After he was spotlighted in our Bubblin' Up Week 2014 feature shortly after the New Year, budding London producer MssingNo—who is rumored to have a record in the works for Tri Angle—is recirculating a free download of his bootleg remix of R&B singer Brandy from last year's Production Mix. Read more »
Budding Detroit-based producer Community Corporation recently collected 10 new productions for The Salt Mines, a cassette and digital release which appeared via Michigan's Crisis Urbana label earlier this month. Nestled towards the end of the record is "Grandmont-Rosedale War," an ever-pulsing techno excursion which wraps an array of delay-strewn melodies and reverb-washed textures around sharply programmed drum machines and a simple series of alternating chords. The tune proves very much to be in the Midwest techno tradition, as it balances a soulful undercurrent with a patient structure and a wealth of sonic details. Community Corporation's full The Salt Mines album can be streamed—not to mention ordered in cassette and digital forms—via Crisis Urbana's Bandcamp.
With its Velo di Maya EP set to drop later this month via New York club institution-turned-record label The Bunker, Italian techno mavens Donato Dozzy and Neel (who together operate as Voices from the Lake) stopped by WNYU last night to deliver an ambient set for Beats in Space. Read more »
Seasoned Berlin-based producer Farben (a.k.a. Jan Jelinek)—who has also accrued a wide number of additional aliases throughout the years—is now set to release his new LP James DIN A4 on April 18 via his Faitiche label. The album is named after sample- and collage-focused artist James DIN A4 (a.k.a Dennis Busch), whose previous works were the launching off point for a series of remixes by Jelinek. The German sound designer has since collected 10 of those productions to be featured on his forthcoming LP, including the patient "Lucifer Rising." With a slight nod toward loungey, space-age sounds, Farben's track undulates with vocal loops and deep bass tones while the light, clicking percussion slowly rises to the forefront.
Wedidit crew member and Friends of Friends affiliate Groundislava (a.k.a. Jasper Patterson) hasn't released very much since giving away his Treasure Chest EP almost a year ago. And though we've been told that his next single will arrive in June, followed by his third full-length record in the fall, the details of those releases have yet to be shared. What we do know is that Patterson is just a few weeks away from launching his headlining European tour. Read more »
20 Questions - Garnier Talks Teenage Radio Shows, Living in the South of France, and Paying Way Too Much for The KLF
At this point in his career, it would be hard to fault Laurent Garnier for taking some time off. With more than two decades in the business, the French-born DJ/producer has delivered a countless number of EPs and singles (the most prized of which is likely his 1993 acid-techno classic "Acid Eiffel"), along with a handful of diverse full-length albums, all while at different times holding down residencies at renowned clubbing destinations such as The Hacienda in Manchester, Frankfurt's Robert Johnson, and the Rex Club in Paris. As if that wasn't enough, Garnier also put in 18 years as a broadcast radio DJ in France, where he helped to push new trends in music and discover young artists before eventually launching his own 24-hour internet radio station, PBB, in 2003. Long story short, Laurent Garnier has done a lot, seen a lot, and heard a lot, and if the way he's begun 2014 is any indication, he is nowhere near letting up. Currently in the midst of delivering five releases with five different styles for five different labels (including 50Weapons, Still Music, and Musique Large), we tapped the longstanding French artist for the inaugural edition of our new 20 Questions series; he answered our queries, and in the process managed to share a little insight about how he's kept the fire burning for the past 25 years. Read more »
Budding London duo Howson's Groove first appeared on our radar late last year, when the pair dropped its Blithe EP via Chasing Unicorns. Now, the outfit is readying its return to the label with the Body & Soul EP on March 31, which is preceded by sweeping one-off freebie "Live On." Flush with swelling strings, soul-drenched chords, and a light sprinkling of Erykah Badu vocal chops, "Live On" is an impressively immersive piece of electronic production work. Before Howson's Groove drops his four-track Body & Soul EP on March 31, the duo has shared a new mix to stream and download after the jump. Read more »
Busy Londoner Max Cooper has been all over our publishing schedule as of late, with this week's release of his debut album Human and yesterday's appearance in our Artist Tips feature series. An understated artist who values craft over image, the burgeoning producer's latest video reflects that sentiment with shadowy figures filling out the clip for album cut "Empyrean." Read more »
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