Heralding from America's third largest city, Supreme Cuts is a duo well-versed in Chicago's traditions of house, juke, and footwork. Flickering images of those distinct dance-music ingredients swim into view on this new cut from the outfit's forthcoming LP, Whispers in the Dark (out on June 12 via Dovecote). "Lessons of Darkness (Apology)" is no mere exercise in genre tropes, however. One could practically cough on the dense, atmospheric production Supreme Cuts exhibits; humid drums emerge from the smoke only to burst through in a sparkling display of celestial melodies and pop sensibility. The project seems to be a fully realized sum of its parts, and as legendary juke veteran DJ Gant Man said about this release, "I fucks with this. Y'all snapped." You can take a look at the cover art and tracklist for Whispers in the Dark before it drops, after the jump. Read more »
Color-drenched, tropical-tinged dance music inspired by the likes of UK funky stalwarts DVA and Roska seems to be making its way back into the fold, as evidenced by this gritty jam from British producer Beacon. With a new three-tracker set to drop on Four40, Beacon offers up non-EP cut "The World Is Quiet," a paranoid and skittering production buoyed by ascending kettle tones and a nefarious, creeping synth line. The beginning of the tune reminds us strongly of the work of Hessle Audio's Joe ("Untitled" and "Grimelight" in particular), hissing ominously as the beat builds into a shuffling furor. The Freakin' U EP will be released via Four40 in the coming weeks, available exclusively on Beatport for the first two weeks and followed by a limited run of colored vinyl a month later. You can stream a preview of Beacon's forthcoming EP after the jump. Read more »
Modeling analog hardware into the world of music software isn't an uncommon practice, as there are plenty of apps and DAWs emulating throwback synths and drum machines out there today. But a music-making app that allows the user to draw their own instruments onto a blank canvas? With MIDI capabilities, to boot? Vlek, the locally sourced Belgian imprint that Bubblin’ Up artist Cupp Cave/Ssaliva calls home, will introduce an app for the iPad that does just that, later this spring. Read more »
For house and bass producers, the ever-present need for tracks to be danceable can put serious constraints on creativity and experimentation. Apparently, Montreal's Henry Goury-Laffont has been bumping into this limiting factor recently while producing music under his HGLDT moniker. To allow for the creation of more abstract and spontaneous tunes, Goury-Laffont is now debuting a second moniker, Assent, under which he will create rawer tracks that capture more ephemeral moments and feelings. "The Dream" is an atmospheric bit of beatwork with fast-paced percussion and interplaying synth lines. It's a touch more erratic than his other productions, but it's also more personal and emotive.
After two years of releasing music, both as a solo artist and with his good friend Ramadanman (now more commonly referred to as Pearson Sound), Midland (a.k.a. Harry Agius) has yet to release a disappointing record. With Placement, the Leeds-based producer continues with his streak of high-quality releases, adeptly blending elements of techno and garage into subtly emotional house on his return to Will Saul’s Aus Music imprint. Read more »
Austrian producers Minor Sick and Feux have teamed up as Mieux, releasing a white-label 12" (artwork above) on Cologne's Up My Alley imprint. The b-side from that 12" is "Wild," a jazzy piece of downtempo beatwork. Starting with a delectable jazz drum sample, the track warps into fidgety, hip-hop-sampled mayhem anchored by a sinister, decomposing chord wash. The track is markedly different from what we heard from Minor Sick last month, the more upbeat "Techno Hearts."
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