Great things keep coming from Cut, the Edinburgh-based, digital imprint of DFRNT's Echodub label. Earlier this month we tipped you to Essáy's excellent "Love & Air." Now the label is back with Once, a brand-new, free EP from multifaceted Connecticut-by-way-of-Manchester producer Buck UK. Taking a similar tack as "Love & Air," "Once" is an exercise in deep, immersive atmospherics. Evoking a drenched cityscape at night, "Once" explores an urban psychogeography through the swirling reverb of a wet Fender Rhodes and the distant blurring of familiar voices. The Once EP is out now, you can download the a-side title track below but for the full EP—with Essáy remix—head over to Cut's website.
DJ Jus-Ed (a.k.a. Edward McKeithen) is a bit of a legend in the New York dance world. He started out in the early '80s, filling floors with freestyle, funk, and house, before taking a 15-year hiatus. But he re-entered the scene in the early '00s, launching the heralded Underground Quality label, producing a slew of tracks, DJing left and right, and generally never looking back. Read more »
While he's no longer a part of the legendary Underground Resistance collective/label, DJ Rolando is no less militant in spreading techno's gospel all over the world. As you've maybe read in our recent feature on the Detroit-reared Rolando Rocha, he's since moved to Edinburgh, Scotland, and is still turning out techno killers left and right, regardless of where he lays his hat at night. Read more »
Electronic music veteran Sasu Ripatti is a man of many talents, many aliases, and, apparently, a ceaseless drive to create new tunes. This September, he'll be releasing a new album as Luomo, his first full-length under that guise since 2008's Convivial. Read more »
The latest signing to Southern California's hub for heartstring-tugging electronics and inventive beats, Non Projects, is a Pacific Northwest transplant named Justin Hopkins, who makes intricately woven sound tapestries that double as poignant tunes under the name RareBit. The producer's debut EP drops on June 14, but before then we have the lovely "Blue Blood Baskets" to share with you. Like the artwork for The Destroyer (pictured above), Hopkins' track is densely colorful, inherently psychedelic, and altogether moving; it sounds like something vaguely familiar—maybe a skittering ditty by The Books, maybe a sun-soaked mixtape you kept in your car—that you once loved. But just as you start to place what RareBit's song reminds you of, its shimmering two and a half minutes are up, and you're on to the next thing. Feel free to indulge your curiosities further, and check out a preview of The Destroyer EP, here.
Let's file this one under 'Too Real': The music video for Bubblin' artist Phaseone's "Sugar" depicts a text message conversation between two ex-lovers after one announces he/she is moving to another city. Shot by flimmakers Vadim Gershman and Ryan Powell in Chicago and written by Gershman and Lea Sorrentino, the piece is at once heartbreaking and frustrating, like watching a scene from your own past without being able to change a moment. Read more »
Back in March, LA duo Classixx unveiled "Into the Valley," a bouncy slice of disco- and electro-flavored house that was released for free through the Green Label Sound imprint. Since then, they've trotted out a rework from Yacht, and today, a remix from UK producer Julio Bashmore has been added to the mix. Read more »
Heady and theoretical dubstep-not-dubstep label Hyperdub has been on a roll lately with a string of fine releases in 2011 from the likes of Kode9 and The Spaceape (featured on XLR8R's cover), Burial, and Funkystepz. Now, they can add veteran East London grime producer D.O.K. to their quickly expanding, genre-defying roster. Read more »
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