Over the past decade, Sean Byrd has composed music for television and film, while also releasing a handful of minimal and deep-house records. The producer is now preparing a full length, titled Always Was, for a March 19 release on the Denver-based Plastic Sound Supply label. "Woke Up Missing You," the fifth track from that upcoming release, is an ambient whorl that also features some subtle drum-and-bass rhythms. Imagine that the Discovery Channel commissioned Byrd to score a miniseries called Underwater Techno Mummies; this piece of emotive, dramatic material could have easily been part of the soundtrack.
This warm, crackling remix of "wen uuu" from Vacation EP doesn't appear on the forthcoming release, but is nonetheless a great production from Southern California beatmaker Teebs. Utilizing portions of the original beat and a few sparse vocal samples, Mtendere Mandowa makes this track his own by floating lush synth pads and wavering guitar strums over the top of its bubbly core. Look for more remixes from Nicolas Jaar, Salva, Groundislava, and more when the Vacation EP drops on February 14.
Southern California music hub Non Projects has a couple new, um, projects in the works from one of its most promising artists and label boss, Anenon. "Acquiescene" is taken from a five-track EP of the same name, which is apparently a "companion piece" to producer Brian Simon's forthcoming Inner Hue LP. What strikes us first and foremost about the track is its outright musicality; there are so many ideas and elements—jazz, classical music, ambient, hip-hop, and more dancefloor-oriented electronics—interwoven throughout the five and a half minutes Simon crafted. (Incidentally, he made this one while at Red Bull Music Academy 2011 in Madrid, and it will also appear on RBMA's forthcoming Various Assets compilation.) We'd guess there's plenty more of that to come when Anenon's new EP and LP drop on March 27 and May 1, respectively.
Over the past two years, Montreal producer Jacques Greene has quietly amassed an impressive little catalog, twisting the spirit of R&B into something functional for dancefloors fueled by classic house and forward-thinking bass. With only a few releases under his belt, he has become one of North America's most lauded producers, a feat assisted in no small part by his jaw-dropping, analog-gear-intensive live shows. Once the calendar reached 2012, Greene announced the next step in his ongoing evolution, the founding of his own label, Vase. Last week, the young imprint dropped its first record, Concealer, a four-track EP from Greene himself. On the heels of its release, we tapped the busy artist to list five tracks that have helped to shape both his current musical outlook and his new label's philosophy. Read more »
This dreamy slice of laid-back instrumental pop comes via LA-based visual and recording artist Cliff Dweller (a.k.a. Ari Balouzian), who has released the tune on his new Perch Verdad EP (artwork above). Like the rest of the short EP, the piano-based song is made up largely of recorded bits of actual instruments, including bass guitar, plucked and bowed violin, and woodwinds, along with some vocalized percussion. On his remix, Baltimore's Ricky Eat Acid leaves the tune's ethereal feel intact, stripping down some elements while adding counter-melodious pings and a crisper beat. Rebel is offering the entire EP for free download here.
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