The latest installation in !K7's venerable DJ-Kicks series sees veteran producer Rupert Parkes (a.k.a. Photek) navigating territory outside of his norm. Mostly known for his iconic productions during the golden years of jungle, the mix is a departure to the grey areas between dance music's various subgenres. In the end though, it doesn't feel as groundbreaking or surprising as it should, instead coming off more like a concerted effort to keep abreast of contemporary trends in UK-centric dance music. Read more »
Hailing from Galway, Ireland, John Daly—a producer who's been crafting tracks for the better part of the past seven years—is set to drop his newest LP, Sunburst (artwork above), later this month. Here, we have the effort's title track (which also serves as the opening cut), a fine example of the territory Daly has concerned himself with as of late, "somewhere between house music, techno, disco, and dub." There's an extra layer of space at play in the Irishman's tunes, as he incorporates some real instrumentation into his productions—albeit with a generous dose of processing—most noticeable here in the adventurous bass guitar licks that move along with the slow-burning track. Over the course of the song's six-plus minute run, enough syncopated synth lines and lush chords pile up to propel this one into cosmic-techno-jam territory, an aesthetic choice we have a sneaking suspicion makes a few more appearances on Daly's forthcoming LP, set to drop April 27.
Addison Groove's debut LP, Transistor Rhythm, just dropped via 50 Weapons, and the Bristol producer has shared a video for that album's "Bad Things," which features guest work from Spank Rock. Read more »
From the depths of Glasgow's producer scene, a new imprint has formed by the name of High Sheen, and before its inaugural release appears later this month, the label has passed along this tune from hometown producers HaHaHa and Raksha. "Intercourse" is definitely a smart choice of audio with which to spread news of the new endeavor, as it's a solid house tune packed with rolling rhythms and exuding just the right touch of overdriven warmth. Between the droning string samples, percolating percussion, and infectiously pitched piano chords, it appears HaHaHa and Raksha have put together what the kids nowadays are calling a "big tune." If this is what High Sheen is willing to offer up for free, we'll be eagerly awaiting what else the label has in store, beginning with its debut release—a collaborative effort between the two artists featured here and fellow Glaswegian Mia Dora (artwork for that above)—set to drop on April 16.
If there's anything a seasoned DJ should know well, it's how to craft a solid early set. And if ever there was a couple of seasoned DJs, it's Hessle Audio's Ben UFO and Numbers' Jackmaster, who recently joined forces on a mix "dedicated to the art of the warm-up set" for Oki-Ni. Read more »
The Party Guy imprint has put together Canada's HxdB and rising Australian Cairo for a split EP (artwork above) that's set to drop on April 10. Of the four tracks which make up the collaborative release, two find the producers working together while the remaining offerings showcase each artist's solo abilities. Here, we have Cairo's personal contribution, "Sudden Expectations," which displays a number of sun-kissed synths floating around a blistering, garage-indebted beat, yielding the kind of club tune that comes wrapped in as much warmth as it is likely to inspire on the dancefloor. You can stream all four selections from HxdB and Cairo's joint EP before it drops next week, after the jump. Read more »
The rise of London duo Disclosure is the kind of story that makes music journalists salivate. First off, its two producers are brothers—a relationship which has become increasingly uncommon in the current musical landscape—and, to sweeten the deal, the siblings dropped their first single at the astounding ages of 16 and 18. That was a little less than two years ago, and, since then, Disclosure's productions, which began as deft pieces of post-dubstep admiration, have blossomed into increasingly robust slices of soul-laden bass music, proving that the artists' relatively young age is merely a footnote in an impressive trajectory that has ushered in a string of singles, a free EP, and a consistent run of quality remixes. Read more »
Istanbul resident Biblo—who first appeared on our radar as a participant in last year's Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid—recently dropped an album's worth of dark, textural tracks on her Bandcamp under the title Projection. Here, we have one of its selections, "Falls Silent," a cut that folds a bobbing kick and rim pattern underneath a gloriously thick piling of ceaseless static and ghostly vocals. Somewhere buried in the mix, a few delayed chords appear, frequently hitting on the upbeat before being washed away in globs of processing. The elements combine to render "Falls Silent" something like a dub-techno track through the filter of, say, Tri Angle Records or an artist like Grouper. You can stream the entire Projection LP (and download it for a price of your choosing) after the jump. Read more »
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