This tune by Atlanta-based producer heRobust (a.k.a Hayden Kramer) will be the b-side to his forthcoming 7-inch, set for a March 21 release date on Saturate. Both this song and the record's a-side, "Facebook Lift," were previously featured on heRobust's recently released digital double album Late Night/Morning After (artwork above), which can be downloaded free of charge on Saturate's website. "Swagriculture" is a glitchy piece of hip-hop-inspired bass music with an easy-going rhythm and a shimmering cornucopia of sounds and samples.
The London-based website Bolier Room has announced plans to begin broadcasting live sessions from Los Angeles, with the first event set to take place this weekend and feature a trio of quintessential names from the Stones Throw family . Read more »
At this point, it's hard not to feel a little bad for Sigha (a.k.a. James Shaw). That sounds harsh, but it's a statement that has little do with the quality of the London-reared producer's music—which remains quite high—and lot more to do with the fact that he seems increasingly disconnected from the bass-music scene with which he is often affiliated. In reality, Sigha now resides in Berlin and has been regularly turning out heady, mature techno for several years now, a trend that continues on his most recent EP, Abstractions I-IV. The tunes are solid, but one can't help but wonder if they're largely falling on deaf ears. Read more »
NYC-via-Finland producer Albert Swarm has lent his production talents to Young Magic's "Night in the Ocean," another installment in a growing array of remixed tracks from the Brooklyn band's debut LP, Melt. On this remix, Swarm takes the band's vocal harmonies and adds a sense of disarray, creating a chorus of off-kilter synths and stirring in some gloomy ambiance with Young Magic's choral arrangements. It's a fuzzy take on a lo-fi pop song, but Swarm's beats bring new depth.
Premier footwork/juke patron Planet Mu is set to release a new album by Chicago producer and Ghetto Teknitianz affiliate Cornelius Ferguson (a.k.a. Traxman), the 18-track The Mind of Traxman. Read more »
It's been awhile since we've heard from Irish beatmaker MMoths, but in the year since he shared "Summer," the 18-year-old beatmaker has added an extra "M" to his moniker and put the finishing touches on a proper debut EP. The five-song, self-titled effort won't be released until March 6, but this expansive clip for EP cut "THNX" has been unveiled in the meantime. Read more »
Brooklyn's Slava is associated with the borough's burgeoning electronic-music-meets-visual-arts scene, so it's fitting that his latest EP dropped on Software, a label headed by one of that world's most visible figures, Oneohtrix Point Never. "File," the first track from the Soft Control EP (artwork, featuring a "file," pictured above), starts off as a sparse clip of beat music, but develops into something more exciting. As the song progresses, synths and beats layer, and around the midpoint, Slava catches us off guard by unveiling a fully fledged, hands-in-the-air house track. Download the track below and then stream Soft Control in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
NYC/Toronto duo Waze & Odyssey is preparing to release a new EP on young London imprint Body Work. The C'mon EP (pictured above) contains three shuffling, NY-style garage tracks, the kinds of tunes that would have fit well into a mid-'90s DJ set from, say, Masters at Work or Todd Terry. "Ride My Junk" is a non-EP exclusive; the six-minute production rides along big hi-hats, FM synths, and an array of female croons, all the while building toward an infectious drop that just might get hands at Cielo flying in 2012 as enthusiastically as they were in 1997. After the jump, stream the sax-laden title track off the C'mon EP, which will be released on February 27. Read more »
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