For its first release of 2012, Amsterdam record hub Rwina will be dropping a four-track EP by Finnish producer Desto. The artist's last outing with Rwina resulted in last year's Makowrap EP, whose title track spawned this VIP mix. "Makowrap (VIP Mix)" is full of confident swagger; it's bass-heavy and driving, but accomplishes this without relying on overblown production or hyper-aggressive, in-your-face posturing. The tune features crisp beats, a catchy synthesizer melody, and a subtly effective bassline. Desto's forthcoming EP, No Sleep, will be released in late February/early March, but the artwork and tracklisting is available after the jump. Read more »
Argentine brotherly duo and ZZK affliate Super Guachin has released this video for the tune "La Gorra," a tune from last year's Piratas y Fichines. The 8-bit-styled clip shows an animated version of the pair rebelling against corporate conspiracy and its undead army. Read more »
"Blacktop Lane" is the second track from the upcoming Lonelifter EP by Los Angeles producer EEZIR, which will serve as the debut release for both the producer and Futra, a new label based in LA. The track is defined by a lone, aggressive acid line, but is kissed with the shuffle and atmospherics associated with SoCal's current electronic-music scene. Hanson's house-leaning and acidic take on bass music brings to mind the productions of an artist like Blawan, but is perhaps a little less restless than the Brit's work. Check out the tracklist for the Lonelifter EP (which drops in March) after the jump. Read more »
Back in November, we grabbed John Talabot for a few minutes of conversation, and the Barcelona-based producer expressed some trepidation about his new album potentially being labeled both "tropical" and "shiny." As it turns out, Talabot is likely to be 50% satisfied, as there is almost nothing "tropical" about his debut full-length, but the prevalence of glistening synth tones throughout the record makes it quite possible that someone might deem it a "shiny" effort after all. Read more »
Over the past decade, Sean Byrd has composed music for television and film, while also releasing a handful of minimal and deep-house records. The producer is now preparing a full length, titled Always Was, for a March 19 release on the Denver-based Plastic Sound Supply label. "Woke Up Missing You," the fifth track from that upcoming release, is an ambient whorl that also features some subtle drum-and-bass rhythms. Imagine that the Discovery Channel commissioned Byrd to score a miniseries called Underwater Techno Mummies; this piece of emotive, dramatic material could have easily been part of the soundtrack.
This warm, crackling remix of "wen uuu" from Vacation EP doesn't appear on the forthcoming release, but is nonetheless a great production from Southern California beatmaker Teebs. Utilizing portions of the original beat and a few sparse vocal samples, Mtendere Mandowa makes this track his own by floating lush synth pads and wavering guitar strums over the top of its bubbly core. Look for more remixes from Nicolas Jaar, Salva, Groundislava, and more when the Vacation EP drops on February 14.
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