While many Americans were out barbecuing or otherwise enjoying an extra day of leisure this Memorial Day, SoCal beat wizard Jonwayne was hard at work crafting an unusual and engrossing EP he has dubbed Jonwayne Fucks Disney. The free, internet-only release was constructed almost exclusively with bits of music from Disney animated features, which he culled from YouTube and reassembled on his Roland SP-404. Read more »
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The latest Micropak to appear in Puremagnetik's virtual instrument subscription service is AlphaSynth, a soft-synth which aims to emulate the alphaSyntauri, an 8-bit synthesizer from the early '80s that worked in tandem with the Apple II personal computer. Read more »
We've been expecting this day to come since synth-pop/techno mainstay Matthew Dear announced that his Headcage EP would be followed by an album by the name of Beams. Now, the details of that album have arrived. Read more »
After originally pursuing more visual-based creative outlets, Toby Ridler (a.k.a. Becoming Real) eventually turned his interests to music production. "I started thinking that I could express things through music in a way I couldn't quite find the right techniques to express through visual arts," he explains. Towards the end of his time at university—where the man went on to receive a degree in Fine Arts—this change in artistic aims took hold, and since then, Becoming Real has been responsible for a steady stream of EPs and singles, at first existing along the outer fringes of grime before incorporating more influences and expanding his aesthetic range. Ridler's continued evolution and consistently keen sense for intriguing sonic structures have sent his name rising through the ranks of up-and-coming Londoners, and with a debut full-length in sight, it appears his footing in the ever-growing pool of UK producers is set to only become more solid. Read more »
"Charcoal," the first taste of Super Magic Hats' upcoming debut release, braids a winding hook through a humid daze of vocal snippets and reverb at a tempo slow enough to move to without breaking too much of a sweat, even in hot weather. As Super Magic Hats, Melbourne's Rob Masterton has begun to explore a Caribou-like territory of gleefully catchy melodies and psychedelic wooziness in his productions. The approachability and orderliness of Masterton's one-syllable samples lends a pop sensibility and stuttering summertime energy to his work, which has earned him airtime on BBC 6 and a featured spot for "Happy Jazz" on Bleep's unsigned track compilation, Filtered.
No matter what your scale of time is, Brighton's Guy Andrews is a very fresh producer. We heard one of his first tracks just over a year ago. His first official release won't celebrate an anniversary until September. As such, even the most insatiable connoisseurs of dance music should find it impressive that Andrews closed out 2011 with a record for the enviable Hemlock imprint, and has kicked off his 2012 output by dropping a single via Hotflush. With a rap sheet like that, it's imaginable that Andrews' talent for tunemaking will only continue to grow with each release. His "The Wait" b/w "Hands in Mine" 12" confirms the notion. Read more »
Last week, we tipped you off to the fact that Rinse FM's Monki (a.k.a. Lucy Monkman) launched a new record label, Zoo Music, and has set June 11 as the date for its first release. You may have heard the hard-hitting inaugural single from London teenagers TOYC and Zulu on Monki's recent Rinse FM shows, but for those of us not tuned into the underground sounds of London on 106.8, the "Needs to be Said" b/w "Nothing Borrowed" record is now available to stream in its entirety. Read more »
Contrasting textures and timbres are the focal point for this blissfully abrasive remix of Mexican artist Cubenx. "Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)" is an aural pasture, with softly swaying reeds in the form of lightly reverbed pads and soothingly treated vocals taking center stage, as if Cubenx is crooning all alone in an isolated field. Telefon Tel Aviv's most interesting contributions are heavily distorted, springy kick drums, rumbling, noise-driven swells of bass, and a rough-hewn synth that grows over the course of the track into its own formidable beast. With such coarse and experimental sounds complementing the pristine and pastoral, "Grass (Telefon Tel Aviv Remix)" manages to sound like an indie track while remaining far enough outside the lines to bring in more adventurous listeners as well. The Grass Remixes EP is out now via French imprint InFiné; after grabbing the Telefon Tel Aviv rework below, have a listen to Robin Guthrie's remix of "Grass" after the jump. Read more »
Whether or not you recognize his name, it's possible that you already know Daniel Avery. Up through last year, the London-based DJ and Fabric resident was releasing jubilant analog house singles and remixes as Stopmakingme. He's since reverted to his birth name, putting out the Airstrike EP on Relish Recordings earlier this year. The follow-up EP, Movement, is his first for New York label Throne of Blood, and is largely subtler and less flashy than his previous work. While Avery's tunes are deep, infectious, and wholly club appropriate, they are particularly gratifying as head music—dipping, peaking, and weaving with an eccentric, quietly focused flair. Read more »
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