Southern California's Jonwayne is an imposing figure. First of all, he's quite literally a huge dude, someone who brings a sort of bearded, mountain-man aesthetic to the world of Low End Theory and the extended beat scene. Second, and more importantly, it seems like the former Bubblin' Up producer and rapper never stops working. Shortly after signing to the venerable Stones Throw label, which recently reissued an expanded version of his Oodles of Doodles beat tape and also plans to release a proper Jonwayne album later this year, the entrepeneurial young artist dropped This Is False, a free album/mixtape he described as, "not so much a pile of songs as it is an executed concept in viewing how our surroundings change our energy and vibrations." Now, he's followed that up with an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Matias Aguayo's Cómeme imprint has been dormant for the last several months, but it's now returned with two new releases: Cómeme 013, a compilation EP titled The Power of Now (artwork above), is out now, and Cómeme 014, an EP by Isaac Johan, drops on May 14. The Power of Now's title track by Christian S, featured here, draws from a marriage between industrial synthwork and eccentric house flair. For five minutes, blistering synth sequences take the song through a simple house beat, an effort reminiscent of the minimal mechanicalia turned out by labelmates Daniel Maloso and Rebolledo. The Cologne producer closes the track with a ridiculous, albeit captivating drum solo that lasts nearly two minutes. Stream the rest of The Power of Now, after the jump. Read more »
The Netherlands' Halp just dropped an EP on Lowriders a few months back, but he's returned today with this bomb of a track. Naming a vocal sample-laden, UK garage-influenced cut "Chop Chop" might be the 2012 equivalent of naming a Steve Vai song "Shred Shred," but the Dutchman handles the affair with care and dignity. The four-minute jam revolves around a luscious, rubber-band synth loop that modulates in texture throughout the song—we believe the Dutch term for it is lekker. There is also a raw, organic component the production, and an attention to detail that is reminiscent of Scuba's Triangulations-era work.
It's precisely halfway into "Standard"—the lead cut and title track from the new EP by Bristol's leftfield-techno mad scientist, Vessel—when the full extent of its gritty, machine-funk groove is revealed. That he takes his sweet time getting to the point is no surprise; Sebastian Gainsborough deals primarily in the mystery of half-fleshed-out ideas and tends to favor atmosphere and mood over outright beats. When the producer does actually bring his deft abilities with drum-machine patterns and their bulbous counterparts into the forefront, however, his tracks toe the line between tech-noise experiments and total dancefloor heat. As the climax of "Standard" comes to fruition, what just might be the best example of Vessel's strange balancing act is fully realized, and the record's remaining two tracks are practically forced to live in its shadow. Read more »
The London-based Liminal Sounds crew couples each of its parties with a free EP—some past offerings can be heard here and here—featuring artists slated to perform at that particular event. For its fourth club night/EP bundle, the label has tapped three producers to remix Youngstar's seminal 2002 grime production "Pulse X." Elsewhere's remix, featured here, takes the original into crisper territory, infusing Youngstar's massive bass punches with garage percussion, all while stripping the tune of its original vocal line. You can check out the rest of the "Pulse X" remix EP by downloading this package from Liminal, which also includes snippets of a limited-edition zine created specifically to celebrate the release. The event celebrating LS004 takes place this Friday at London's Rhythm Factory, and will feature sets by Elsewhere, Pedro 123, and Slackk (the EP's remixers), as well as Youngstar, Slimzee, and others. Check out a poster for the party, in addition to the EP's tracklisting, after the jump. Read more »
Individual artists whose output is of a consistently higher standard are tough to find. But an entire crew of producers who are able to put out quality tunes on a regular basis is an even rarer prospect. It's with this in mind that we pass along an unreleased track by the mysterious LHF collective from London, whose debut full-length on Keysound, Keepers of the Light (artwork above), is out now. "Tandava" is a warm, soulful jam that begins with a clipped string sample before descending into vintage garage territory, complete with shuffling hi-hats and hollowed-out percussion that accompany the rolling kicks. A simple-but-effective vocal sample acts as icing on the cake, helping to emphasize the irresistible pull of the groove as we're swept blissfully into the song's second half. After the jump, you can also delve into an interactive map of the LHF crew's influences, which was assmbled by Matt Ashton; akin to the collective's tunes, it's really something else. (And if you just can't get enough LHF/Keysound magic [and happen to be in London], look for the crew to take over Fabric's Room Three this Friday, April 20, alongside rostermates LV, Dusk & Blackdown, Sully, Vibezin, and more.) Read more »
London-bred Four Tet dropped a new mix on his SoundCloud today, titled Conference of the Birds. The producer, who is now based in New York, tweeted this morning that the mix contains several tracks from a new 12" he'll be putting out on his Text imprint. Read more »
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