It's been a year since Carnal, their first collaboration, but Cassegrain & Tin Man are back for another round. The trio (Cassegrain is a duo) finds common ground in acid, and seems to find a particular pleasure in molding the telltale 303 sound into rarely heard shapes. Considering Tin Man's Neo Neo Acid LP from last year, which replaced the artist's melancholy vocals (which permeate much of the rest of his catalog) with instrumental dancefloor anthems, High and Low feels like a natural step forward. Read more »
Some tracks hint at their affinity for the crisp, digital sounds of the '80s with neatly tucked synth lines and sneaky layers of gated reverbs, while others, like this one from Ambassadeurs, wear their love for the decade's sound right on their sleeve. "Make Me" is the latest pop-streaked production to surface from Mark Dobson (the Brighton resident behind Ambassadeurs), one led by a thick chorus of inhumanly pitched vocals and filled to the brim with snares, toms, stabs, and a variety of synth melodies that unapologetically reference the glowing sound of '80s pop and R&B. Not completely steeped in retro sonics, though, Amabassadeurs tune also makes sure to look ahead, landing on a unique hybrid that fuses the hyperactive production style of artists like Rustie and Hudson Mohawke with a more emotive take on electronic pop.
On the new Motor City Jackin EP for Tracy, Barcelona producer Shelby Grey (a.k.a. Vicknoise) crafts cosmic and melodic house cuts with a heavy emphasis on retro synths. "Give Your Love" is a slow-burning, hypnotic throwback built on delayed vocal coos, sticky bass stabs, and crinkly, high-pitched cymbals, its myriad synth layers weaving through the piece's snappy repetition. Before it drops on December 17, the Spanish artist's forthcoming record can be previewed via the player included after the jump. Read more »
Earlier this year, NYC producer Saftey Scissors delivered his adventerous In a Manner of Sleeping LP via BPtich Control. In that record's wake, a number of remixes have been commissioned, including this one from budding Vancouver resident Loscil. Stripping the tune of virtually all its rhythmic components, Loscil's remix relies on a simple assemblage of hi-hats to keep tempo while a calming stream of watery textures and airy strings fill the rework's sonic field. When combined with Safety Scissors' sweetly solemn singing, the elements form a deeply immersive and disarmingly meditative listen.
Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence (a.k.a. Disclosure) have had an excellent year on the back of their debut LP, Settle—a record which, believe it or not, was recently nominated for a Grammy. Before the London pair's unstoppably busy 2013 comes to a close, they will release a special, remix-packed edition of its breakout album—featuring a star-studded cast of producers which includes the likes of Paul Woolford, Hudson Mohawke, Midland, Dixon, and even DJ Premier, among others. Read more »
Cologone outpost Kompakt is looking to quickly get the ball rolling in the fast-approaching new year, with a fresh collection of remixes for The Field's Cupid's Head LP and a new 12" from John Tejada set to drop in early 2014. Read more »
Berlin-via-Montreal producer Hreno hit XLR8R earlier this year with a track from his The Frank Barns EP and a remix for Visionquest starlet Dinky. Now, we're treated to "Little Squirl" from his Parts Unknown EP (due out on December 16), a track which trots in on a dank and detuned keyboard melody that drifts amongst squirming acid embellishments and murky percussion. A staid spoken phrase eventually slithers in, receding almost immediately into a shroud of white noise as the reigned-in house groove descends into what feels like an extended breakdown.
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