Mancunian producer Nick Sinna debuted in June with the Voyager EP. Its four tracks were, like many releases on the Prime Numbers imprint, largely informed by Detroit's dance music legacy. But where the likes of Trus'me and Linkwood draw from the house blueprints of Moodymann and the Detroit Beatdown crew, Sinna is principally informed by another side of the city. Tracks like the titular, storming opener, with its propulsive electro patterns, dramatic synth washes, and murmured refrain of "outer space," recalled an early style of techno that has perhaps fallen by the wayside in recent years. Granted, there were glimpses of other genres throughout—"Kick The Habit" was laced with a repeating Mikey Dread sample, probably a throwback to Sinna's days in drum & bass—but overall, the glory days of Detroit techno loomed large. The two turns on Voyager EP (Remixes) find rich possibilities in this influence. Read more »
Maze Hill is the new collaboration between producer Andy Highmore, vocalist Holly Bestic, and singer/spoken word artist Joshua Idehen (who you may remember from LV's XLR8R Pick'd Routes album from last year), who just sent over a remix of its forthcoming debut single by London trio LV. The outfit exercises supreme control on its version of "Long Haul," keeping Bestic's and Idehen's soulful and jazzy vocals wrapped around their collective finger, so to speak, with an exceptionally tight production. Never rigid, the synth melodies shift seamlessly between varying levels of fluidity around the high-stepping beat. The rest of Maze Hill's four-track Long Haul record will be released on October 29 via Wah Wah 45s.
As part of an interview on Ableton Live's website, Berlin-based artist Machinedrum shares his process behind the making of Room(s) cut "Sacred Frequency," and gives away the song's complete Live session to further illuminate the details of his production practice. Read more »
Bass aficionados rejoice: London DJ/producer Om Unit has offered up the VIP version of "Ulysses," a mellow tune you may remember from the hypnotic video we premiered this summer. "Ulysses VIP" has the original's same immaculate, up-tempo rhythm and lengthy musical break chock full of ever-present bass remains. This version's departure lies primarily within the bassline; Om Unit injects new life into his production by chopping the tones into racing, low-frequency drops and stretching the whole thing by an extra minute—effectively giving listeners more time to workout some dance moves.
If you'll remember back to late May of this year, we reviewed a record called VOLFE by Pit er Pat co-founder Butchy Fuego (a.k.a. San Gabriel), and we quite liked it. Something about the producer's so-called "mountain rave" tunes struck a chord with us, and we've been following his subsequent output ever since. Fuego's latest offering arrives today not from his usual label, Time No Place, but as a four-track EP that you can download for absolutely free. Read more »
It appears that Amsterdam's Rush Hour label has been busy lately, as the record hub continues to announce new releases with increasing frequency. Just yesterday we got word of a new 12" coming from UK bass patron Braiden, and now we discover that Tom Trago has a new single on the way, too. Read more »
This week, UK grime don Terror Danjah released the excellent Dark Crawler, his latest full-length and a clear signal that the sound is alive and well in 2012. Granted, Terror Danjah has been in the game for about a decade now, so few artists are better equipped to help pilot the genre's resurgence. He's witnessed the grime scene go through a lot of ups and downs over the years, so we figured the London producer would be a good candidate to select five key moments in its history. Flexing his knowledge both as a veteran artist and as someone who's consistently open to new sounds, Terror Danjah has assembled a list of clips—most of which he had a hand in creating—that spans from grime's earliest days up through the present, and it's hard to find fault with any of his selections. Read more »
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