In the bustling UK music scene, where genres come and go in what seems like the bat of an eye, there's always a strong focus on the new. New artists. New sounds. New labels. New parties. While this kind of outlook sometimes leads to novelty trumping actual quality, it's not an attitude that's been wholesale adopted by the entire slate of UK music makers. Krystal Klear is a perfect example of those bucking the trend. Read more »
Longtime UK DJ/musician/sound artist Stuart Bowditch has recently undertaken a new project, a musical endeavor called USRNM. On his first release under this production moniker, the Instant Message EP, Bowditch explores the possibilities of meshing high-end sound experimentation with ethereal techno soundscapes, which the bell-laden "Snif" is a prime example of. You can stream and purchase the rest of USRNM's Instant Message EP over on Bandcamp, here.
UK four piece Breton is less than a month away from dropping its debut LP, Other People's Problems, but before that full-length sees a release on April 3, the group is set to unveil a new single, "Interference," later this month. That brings us to "Plastic Boxes," a booming slice of neck-snapping electronics which will serve as the flip side on the forthcoming single (which hits the streets March 19). Built around an instantly memorable chord progression, Breton crafts an almost-anthemic piece of pop-tinged beatwork which the group filters, glitches, and bit-crushes liberally. A repeated vocal hook tops the affair, and although its words are mostly incomprehensible, the refrain remains surprisingly catchy nonetheless.
In the past three years, Siberian-born DJ and producer Nina Kraviz has quickly established herself as a respected and outspoken member of the underground dance music community. Taking cues from the more avant-garde strains of house, her discography has put a refreshingly feminine spin on a style of music that's, generally speaking, about as masculine as professional wrestling. Unfortunately, her recently released debut LP, Nina Kraviz, falls short of the higher points of her career so far. Read more »
An interesting email appeared in our inbox today from young British up-and-comer Graphics, in which the producer explains that he has started his own record label, called LYWat Records, and is incrementally dropping a new EP as its first release. However, he put it much more colorfully than that. Read more »
Atlanta beatmaker Time Wharp has recently started a fresh endeavor with a handful of his tune-making peers, a record label called Jass. The imprint's inaugural release is a compilation featuring a track from each of the 10 East Coast producers involved, from which the stripped-down and understated "Seperated" (sic) by Georgian artist Cc is lifted. Before Jass' first record is released on March 20, you can pre-order the Companion I compilation via Bandcamp, here.
Danish duo Laid Back—responsible for the classic underground disco track "White Horse"—have announced plans to release a mini-album of reworked jams and lost recordings from the same session which produced the pair's early-'80s jam. Read more »
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