After releasing the Iridis EP under his Alight moniker last year and announcing that his next record will drop via the excellent Houndstooth imprint, UK DJ/producer Ross Tones (a.k.a. Throwing Snow) dropped a record via his own Snowfall label from Vellico, a collaborative project with his brother Alistair Tones. Here, the duo has sent over London producer Chocky's smooth remix of "Beck's Brew," a cut from Vellico's brand-new The Pennines EP. Chocky's seven-and-a-half-minute groove flows through an unbroken rhythm, opening up with a steady four-to-the-floor pulse before it adds airy synth waves to the mix. Vocals and light hi-hats help keep the textured tune fresh; "Beck's Brew (Chocky's Groove Mix)" is a fine example of combining minimalist tendancies with engaging patterns and a thoroughly sleek production aesthetic.
Veteran house specialist Alan Abrahams has been somewhat quiet over the past few years, as barely a peep has been heard from either his ambient-inclined Portable moniker or his more dancefloor-oriented Bodycode alias. In fairness, a new Portable EP on Abrahams' Süd Electronic label is reportedly in the works, as is a new 12" for Perlon, but in the meantime, the South African-born artist has offered to provide a window into his current musical headspace by putting together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Longstanding UK production pair Simian Mobile Disco has revealed plans to record its next album as a one-off live performance in a small venue outside of California's Joshua Tree National Park. Read more »
Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Golden Donna is the latest producer to add to the growing catalog of Amanda Brown's 100% Silk label. Pulled from Golden Donna's new II album for the imprint (out this week), "Empty Charm Vessel" is a track which exists somewhere between analog synth music and retro-lined darkwave. In truth, it all comes off more as a composition than a track, the song's six-minute run landing on a number of different musical sections, each with their own distinctive moods and melodic hooks. The vibes woven throughout Golden Donna's new tune are furthered emphasized by its blurry, clip-heavy video, which can be seen after the jump. Read more »
Last year, Jimmy Edgar's Ultramajic label inagurated a series of releases titled Metaphysix with Mentalism, a four-track record which featured two tracks from enigmatic producer Aden. The nameless producer followed up his first single last month with a two-track split featuring a tune from Edgar, and has now announced that he'll return once again to Ultramajic with Four, a "house-fueled, techno-touched" collection of tracks inspired by Aden's own "mystical experiences." Read more »
Over the past several months, Bay Area producer Tycho (a.k.a. Scott Hansen) has been sharing bits of his upcoming album, Awake, in a rather tantalizing fashion, revealing the title track back in October, then following it up with LP cut "Montana" in January and latest single "Spectre" just a couple of weeks ago. We still have to wait until March 18 for Awake (artwork above) to be officially released via Ghostly, but as of today, the entire record can be heard online. Read more »
Italian music and arts festival Club to Club is set to launch its fifth annual installment in Istanbul, and will follow the tradition of hosting its event on Easter weekend. But before it goes down on April 18 and 19, Club to Club has detailed the first wave of artists scheduled to perform during the two-day affair. Read more »
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