When we last heard from Memotone, the UK producer was on the verge of dropping his six-track Hands EP in March. In the five-month gap since then, he's been hard at work, reportedly sequestering himself in a centuries-old cottage and going as far as mastering 11 instruments in preparation of writing and recording his forthcoming LP for Black Acre, I Sleep. At Waking (out October 15, artwork above). Now, you can listen to some of the results of that intense labor, the lushly and intricately produced "Suburb." Memotone's track begins with a disjointed stagger, as moody strings and other atmospherics are slowly woven into the mix. Then, without warning, "Suburb" dies out in a sudden halt, only to immediately reanimate with newfound vigor in the form of a skittering rhythm.
We've got quite the selection of sounds for you in today's Press Play feature, including DJ sets, EP streams, remixes, and never-before-heard originals from the likes of TNGHT, Kid606, Matthew Dear, Groundislava, Gold Panda, Nathan Fake, LV, and more. Some of it is downloadable, some of it you can only stream, but all of it is worth a listen or two. Read more »
San Francisco beatsmith Devonwho welcomed summer 2012 by dropping Perfect Strangers Vol. 1 (the lead track from which you can listen to here), and now, he's following up that offering with the release of the series' second installment (artwork above). On "Cabbages," one of the tracks from the second Perfect Strangers collection, Devonwho teams up with Pennsylvania's Swarvy to craft a lumbering production equipped with a barrage of spacey synth washes. The beat showcases a mish-mash of different rhythmic influences mostly rooted in trap, while the lead melody and bassline shimmer with light dabs of purple dubstep. This self-release is available now over on Bandcamp, and precedes a new 12" that Devonwho has in the works for All City this fall.
In certain circles, Roisin Murphy is an icon. The Irish vocalist and former Moloko frontwoman has maintained a lively solo career since her original outfit broke up, and in the past few years, she's appeared in seemingly unrelated places by collaborating with the likes of Crookers, David Morales, and Toddla T. Now, her latest unexpected venture is a silky, disco-leaning EP for Munich's Permanent Vacation imprint, an effort featuring an edit from New York house vet Eric Kupper and a remix crafted by Mano Le Tough. Read more »
Ahead of the forthcoming release of its debut EP for Barcelona's Tracy label, Spanish duo We Like Turtles has offered to give away this exclusive track. So named because of its sample, "I Can Luv U Crazy" straddles a nebulous boundary between two genres; its hard-stepping kicks and punchy bassline are wholly house-oriented, while its scraping hi-hats are entirely rooted in garage sounds. The mixture of garage and house may be an oft-used formula, but the simultaneously danceworthy and classically reverent sounds of "I Can Luv U Crazy" prove that the mixture still packs plenty of potency. You can also stream some clips of We Like Turtles' We Believe in Groove EP (artwork above), which drops on August 18, after the jump. Read more »
Robag Wruhme (a.k.a. Gabor Schablitzki) is a veritable icon in his native Germany. The producer and DJ made himself known as a member of the now-defunct Wighnomy Brothers and as a talented mixmaster in his own right. He's also played at just about every edition of Dresden's Nachtdigital festival since 2003. Now, Schablitzki is giving fans a two-for-one special by curating a special mix album to be released as the first offering in Nachtdigital's recently announced record label. The record, titled The Olgamikks (out August 24), is made exclusively of the artist's own remix work—including versions of tracks from Modeselektor, Dntel, and Claude VonStroke—but also features two original Robag Wruhme cuts, one of which is the warm and introspective closer, "Pokatoll." The track resonates with glitchy vibes; the percussion is wrapped in a constant crinkling that hovers over the mix and only relents to allow the symphonic, Vangelis-esque lead to shine through.
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