After years spent building a name as a dubstep artist, last year Headhunter broke out in a huge way with his juke-influenced Addison Groove side project, largely thanks to the nonsensical yet undeniably infectious "Footcrab." What initially seemed like it might have been a one-off outing has exploded in recent weeks, with new Addison Groove releases dropping on both the Swamp81 and Tectonic labels. Read more »
While having gone through a number of names, Nottingham producer/DJ duo Ursa Major (previously known as MeMeMe and Waves) seems to have finally settled on an appropriate moniker with its forthcoming debut on Trouble & Bass, the Blacklight EP. Coming from that release, "Crab Apple" showcases the talented up-and-comers as they leave familiar Trouble & Bass territory for a moody—yet ravey—musical topography. The rhythm is tropical, but not sunny; a snare-driven, steel drum-pummeled pattern hurtles the song towards a shipwreck of a breakdown. Riding the percussion is a chopped-up female vocal sample that goes off like a warning klaxon. Check out "Crab Apple" below and grab the EP on May 3.
Bristol production outfit Swarms recently released a brand-new record via the bass-lovin' LoDubs imprint, called Old Raves End. This massive jam won't be found on that release, but is nonetheless a choice example of the kinds of mysterious aural subtleties and overwhelming low-end at work in the trio's understated dubstep experiments. The eclectic percussion and bouncing riddims of "Stay Close" tumble and skitter about within its meticulously crafted and airy sonic realm—offering some of the densest and most rewarding soundscapes of its kind that we've heard in some time. You can check out all of Swarms' LP here, and watch a video for the soulful album cut "Roulette" after the jump. Read more »
If you're at all like us, you've had a hard time unclicking the Repeat button on your iTunes whenever d'Eon's existential R&B jam "Transparency" pops up in the player. Now, after that tune has already made it to the top of our play count list, we get this exponentially ethereal remix by lo-fi soul man How to Dress Well (pictured above), an instant rival for the original's high ranking. Though singer/producer Tom Krell maintains much of d'Eon's Pure Moods-inspired instrumentation, he makes this version very much his own with a large dose of thickly layered vocal ambiance, heavy washes of reverb, a bit of textural grit, and his inimitable falsetto croon. "Transparency (How to Dress Well Remix)" is also the longest track (almost eight minutes) that we've ever heard from Krell, which will surely have no adverse effect on the frequency we'll be listening to it. (via Dis Magazine)
The latest young producer to join the ranks of Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings imprint is Southampton resident Will Ozanne, who crafts smooth, bass-centric tunes under the name Gang Colours. The exciting new artist just announced he will release his debut EP, called In Your Gut Like a Knife, via Peterson's label on June 6. Read more »
Marc Hellner's long-running electro-pop poject, Pulseprogramming, has dropped this video for the lead single from his forthcoming Charade is Gold LP. Similar to the nonchalant feel of the wispy tune it accompanies (which we posted for download a few weeks back), the video seems to carelessly jump through a variety of serene images, including a handful of glimpses of the song's vocal contributor, Chanel Pease, who does her best to look as ambivalent as possible while delivering the tune's airy whisperings. Charade is Gold is set to be released May 3 through the Audraglint imprint. Read more »
Here we have a pleasant surprise from the diverse roster Sufjan Stevens and company maintain over at Asthmatic Kitty. "Autumn Sunrise" comes to us from 18-year-old producer InfinitiRock, whose press release claims that he's been crafting instrumental beats for the last 12 years–which means while all the other kids were playing hide-and-go-seek, InfinitiRock was putting in work "in the lab." Sure sounds like the time spent early on has paid off, as this track can certainly hold its own amongst the current wave of stoney, blissful beats with its distant pitch-shifted samples and delicate percussion programming that bounces between the track's monstrous low end. With its calming flow, it's no surprise that "Autumn Sunrise" serves as the last full track on InfinitiRock's contribution to Astmatic Kitty's Library Catalog Music series, a chapter entitled Music For Primordial Recollection (artwork above). And for those whose curiosity is piqued from this first taste, a full stream of the album can be found here.
There are artists who construct a wall of inscrutability around themselves through misdirection and anonymity, and then there are those who are simply not there. Gatto Fritto is one Ben Williams from the UK, and like many of his ancestors from the world of leftfield disco, we don't know, and just don't need to know, much more than that.
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