Let's get this out of the way: Redshape wears a mask. That said, while the seemingly endless parade of identity-cloaked producers has made the decision to wear a mask increasingly seem like a gimmick, in the case of this particular German producer, it actually feels appropriate. Listening to his music, one gets the impression that his choice to wear a mask isn't motivated by a desire to create some sort of mysterious artistic facade or make any kind of statement. In truth, Redshape rarely says much of anything at all and the mask seems more like a genuine attempt to remove his persona from the process of experiencing his art. It may sound cliché, but Redshape lets his music do the talking, and his latest record, "Throw in Dirt" b/w "The Land," set for release on Martyn's 3024 imprint, shows that the techno veteran's flair for crafting bold, muscular tunes hasn't diminished in the slightest. Read more »
We know Raffertie (pictured above) best for his restless and bassy remixes and productions, but the UK producer has taken an unexpected left turn with this subdued remix of Get People's "Macaw." Raffertie tones down the vocal-led deep-house track, transforming it into a extended ambient soundscape of synth pads and bells. At times, the remix hints at Raffertie's jittery output with a synth or hi-hat flutter, but the most agitated tones come from a subtle kick, which keeps the track pulsing under a wash of big, dramatic chords.
Coming soon via Planet Mu, The Host is the 12-track, debut LP (artwork above) by producer Barry Lynn's new alias, The Host. This warm, understated cut is a slight departure from the music Lynn creates as Boxcutter; under this new guise, he seems a bit more interested in airy soundscapes and experimental beat work than warping samples of '80s funk. Check out this "Alternative Mix" of "Summer Solstice at Cape Canaveral," and then check out snippets of The Host before it drops on March 20, here.
Eric Michael Vallely (a.k.a. EMV) is set to issue his debut full-length album, Resolutions, on February 21 through Matthewdavid's LA-based Leaving imprint. "Blue Pop" is one of 16 somewhat difficult, noise-leaning compositions on the album (artwork above), and features a considerable amount of static, feedback, white noise, and melodically droning sounds. The record will be released digitally and on cassette tape, and while the recent hipster fad of cassette-only releases sometimes seems inane, Leaving Records has once again found something that offers an interesting congruity with the antiquated format, as EMV hearkens back to the early days of sonic experimentation through tape manipulation conducted by the likes of Steve Reich and Terry Riley.
London producer Visionist (a.k.a. Louis Carnell) is a confident artist, but he's also not afraid to give credit where it's due. "I can't lie," says the 22-year-old beatmaker. "I'm heavily influenced. I'll hear someone's tune and [think], 'This is amazing.' And then, I'll make something, but I'm very aware of not copying anyone." He continues, "As much I get influenced by someone's tune, my production style is, like, 'You love that vibe, now do something with it.'" It's a refreshing attitude, and one that perhaps explains how the admittedly shape-shifting artist has swiftly managed to carve out his own corner in the crowded bass-music landscape. Read more »
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