Moscow's Pixelord had a restless 2011, producing three separate EPs of glitchy and wonky sounds. The Russian beatmaker returns in 2012 with a more structured offering, "Keramika (Part 2)," an exclusive bonus from his upcoming Keramika EP. The whirring, synth-driven track is full of bass, speed, and energy, but tastefully stops short of the over-the-top quality of his previous outings. It serves as an introspective contrast to the rest of the more-volatile Keramika EP, which will be released February 6 on Hit and Hope.
A new label has formed, operating under the name Glyph, and for the imprint's first release, budding German Essáy will issue his proper debut single, "Morning Mountain" b/w "A Cold Day." (artwork above) Read more »
Rising Nottingham resident Epworth has passed along the Nas-sampling "Ain't Hard" to help introduce his take on UK bass music. The 23-year-old DJ/producer has been steadily building a rep thanks to a flurry of activity in 2011, including a mix for Sonic Router, a collaborative track with Hackman, and his work running the clothing/art shop/collective Mimm. Now, with a forthcoming 10" single on its way January 30 for the Dutch Tube 10 imprint, Epworth is poised to continue making moves in 2012, and with percussive heaters like "Ain't Hard" at his disposal, we'll likely continue to take notice.
The debut EP from New Orleans-by-way-of-San Francisco producer Jim-E Stack took way too long to see the light of day (seriously, we first caught wind of this release back in June of last year), and its impact is slightly dampened because of this. Even so, the three tracks which make up Come Between still make for an engaging effort, one that finds the American newcomer dissecting futuristic UK club music with an intriguing sense for rhythm and an ear for the memorable. Read more »
While the history of house music grows thicker by the day, certain tunes seemingly refuse to fade into the annals of the past. One such song is "I Get Deep" by Roland Clark (pictured above), which originally dropped back in 2000. The vocal was famously sampled by Fatboy Slim, the song was again given new life in 2007 with the help of a release by DJ Le Roi, and now, that version is being brought back to life with a new batch of remixes on the Get Physical label. Read more »
Dutch producer Applescal (a.k.a. Pascal Terstappen) has offered up another free tune, less than two months after dropping a free EP through the RTFKT collective. This steady techno track starts with a humming bassline, incrementally adding percussion and synth textures until breaking down in a wash of effects, only to re-emerge in a full-force groove. Terstappen is currently working on material for a new album, and while "Fab 40" was crafted during this process, it will not be included on the album or get an official release, so we recommend that you go ahead and grab it now.
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