London-based producer Sei A (a.k.a. Andy Graham) has had a brief, albeit prolific career spanning back to 2008. In that time, he's put out two albums and a handful of singles that riff on the darker side of electronic dance music. Flux, his latest release, is no different, offering four densely rhythmic tracks that explore a characteristically bleak industrial soundscape. Read more »
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 »
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