New York's UNO imprint has unveiled the next edition of its generous series of free EPs, which we first caught wind of last month thanks to a helping of manic beats from Arca. Now, the label has tapped Candadian producer Kuhrye-oo for an EP of edits, an introduction to his heavy, swirling beatmaking. The globe-trotting Kuhrye-oo (who has been doing time as part of Grimes' live band as well as maintaining a role in the hyper electro-pop outfit Born Gold) has tried his hand at reworking three songs for the free endeavor. Here, he warps I-f's "Energy Vampire" into much more brooding territory. The resulting tune is a dark, bass-laden affair, with just the right touches of complexity to keep things moving, though not enough to confuse a dancefloor. You can download the entire House of Edits EP (artwork above) here.
Fresh from relocating to London, Tom Demac is just a few weeks away from dropping a new EP, Dampening Deaf Ears (artwork above), for Hypercolour next month, and has passed along this non-EP tune to give us a taste. "Drooling Donna" is a roller of a funky house tune, one that doesn't simply rely on decades-old samples to supply the funkiness, but instead finds Demac summoning a seemingly endless array of rich synth riffs to keep things moving. It's the kind of tune that dancefloor junkies and the synth-obsessed nerds can appreciate together in harmony, coming together amongst the bouncing synth-bass and perfectly retro-minded drum samples.
Amsterdam label Rush Hour continues to expand its impressive discography with a new 12" from the soulful Dutchman Tom Trago, which will arrive with a remix from none other than superstar DJ/label owner/electronic-music man of interest Carl Craig (pictured above) on the b-side. Read more »
Vancouver-based Hybridity, which recently launched a record label after years of putting on all sorts of art, music, and cultural events, has shared this track with us, a song originally crafted by fellow British Colombian outfit Humans. A few weeks back, the young imprint passed along a Max Ulis remix of Humans' "De Ciel," and this rework comes from yet another Canadian, Toronto-based and Hemlock Recordings-affiliated producer Nautiluss (pictured above). Swapping out the live drums of the vocal-heavy original for a steady four-on-the-floor, Nautliuss warps, delays, and filters Humans vocalist Robbie Slade's words to a point where the indie-leaning vibe of the source material is almost entirely removed. The original version of "Horizon" appears on Hybridity's debut release, Traps, which was released earlier this month.
Is there a label around that could do a better job showcasing the burgeoning electronic scene of Argentina's capital city than ZZK? No, and that's why they are the only imprint we'd trust to put together a compilation called Future Sound of Buenos Aires. Read more »
Romanian producer Liar will release a new EP, Undance, next week, and has passed along this self-titled track to help spread the word. The six-minute tune makes its way across a number of bass music realms, touching on the UK's penchant for skittering drums, melodic techno synth lines, and even some touches of deep house in the reverb-washed chords that occasionally peek through. Apparently, the man behind Liar has a busy year planned, with a number of releases in the works, the first of which will drop next Monday, March 26. After giving "Liar" a spin, you can check out the artwork and tracklist for the forthcoming record, after the jump. Read more »
After nearly two decades entrenched in the techno world's top tiers, LA-based producer John Tejada has amassed an eclectic catalog, one that includes more than his fair share of dancefloor smashes, with tunes like "Sweat (On the Walls)" moving beyond techno and permeating the larger dance-music consciousness. Unfortunately, Our Gigantic Mistake doesn't contain one of these groundbreaking future classics, and, to be frank, it doesn't measure up to Tejada's previous works with Justin Maxwell, namely 2004's Madness and the pair's most recent collaboration, last year's Not That, But This EP. Nonetheless, Our Gigantic Mistake boasts the archetypal flawless production and flashes of brilliance we've come to expect from John Tejada, who released the EP on his own Palette Recordings. Read more »
Texas bass hub Freshmore is set to drop its next release, a six-song EP from Austin-based beatmaker Anna Love. Ghost Champagne (artwork above) will be her debut release, and contains two originals, including "NGAT," and four remixes. Freshmore label boss Sines will be providing one of those remixes, as will Cosmic Revenge, Tom Richman, and LDFD. On the original "NGAT," Anna Love delivers a lush piece of bass music that features a pretty female vocal hook, smooth synth pads, and a subtle, electro-sounding bass tone. Ghost Champagne will be released on April 2, but a streaming preview is available now, and can be found after the jump. Read more »
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