harvey Pekar-esque story of desolation before turning into an astounding explosion of cartoon fireworks and swirling psychedelic shapes and colors. Only matched in its mesmerizing powers by Rone's heavenly, contemplative track, the pairing is awesome in the truest sense of the word. So So So and Rone's forthcoming sophomore full-length can be found on Paris' In Finé imprint. Read more »
Producer Ben Thomas likes to be cut off from the outside world, making music when no one is around, or even awake. “I like to shut off outside influences as much as possible, and always work at night when everyone else is asleep," says the producer, known in our world as BNJMN. Read more »
The UK-based production duo of Gavin Miller and Thomas Ragsdale might be best known as Worriedaboutsatan, but the pair have since created Ghosting Season, a new musical outlet focused on the fusion of classical instrumentation, cinematic post-rock sounds, and UK bass music. Like on "Exercise Us," taken from the duo's forthcoming Far End of the Graveyard EP, Miller and Ragsdale lay the groundwork of their tunes with haunting string sections—often sounding like they were ripped straight from an understated indie thriller—before heaping flitty percussive sounds, throbbing basslines, dense aural atmospheres, and other ghostly sound effects over the moody tones. It conjures something akin to what Demdike Stare might sound like if they weren't glued to their dollar-bin discoveries. You can hear more of Ghosting Season's EP when the outfit releases it themselves later this month.
Adventurous Russian producer Bop has just released The Amazing Adventures of One Curious Pixel (artwork above), his sophomore album which features "Inercontinental Meltdown" along with eight other originals and one remix. Bop's production style is perhaps too easily described as "hybrid," seeing as he can be found pulling from a wide-range of sound sources and genres, which for this MP3, culminates into a microhouse-meets-minimal-dubstep-meets-chiptune endeavor. Juxtaposing 8-bit percussion with dense low-end rumblings, the St. Petersburg-based producer twists and turns a distant vocal and string sample which eventually reveals itself to be pulled from a decades-old Indian-sounding tune. Despite all the disparate elements, Bop deftly manages to fit the pieces together into one intriguingly cohesive unit. The Amazing Adventures of One Curious Pixel is out now in digital and 12" vinyl fomat.
As we draw closer to the July 12 release of Washed Out's new LP, Within and Without, the first-generation chillwaver has tapped a few like-minded producers to give the album's lead single the remix treatment for a forthcoming 12". Alongside reworks from Starslinger and Lovelock is this icy take on "Eyes Be Closed" from Montreal's resident dream-pop enchantress Grimes (pictured above), who buries the original song beneath layers of her own snowy vocal whisperings. Exercising a generous amount of remix prowess, Grimes does not allow the tune to approach any sort of tangible beat for a good while, choosing instead to pile distant soundscapes together, effectively drawing Washed Out further into the depths of stark ambiance than he's previously ventured. Of course, a beat eventually makes its way through the fog, and, of course, it's a glistening slice of blissful electro, and, of course, it all culminates in another solid production, adding more fuel to the fire that is our growing affinity for Grimes' work. (via FACT)
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