Arizona's Yojimbo Billions is set to release his debut for the burgeoning Waaga imprint next month and has shared this cold, undulating cut from the forthcoming Our Bodies Are Machines LP (artwork above) before its release on November 15. Interaction between humans and machines seems to be a bit of a fascination for the young producer, a fact evident not only in his album's title, but also in his brief biography (which goes so far as to claim he was visited by a robot who told him to make music) and, of course, in the way his productions come together. Combining some extensive musical training (including the study of musical theory in college) with his computer-based compositions, the Phoenix resident creates music that really only lightly bubbles at the surface, but, for those willing to pay attention, brims with detail and sophistication below.
Up-and-coming producer Yoin technically hails from Scotland, but judging from this tune off his recently released 7" for the Tuff Wax imprint (Aberdeen Truth Vol.2), he could just as conceivably be a resident of Bangor, Maine (as in, "That shit's a banger, mang"). Starting off with some tasty percussion and classic claps, Yoin unfolds a propulsive kick pattern and almost-too-far pitched vocals over the course of the track's first 50 seconds or so. Following that, we get our first taste of bangerdom with ravey stabs and a locked-groove rhythm, leading to the customary breakdown/build-up somewhere around the two-minute mark. Then—of all things—the young producer decides to pitch up the vocals even further and chop them into an inescapable loop. And after that? He serves up even more rapid-fire percussion and stuttering snare fills.
It's an all-London affair with the burgeoning Disclosure duo flexing some serious remix muscle on Jack Dixon's "Coconuts." Whereas the original is a pretty smooth slice of funky UK sounds, the remix is nothing but 100% silky-smooth goodness. Taking Dixon's percussion and vocal sampling to its utmost potential, the young pair of beatsmiths unleash a gliding chord progression and some quasi-fusion '80s bass to wrap it all up in the warm, R&B-infused fashion we've come to expect given Disclosure's small but impressive discography.
This lengthy slice of iridescent, rave-friendly music is taken from the remix EP for UK producer Gang Colours' In Your Gut Like a Knife record. Fellow British tunesmith Pedestrian elongates the rubbery "Dance Around the Subject" to make roughly eight minutes of dancefloor brilliance. You can grab the rest of Gang Colours' free remix EP here.
London's MA1 is a veteran DJ, someone who came up in the late-'90s/early-'00s garage scene and eventually found his way onto Rinse FM, where he continues to pilot a weekly show. Although he oversees his own Karnival Music label, he hasn't exactly been a prolific producer over the years, which makes his latest offering, the four-song Elektron EP, quite possibly the highest-profile MA1 release to date. Read more »
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