With such a dizzying array of achievements, it's pretty hard to keep up with Heidi Van Den Amstel (a.k.a. DJ Heidi). The BBC Radio One personality and Get Physical affiliate has kept up a constant presence on the world stage with her taste-making radio show and her trans-European Jackathon parties. Read more »
By all accounts, Peru-based German house producer Aera (a.k.a. Ralf Schmidt) has been pretty busy in the past year. From creating his own tunes to dropping floor-rocking remixes, the Aleph Music label boss is an up-and-coming force to be reckoned with. Now, he's just released The Third Wave, his brand-new EP, and to get you excited about it, he's put on offer "Monte Sacro," a choice house cut of the finest order. Featuring an almost narrative-like flow, the track gradually builds from the faint murmurings of a distant and muted Soft Cell-like bass into an explosion of synthesized color.
Here's another track from the debut LP by 19-year-old tunesmith Blithe Field, a soft and summery production called "Illuminating Moments." Like the previously heard "Crushing" track, this cut employs both live instrumentation and washed-out electronic sounds to create its lighthearted, homespun mood. A few different guitar licks and a simple bassline more or less carry "Illuminating Moments," allowing Blithe Field to slip his tweaked vocal hooks and other samples into and out of the mix at will, without ever disrupting the flow. You can hear how the rest of the artist's Two Hearted album shapes up when it drops on June 28.
"Phoenix" has proven a rather useful template for Bristol-based producer Hyetal. With its nostalgic, gated-snare shuffle and warm analog stabs, there was a lot to like about it, and elements of the 2010 single have popped up in a lot of his recent work, not the least of which was "Beach Scene," one of the other stand-out tracks from Broadcast, his recent album on Black Acre. Now, Mancunian producer and fellow Black Acre labelmate Fantastic Mr. Fox goes back to the source for a remix, and playing freely with the song's genetics, he creates a snappy and cheerful track that hardly references the throwback appeal of the original. Instead, the "Fantastic Mr. Fox Remix" throws in cheeky cut-up synth tones and a cutesy chime melody for a fun take on a contemporary favorite. (via Pitchfork)
Hailing from Olympia, Washington, Ghost Feet is a pair of musicmakers who have come together under the banner of handmade electronics and cinematic soundscapes. The duo's debut EP, Wires and Chords, was just unveiled via Portland's Dropping Gems imprint, and is currently available as a free download or limited-edition cassette tape. Here, we have one of the four original tracks available on that release, possibly its most understated. Ghost Feet coalesces spacious field recordings, lilting synth tones, reverb-soaked guitar plucks, and crunchy rhythms into the tarnished shimmer that is "Bog"—always looking toward the stars, though never quite reaching them. If the wide scope of Mogwai's melodies and the intimate sounds of Morr Music's alumni appeal to your ears, we'd suggest you snag the Wires and Chords EP.
Who: Clams Casino
Where: Nutley, New Jersey
Twenty-three-year-old otherworldly hip-hop producer Michael Volpe makes beats for fun, but actually spends most of his waking hours interning full-time at a local hospital. Yet that hasn't stopped the bedroom auteur from previously lending his eerily melodic and charmingly lo-fi creations to high-profile MCs such as Lil B and Soulja Boy. Read more »
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