In the age of guaranteed album leaks, music streaming services, and flash-in-the-pan blog hype, EPs are no longer just precursors to something bigger, merely a teaser of what's to come. These smaller releases can very much be the "main event," if you will, and should be treated as such. That said, the follow-up release to Chad Valley's debut, a well-received, self-titled EP, is yet another summery extended-player, but one which fully exhibits the range of producer Hugo Manuel's synth-pop capabilities. Read more »
Specializing in a sound that combines aspects of Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac, Canadian pop duo New Look have been getting a lot of attention recently. The group, comprised of Sara Ruba and Adam Pavao, recently released the video for its upcoming single, "The Ballad," and now, in anticipation of that release, the pair has also offered up a remix by youthful UK bass producer Koreless. Taking the original's retro sensibilities and throwing them into a blender along with a heavy dose of vocoder effects, Koreless diverges towards an ambiance that combines aspects of the soulfully unintelligible vocals of James Blake with touches of Bjork and The Knife. Keep your eyes peeled for "The Ballad" single, which is out digitally on June 27.
Maybe Com Truise's New Jersey bedroom also serves as a time machine or transporter of sorts to an alternate universe where the '80s were less marked by Scarface-style mountains of cocaine and more by blunted synth explorations—but probably not. Still, the mystery remains as to how the Princeton-based designer/producer can tap into such a vivid world where harrowing Twin Peaks-esque synths can harmoniously exist alongside rich electro bass tones, über-compressed drum machines, and an unabashedly '80s sheen. Perhaps the clues lie in his forthcoming LP, Galatic Melt (artwork above), from which this cut comes to us. After the scrambled intro sample, "Brokendate" unfolds into a mid-tempo chug that carries the track through a dense jungle of analog synths and bubbling arpeggios resulting in an intriguing slice from Com Truise's debut album. Galactic Melt is available for purchase now in digital format, and will drop physically on July 5.
London-based French artist Franz Kirmann will soon self-release a full-length album under his given name, called Random Access Memories. This lush production, "Little Baby Eyes," falls near the end of that LP's 11-song tracklist, and finds the producer hard at work crafting airy, poignant melodies and textural atmospheres to shroud his slow-bouncing rhythms. The music certainly has a chilled-out, Board of Canada vibe to it, but sounds a lot more like other artists inspired by the Scottish duo, such as Tycho or Ulrich Schnauss. You can hear how the rest of Kirmann's album stacks up when it drops on June 18.
When it comes to the bass-music game in Bristol, it's hard to name someone more connected than Peverelist (a.k.a. Tom Ford). He's been running the Punch Drunk imprint since 2006, a label that remains highly respected despite its continuing position as an outpost for dubstep. Apparently though, one label isn't quite enough for the man, as he recently launched a new endeavor called Livity Sound. Read more »
After years of running the imprint as an unofficial white label series, bass-loving German duo Modeselektor has spent the past year bringing its 50Weapons label into the light, impressively doing so without sacrificing the quality of its output. Recent months have seen releases from the likes of Bok Bok, Cosmin TRG, Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka, and FaltyDL. Previously available only as singles, on July 15 the best of the bunch will be made available as part of a new compilation album, 50 Weapons of Choice #10-19. Read more »
On his hot-footed remix of "Raindance," a recently released collaboration by Czech producers Dryman Sound & Side9000, Prague-based tunesmith Trusty works the bubbly original track into a supercharged club tune with many faces. A strong dubstep vibe kicks things off, thanks to some dubby sound effects and a slow-grooving riddim. Next comes the classic synth stabs and skittering percussion, all of which scream old-school rave. And squeezed in between those predominate styles is an ominous, distorted bass drop that eventually takes over the whole production. Despite the many genres at work, "Raindance (Trusty Remix)" never comes off as disjointed or incongruous during its five minutes of heavy dancefloor sounds. You can preview the rest of Dryman Sound & Side9000's Raindance EP here.
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