Right out of the gate, BNJMN (a.k.a. Ben Thomas) made a strong impression on the electronic-music landscape. Last year, the shadowy young Brit dropped two LPs via the esteemed Rush Hour imprint, both of which showcased a unique brand of house and techno that was simultaneously dark, hazy, and dreamily emotive. Read more »
UK producer Memotone is preparing to release Hands, a six-track EP of ambient, bassy works, via A Future Without on March 26. "It's Out There Waiting" is the brooding fifth track from that release. The track flutters with an lush string arranement, a choir of handclaps, a male falsetto, and a slightly unsteady rhythm, all of which was performed and recorded by the artist himself. It all makes for a sparse and focused song, one that trudges along with a sinister thud. You can stream the rest of the Hands EP here.
When you take into account Gerry Read's hasty, improvised production methods (which he gave us some insight into a few weeks back), his prolific nature doesn't necessarily come as a surprise. Still, it is a bit of a wonder how the young producer manages to put together such an abundant output while continuing to increase the quality of his music. The Yeh Come Dance EP, Read's debut for Amsterdam's Delsin imprint, picks up where his Fourth Wave trilogy left off, in the abstract remnants of Midwest house and techno. However, this time around, his crackling compositions appear with rounded edges, and his sights are more focused on the dancefloor than ever before. Read more »
Brooklyn duo No Regular Play has been making waves over the past few years, largely due to its association with the Wolf + Lamb imprint, for whom the pair dropped a handful of crisp house productions and performed countless early-morning live sets at the label's residency at the Marcy Hotel. The group has put together a new stormer as part of the inaugural 12" release for Cut Mistake Music, a new, NYC-based imprint. This deep-house cut, a staple of No Regular Play's live sets for some time, features clean, bassline-centric production that broods along for nearly eight minutes. The track invokes the classic house trope of organ stabs, but here, the sounds feel idiosyncratic and fresh; the Brooklynites aren't just employing early-'90s-Korg M1 nostalgia.
Portland's Chromatics has been leaking cuts from its upcoming Kill for Love LP in the form of Alberto Rossini-directed music videos for the past few months now. The audio-visual aesthetic of "Back from the Grave," the fifth and latest in that series, harkens back to that of 2007's brilliant Night Drive, offering a haze of italo-infused dream-pop anchored by Ruth Radelet's forthright vocals and the analog sensibilities of the Italians Do it Better pedigree. Read more »
Glitch veteran Kid606 is prepping a new release for his Tigerbeat6 imprint, the elegantly titled Ejaculazer Tag EP. Featured here, the title track embodies Kid606's trademark knack for making spastic, genre-hopping bass mischief. The Berlin-based producer incorporates funky electro and UK garage on this cut, warping "Ejaculazer Tag" into a head-in-the-stars melange of contemporary beat work. You can stream the rest of Kid606's EP, which drops on March 26, after the jump. Read more »
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