UK disco-house stalwart Daniel Berman has recently enjoyed a surge in acclaim for his Red Rack'Em project. His tracks under that alias are simultaneously classicist and experimental, moving with a bumpy grace that recalls the fêted house scenes of Detroit and Amsterdam in equal measure. With the amount of emphasis on Red Rack'Em, it's easy to forget that Berman first made his name on a string of edits his Discogs page refers to as "naughty pirate soul." His work as Hot Coins—a moniker last heard from in 2009—is distinctively slower and more low slung, filtering those edits' influence into cushioned modern disco tracks. Geek Emotions (Remixes) represents Berman's first effort to revive the name, though its choice of remixers hews much closer to the Red Rack'Em sound. Read more »
Lokiboi has supplied us with a steady stream of tunes over the past few months, and with each successive track, he consistently proves himself to be a tough artist to pin down. On his latest offering, "Ghetto Bitch," the Russian-born London resident crafts a bass-heavy sound you could reasonably label as house. Heavy kicks stomp underneath the steady tap of cymbals as Lokiboi flips a raunchy-yet-infectious sample that intones "ghetto bitch."
Top Billin-affiliated artist Wolfhaus has an EP dropping in the coming weeks called Sons of Asgard, which sounds largely in line with much of the hip-hop-influenced beats we've been hearing lately. "Bowl of Trax," however, plays on the lighter side of the genre, as it's characterized by layers of smooth and melodic synths, quick hi-hats, and a minimal bassline. And although the track is primarily soft around the edges, it does reach moments of intensity, like when some Ikonika-style synth chords break into the mix. After getting your fill of Wolfhaus' new tune, you can check out his second Dubbed & Screwed mix, after the jump. Read more »
Ahead of the release of his newest EP, Supaplex (artwork above), Russian beat-scene stalwart Pixelord (a.k.a. Alexey Devyanin) has given away an exclusive VIP edit of one of that record's tunes. The track is a mellower and more subdued take on "Freeze the Star," opens with vocal stabs, light piano keys, and heavy 808 rhythms before shifting into an ethereal duet between pitched-up R&B couplets and heavily treated hip-hop samples. You can also stream a preview mix of Pixelord's Supaplex EP, which drops on September 17 via Civil Music, after the jump. Read more »
Finland's Albert Swarm (a.k.a. Pietu Arvola) first wowed us last summer with his Held EP, a collection of productions that occupied a dimension between beat music, ambient, and classically minded sounds. Now, the Helsinki-based producer has given us an exclusive taste of his second offering, the seven-track Wake EP. "Things Fold Into Themselves" is a wholly genre-defying affair; its lurching beat pulses underneath a thick cloud of lush, emotive synth washes and flourishes. Keep an eye out for Wake, which will drop on September 4 via Brooklyn imprint Ceremony.
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