Having previously gained a little bit of attention for his "DMT Usher" single, which saw release last year via Samurai Music, the New Zealand-based Fis (a.k.a. Olly Peryman) has retreated further from his already idiosyncratic vision of drum & bass with his recent Homologous EP for Void Coms and Preparations, his debut release for Tri Angle. The four-track EP presents listeners with some seriously murky skeletal sketches of tunes, which bear only a passing resemblance to the sort of drum & bass that most people are familiar with. Defined by abstract textures, a unique rhythmic sensibility, and deep, ominous bass, the Preparations EP is a release with an eerie, claustrophobic intensity. Read more »
Newcomer Jorge Day has logged time behind a synth in the Plastic Flowers band and dabbled in production work, but his new project, Fast Times, is the culmination of a year spent traveling and crafting his own demos. "Comfort Zone," pulled from his recently released Bodytalk cassette for retro-minded LA label 100% Silk, rides a dusty, drum-machine groove as swelling chords and a bouncy bass riff join the mix and a light-hearted synth melody floats above it all in a haze of reverb. Though Day's track might not necessarily set dancefloors ablaze, it will, as its name implies, bring comfort to those seeking some analog warmth during the long winter nights.
As London DJ/producer/label boss Bob Bhamra (a.k.a. West Norwood Cassette Library) leads up to the release of his 8 Track Cartridge EP for Hypercolour early next month, the man has been sharing free tunes and sizable previews of the music set to drop. The latest of his offerings is a brand-new mix which finds Bhamra giving an aural history lesson of house music spanning from 1988 to present day, and we thought this would be an ideal way to cap off our holiday week before we return to our regular posting schedule on Monday, December 2. Read more »
Brooklyn's William Burnett is a man of many aliases. Some may know him as Willie Burns, others as Speculator, and others still from one of his many collaborative projects. Burnett's latest release falls under the guise of Black Deer, a new alias interested in exploring the more psychedelic-tinged ends of dance music, and whose "Strike 3" cut has been given a cyberspace-referencing video accompaniment. Read more »
London minimalist Kit Grill has shared "Changing Patterns," a cut which appears on his recently released full-length record Mirror Image. The production largely consists of undulating and beatific synthesizer patterns that Kit Grill anchors to a pulsing drum kit. Each tone and melodic structure seems to roll off of the other before locking into place and gradually coalescing into a composition that shimmers with simplicity.
The latest guest to appear on Daniel Avery's monthly Rinse FM show was the man behind this year's excellent The Inheritors album, James Holden (pictured above), and that joint session has now made its way online to stream and download for free. Read more »
Originally produced in 1981, DeeKay Jones' "New York, New York" is an experimental bedroom production that hints at the origins of house and hip-hop. According to the Shaddock imprint, the track did not receive its due back in the day, and so the label has resurrected the song, along with two other previously unreleased DeeKay Jones works, on the Jones Coming Down EP (which also boasts a new remix from Hercules & Love Affiar). Actually the work of two producers—Dennis Kelley and Bruce Grant—"New York, New York" combines restless percussion loops with rugged synthlines and the manipulated twists of vocal samples, appropriately setting the scene for the much grimier and menacing NYC of the early '80s which DeeKay Jones called home. Out now, the Jones Coming Down EP can be previewed via the streaming player included after the jump. Read more »
Spanish house specialist John Talabot is certainly no stranger to crafting top-notch tunes in the studio, but he's also built a solid reputation for himself as an excellent live act with frequent collaborator Pional. So it's no wonder that the two musicians get booked at just about every festival in the world with a quality lineup—including Budapest's Electronic Beats Festival, which just released this live footage of John Talabot performing two cuts from the XLR8R Pick'd ƒIN LP and one from 2011's Families EP for Young Turks. Read more »
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