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 »
With this week's release of London-based producer Crewdson's Gravity Remixes EP via Slowfoot, there will be no less than three incarnations of his mellow, glitchy tune "Electric Wing" floating about. Fellow UK tunesmith Real sets himself apart from the bunch with a bassy and rimshot-heavy version of the song that still retains the slippery and surging feeling given by Crewdson's original horn solo. Real gives special attention to the horn on his remix, scaling back the percussion for a moment in order to put the focus on its winding notes and carving out atmospheric terrain reminiscent of Sepalcure for Crewdson's sounds to vibe in.
Late last month, we divulged the deatils of a new compilation from Portland house collective/label/blog Ecstasy, which came out just yesterday. To celebrate the release, appropriately titled Ecstasy (artwork above), the imprint is giving away yet another free track from the comp, this one by a mainstay of the crew, Leech. The song is called "Edgewise," and sounds as if a straightforward disco-house tune went through a paper shredder before producer Brian Foote taped it all back together while blindfolded. There's no easy four-on-the-floor to keep you grounded on this one, and instead the tune employs a complex array of kicks, claps, and hi-hats that patter about behind swirling synth production.
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