Young Brixton producer PhOtOmachine recently released his second EP through fledgling imprint 2020 Midnight Vision, a joint project between Somethinksounds and Leeds label 2020Vision. "Throb" is one of the records' four tracks, and sees PhOtOmachine blending the percussive intricacies of UK bass with vocal stylings reminiscent of old-school Chicago house. The song's tempo rests at a typical house speed, and incorporates sounds appropriate for a late night in the Midwest, but also employs a syncopated, garage-style drum pattern that betrays PhOtOmachine's London roots. The On U EP is out now, and can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
In the wake of this year's Sonar festival concluding on June 16, Barcelona will be alive with loads of afterparties, including the LuckyMe-sponsored Rustie and Friends jumpoff, which will be held at the city's famed Moog club with help from Spanish crew CALOR. The party boasts an enviable lineup featuring DJ sets by none other than Glaswegian DJ/producer Rustie and a swarm of LuckyMe cohorts—such as Machinedrum, Eclair Fifi, and "secret guests"—and also includes a free three-track download with every advance ticket purchase. Although advance tickets for the event are nearly sold out, you can still snag one of the exclusive tracks courtesy of Scotland's S-Type (a.k.a. Bobby Perman). Featuring hard-hitting hip-hop influenced drums and an abundance of synth mayhem, "Sweet Vixen" is perfectly in line with the sounds that tend to surface from the LuckyMe collective, but it's also a herald of good things to come when S-Type's debut record comes out later this year.
London-based imprint Granholme is set to drop its third release this month, a four-track EP from British ex-pat Kloke, who currently makes his home in Australia. This remix from Polish boy-girl production duo Sentel will not appear on that Granholme release, but does make for an excellent sampling of the squishy four-on-the-floor bass music that Kolke has to offer on Circuit Theory (artwork above). Sentel's version of "To the Rescue" is sparse and unusual, with a bouncing tech-house rhythm that churns along behind a wash of synth pads and weirdly warped stabs similar to those in Julio Bashmore's excellent "Battle for Middle You." Look for Kloke's new EP to drop on June 25.
The best part about "Rooted," Locked Groove's (a.k.a. Tim Van de Meutter) breakthrough track from his debut EP of the same name, was how it flipped the script on the traditional producer bait-and-switch. Where most producers snag you with a hook before introducing trickier elements, "Rooted" opened with several minutes of gunmetal-gray techno before running headlong into a clearing of dreamy synths. It was less a trick than a revelation of Van de Meutter's balanced diet: plenty of protein and vegetables, then a small dessert. This month, he's continuing to flesh out this formula on two separate EPs. Read more »
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