As long as artists can have names linked to celebrities without having to explain the association or reasoning (i.e. Com Truise, Hype Williams, etc.), then why not long-dead political and social figures as well? Enter Karlmarx, the New Zealand-based duo of brothers (with different last names) Isaaz Aesilli and Mark McNeill, who have shared with us this cut from their forthcoming debut LP for the Cologne-based Melting Pot imprint. "Futuro" finds the brothers exploring a symphonic take on electronic music, one in which string-like synths (or possibly heavily processed string samples) flutter joyously atop a subdued electronic soundscape. Sometime between the pair's constant manipulation of the track's underlying elements and the tune's flashes of gurgling arps, Karlmarx playfully twists and turns the song's initial melody, weaving it through a variety of sounds and one-off variations as the beat gradually skips to the end of its two-and-a-half-plus minute run. "Futuro" is only the first taste from this down-under duo, whose debut LP, The Karlmarx Project (artwork above), is slated for release June 3.
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DJ/producer Jason Burns comes from Cleveland, Ohio, a place best known for its sports teams and shrines to rock 'n' roll, so you could understand that we were slightly taken aback when the he dropped this heart-wrenchingly soulful, UK-centric bass tune in our inbox the other day. Called "Back 2 You," the unreleased production corrals all the hallmarks of a contemporary dancefloor heater—R&B vocal samples, deep sub-bass tones, sparkling synth hooks, and skittering club rhythms—slowing them down into a syrupy 2-stepper that'll make you want to slow dance with whoever is standing closest (maybe even grind on 'em a bit, depending). The more we listen to Burns' work, the more it reminds us of low-end- and R&B-lovers like Brenmar and Kingdom, albeit with a heavier dash of proper dubstep soundscapes. Look for more of these jams from the Midwestern tunesmith when his first record drops via Sam Supa's Brap Dem! label later this year.
This wonky, hyperreal tune opens the forthcoming Colortronics EP by San Francisco producer Comma, which is scheduled to drop on May 24 via Salva's Frite Nite label. Awesomely titled "Ken Griffey Jr." (we're actually surprised that no one's used the iconic baseball player's name on a blunted, laser-infused beatscape before now), Comma's production boasts many sonic layers that all work towards the effect of wearing 3-D glasses on your ears, or something. Each element of the beat jumps out from the haze with a crack, only to slink back into the mix again. Synth sounds ebb and flow from the aural mist below, spreading outwards into your peripheries. A goopy bassline sits on top of everything, wriggling in place before it slithers away to make room for whatever unreal sound Comma pulls from his arsenal next. If that kind of listening suits you, make sure to check the six remaining tracks on Colortronics when they're made available next month.
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