South London producer Louis Carnell (a.k.a. Visionist) has released a deluge of EPs and singles this year, and this latest effort marks his debut for the long-running RAMP imprint. "M" b/w "Secrets" continues his foreboding line of stripped-down bass sounds, but also finds the UK artist tightening up his production technique without deviating far from his established formula. In a brief nine minutes, Carnell's self-assured, minimal pair of cuts presents itself with little fanfare, but the release is still a worthy complement to September's I'm Fine EP. Read more »
Russian producer Hmot's musical landscapes are largely made up of found sounds and lo-fi filters. His Oneirology mini-album (available here) is a collection of seven tracks that processes psychedelic ambience through deep-house mechanisms, binding the field recordings of animal calls and running water to rhythmic structures. Record cut "Tartu"'s six minutes carry an aquatic quality with sampled wind chimes embellishing a steady four-on-the-floor kick. A house-inspired beat floats to the surface of Hmot's production as melodies are haphazardly pitched around and the track oscillates between astral bliss and swelteringly sour tones.
Two days ago, unstoppable UK artist Four Tet performed a live set at the Hostess Club Weekender in Tokyo, and for those of us who happened to not be in that particular part of Japan on December 1, a recording of the music Kieran Hebden played that afternoon can now be streamed in full. Read more »
Shapeshifting Nashville duo Jensen Sportag (pictured above) dropped its debut LP, Stealth of Days, via Cascine late last month, and with the record's release still freshly in the rearview, Brooklyn producer and LuckyMe affiliate Obey City has been enlisted to take on the slippery, R&B-infused "After Gardens" track. For the most part, Obey City relies on the existing music to dictate the flow of his remix, allowing floaty grooves and island-bell melodies to run their course as he reinforces them with new layers of sturdy percussion and an enhanced low-end slink. When all is said and done, Obey City has effectively reformatted the sweet, syrupy pop of Jensen Sportag to make it all the more street-wise.
Previously only available on the DVD included in a celebratory box set for the tenth anniversary of river-front Berlin club Watergate, Watergate X, a 42-minute documentary about the German nightlife insititution, is now available for all to view online. Read more »
New Jersey synth masestro Com Truise will return to the Ghostly label early next year with the seven-track Wave 1 EP, the first proper release from Cruise since his debut LP, Galactic Melt, dropped back in 2011. Read more »
Before shifting its focus to album-oriented releases in 2014, Modeselektor's 50Weapons label has announced the details of an upcoming compilation entitled 50WEAPONSRMX01-09, which will gather the DJ-friendly remixes from the imprint's discography into a single release. Read more »
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