Veteran Japanese sound artist Susumu Yokata resurfaces with yet another sonic transformation on "Animiam of the Airy," a cut from his forthcoming LP Dreamer (artwork above). The song finds the shape-shifting producer utilizing his decades-honed talent for creating distinct aural landscapes to craft a piece of dubby, spacious techno. Floating atop the proceedings, squelching wind instruments fire at will throughout the song's six-minute run, rarely acknowledging the tune's other elements—namely the deep, rolling synth chords and steady beat chugging below. Wherever else Yokata is prepared to take us on his latest full-length endeavor will have to wait to be seen when Dreamer sees a release on February 6.
The last twelve months have been revelatory for Gerry Read; the 19-year-old Brit released a slew of fine EPs to great acclaim and most recently put together our latest podcast. The hot streak continues into 2012, and the precocious producer will take his talents to Delsin, the home of Peter Van Hoesen, Shed, Morphosis, and many, many more members of techno's current illuminati. Read more »
This stripped-down and melodic production arrives courtesy of Copenhagen's CHLLNGR and his forthcoming EP for Time No Place, Datter. We've already heard the cosmic dub of "Change" from that record, and "Well, Good" takes the same spacious sound palette down further into the territory of slow grooves and deep synth tones. Look for the rest of CHLLNGR's Datter EP to drop on February 7.
Moscow's Pixelord had a restless 2011, producing three separate EPs of glitchy and wonky sounds. The Russian beatmaker returns in 2012 with a more structured offering, "Keramika (Part 2)," an exclusive bonus from his upcoming Keramika EP. The whirring, synth-driven track is full of bass, speed, and energy, but tastefully stops short of the over-the-top quality of his previous outings. It serves as an introspective contrast to the rest of the more-volatile Keramika EP, which will be released February 6 on Hit and Hope.
A new label has formed, operating under the name Glyph, and for the imprint's first release, budding German Essáy will issue his proper debut single, "Morning Mountain" b/w "A Cold Day." (artwork above) Read more »
Rising Nottingham resident Epworth has passed along the Nas-sampling "Ain't Hard" to help introduce his take on UK bass music. The 23-year-old DJ/producer has been steadily building a rep thanks to a flurry of activity in 2011, including a mix for Sonic Router, a collaborative track with Hackman, and his work running the clothing/art shop/collective Mimm. Now, with a forthcoming 10" single on its way January 30 for the Dutch Tube 10 imprint, Epworth is poised to continue making moves in 2012, and with percussive heaters like "Ain't Hard" at his disposal, we'll likely continue to take notice.
The debut EP from New Orleans-by-way-of-San Francisco producer Jim-E Stack took way too long to see the light of day (seriously, we first caught wind of this release back in June of last year), and its impact is slightly dampened because of this. Even so, the three tracks which make up Come Between still make for an engaging effort, one that finds the American newcomer dissecting futuristic UK club music with an intriguing sense for rhythm and an ear for the memorable. Read more »
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