The bounty of Press Play runneth over this Friday, as we've stuffed it to the brim with heaps of streaming audio, downloads, and videos from a viable smorgasbord of DJs and producers. You can watch the iconic Jeff Mills perform live with a Parisian orchestra; you can hear a fresh acid-house tune from Hercules & Love Affair's upcoming mix album; you can stream the opening track from the forthcoming Andy Stott LP; you can indulge yourself in the latest chopped-up piece of beatwork from Shlohmo; you can hear mixes from Bass Cleff and Lemonade. The possibilities go on and on, after the jump. Read more »
Gear: This Week in Music Tech: Machinedrum Ableton Session, Cakewalk Sonar X2, Native Instruments Maschine Update, and More
We've got a complete Ableton set from a top-shelf producer, the word on a new program from Cakewalk, a few tantalizing updates, and—of course—some helpful videos in this edition of our weekly production and technology news wrap-up. Read more »
Italian house producer Broke One (a.k.a. Fabio Brocato) is giving away a free track to celebrate hitting 150k listens on SoundCloud. The tune, called "Polygons and Soda," is another example of Brocato's effortlessly smooth, mellow, and club-ready sound, which you may already be familiar with if you heard his remix we posted earlier this week. Beginning with filtered piano stabs, swelling synth lines, fleeting sixteenth-note percussion, and a deep sub-bass, Broke One's production slowly progresses from a subdued slowburner to a full-fledged dancefloor stimulant. Hopefully "Polygons and Soda" will be enough to satiate listeners while we wait for Brocato's new releases to drop via Lone's Magic Wire label and Hamburg record hub Liebe Detail.
Sci-fi, space travel, and electronic music have long gone hand-in-hand, but leave it to two bearded Californians to take it up a notch and choose Captain Starlight—a fictional starship superhero from the mind of '70s German pop kook and cosmic rocker Frank Zander—as the chief object of their intergalactic romance. Collaborators for more than a decade, UK transplant Simon James (a.k.a. Woolfy) and Dan Hastie (a.k.a. Projections) have always taken things at a West Coast pace. 2008's The Astral Projections of Starlight debuted the duo's first cosmic excursions with the Captain as its muse, and to call the effort a breezy listen would be an understatement. Very much of the Balearic mold, the record was dominated by soft-rock guitars, tropical drumming, weightless atmospherics, slow-burning tempos in the 100- to 120-bpm range, along with song titles like "Sonic Systems" and "This Space." Four years later, James and Hastie have returned to Captain Starlight's universe and their blend of yacht rock, bearded disco, and Balearic house on The Return of Love. Read more »
Don't be fooled by the ample servings of sub bass, muffled and pained vocal samples, or the garage-leaning beat on "Let Me Go"—the style might smack of Burial's influence, but the tune was actually produced by Russian newcomer Volor Flex (a.k.a. Alexandr Frolov). His track is a bonus cut from the upcoming Conspiracy EP, which will see a release via R&S sub-label Apollo on October 8. The label has also shared a preview of the title track, which finds Volor Flex taking a more aggro, breakbeat-saturated approach to the sound of dark and bass-heavy future garage. You can stream that one after the jump. Read more »
Krystal Klear has made a name for himself crafting dancefloor music that doesn't shy away from a retro palette. So far, it seems to be working for him, and even as more and more producers flock to similarly '80s- and '90s-informed sounds, the UK producer is sticking to his guns. Read more »
Though it could rightly inspire a stir of "smh"s and "lulz"s online, when producers play the internet fame game, fans usually come out on top. In this case, London-based producer Lokiboi has offered his LOÖSE EP (album art above) as a celebration of garnering 1000 "Likes" on Facebook. "Natt" is a bouncy tune from that offering, with a jacking rhythm that puts it somewhere between rough-and-tumble electro and gnarled house; a vocal sample spitting music philosophy is thrown in for good measure. The rest of LOÖSE is available now as a name-your-price download over on Lokiboi's Bandcamp.
UK up-and-comer South London Ordnance has been quite the busy guy, lately—readying records for the likes of Well Rounded and Audio Culture, featuring in our Bubblin' Up series, and dropping remixes and videos, too. Adding to his increasing prolificacy, the anonymous DJ/producer will soon release yet another 12", this time for Copenhagen's Teal label. Read more »
The track itself may have been floating around for about a month, but today we've got word that "What You Came For"—the Katy B-featuring version of Mosca's massive garage-house hybrid from last year, "Bax"—will soon see a release via Rinse. Read more »
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