We've been anxious for the release of Quarantine, the first official album from Brooklyn's Laurel Halo (artwork above), for some months now, if only to indulge the curiosities which were piqued by the unqiue sound of her LP's first leak, "Light and Space." Now, before Hyperdub unleashes the 12-song record on May 28, we can actually do just that with this full stream of the experimental artist's forthcoming album. Read more »
UK artist Will Dutta is preparing Peregon, his debut LP (artwork above) and an effort that combines his concert-piano pedigree with electronic experimentation. That record will drop on May 21 via Just Music, but Dutta has already passed along this aroused remix of album track "Suprachiasmatic Gamma." Amateur Best (formerly known as Primary 1) turns out three and a half minutes of swooning, warm synthwork while the downtempo track trudges through a field of funky tones and serene arpeggios, only hinting at the more abstract formula of the original.
LA beat maven Matthewdavid continues to showcase his versatility as a leader within his city's electronic-music scene. His latest offering, titled Disk II, is a gorgeous CD-R release, limited to 150 copies, which uses a hand-painted floppy disk (pictured above) as packaging. "Tape 2," the second of nine tracks collected from 2008 to 2012, is a cavernous excursion into the producer's ambient work. Swirling loops, ethereal samples, and the like all send us into an alternate dimension, one kissed by Matthewdavid's signature tape-warped hiss.
Over the past two years, London producer Jack Dixon has quietly amassed a rather impressive discography, dropping releases—both solo and collaborative—on labels such as Brownswood, Silverback, ManMakeMusic, and, most recently, R&S offshoot Apollo, which just put out his You Won't Let Me EP. But even with a string of quality releases to his name, it's sometimes easy to forget Dixon amongst the ever-swelling ranks of producers turning out bass music, or whatever genre tag is being applied at the moment. Perhaps it's due to the understated nature of his productions, which offer a polished, techno-infused take on UK rhythms. Well-suited for melancholy mornings and late-night comedowns, Dixon's tunes aren't anthems, nor are they meant to be. As admirers of his songcraft, we figured that it might be best to give Dixon a chance to showcase his talents outside of the club, which is why he's been invited to deliver the latest chapter of the XLR8R podcast series. Read more »
Sultry, late-night vibes color this smooth, carved-from-stone piece of house music from London's Citizen (an artist we've heard before). An unreleased cut that precedes his four-track Deep End EP, "Members Only" gallops on some soulfully screwed vocals spliced with classic Chicago-era cymbals, thumping with maximum-strength kicks until plush chords enter the fray to dominate the rest of the proceedings. With quick pivots and cut-outs, Citizen keeps the track fresh before spiraling into a second half rife with whispered snippets of conversation adding an eerie, yet alluring percussive backing to the jam's conclusion. Heavy on style but pumped full of head- (and hip-)swiveling substance, keep an eye out for the new EP when it drops on June 18. In the meantime, view the cover art and tracklist, after the jump. Read more »
After two years of prolific output which found his work appearing across a number of labels (Planet-Mu, RAMP, and Donky Pitch among them), Slugabed makes a the leap to the full-length format, pulling together a few already-released tunes with a heap of new produtcions for a suprisingly cohesive and rewarding debut LP. Read more »
Baile funk has not been receiving that much attention as of late—at least outside of Brazil—but Rio de Janiero's Maga Bo is still repping his adopted country's quirky, party-starting export. The producer has shared a video for "Piloto de Fuga," a track off of his upcoming LP, Quilombo do Futuro. Read more »
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