This sensual and slightly disconcerting video comes courtesy of Frankfurt artist Christian Loeffler, whose debut LP A Forest will soon be out via his own Ki imprint. Lead single "Blind" is a heart-wrenching blend of ambient pads, rolling percussion, and softly distorted bass that doesn't shy away from drama, but rather embraces its emotional intensity with distant coos and an elegiac, wandering atmosphere. The accompanying video is in fact an "esoteric dance film," shot with a keen eye for early morning tranquility and seeing the human body as an art form. Read more »
With the Balearic isle of Ibiza resting just offshore and the standard-setting electronic-music festival Sónar now in its 18th year, Spain can officially be counted alongside London, Berlin, and New York as a DJ capital. It's surprising then that there aren't more Spanish artists receiving international accolades, particularly when so many big-name DJs call Spain, well, Ibiza at least, home every summer. Catalonian producer Uner may be the man to break the slump. Read more »
Fledgling Amsterdam-based producer and recent Error Broadcast signee H-Sik's influences are eclectic; genres ranging from instrumental hip-hop, juke/footwork, and glitch, among others, are present throughout his music. On paper, "oOo rD eye" may seem a bit ambitious, but on wax, it is a well-executed journey through a number of different electronic music scenes, as the producer born Hervé Sika warps synth chords and quick arpeggios over fast moving rhythms touched in equal parts by elements of Chicago juke and his African background (he hails from the Ivory Coast). Be on the lookout for the rest of H-Sik's genre-bending EP, Cocody, which will be released on July 2.
Young Brixton producer PhOtOmachine recently released his second EP through fledgling imprint 2020 Midnight Vision, a joint project between Somethinksounds and Leeds label 2020Vision. "Throb" is one of the records' four tracks, and sees PhOtOmachine blending the percussive intricacies of UK bass with vocal stylings reminiscent of old-school Chicago house. The song's tempo rests at a typical house speed, and incorporates sounds appropriate for a late night in the Midwest, but also employs a syncopated, garage-style drum pattern that betrays PhOtOmachine's London roots. The On U EP is out now, and can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
In the wake of this year's Sonar festival concluding on June 16, Barcelona will be alive with loads of afterparties, including the LuckyMe-sponsored Rustie and Friends jumpoff, which will be held at the city's famed Moog club with help from Spanish crew CALOR. The party boasts an enviable lineup featuring DJ sets by none other than Glaswegian DJ/producer Rustie and a swarm of LuckyMe cohorts—such as Machinedrum, Eclair Fifi, and "secret guests"—and also includes a free three-track download with every advance ticket purchase. Although advance tickets for the event are nearly sold out, you can still snag one of the exclusive tracks courtesy of Scotland's S-Type (a.k.a. Bobby Perman). Featuring hard-hitting hip-hop influenced drums and an abundance of synth mayhem, "Sweet Vixen" is perfectly in line with the sounds that tend to surface from the LuckyMe collective, but it's also a herald of good things to come when S-Type's debut record comes out later this year.
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