The newly minted Sheffield imprint 5ANDSEVEN will start off its discography with the release of the Girl EP by 19-year-old Sheffield native Squarehead (a.k.a. Oliver Ledger). Ledger's record, which drops on July 23, features four original tracks by the young producer, whose tunes have already piqued the attention of Rinse FM and BBC Radio 1. He's handed over a free download of the tropically-flavored and juke-influenced "Let Me Tell You," a stomper lifted off the Girl EP with some sassy, rich vocals.
Last month, Friends of Friends announced the birth of its sister label, Young Adults, and the imprint's inaugural release, a four-track compilation of house tunes called YA001. Vinyl copies of the record are available now, and as of today, Young Adults has unleashed the opening track, Suzanne Kraft's "Jus U." The tune kicks off the short collection with a beat banged out on a hand drum and a distinctly retro vibe that arises from the funky bassline, synth chord blasts, and soulful vocals. YA001, which also features productions by the likes of Urulu and LOL Boys, will see a digital release on August 14. Suzane Kraft, who was just admitted to this year's Red Bull Music Academy in New York, also has a solo release, called Horoscope, scheduled to drop this fall.
We're well aware that LA's don of instrumental, experimental hip-hop (and beyond), Flying Lotus, has been throwing around the title and release date of his upcoming fourth LP, Until the Quiet Comes, but now we're treated to the full details of that album, including the artwork and tracklist. Read more »
Over the past few years, the loose network of LA-based producers and DJs who have been lumped together under the (admittedly murky) umbrella of the "beat scene" has become rather crowded. Nevertheless, a few artists within that world continue to stand out as true originals, one of them being Matthewdavid, the Brainfeeder-inked sound experimentalist who also heads up the innovative Leaving Records imprint. XLR8R actually ventured into Matthewdavid's home last year, around the time his Outmind LP was making its way into the world, but we decided to make a return trip, this time in hopes of getting the skinny on the artist's production methods, gear preferences, and studio secrets. Read more »
Salva's Bay Area-based Frite Nite label has unleashed the latest installment of its "DJ-friendly" digital single series, a tune from Oakland producer Comma. "Twegionaire," which premiered yesterday on Live for the Funk, finds the up-and-comer exploring a variety of horn and siren sounds amongst deep kicks and crisp claps which give the track a lilting swagger. But it's the medley of wind instruments screeching, honking, and blaring overhead that commands the most attention. You can grab "Twegionaire"'s companion track, a remix of the same tune by Comma, here.
Ikonika (a.k.a. Sara Abdel-Hamid) has been rather quiet lately. Granted, 2010 was an especially busy time for the London-based beatmaker, as she released her debut album on Hyperdub, Contact, Love, Want, Have, as well as the Dckhdbtch EP on Planet Mu and a split release with fellow Londoner Optimum, the first offering on the pair's own Hum + Buzz imprint. Since then, however, there's been a relative absence of new Ikonika material, with only a handful of remixes and a single new track, "Fleas," seeing the light of day. Regardless, it appears that her break from the limelight may be coming to a close, as she's offered up a brand-new EP, I Make Lists, which came out via Hum + Buzz this week. Read more »
After writing two records with Alessio Natalizia as Walls and releasing them via Kompakt, Sam Willis is gearing up to embark on a solo project. His debut full-length, Winterval, will arrive November 5 via London record hub Half Machine, and the producer has offered up the title track as a taste test. "Winterval" is a winding, eight-minute-long slow burner that combines the rich, textural atmospherics of ambient music with a lightly jacking house beat that keeps the tune moving forward. As the song unfurls, a layer of warm low end sets in and vague disembodied cries appear momentarily in the mix. Willis, a co-leader of the DJ team ALLEZ-ALLEZ, has released solo productions on labels like Rekids and RVNG, but the forthcoming Winterval will be his most extensive solitary endeavor to date.
Manchester's Paleman is the latest young upstart to be championed as the future of UK underground. The 19-year-old's stock has been on a steady rise since his productions first emerged, delivering a buzzed-about mix for Mary Anne Hobbs' XFM radio show and, among other things, having an original tune appear early on in Disclosure's impressive FACT mix shortly thereafter. Now, Paleman has been tapped for a three-track debut (which also marks the inaugural release of the Fulcrum imprint, a label co-run by fellow Manchester resident Damu), and fortunately for all parties involved, he delivers an EP as solid as the hype which preceded its arrival. Read more »
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