German composer Nils Frahm (pictured above) broke his thumb, a tradegy for anyone, but particularly for a pianist. In response, Frahm composed a nine-track "mini album" with his remaining functional nine fingers, and called it Screws after the four screws he now has in his thumb. Despite the horror story, Screws, which is available for free download, is about as mellow as it comes, with simple piano melodies slowly and quietly floating in the air like clouds. Argentina-based artist Plasma Rüby offered us his take on "Si," where he added a bit of electronics into the mix while maintaining the serenity of Frahm's original. This track will be offered as a part of a package of remixes inspired by Screws, which will also be available for free download via Frahm's website on December 3, the same day Frahm's mini-album will be officially released via Erased Tapes.
Listening to Andy Stott's distinctive brand of dark and sludgey dub-techno, one might imagine that the Manchester producer crafts his work in a lightless bunker or some dank, cobweb-strewn studio full of esoteric keyboards with giant dials—basically, a place with a proper mad-scientist vibe. As it turns out, the truth is far less ominous. Until recently, Stott could be found piecing together his dense tracks in the dining room of his apartment, but just a few weeks ago, he set up shop in the corner of a friend's photography studio. Considering the sounds found on the Manchester producer's breathtaking pair of 2011 EPs, We Stay Together and Passed Me By, and now the ambitous Luxury Problems full-length, we were understandably curious to find out more about Stott's process and jumped at the chance to take a look around his new space. Read more »
Over the past two years, Tensnake's career has largely consisted of the German producer carefully tip-toeing around a proper follow-up to "Coma Cat," the all-everything jam that established him as the hotly tipped house maven he is today. While nothing Tensnake has released since has breached those heights, the scant few singles he's offered—"Mainline," for Defected, is just his fourth post-"Coma Cat" offering, counting the Live package—have all been built on the same tenet that "Coma Cat" was: that fans of underground dance music appreciate shameless, bold anthems as much as anyone, and that fists can pump as righteously in Berlin as they do in Ibiza, given the right soundtrack. Read more »
The Cleveland native known as Freeze-Tag (a.k.a. Marcus Alan Ward) first debuted under his production moniker last year, and he's since followed up with his cover of Little Dragon's "Twice," a song that creates a sense of creepy melancholy that its video matches with an undead-feeling shadow animation. Freeze-Tag's version is also haunting, but more electric; the downtempo keys and swells of orchestral strings on the original are replaced by digital touches, like pulsing bass tones and astral, reverb-drenched synths. He adds a personal flare by singing the lyrics himself, employing a silky R&B croon to overlay the hazy and beatless soundscape.
When Matthias Zimmermann first popped up last year on Sound Pellegrino with the Isla Dub EP, the German producer appeared a bit unsure of how exactly to channel his talent—his debut release split equally between melodious, tropical-tinged house music and darker, more cacophonous club fare. A string of similarly worthwhile EPs followed, but Zimmermann still sounded unsure of exactly what shape his various affinities should take. With his latest release, it appears Zimmerman's search for his own sound is still underway, but not without landing in some intriguing territory along the way. Read more »
British label Immersed Audio has announced a forthcoming collaborative release from Pablo Rocc (a.k.a. Jason Foreman of 2SuckaDJs) and Lakosa (a.k.a. Steffan Smith), which will drop exclusively via Juno on November 12. The pair, purportedly a father-son duo, helmed two tracks each and worked together on the record's title track, which they have offered up as a sample of what's to come. Although the song's name suggests a level of emergency, "Code Red" is nice and clean, with woozy synth swipes and echoing diva vocals mingling in warm, alert house vibes.
Following the announcement we received last month, Drew Lustman (a.k.a. FaltyDL) has shared the full details of the follow up to his awesome 2011 LP, You Stand Uncertain, a proper full-length album set to drop via Ninja Tune early next year. Read more »
Alixander III (a.k.a. one half of last week's XLR8R podcasters Azari & III) and Toronto-based artist Gingy (a.k.a. one half of Turbo signees Gingy & Bordello) are readying a five-track EP to be released a week from today via Alixander III's own Idol Hanse imprint. Read more »
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