UK house patron T. Williams has been pretty damn busy, as of late, announcing his forthcoming mix album for Rinse and prepping the release of his Pain & Love EP for PMR. Today, we get to hear some of the fruits of his labor, as the latter of those two offerings is now available to stream in full. Read more »
Details of the upcoming EP from Vienna-based, Brazlian producer/DJ/vocalist Joyce Muniz are sparse at best, but the "Mysticdub Mix" of the title track has bubbled up to help give us some idea of what's in store. This version of "Drop in Pressure" is a deep-house roller sprinkled with pockets of silence that accentuate the starbursts of sound and add to the head-nodding hypnotism of Muniz's jacking beat. Her three-track Drop in Pressure EP will be a available on vinyl as of September 24, and will see a digital release on October 1, both via 2020 Vision.
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Native Instruments Plug-Ins, Figure Updates, Free Sample Packs, and Mike Huckaby's Ableton Tutorial
While not many developments in the way of brand-spanking-new gear appeared on our radar this week, we still managed to discover a pair of free sample banks and an in-depth Ableton tutorial from Detroit pioneer Mike Huckaby to add to the few bits of news that came down the pipeline over the past seven days . Read more »
We've got some exclusive premieres, record streams, high-profile remixes, well-crafted DJ sets, unreleased tunes, and more in this week's edition of Press Play. Take a look after the jump for streams and downloads from the likes of UK darlings The xx, Night Slugs boss L-Vis 1990, The Weeknd collaborator and Jacques Greene affiliate Zodiac, Bulgarian house artist Kink, techno veteran John Tejada, Hotflush signee Sigha, and Brainfeeder's Lapalux, among others. Read more »
The latest offering from rising Turkish talent Biblo (a.k.a. Pinar Uzeltuzenci) wasn't on her recent Slave to Love EP; in fact, "Redundant Ambience" was released in March, but it only just received the remix treatment from fellow Red Bull Music Academy alumnus Yosi Horikawa (who you may remember from our recent post of his "Bubbles" tune, and is pictured above). As he is seemingly wont to do, the Japanese producer infused Biblo's track with aquatic vibes, from the watery chords to the submerged vocal samples to the warm ambient crackle that sounds like quiet rainfall. "Redundant Ambience (Yosi Horikawa Remix)" has a lapping beat anchored by bass tones that seem to eminate from plucked strings, which makes the production rock steadily, like it were bobbing on waves in the sea.
As album openers go, one can't do much better than "Darker Than East," from Dusk + Blackdown's 2008 LP, Margins Music. The duo of Dan Frampton and Martin Clark, respectively, didn't hesitate to put the listener in the scene: "There's a police siren going perfectly in the background," Roll Deep's Target said, introducing his corner of East London as music gradually takes shape around him. Four years after its release, it's still a bracing gesture, a snippet of audio vérité plunging the listener into the context behind grime and dubstep—styles that, by the time of the album's release, were already showing signs of deracination. Four years later, it's a fait accompli: styles originating in hyperspecific situations circle the globe, their social content having been politely effaced. Blackdown's work as a music critic and blogger is of a piece with his audio output, using deep respect and learning to fuel his creativity. Finding a balance between commentary and originality is a rather involved tightrope walk, one that's even more impressive for seeming effortless, as it does on records like DJ Sprinkles' Midtown 120 Blues. Dasaflex, Dusk + Blackdown's sophomore full-length, might be expected to follow a similar path, but the London duo has instead opted for another route. Read more »
San-Francisco based DJ/producer Wentworth is giving away his latest percussion-driven original tune, "Space Samba." The production is lifted off of his Mother Records crew's forthcoming compilation, an EP called Buff Tip. The four-track offering features more original music from artists Nil, Mountaincount, and King's Ransom, and will available in its entirety on September 25, four days before the crew's upcoming party at Raven on September 29. Wentworth's contribution plays with the classic rhythms of samba, adding in futuristic percussion over the top and growling sub-bass tones underneath it all.
The latest offering from Pixelord (a.k.a. Alexey Devyanin), the four-track Supaplex EP, sounds as busy as the producer's release schedule. The Moscow resident has pumped out at least three records per year since 2010, and Supaplex marks his third release in 2012. The EP bursts out of the gate at a breakneck juke pace with the skittering track "Been Lookin'," and from there on out, Pixelord careens through cramped and paranoid moods with dark, bustling soundscapes, as if Devyanin was in a rush to show off a whole lot of sounds in the course of just a few songs. Read more »
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