Taking a step back from its work on the dancefloors of the world, UK label Pictures Music branches out from releasing high-tempo bass music with a new EP from Essex-based producer Stuart Howard (a.k.a. Lapalux). The 22-year-old artist seems to prefer crafting chopped rhythms, slow-moving bass grooves, sporadic sample flurries, and other handmade audio treats, as opposed to the kinds of slick club burners we're used to hearing from his new label home—and that's just fine with us. Like on the fractured sounds of "Time Spike Jamz," Lapalux's formula exposes the bones of his productions, allowing the listener a chance to see the many ideas that float and flutter about inside his musical mind, but not without leaving us with a fully formed jam before the track's end. Expect more of those revealing sounds when Howard's Many Faces Out of Focus drops as limited-edition cassette and digital download on April 18.
In preparation for the release of her debut LP, On a Mission, burgeoning UK dance music chanteuse Katy B (pictured above) just dropped her "Broken Record" single this month via Rinse, which boasts remixes from an array of house, garage, and UK funky producers. Read more »
Caught somewhere between the hip-hop sensibilities of beat music, the unabashed hook obsession of chillwave, and the ghostly moods of witch house you'll find Jack Colleran (a.k.a. Moths), a 17-year-old tunesmith who calls Ireland home. "Summer" is the latest track to drop on the internet from young Colleran, and it gathers those aforementioned contemporary sounds into one minimalist production boasting a sheen that belies the creator's age and brief musical career. Moths' quasi-tropical hook dances nimbly over a half-time groove, buried vocal coos, and the subtlest of molasses-paced basslines—rarely veering from its original formula. With only four original tunes under his belt, it'll certainly be interesting to see where this hungry artist takes his influences next.
UK dark-pop hub Tri Angle has its fourth release scheduled to drop on June 6 by Manchester's Holy Other, a five-song EP called With U (pictured above). Following the producer's first "Yr Love" single (check out the Magick Mountain remix of that here), "Touch" is the latest tune to leak from Holy Other's debut, and follows suit with those deep, brooding soundscapes and vocal-sample soul pitched down to perfection. But while this track doesn't stray too far from the familiar palette of sullen moods and somber melodies, it somehow manages to let in a bit of light through the cracks of its isolation chamber. Bright flashes of electronics cut through the dense sub tones and slow-grooving beat work that make up most of "Touch" to join the ethereal reverb washes dripping from the Burial-esque sample play, and effectively give Holy Other's jam just the slightest shimmer in the midst of an otherwise murky atmosphere.
Last summer, we heard from the duo of Greg Zifack (formerly of the hyper-ravey Eats Tapes duo) and Bobby Browser, who were jointly operating as Global Warning. Now the duo has resurfaced under a new guise, Wav Dwgs, and have unveiled a handful of new tracks, including this remix from fellow San Francisco-based producer Roche. Where the original version of "Age" weaves elements in and out of its repeated synth stabs, Roche sends those stabs to the back of the line, instead focusing on a barrage of overdriven percussion, and bouncing, syncopated synth lines. Throw in a mechanically precise drum machine driving the whole affair and this one is sure to prove satisfying for even the most yearning of hardware-based techno fiends.
It was late August of last year when beloved DJ and radio host Mary Anne Hobbs shared the news that she was resigning from her position at BBC Radio 1 to pursue an advisory job at the University of Sheffield, but less than a year later, the revered tastemaker has announced her return to the airwaves. Read more »
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