Seattle resident Alex Osuch (a.k.a. DJAO) is the latest budding producer to contribute a release to Dropping Gems' growing discography. For his EP, Wuhn (artwork above), the Northwesterner presents five tracks of woozy, textural beat work, including this cut which marks the halfway point of the tender endeavor. Twisting and turning around a stuttering beat, Osuch lays down gentle layers of looped vocals which, when amassed together, flow with ease, creating a lush, ever-present drone throughout. A barrage of glitched wind chimes and microscopic, water-like splashes appear in the tune's uppermost regions, blurring the line between melody and percussion as the elements move in and out of focus within the blink of an eye. Like all releases from the Dropping Gems camp, the lovely EP which houses "Taigamoss" can be had for a "pay-what-you-want" price over on the label's Bandcamp page.
Social music service Rdio had its first birthday just last month, and we've decided to help them to continue celebrating throughout September with a series of exclusive playlists from some of our favorite artists. For our first go around, we've got fun-loving UK party starter Toddla T. Read more »
Earlier this year, Finnish producer Teeth dropped "Shawty," a song that, even before its actual release, was widely tabbed as one of those tunes. You know, those ultra-hyped songs that get message-board fanboys all hot and bothered and prompt desperate DJs to begin offering their first-born sons in exchange for an advance promo. It didn't help that "Shawty" was being released via Oneman's tastemaker-worshipped 502 Recordings label, either. That said, the sultry and slow-burning "Shawty" undeniably was a big tune, and following up big tunes, even months or several releases later, is no easy task. Read more »
A new name has been floating around the Wolf + Lamb circle as of late with the upcoming release from a recent addition to the imprint, Aquarius Heaven. The former "dancehall, reggae, and hip-hop singer" has reoriented himself with a move to Berlin and a new EP, Can't Buy Love (artwork above), which marks the vocalist/producer's debut outing for the Wolf + Lamb imprint. Here, we have the digital-only bonus track from said EP, a track that employs a name more familiar to the circle, dOP. "Interview" turns out to be quite a literal song title, as the steadily subdued track finds Aquarius Heaven answering a few lofty and hypothetical questions involving happiness, a girlfriend murdering someone, and what choices one would make at the end of the world. "Interview" is definitely one of the weirder outings you'll find in our downloads section, but it's this kind of murky mix between strange, alluring, and oddly soulful sounds that keeps us coming back for more of what Wolf + Lamb has to offer.
We're less than a month away (September 27 or October 4, depending on your region) from the release of Monkeytown, the third full-length from Modeselektor, and the venerable German duo has shared a stream of the album's track cut "Pretentious Friends," which features the clever vocal stylings of Los Angeles wordsmith Busdriver. Read more »
Let it never be said that Battles has no sense of humor. If the NYC supergroup's often playful, even whimsical music wasn't enough of an indication that the guys who make up this trio are a bunch of jokers, maybe this video for Gloss Drop cut "My Machines," which features '80s legend Gary Numan, will do the trick. Read more »
Just last month, we were surprised and certainly pleased to hear that Brooklyn synth experimentalist Daniel Lopatin (a.k.a. Oneohtrix Point Never) was nearly set to drop his latest solo LP, the 10-track Replica. We say surprised because the guy seemed plenty busy working on the debut album for his Ford & Lopatin project, supporting its release with performances around the world, and starting up his Mexican Summer-affiliated imprint, Software. But as "Sleep Dealer," the first cut to surface from Replica, shows, Lopatin hasn't spread himself too thin across his many artistic endeavors. In fact, the deft use of sampled rhythms and woozy soundscapes exhibited here are further evidence of a producer honing his craft, not to mention creating something uniquely his own. Oneohtrix Point Never will embark on a handful of US tour dates before Replica drops on November 8, the details of which you can find after the jump. Read more »
Bristol-based producer Julio Bashmore (a.k.a. Matthew Walker, pictured above) has been on quite a prolific roll lately, dropping a string of contemporary classics over the past year or so. Keeping it going, Walker is set to release a new, two-track remix 12" of Deadboy's 2009 single, "Heartbreaker," via Brighton label Well Rounded Housing Project. Read more »
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