This cut of gritty, futuristic hip-hop is the result of a collaborative effort between one Jon Phonics (pictured above) and LuckyMe cohort S-Type. Together, the two producers have amassed a litany of blistering synths, skittering hats, rolling toms, crisp chords, and ascending arps to qualify "Swamp Donkey" as a full-to-the-brim head-nodder. But this collaborative effort is not merely a one-off for Phonics, as the up-and-coming Londoner has turned in a total of three original tunes for his upcoming Grid Games EP, which showcases the young man's talents alongside fellow beatsmiths BUG, Pete Cannon, and Jeeks. After giving "Swamp Donkey" a spin, you'll find the artwork and tracklist for that forthcoming EP—which, incidentally, marks the inaugural release of the PRISM label—after the jump. (via Earmilk) Read more »
On They!Live, UK producers Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka continue to find the point at which the former's rolling techno sensibilities meet with the latter's percussive house inclinations. Expanding on the "Creeper" b/w "Infamous" single, the pair's first collaborative LP presents eight new tracks (and one album edit of the aforementioned "Creeper") that voyage into continually deeper territory, and, surprisingly, the results are not always aimed at the dancefloor. Read more »
Taken from the They! Live LP by Benjamin Damage & Doc Daneeka (which was just released today via 50Weapons), "Halo (feat. Abigail Wyles)" is a somewhat uncharacteristically somber track from the pair of producers, who are likely known best for propulsive, bass-driven club tunes. And the video featured here is equally as poignant and heartfelt. Read more »
The moniker of Dutch producer Luuk Graham, FilosofischeStilte, translates to "philosophical silence," an idea which the fledgling 18-year-old artist may not apply directly to his music but certainly seems to ponder throughout his five-track Gold Tooth EP. Productions like the steady "Hairdoo VIP" are heavy on the 8-bit aesthetic, but ultimately boast very few sounds; it's almost like Graham is trying to make a musical point by keeping things as simple as possible with both his arrangements and structure. FilosofischeStilte's new record is out now via Lowriders Collective.
Shame on us for letting this one slip through the cracks for a few weeks, but earlier this month, burgeoning dancehall MC Popcaan and Dre Skull dropped the first in a planned series of releases, a new single called "Get Gyal Easy" (artwork above). Read more »
Because Travis Stewart (pictured above) clearly didn't have enough on his plate, the prolific New Yorker behind Machinedrum (and one-half of Sepalcure) has teamed up with like-minded Brit Om Unit to form Dream Continuum, a collaboration brought together by the producers' mutual goal of "finding the sweet spot between mid-'90s euphoric jungle and footwork." Read more »
LA-based label Coral Records, partially responsible for the nascent and stylistically nebulous "seapunk" movement, has released a split EP (pictured above) by Curtis Vodka and Unknown as its fifth release. Germany's Unknown is behind "Tru Luv," a track that borrows heavily from old-school jungle while nodding to recent trends in the world of bass music. By combining the fast percussion of '90s drum & bass with atmospheric synths and R&B vocal samples, this hi-octave raver constructs a sort of bridge between 1994 and 2012.
San Francisco is an interesting place. When it comes to electronic music, it's unquestionably one of the best cities in the US, a place where DJs from around the globe excitedly want to play, knowing they'll be greeted by enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowds. In terms of quality parties and audiences with an open-minded attitude to all sorts of sounds, it's honestly hard to top San Francisco, at least in terms of places situated on American soil. That said, it's not a city that's generally celebrated as a hotbed of producer talent. Yes, San Francisco was ground zero for the '90s West Coast house scene and is also the home base for labels like Om and Dirtybird, but overall, the City by the Bay still lags behind places like New York and Detroit, not to mention London and Berlin, at least in terms of respect for its current musical output. So where does that leave an artist like Bobby Browser, whose Just Browsing EP is his first proper solo release? Read more »
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