Drums. When discussing the music of Doc Daneeka (a.k.a. Mial Watkins), that's usually the focus of the conversation. After all, the Welsh-born producer essentially made a name for himself by crafting percussion-heavy slices of mutant house music. Sure, the excellent They!Live album dialed down the drum patterns in favor of a stark, techno-leaning sound palette, but much of that was chalked up to the producer's relocation to Berlin, if not the influence of his They!Live collaborator Benjamin Damage. So how exactly does one explain "Toby Jug," the latest Doc Daneeka single and something he produced—apart from the vocal contributions of Abigail Wyles—completely on his own? Not only does the track not contain much in the way of drums, it's not even suitable for the club. Read more »
About one minute into "Heavy Petting," Parisian floods the mix with an overwhelming bass synth and diverts attention away from the rest of the ambient, downtempo swoon that makes up the rest of the song. It's a potentially obnoxious move, but just like naming a song "Heavy Petting," there's a provocative allure to the action. After several listens, the ringing synths and woozy vocal samples come in to focus and prove the St. Louis beatmaker's production to be indeed memorable, if not tasteful.
Portland synth-pop duo Soft Metals is preparing to release an EP collecting remixes of tracks from the group's self-titled debut, which was released last summer on Captured Tracks. Here, remixing duties of album standout "Eyes Closed" have been handed over to fellow Portland producer Copy, who trims the original's cold-wave leanings and magnifies its house vibe. Copy's handiwork doesn't take the edge off, though, as the raw synthiness of the source material remains prominent in this new version. The Remixes (artwork above), which features efforts from Xander Harris, VALIS, and more, drops on May 15 via Sweating Tapes. In the meantime, you can stream the EP in its entirety, after the jump. Read more »
West In Dust, a new label based in Oakland, CA, is readying its debut release, a 14-song collection of tunes on the stonier side of bass music. The compilation (artwork above) will be released at the end of March, at which time it will be available for download. Until then, the upstart imprint is streaming all 14 tracks from West in Dust 2012 in their entirety. Read more »
We caught wind of a brand-new single on its way from Detroit-born, Berlin-based techno/electro provocateur Jimmy Edgar early last month, which also brought word of an album that Hotflush would soon release as well. Now, we have the details of that forthcoming full-length. Read more »
West Coast beatmaker Devonwho has a fresh, four-track 12" on the way from Dublin's California-loving All City label, called StrangeBrew. The silky "Cactus" is taken from that forthcoming record, and finds the producer knee deep in the kinds of rubbery synthlines, bubbly rhythms, and spacey sonic accoutrements that fellow LA funkster Dâm-Funk probably wouldn't mind calling his own. Look for Devonwho's StrangeBrew, which arrives complete with a remix by B. Bravo, on April 2. (via Pitchfork)
Well, this is certainly a surprise. Next week, New Jersey garage legend Todd Edwards will be dropping an all-new, five-song EP, his most substantial release in years. And what label will be bringing his new creations into the world? Believe it or not, the Shall Go EP (artwork above) is coming courtesy of upstart LA imprint Body High. Read more »
As a native Long Islander, Blind Prophet (a.k.a Joseph Burns) likely knows a thing or two about coastlines, and judging from this track, he seems to know quite a bit about production work, too. "Coastline" is a slice of dreamy garage, with various synth pads and a light-hearted melody soaring over punchy drum work. The tune feels soothing and peaceful, something like a breezy afternoon on a mid-Atlantic beach, despite its rather fast pace. This track isn't part of any specific release, although it's worth noting that Burns has previously released music on Car Crash Set, L2S, Gradient Audio, and DubKraft.
Although he's been making music for years, 2011 saw American-born, Valencia, Spain-based Maceo Plex riding a meteoric rise from relative obscurity. Now, he's being tabbed as one of the world's top house producers. While his flurry of infectious tunes from last year will be hard to match in 2012 (in quantity, at least), his first record of the year is bound to be a hit with his ever-growing fanbase. Read more »
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