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 »
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.
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 »
We can barely remember when LA beatsmith Nosaj Thing released his debut LP, Drift, though the internet reminds us that it was sometime back in 2009. Three years later (practically a lifetime on the internet), we've received word that producer Jason Chung has finished work on his sophomore album, and is offering its first single beforehand. Read more »
The Philadelphia-based producer formerly known as Kid Queasy (a.k.a. Tim Shaw) has emerged with a fresh EP under his new moniker, Bombé. We last heard from Shaw back in July, when he contributed the dark, skittering "Spaces" to the Summer Crisis compilation curated by French outpost B.YRSLF Division, and this time he has offered up the title track from his brand-new Eclipse EP. The tune balances moodier sounds, like hooting notes and guttural bass tones, with lighter and prettier elements, like perky hand drums and glittering synth splashes. And if you're digging the sounds of "Eclipse," make sure to grab the rest of Bombé's EP for free over on the B.YRSLF Bandcamp page, here.
Although we recently featured the up-and-coming Russian bass scene, there are still many producers hidden throughout the icy tundra, waiting to be discovered. One such artist is Volta Cab, a DJ/producer with eclectic tunes that range from deep-house to garage, and have already been released on a variety of respectable labels. "Captain of Your Golden Galleon" showcases Volta Cab's ability to effortlessly combine a variety of sounds—including a shuffling garage groove, warmly pitched-down vocals, swelling synths, and heavy sub-bass tones.
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