Mark E's debut full-length, Stone Breaker, saw its release through the renowned Spectral Sound imprint earlier this week, and with it a slew of promotional fanfare has come down the line, including this new mix from the UK-based producer for the GhostlyCast series. Read more »
Coming this summer, Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds is a double-disc compilation that boasts 35 tracks of digital dub sounds handpicked by London-based dubstep/grime producer Kevin Martin (a.k.a. The Bug) and Soul Jazz label boss Stuart Baker. Read more »
One half of recently featured UK duo Instra:mental, Al Bleek (a.k.a. Boddika), unleashed this MP3 download from his increasingly prolific solo moniker. At a charging pace from the onset, "Spray" feels like its on the edge of some great discovery with an array of blistering arps and a relentlessly pounding four-on-the-floor beat. The production is along the lines of what we've come to expect from the likes of both Instra:mental and Boddika as of late, utilizing sharp, detailed sounds while maintaining a raw, rugged feel via the irregular glimpses of overdriven distortion and distant, blurry pops and hisses. The song maintains this adrenaline-rushed voyage for a little over two minutes before climaxing into a melodic breakdown in which a chorus of bells struggle to peek through the vast layers of remaining synths. Abruptly ending with the sound of the finally defeated bells, "Spray" is a nice slice of work, adding dark, futuristic techno to the already genre-filled list of production styles Bleek and his projects are capable of doing well.
Portland vintage-house ensemble The Miracles Club just released a 12" of remixes for its first single from over a year ago, "Light of Love," which includes a solid rework by Cut Copy, among others. Oddly enough, Honey Owens and Co. decided to put together a music video for that remix, and XLR8R has the pleasure of premiering it today. Read more »
Another artist recently inducted to the ever-growing Pictures Music roster is Liverpool's Dauwd, who just shared a two-track digital single before his first EP drops in a few months. "Could it Be" is the most upbeat of the pair, and exhibits the producer's washed-out style of heartfelt bass music. Evoking the likes of Four Tet and Joy Orbison, Dauwd employs a host of unique synth tones for his soulful melodies, a thick bath of warbling ambiance for his otherworldly moods, and a tasteful bassline to groove along with his bouncing dance beat. Especailly when paired with pitched-down vocal samples, those sounds may not seem terribly novel, but the English artist has a subtle way of making them very much is own. You can also grab the b-side to "Could it Be"—the mellower "Shimmer"—for free, over here.
Glaswegian house producer Frazier Graham is presumably a man of many hats. The guy hits the skins for indie band Vendor Defender, records proggy avant-synth pieces as Alpine Ski Champion, and now he's making quirky house tunes as HaHaHa. With one EP already under his belt and another on the way, he sent us a teaser of his forthcoming output in the form of "Ape Escape." Sharing the playful nature of its name, the tune is a shuffling mix of mischievous stabs and chunky synth bass.
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