The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. Brooklyn beatmaker FaltyDL may be affiliated with the nebulous world of bass music, but in recent years he's applied his meticulous methodology to tracks that could be labeled as garage, house, techno, and more. He's also stepped up his DJ game, and here are 10 of his favorite tools for the dancefloor. Read more »
Russia's relatively fresh G5 (standing for "gimme 5," of course) imprint passed along this tune from its newest release, a six-track EP from up-and-comer Maguett entitled Twilight. "Loud Bell" is the kind of slow-burner that can either lull you into a head-nodding trance or gradually draw you out of your surroundings and into its futuristic haze. Not to make it sound like Maguett is the kind of producer who conjures up billowy soundscapes; the Russian architectural student instead places his crunchy noise in delicate nooks and crannies, allowing the detailed (albeit sparse) percussion to anchor the tender chords and occasional synth modulations which appear at the song's edges. And for those who pay close enough attention, there's even the faintest touch of pitched vocals, adding another subtle layer to this reserved yet intriguing outing.
This warm cut of melodious beat work comes all the way from St. Petersburg, Russia, where one Vlad Kudryavtsev (a.k.a Monokle) crafted his newest EP, Birds Swirl (artwork above). This particular tune hails from the second half of the EP and finds the producer tinkering with heavy beats, gliding synth leads, and rich layers of smooth guitar. The results can at times be reminiscent of Bibio (if he was more street-obsessed, perhaps) or even sound like a more energetic take on Shlohmo's more recent guitar-based efforts. All comparisons aside, "Luch" is in itself a rather impressive quasi-futuristic instrumental, and one that can be found along with five other similarly vibrant pieces of abstract beatsmithery on the recently released Birds Swirl EP.
At this point, it's pretty safe to say that the UK bass scene (and its sonically similar tendrils around the globe) is suffering from a glut of artists. Just a few years after people first started uttering things like "post-dubstep" (and quickly therafter began making qualifications for doing so), it seems that new producers are constantly coming out of the woodwork, all of them with their own permutation of the sound. And although a lot of exciting and interesting music has been (and continues to be) created by a select number of producers, there are plenty of also-rans out there. For a while, Throwing Snow could be safely filed into the latter category. The young UK producer wasn't turning out bad music by any means; his various tracks and remixes—many of which have been posted here on XLR8R—were perfectly enjoyable, but none of them really stood out as particularly unique or special. However, with the release of new single "Shadower" b/w "Spectrum," it seems possible that Throwing Snow has made the proverbial leap. Read more »
Marking a bit of a departure from the usual dance-centric fare over at Top Billin is a new EP (artwork above) from young producer PZLD (pronounced "puzzled"). Here we have the release's title track, "Never Better," a tune which comes together with pieces of beat-scene-esque sample chops, echoes of UK bass drum programming, and, at times, touches of legitimate hip-hop thrown into the mix. If his forthcoming EP (set for release tomorrow) is any indication, labelling PZLD's productions as "hybrid" is just scratching the surface. After giving "Never Better" a listen, you'll find the whole four-track effort available to stream after the jump. Read more »
One of the best side effects of the proliferation of the internet has been that artists in relatively isolated areas finally have a voice on the world stage. Providing a means of promotion for these artists are platforms like Splash Recordings, a Slovakia-based net label. They recently tipped us to Again, a free EP from up-and-coming Prague-based producer Felix!. Here we have the electro-tinged titular single, which cruises along at a fast clip with a snappy '80s breakbeat, rising G-funk synth tones, laid-back synth stabs, and an unintelligible but funky vocal sample. Check out the Splash Recordings Soundcloud for the complete EP, which features a full slate of remixes spanning a diverse stylistic territory that includes classic Chicago house, global bass, and early UK hardcore.
Leftfield West Coast producer Shlohmo has a busy month ahead of him. About a month ago, he released Bad Vibes, his debut LP, via the Friends of Friends label. Now, he's back already with Fine, Thanks, a free EP of lost material culled from a backlog of his work from the past two years. Read more »
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