Like us, you're probably still reeling from the impact of M83's massive 2011 double-LP, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming. Its unadulterated synth-pop impressed us so much that we named it our third favorite album of the year, but, sadly, we can't say nearly as much for the ludicrous remixes and horrendous cover songs that have since followed. As such, you could say we were tickled pink to finally hear an M83 remix we could get behind, this sparkling rework of Antony Gonzalez's ecstatic "Reunion" by UK producer Tropics (pictured above). The talented Chris Ward strips back the jangly guitars and infectious bombast of the original, and trades the sounds for smooth bass grooves and dreamy synthscapes on his production. This version of "Reunion" may be an unofficial remix, but we'd wager that Gonzalez would be quite pleased with what Tropics has done with his tune.
This deep, slow-grooving tune arrives courtesy of Yoshiba 87, the new moniker belonging to Amsterdam producer Pascal Terstappen (a.k.a. Applescal). The cut is lifted from the Beaming Flowers From India "mini-album" (artwork above), which is scheduled to drop digitally on March 27. Speaking on his new project, Terstappen says, "Yoshiba 87 came in mind as I found out there was too much music on my HD that would never be released for Applescal / the new Applescal album I'm working on. So, I thought it would be nice to collect some of this work and release it for a new alias." But "You're the Best Thing Ever (feat. Pien Feith)" sounds like anything other than forgotten leftovers; it's purely evident in the track's finely chopped, hand-warped vocal sounds and well-crafted soundscapes that Yoshiba 87's forthcoming record will offer plenty of quality electronic sounds.
Brooklyn-based "free label" End Fence dropped another one of its gratis musical offerings today, a two-track single that features a remix swap from producers Doctor Jeep and Kuxxan Summ. This track is the latter's remix of the Doctor Jeep's booming "Level ii" production, which finds the tunesmith effectively transforming his friend's fiery beat work into something just a touch more ominous and disorienting. You can check out the rest of End Fence Single Series Session 1 over on SoundCloud, here.
Right out of the gate, BNJMN (a.k.a. Ben Thomas) made a strong impression on the electronic-music landscape. Last year, the shadowy young Brit dropped two LPs via the esteemed Rush Hour imprint, both of which showcased a unique brand of house and techno that was simultaneously dark, hazy, and dreamily emotive. Read more »
UK producer Memotone is preparing to release Hands, a six-track EP of ambient, bassy works, via A Future Without on March 26. "It's Out There Waiting" is the brooding fifth track from that release. The track flutters with an lush string arranement, a choir of handclaps, a male falsetto, and a slightly unsteady rhythm, all of which was performed and recorded by the artist himself. It all makes for a sparse and focused song, one that trudges along with a sinister thud. You can stream the rest of the Hands EP here.
When you take into account Gerry Read's hasty, improvised production methods (which he gave us some insight into a few weeks back), his prolific nature doesn't necessarily come as a surprise. Still, it is a bit of a wonder how the young producer manages to put together such an abundant output while continuing to increase the quality of his music. The Yeh Come Dance EP, Read's debut for Amsterdam's Delsin imprint, picks up where his Fourth Wave trilogy left off, in the abstract remnants of Midwest house and techno. However, this time around, his crackling compositions appear with rounded edges, and his sights are more focused on the dancefloor than ever before. Read more »
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