Last month, Barcelona label Anemone debuted with the three-track Heliris EP from vowelless newcomer DNGLS. Here, we have "Downstep," a bonus cut from that record which patiently digs underneath layers of swirling strings and cyclical arpeggio patterns. Covering over seven minutes across its heavy-handed run, the track evolves in only the most gradual phases, becoming a more and more hypnotic affair as its tumbling rhythms chug along. Out now, DNGLS' Heliris EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
After releasing new records from Napolian, Sculpture, and Slava already this year—and with another one on the way from Suicideyear—Oneohtrix Point Never's Software label appears ready to keep its active release schedule moving at full-speed with the announcement that the Broklyn-based outpost will issue the debut long-player from East Coast artist Cayman Johnson (a.k.a. Tallesen) later this year. Read more »
A former mainstay of the LA beat scene, Kutmah has been somewhat quiet on the release front since being deported from the United States and relocating to the UK. Now, the London-based producer has revealed plans to issue a new EP via the Technicolour imprint (helmed by UK producer PhOtOmachine) next month. Read more »
Formerly a San Francisco resident, Josh Mace is now an Akron, Ohio-based producer/DJ who is set to release his Without a Gimmick EP via the Car Crash Set label next month. Pulled from the upcoming effort is "Monolith," a dense production whose sonic weight comes in the form of thick, cyclical chords and detailed layers of dubbed-out sonics. Amongst the tune's rattling rhythms and weighted textures, Mace focuses on a single Nas sample, which is said to come in a variety of chopped forms across the artist's forthcoming Without a Gimmick EP, which will see its release in early August, to be followed by another EP from the producer for Barcelona's Tracy imprint.
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In April last year, around 300 people gathered in Glasgow city center for an unusual party. People brought bottles of champagne and wore party hats to George Square, chanting "ding dong, the witch is dead," and "Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead." In other parts of Britain, on the same day, people played instruments, let off party streamers and drank milk (it's a long story) while rejoicing in similar fashion. They were celebrating the death of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the former British prime minister and a pariah figure for the country's working classes. Thatcher is hated more in Scotland's west coast than perhaps any other region, but she wasn't all bad: she was also the inspiration for setting up Rubadub, a dance music institution in Scotland that celebrates its 22nd birthday this year. Read more »
It's not a coincidence that Lost Midas' upcoming Off the Course LP is slated for a summer-time release; languid guitars, hazy melodies, and a driving, mid-tempo beat make album cut "Archetype Forgotten" a good fit for endlessly warm evenings and sunlit road trips. Landing in similar territory as likeminded producers Tycho and Com Truise, Lost Midas doesn't overthink his task on "Archetype Forgotten," instead the LA producer weaves together sugary melodic lines and sun-kissed tones, rendering the track an effortlessly enjoyable experience. The rest of Lost Midas' Off the Course LP is set to drop on July 29 via the Tru Thoughts label.
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