Lots and lots of excellent tunage awaits your insatiable ears within this week's Press Play. We've got the lively sounds of Norway's Todd Terje, Unknown to the Unknown affiliates Capracara, and up-and-coming beatmaker Fulgeance butting up against Berlin technoist Steve Bug's deeper vibes and R&B lover How to Dress Well's soulful sounds. Stream some music, nab some free tracks, and watch some strange imagery all after the jump. Read more »
The Amerstdam-based Purple Maze imprint has offered up a stark, thundering techno tune from Hamburg's Yør, titled "Rushed." The name of the track might refer to the waves of white noise that flood the mix, but the production itself doesn't feel rushed. On the contrary, Yør's track features a stable and serious rhythm that hits deep with blazes of light from grainy synth stabs.
The past few years have seen the Hotflush label release works from a semi-regular cast of producers that includes Sepalcure, Sigha, Mount Kimbie, and, of course, label boss Scuba himself. However, it's unclear whether the latest release from the Hotflush camp, the Blue Skies Red Soil EP, comes from a familiar name, as the record was helmed by a mysterious duo operating under the moniker NeferTT. Details about the project are slim; as we reported, the two producers behind the alias supposedly have versatile discographies that span a wide breadth of styles ranging from hip-hop to drone. On its debut record, the secretive twosome has turned its attention to sculpting voluptuous, retro-leaning beats that uphold Hotflush's penchant for bass-driven excellence. Read more »
You've probably heard of the genre "Baile funk." You've also probably heard the sounds of "kuduro" made famous by the likes of Munchi, Schlachthofbronx, and, of course, Buraka Som Sistema. What you most likely haven't heard of yet is "tuki," but a new documentary about the burgeoning sound aims to change that. Read more »
Despite the pun on the word "milquetoast" in the title of Avalon Emerson's latest track (you may remember when we posted "Horoscope" earlier this year), "Milk Toast" is far from bland. The San Francisco-based producer's cut deals in shades of headiness, intensity, and stripped-down moodiness, all of which is stretched over a bouncing 4/4 clomp and peppered with her own warped vocal samples. High-pitched, unnerving pings reach a metallic crescendo around the middle of Avalon Emerson's track before settling back down into its head-nodding hypnotism.
Life on the internet must be hard for mysterious artists with generic names. Take a look at Edward, the Merc-affiliated deep-house producer who recently changed his name to ED (a.k.a. Edwards Dead) to avoid being confused with another, better-established Edward, whose work falls loosely in the same vein. It seems a sensible move, as ED's discography so far only consists of "Maxa" b/w "Naxa," his loop-heavy and disco-laced debut, and "Burning" b/w "Counterfeit Paradise (Mark E Doomsday Transition)," his freshly released sophomore 12", both via Mark E's Merc Music. Read more »
Following its recent announcement of a 12" for Modeselektor's 50Weapons imprint, the supergroup trio known as Atoms for Peace (a.k.a. Thom Yorke, Flea, and Nigel Godrich) has just revealed plans to release its new single, "Default," on September 10 via XL. Read more »
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