Maybe the most alluring aspect of Lukid's music is the aura of mystery that its nebulous genre mutations and destroyed source material fosters, the feeling that producer Luke Blair happened to stumble upon some tracks in a dusty, unmarked box in his grandmother's attic and figured he might as well arrange them together and call it his fourth album. Nothing sounds entirely finished or laboriously thought out, which only adds to Lonely at the Top's enigmatic nature; each tune rides its blown-out groove or plinking synth loop for however long before gradually fading into nothingness. Lukid's latest is a record full of oddball house and techno mantras woven together by delicate strands of melody and smothered with blankets of fuzz. It's not the most cohesive or substantial record that'll be released this year, but the ample curiosities and moments of beauty offered therein will undoubtedly keep curious listeners returning time and again in an attempt to unravel the secrets of its 12 tracks. Read more »
As more and more young, up-and-coming producers emerge onto the scene of electronic dance music, the veterans can often become obscured. Some have even begun reinventing themselves and starting fresh with new monikers, like West London dubstep producer D1, who is now making house tunes under the name Oscar Luweez. Released this month, his Metempsychosis EP is suggestive of his musical transition. "This is A Dream" is an old-school house number from that record, one which is topped with soft, delayed vocals, minor chord stabs, and an agogô-driven percussion loop that's sure to keep any dancefloor happy and grooving.
Pulling off a musical transformation is no easy task, yet Graham Bertie seems to do it with relative ease. Just a few years back, he was best known as the production half of Thunderheist, a sassy electro duo beloved by the blogs and inked to Ninja Tune. Following its dissolution, he teamed up with Jubilee for the short-lived and tropical-tinged Bassanovva project. These days, he's flying solo as Nautiluss, and if Habitat, his second EP under the guise, is any indication, perhaps he should have been working alone all along. Read more »
Last month, Gary Beck sent us "Hopkin," a booming cut from his debut full-length for Soma, Bring a Friend. Here, we have the Glasgow producer's video for "Algoreal," the second track off that LP, a grinding, teeth-gritting production that passes through moments of anti-gravity. Read more »
London-based producer Ejeca, whose Horizons EP we reviewed earlier this month, sent over his dense version of "It's Not Over," a track lifted off the forthcoming remix EP from Australian five-piece Panama. Doubling up on thumping kicks and sprinkling in light hi-hat taps, Ejeca strips the indie-rock feel of the original song and swithes it out for more dancefloor-friendly sounds. Look for It's Not Over Remixes when it releases on November 2 via Future Classics.
The prolific disco outpost Eskimo has announced the imminent arrival of Eskimonde, a five-disc box set that includes nearly 70 tracks and spans the last decade-plus. The set includes a two-part retrospective of the label's back catalog, a remix album, and two bonus mixes from Eskimo founders the Glimmers. The compilation includes work from artists such as Morgan Geist, Lindstrøm, Todd Terje, and DJ Harvey, the latter of which has given us the exclusive stream of his contribution to the set, a remix of Dr. Beat's "Mediterraneo." Read more »
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