It was back in 2004 that Geoff White (a.k.a. Aeroc) issued his debut full-length, Viscous Solid, through Ann Arbor's Ghostly imprint. Now, seven years later, the once-Ohio-based producer (last we checked, he had hopped across the pond and landed in Barcelona) has quietly returned to the home of his well-received debut with a new, 11-track LP entitled R+B=?. If "For Sake" is any indication, this new outing finds White picking up about where Viscous Solid left off, folding open sonic spaces and rich electronics into his melodic, at times jazzy, acoustic guitar-led productions.
The forward-looking net label and Danish DJ crew known as Sound Escape has tapped one of its own countrymen, Rewolmer, for a free, three-track EP entitled Error Perfect (artwork above). The simply titled opener, "One," kicks off the release on a bit of a somber note with emotive chords, tastefully placed vocal chops, and the most post of post-dubstep rhythms. As the tune lazily rolls along, it picks up a luscious bassline along the way, infusing the track with a reflective sense of soulfulness before a precise melody defines the track's latter half. After downloading "One" below, you can head to Sound Escape's Bandcamp to cop the rest of the EP for the agreeable price of "free."
Just a month after he dropped his first Jersey Club Music mixtape, Parisian DJ/producer and Marble Music/Club Cheval affiliate Sam Tiba shares his second installment, which also doubles as the third volume of Mad Decent's Brick Bandits-helmed Import/Expert mix series. Read more »
Proudly Parisian imprint Cracki, known primarily for its parties in derelict factories and an abandoned train station, dropped its debut release this past Sunday, a piece of soulful house by fellow Frenchman Larcier. "Sometimes I See" (artwork above) is minimal and groovy, with warbling synth layers and a simple, bouncing bassline. Larcier rejects the over-use of production gimmicks, using only subtle panning as his effect of choice, while the vulnerability of the tender, high-pitched vocals fits perfectly with the extended pauses in this classically deep-sounding tune.
Over the past few months, XLR8R has been curating a special set of charts for Beatport. UK producer Hackman has been making regular appearances on our site over the past two-plus years, thanks largely to his unique, drum-heavy take on funky-influenced house sounds. He can also be counted on to drop a steady stream of new releases, the most recent of which is the "Agree to Disagree" b/w "Sunburst" single on PTN, a precursor to his forthcoming debut full-length, As Above, So Below. Before the album drops early next year, Hackman has put together this list of 10 of his current favorite tunes, a sampling that includes dancefloor gems from several of his UK contemporaries. Read more »
The easiest way to capture XLR8R's attention with a music video in 2011 was to merely have an original idea and at least a semblance of production value, a task that often proved more difficult than it might seem. With the growing number of found-footage reappropriations posing as visual-art pieces, it became increasingly difficult to get excited about the loads of videos that inevitably filtered into view. But that's not to say there weren't a sizable handful of clips that did actually pique our senses. Between the beautifully shot imagery, unique storylines, compelling animations, vintage techniques, and baffling special effects, we discovered some true artists who are still out there fighting the good fight for quality film production. Here are our top 10 favorites of that bunch. Read more »
London-based newcomer Stavrogin (a.k.a Theo Darton-Moore), a recent addition to the B.YRSLF Division roster, is yet another English teenage beatmaker with a knack for bass-music production. That said, the upstart producer's sparse, slow-motion take on the sound does set him apart from the rest of the increasingly crowded field. "Run Down," the first track from Darton-Moore's forthcoming Reflections EP (artwork above), is a mellow piece of warped 2-step with a heaving bassline and diced-up, R&B-esque vocal samples. The EP is out now exclusively on Boomkat, but will be made available via Bandcamp on December 19, and through all major digital music retailers in late December.
Veteran house producer and Dial Records boss Lawrence has been making music for more than a decade now, and at this point, his production style can essentially be boiled down into one simple concept: deep, thoughtful tunes. Granted, after all these years, it's something he does very well, and "Kurama," his latest single and first outing on DJ Koze's Pampa imprint, finds Lawrence maintaining his usual high standards. Yes, it's minimal, but it's also rather well done. Read more »
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