When beat-music bastion Friends of Friends launched its house-oriented imprint Young Adults in June, the nascent sublabel immediately made its intentions clear by offering a four-track sampler simply titled YA001. Opening that short EP was "Jus U," a funky, bongo-laden, and disco-tinged house track that brought the name of LA-based tunesmith and dublab affiliate Suzanne Kraft (a.k.a. Diego Herrera) to a wider audience. Now, Young Adults is putting out the newest offering in the gender-bending artist’s catalog, Horoscope. Read more »
Russian imprint Fuselab sent over this IDM-inspired tune in anticipation of Norwegian production outfit Onego's debut physical release, Bukhanka Dreams. Lifted from that album, "Bug Ten" has a noticeably triangular structure; futuristic sound effects twinkle over the top, while echoing vocals and marimba-esque pads fill out the midrange and a bassline alternates between solid notes and wobbly oscillations. Look for the rest of Onego's LP—which you can stream after the jump—when the vinyl format drops on September 25 and the digital package is released on October 9. Read more »
R&B songster How to Dress Well and San Francisco producer Avalon Emerson go head-to-head on this "Cybernetic" version of "& It Was U" from the former's recently released sophomore album, Total Loss. Avalon Emerson puts her signature house spin on the soulful song, making it ready for play in the club with an added kick drum, playful toms, and bright organ notes. She says her goal with this tune was to "contribute to the larger narrative" of retooling R&B to make dancefloor anthems, and does so by effortlessly weaving How to Dress Well's emotive falsetto with her classic house-referencing dabs.
"One of the main reasons I did Trevino was to put myself back into situations where I was uncomfortable. Getting pre-gigs nerves, thinking and worrying about gigs—I haven't done that in years," admits Marcus Kaye in a recent interview with Roost. While he might feel uncomfortable, one would have a hard time hearing it in his music; though Kaye has spent the better part of the last 18 years producing drum & bass as Marcus Intalex, his recently unveiled Trevino moniker feels entirely comfortable working within the boundaries of straightforward techno and house. However, that's not to say he's abandoned all aspects of his older alter ego. Instead, Trevino's short discography has been characterized by its willingness to tastefully merge aspects of his drum & bass background with four-to-the-floor club appeal. "Indulge" b/w "Under Surveillance," his latest single on Appleblim's Apple Pips label, sees the producer expanding his new personality in seemingly contradictory directions. Read more »
Farmers in Fields of Stars, the new record on the way from London-based producer A Thousand Years, was reportedly inspired by what may be in store for mankind's future, which is apparently ethereal and beautifully made house music. On "Flying High," the producer born Zeké Africa places synthetic steel drums alongside an island-inspired melody made from airy synth pads. These harmonious elements are set to a complex house beat the simultaneously remains warm and breezy throughout. To be sure, the vocal samples seem to foreshadow some sort of vague doom, as they transform from organic utterances to completely digitized croaks by the end of the tune. Look for the rest of A Thousand Years' six-track EP when it drops on October 1 via King Deluxe.
This fall, Hemlock label boss Untold will drop a compilation highlighting the past, present, and future of his record hub with exclusive material from the imprint's diverse and top-notch roster. Read more »
Swiss producer Chief sent over a cut from his recently released Shadows Collision, a collection of 22 songs available as either three digital EPs or one vinyl LP. Clocking in just under three minutes, "Stay Puft" comes from Chapter 3 of Shadows Collision, and consists of a thick, cracking hip-hop beat with a low-octave melody that seems to zig-zag throughout the crunchy production. And just to further align himself with the LA beat scene, Chief makes sure to drop some warped video-game sounds and J Dilla samples over the top of "Stay Puft"'s jittery rhythms.
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