The Pacific Northwest-based Dropping Gems collective/label has put together an impressive compilation featuring the likes of Shigeto, Sumsun, yuk., and more in an effort to raise funds for cancer research. The comp, entitled Gem Drops, is also where you'll find this cut from Portland beatsmith Devonwho. "Brushmetal" takes the prize for most g-funkin' contribution to the collection with its slippery synth melodies and loose, meandering bassline, all complimented by a tantalizing mass of programmed clicks and hisses that fill the spaces rendered empty by the track's giant kick drums. It's just one of the many choice beats found on Gem Drops (artwork above), which is available for a "pay-what-you-want" price at Dropping Gems' Bandcamp with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society. Good beats for a good cause, who ever said head-nodding beat-junkies couldn't contribute to society?
In the weeks leading up to the release of FaltyDL's sophomore full-length, You Stand Uncertain, the hotly tipped DJ/producer has let loose with an album trailer, a music video, some lengthy interviews, and a handful of club appearances (including one at the next XLR8R-sponsored Icee Hot in San Francisco). Most recently, the artist born Drew Lustman crafted a mix for The Quietus that shares much of the material that influenced his forthcoming LP. Read more »
The anticipation is steadily increasing as we draw closer to the release date for the forthcoming Kode9 and The Spaceape LP, Black Sun, but to help hold us futuristic beat junkies over in the meantime, Kode9 has sent along this dub version of "Time Patrol" (which originally appeared on the 5 Years of Hyperdub comp back in 2009). As to be expected from a dub, The Spaceape's vocals are completely stripped away, allowing the focus to be on Kode9's lush, booming production. The only trace of vocals left amongst the menacing synth lines and dark horn stabs is the echoing, emotive phrasing of Chinese vocalist Cha Cha, whose contribution to the track marked her first collaboration with the London producer but has since led to her appearing on four tracks for the upcoming LP. In the time before Black Sun drops on April 18, we're thankful that Kode9 has allowed us to take a little trip into his reimagined past in hopes that it'll better prepare us for the mind-warping future he is about to deliver.
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As the first non-Dam Mantle release to drop via the aformentioned artist's Growing label, the Sorry I Took So Long EP (pictured above) is a collection of three oddly smooth, beat-centric electronic productions from London-based musicmaker My Panda Shall Fly, paired with five remixes from an array of tunesmiths. This alternate version of EP opener "Injury" was put together by up-and-coming bass head Throwing Snow, who breaks apart the original's buttery synth pads and sparse beat work to reformat it all into a sometimes-stuttering, sometimes-shuffling, sometimes-sailing club tune that remains beautifully ominous throughout. You can catch the rest of MPSF's EP when it's released on April 11, but until then, there's a teaser video to tide you over, which you can watch after the jump. Read more »
Before Subeena had a single to her name on Planet Mu, was featured in our Bubblin' section, or began running the Opit imprint, the UK-based producer co-headed the now-defunct Imminent (originally Immigrant until a later name change) label alongside fellow producer Dot. Now that these recordings are largely sold out and/or impossible to find, Subeena is releasing a collection of nine tracks from her Imminent past as well as two unreleased tracks on an album entitled 23 (her age when most of these songs were originally released back in 2008). Read more »
Soft-skinned UK MC Ghostpoet released his debut LP, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, just earlier this year, and now we have a couple of remixes for lead single "Cash & Carry Me Home," one which has an accompanying video, too. Above, you can watch the artist responsible for the tune work in the studio with veteran wordsmith Kano on an alternate version of the single, courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy. Read more »
The newly minted Lightworks imprint is set to release its first single in the form of two tracks from London-based producer/DJ Ossie and have sent this extra, non-single track along to help spread the word. "Reverse Mind Control" (most likely named after the track's reverse vocal snippets) finds Ossie crafting the brand of bubbling future-house he's been steadily catching the ears of UK's current taste makers with. Funky chords lead the track as they bounce around the stereo field, firing at regular intervals in coordination with the tune's skittering, housey beat. A few breakdowns here, a filter sweep or two there, Ossie gently moves us through this pulsing cut while adding layer after layer of precise percussion to keep the momentum building. Ossie's forthcoming "Tranatula" b/w "Creepy Crawlies" single (which also features a remix from fellow Londoner Funkineven) is set to be released on March 14 with a follow-up single from the hotly tipped producer being readied for release later this year on the renowned Hyperdub label.
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