"Under My Skin" is a snaking, rhythmic number offered up by Kry Wolf, a duo from London with a new release out today on Sounds of Sumo, the Black & Blue EP. The tune is a rude one, with snaps and hand claps writhing under a Coki-like central riff, atop percussion that sounds like it was banged out on a bit of brass piping lifted from one of Brixton's more run-down flats. The riddim is the focus of the tune, with plenty of variation dipping and diving through each section until the track's menacing melody moves things firmly into gutter territory with a keen sense of dancefloor mayhem. There are no politely washed pads and chipmunk vocals here, just some raucous fun.
East Coast beat hub JASS is unveiling its second release, an EP from Boston-based producer M. Constant. Titled Bugged, it will include seven tracks, including "Us Tempenauts," a woozy bit of head-nodding instrumental hip-hop with hefty and full production. Synth chords drive the song's melody, while a plucked instrument, vocal samples, and various bits of percussion add to the rich arrangement. The Bugged EP will be available on May 15, as will satin photo prints of its cover art (pictured above) designed by Sir Froderick. (The EP can be pre-ordered, both with and without the satin print, here.) After the jump, you can stream the EP's leadoff track, "Chew-Z," and take a look at its tracklisting, which includes a remix of "Us Tempenauts" from label boss Time Wharp. Read more »
South American production trio LPZ just dropped its new EP, 1983, via London's Body Work label. Ahead of that release, we were already treated to the slow-mo acid house of "Snake & Butterfish", and now we get this bit of classic visuals for the record's jacking title track. Read more »
Let's take a moment to get nostalgic. Sun Glitters (pictured above) actually takes several on this track, a remix of Teen Daze's "Treten" from his forthcoming All of Us LP. The precedented meeting between the two producers yields a downtempo tune full of melting synth tones, reverb-laden "oohs" and "aahs," and delicate belltones that evoke the feelings of yesteryear. Both artists dabble in the murky waters of The Genre Formerly Known as Chillwave, but the way in which this track dangles the promise of long, sunny days before us makes us ignore the vapidity of genre prejudice.
LA-via-London producer Sinden is set to drop a three-track single later this month his own Grizzly imprint. The record will be the first release from both Sinden and his label this year, after a busy winter and spring that included the just-completed Grizzly tour in Europe. Read more »
Much like she did with one-time roster mate Ital, 100% Silk/Not Not Fun label boss Amanda Brown (a.k.a. LA Vampires) has collaborated with Brooklyn's Octo Octa on a forthcoming record of classically minded, DIY dance tunes, called Forever 2K (pictured above). The pair of artists just recently let go of two lively snippets from that 12", a free download of the psychedelic rave cut "Wherever, Boy" and a strange music video (directed by Benjamin Shearn) for the more subdued title track, which you can take a look at after the jump. LA Vampires by Octo Octa's Forever 2K is out on May 15. (via Stereogum) Read more »
San Francisco producer Dave Aju's second full-length is a dense and powerful album, strung together conceptually by the rememberance of Aju's late father, a jazz musician whose left-behind recordings and instruments play a central role on Heirlooms. Nevertheless, the record that takes shape is not solely concerned with sorrow or loss, as Aju spreads his net wide, covering a large range of complex moods along 10 tracks of impeccably crafted abstract house. Read more »
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