Deep, searching techno music can be a mixed bag at times, with many producers falling into the trap of cautious and restrained melodic conservatism. Six-minute introductions, slow-developing progressions, commonplace synth patches listlessly unspooling to only the most patient listener's delight... These issues plaguing the long-standing genre are fortunately not shared by Ceremony-signed producer Magnus Johansson. We've covered Johansson's work as Bam Spacey before, but with the forthcoming Land EP set for release via the aforementioned NYC imprint on May 22, we're welcomed to a new production. "Ström (Saturday Mix)," an alternate version of the b-side from his latest single, is a vision of Scandanavian pop filtered through a winding, lushly produced deep-techno framework.
Although "Nova" by Burial & Four Tet is one of the more intriguing cuts Netherlands-based producer Drvg Cvltvre (a.k.a. Vincent Koreman) has heard in some time, he found it difficult to incorporate the tune into his sets due to its high bpm. So, Koreman took to editing the track, and did more than just slow it down; he also added some punch to the percussion and gave it a blissed-out Balearic vibe. This edit is part of a larger set of reworks from Koreman, which he has titled Something Borrowed, Something Blue (artwork above) and released to the world free of charge. After the jump, you can stream and download the entire collection, which also contains edits of Jamie XX, Boddika, and Actress, among others. Read more »
Montreal's Turbo Recordings, the imprint headed by electro-house mainstay Tiga, seems to be currently undergoing a period of rejuvenation. Once known for releasing poppy electro bangers best suited for massive 18+ raves, the label is expanding its horizons by acquiring new talent from more forward-thinking realms of techno, house, and bass. Read more »
Before dubstep took off in the United States, the stereotypical frat boy and nearly any stripe of electronic music seemed to go together about as well as water and oil. But as brostep has proven to be an amazingly resilient trend over the last couple of years, it doesn't seem far fetched now to predict a future for genres like "brohouse" and "techbro," whatever they might be. While we're not exactly sure if Techno Bro (a.k.a. Craig Sopo, co-founder of Baltimore imprint More or Less) is indeed aiming for a flat-billed-cap-wearing fanbase with his newest tunes, the quirky tech-house of "Wicked Slice" should at least catch the ear of those already interested in punchy percussion and bouncy beats. The track, along with three other originals from Sopo and three remixes, appears on Techno Bro's latest EP, Brahaus (artwork above), which is out now.
In our recent profile of multifaceted artist François Boulanger, the Belgian producer noted that the main distinction between his two monikers, Ssaliva and Cupp Cave, is the process with which he crafts the music. Boulanger favors more analog-centric approaches when recording Ssaliva's tunes, while Cupp Cave is primarily an affair organized on computers, he said. Be that as it may, gritty tape hiss and washy aesthetics still overshadow the clik-clak rhythms and cut-and-paste synth melodies featured on Boulanger's latest Cupp Cave record, which helps make Retina Waves yet another solid offering of the prolific beatmaker's kind of homegrown, esoteric house productions. Read more »
Meant Records, the Parisian imprint headed by DJ/producer Remain (a.k.a. Romain Rouffiac), will release its latest bit of material next week in the form of a five-song EP from Canadian duo Vosper (pictured above). The record will contain three original productions and two remixes, including this take on "Hidden Faces" by Polar. The remix tones down the iciness of the original and gives the bassline a bit more groove, all of which steers the track closer to house territory than the mechanical techno of its source material. Vosper's Release EP, named for its title track, is the debut output from the duo made up of Montreal denizens Edouard Le and Christopher Byron, and will be available on April 9. Until then, you can take a look at the EP's artwork, as well as stream samples of each of its tunes, after the jump. Read more »
It's been 20 years since Jeff Mills debuted his first work on Axis Records, the Tranquilizer EP, which he co-produced with Robert Hood under the moniker H&M. Since then, Mills has continued to produce under the Axis stamp, most recently dropping a full-length called The Messenger on the label earlier this year. Now, to celebrate the last 20 years he spent pioneering techno, Mills will soon release a two-disc retrospective of hand-picked tunes culled from his storied career on Axis. Read more »
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