Ah, May... traditionally considered in northerly climates to be the gateway by which summer is accessed. The spring rains die down and are replaced by constant sunshine, beaches, BBQs, outdoor parties, and lazy days in the park. Err, actually none of that happens in San Francisco, so really we're just going off imagination here. Read more »
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Portland synth-pop duo Soft Metals soften up their analog-rich sound for this dreamy number, which is nabbed from of a forthcoming LP that producer Ian Hicks and singer Patricia Hall will soon release via Brooklyn's Captured Tracks. Hall's airy croon floats in the midst of a dense bed of silky electronics, just above a simple and driving rhythm—drawing the listener deeper into the mix with its quietly alluring tones. "Psychic Driving" is part Chromatics/Glass Candy, part early-'80s Kraftwerk, part My Bloody Valentine, and all good. The rest of Soft Metals' self-titled record will be available on July 19. (via Altered Zones)
Ripped from the b-side of dOP's forthcoming record, the three-track Your Sex EP, "Half Naked" is another fine example of the French trio's brand of deeply subtle and playfully coy techno sound. Percolating electronics and analog percussive sounds bounce and flutter about in the mix while fragments of whispered vocal melodies slide in and out of the track, seemingly at random. If you crank the volume and allow this one to envelop your head space, you'll likely find yourself transfixed by its quiet nuances and airy disposition. We expect to find more of these finely crafted sounds on dOP's new 12" when it drops on June 20 via Supplement Facts.
It's been about a year since Kastle (a.k.a. Pittsburgh-based bass music producer B. Rich) released his debut on Starkey's and Dev79's Seclusiasis label. Now, he's back with Time Traveler, a brand-new six-track EP also on the same label, which fuses classic hardcore rave elements with the theoretical beat programming of future garage. Kastle rides the lines between many genres on "I Know," where he throws together pitched-up vocal stabs, floating electric pianos, wobbly bass, and jangly broken beats for a dancefloor killer. Download the MP3 below, and grab Time Traveler at your favorite retailer.
No doubt about it, Hype Williams has been pretty busy as of late. The enigmatic Berlin/London-based duo of Inga Copeland and Dean Blunt (a.k.a. Hype Williams) has spent the year pumping out their signature hip-hop-tinged sampledelic lo-fi sounds. Read more »
“Smell this,” says Glaswegian DJ and Numbers label co-owner Jack Revill (a.k.a. Jackmaster), as he hands me a piece of freshly pressed vinyl. “It’s the best smell in the world,” adds his friend and London native Ben Thomson (better known as Ben UFO), a DJ who co-runs Hessle Audio and has, today, brought this new Peverelist tune for his peers to check out. Read more »
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