Although the full extent of his latest transformation won't be revealed until Martyn's Ghost People album is released in October, the "Masks" b/w "Viper" single does provide an interesting glimpse into the shape-shifting Dutchman's current musical inclinations. Read more »
Obey City's debut EP, Melted Magic (artwork above), saw its release last week via the Brooklyn beatsmith's own blog/imprint, Astro Nautico, and here we have one of its standout tracks, a smooth piece of future-bass work called "Snickers." Beginning with a few choice chords and some unassuming percussion, "Snickers" gradually rolls into an intoxicating rhythm, pushing forward while flashes of hand percussion and sparkling bell sounds appear at its edges. The hypnotic beat eventually finds its way to heavier drum sounds, with an array of snares and claps (and some deliciously pitched rolls) taking this one into summer party vibes territory. This tune, along with the three others found on Melted Magic, can be had for free over on the project's Bandcamp, and a video for "Snickers," full of psychedelic images and chopped footage, can be found here.
Austin, TX-based solo artist Stefanie Franciotti (a.k.a. Sleep ∞ Over) continues to blow us away with the latest tune to surface from her forthcoming Forever LP. Before Hippos in Tanks drops that record, we can indulge in the spectral beauty of Franciotti's shadowy pop inclinations, which is showcased in full effect on "Romance Streams." Sleep ∞ Over surrounds her blown-out drum beats and thick bass tones with starlit synth melodies, angelic coos, and a thick layer of warbling tape hiss to give her new single a distinct otherworldly vibe throughout; it's like a lullaby from a place without daytime. Needless to say, we're excited to hear the rest of Forever when it's released on September 27.
If you consider yourself to be a true Moog nerd, we suggest you read this one while no one is around because you might come upon an uncontrollable urge to shriek or start involuntarily salivating, as the legendary Asheville-based company has announced the release of a free controller plug-in to use with its MF-105M MIDI MuRF pedal. Read more »
As if the release of his stellar DJ-Kicks mix compilation wasn't enough to satiate fans of Motor City Drum Ensemble, the German producer has lined up an all-star remix package for "L.O.V.E.," the only new original MCDE production on the album. Read more »
Bay Area blog-cum-label Mapzzz—which is, incidentally, co-run by XLR8R scribe Glenn Jackson—just released a new batch of tunes as part of its ongoing series of free EPs, this time from RaveDeep (a.k.a. Dave Reep, the man also behind Elephant & Castle). The prolific Oakland-based producer starts off his three-song Mapzzz EP12 with the woozy sparkle of "Wonders," a bass-heavy track that straddles the line between amorphous ambient music and loosely crafted house. Reep goes on to further explore eclectic genre pairings throughout the rest of his EP, all of which you can grab as a free download here.
- September 18: New Forms Festival 2014 with Oneohtrix Point Never, Hieroglyphic Being, Helena Hauff, Madlib, and More
- September 24: Decibel Festival with Marcel Dettmann, KiNK, FaltyDL, John Roberts, Steffi, Simian Mobile Disco, and More
- October 15: Amsterdam Dance Event with Four Tet, DJ Koze, Jon Hopkins, Karenn, Ben UFO, Floating Points, MCDE, Talaboman, and More
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