It's only been a matter of months since we first got hip to the Cut imprint (thanks to this tune from Essáy, followed shortly thereafter by this one from Buck UK), and it appears that the burgeoning label is not keen to stop releasing free EPs from talented up-and-comers anytime soon. Cut's latest effort comes from Bristol resident Bryn Thomas, and as can be heard in the EP's title track, it falls a lot closer to the beat-oriented side of things than the label's previous outings. Not that this is striaght-up beat music, but rather an amalgamation of influences reaching as far as the instrumental beats of current LA all the way to the European tradition of finely-tuned dub techno. After checking out the MP3 below, you can head here to hear the rest of the EP for the nominal price of your email address or a tweet.
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Excitement continues to build for the upcoming DJ-Kicks compilation from German techno auteur Motor City Drum Ensemble (a.k.a. Danilo Plessow, pictured above). Earlier this week, we posted a stream of new track "L.O.V.E.," and now Plessow is giving away another effort from the album, his own remix of "Le Cortège Et Course" by French film composer Philippe Sarde, a song that originally appeared in 1972 film Cesar et Rosalie. While Plessow has kept the cinematic feel intact, he's inserted a restrained pulse and some light synth melodies, resulting in a well-crafted and highly-detailed techno number. The complete remix will be available on the double-vinyl LP version of DJ Kicks, which drops next month, but in the meantime, you can download the track below.
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Despite toting a seemingly blissful name and incorporating a fair share of African-style percussion, there is absolutely nothing warm about "Haven," the first track to surface from CHLLNGR's forthcoming album of the same name. Instead, the young producer has crafted a piece of work that is even colder than his Copenhagen base, something like the aural equivalent of entering an ice cathedral. Donning an assortment of haunting pads and distant piano chops, CHLLNGR unleashes a barrage of controlled and intricately placed drums which revolve around the track's slower-moving elements before laying a skillfully chopped and pitched—and absolutely chilling—vocal sample on top. CHLLNGR's new LP doens't hit the streets until next Tuesday, July 5, so for now we suggest you bundle up and get to downloading.
A few weeks back, we got word about a new album from genre-melding NYC artist Pursuit Grooves. Entitled Frantically Hopeful, the album will be released on July 4 via the Tectonic label. However, if you're anything like us, you probably don't want to wait that long. Read more »
The elusive gentleman behind Zomby finally spoke—with XLR8R contrib Andrew Parks' self-titled—about his signing to 4AD, his musician father's recent death, and what his new album's title, Dedication, means to him. Read more »
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