Laui XIV, Phillip Lauer's latest 12", is made of familiar parts. Lauer isn't exactly a conservative producer, but he is the sort of guy who's often referred to as "reliable" or "consistent." In short, he's someone who knows his way around the machines but doesn't always stand out—his Arto Mwambe project with Christian Beißwenger is still probably his high-water mark in that regard. True to form, the tracks here are well-crafted, but might be too familiar to escape sets' filler sections. Read more »
Live* & Locked—a recently released record from anonymous producer Bintus—ends each of the seven abrasive techno cuts on vinyl in a locked groove, mostly as a functional choice to assist DJ mixes. "Cylinder-Bop," a distorted slab of minimal drumwork, ushers in creepy arpeggios and an overcooked acid bass to supplement its biting percussive range. A preview of the full Bintus EP can be found after the jump. Read more »
Maybe it's because of the impending holidays, but the selections in this week's Press Play are a touch more esoteric than usual. But the best part of this ongoing feature of ours is sharing and discovering new music at the click of a button, so a few extra bits of obscure music should actually make this installment even more interesting. Plus, we've also got DJ mixes, free downloads, record streams, music videos, and more to dig into from the likes of J Dilla, Slugabed, HTRK, Kevin Saunderson, Mumdance, Lee Bannon, Erol Alkan, Vondelpark, and James T Cotton, among others. It all can be experienced in full after the jump. Read more »
London upstart label Chasing Toulouse continues its line of free digital releases with a three-song EP from UK producer Moet & Benson, D.P.I. Poland-based artist Klaves' easygoing take on the title track toys with dynamic volume effects, rapidly fading finely grained synth chords in and out to achieve a pleasant texture. Scrapping the massive snare hits and spoken word segue of the original production, Klaves' trim remix further emphasizes the rhythmic interplay between its stuttering vocals and the taut, garage-indebted percussion. A stream and free download of the full Moet & Benson EP can be found after the jump. Read more »
Earlier this month, the fledgling Exposure imprint issued its fourth release in the form of the Limits of Design EP from CutOff!CutOff!, a "Berlin-based live act." Serving as the outfit's debut release, the new EP offers a pair of original tunes from CutOff!CutOff! along with remixes from Essáy, ENNIO, and Pathetic Waste of Talent. The lively "Would" comes as a bonus track to Limits of Design, and finds CutOff!CutOff! blending together a number of subtle synths and chopped vocals over a laid-back house beat. The five-minute affair slowly develops into a more lattice-like arrangement, with its many melodic elements piling on each other to create new patterns as sparse FX and tuned percussion fill out the tune's rhythmic backbone.
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Last month, we passed along the unfortunate news that Canadian duo Azari & III had decided to call it quits as a production pair. Still, there were bound to be a few loose ends to surface in the wake of that announcement. For instance: the pair's final remix of its career, a dub version of James Wolf's forthcoming "Heart & Soul" single, which can now be streamed in full. Read more »
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