Discobelle records are a mixed bag, in more ways than one. Truly, there's no 'Discobelle sound.' Nearly every record the blog-cum-label drops jumps from one entry-level producer to another and one forward-thinking, club-friendly subgenre to the next, but you can safely assume none of them will be out-and-out stinkers. That's not to say they're all stellar, though. Brenmar's At It Again EP might very well top Discobelle's discography, but releases like the hyperactive Turned On Vol. 1 compilation offer far more duds than not. Qualitatively, the label's latest record, a six-track EP called Feel U by anonymous tunesmith Myrryrs, exists just about equidistant from either of those poles. Read more »
Part Balearic, part house, part synth-pop, all vibes: That's just about the best way to describe "Paws" by UK newcomer Peter Evans-Pritchard (a.k.a. Enjoyed). The sun-soaked tune is lifted from the producer's forthcoming debut EP, Oscar, which is being released on a limited-edition cassette and is currently available to pre-order from the Shoes Off imprint, here. You might want to grab this one to help remind you of warmer days once the inevitable chill sets in.
UK-based house phenom Maya Jane Coles has announced that two of her excellent productions from late 2010, "Hummingbird" and "Nobody Else," will be re-released via Hypercolour's latest "pro-vinyl" imprint, Hype_Ltd., along with remixes from Youandewan and T. Williams. Read more »
At first glance, Balam Acab may seem like a standard, flash-in-the-pan bedroom producer. The artist named Alec Koone was signed to label of the moment (some might say label of the year) Tri Angle last year based merely on a few tracks posted to his Myspace; his supernatural beat music saturated just about all of the internet's tastemaking websites instantaneously, thanks in part to his unwitting connections to the so-called "witch house" genre; and the hype surrounding Balam Acab threatened to burst after he received nods from actress Ellen Page in Entertainment Weekly and his music was used to soundtrack a L'Oréal commercial featuring Beyoncé. But a closer inspection of this young musician—not to mention a single spin of his gorgeous debut LP, Wander / Wonder—shows Koone isn't a one trick pony. He's no dilettante, destined to fizzle underneath the pressure of early fame and fandom. On the contrary, he's a knowledgable and relatively seasoned artist, one who is full of contradictions. Read more »
Somewhere amongst the Hype Williamses, the Laurel Halos, and the D'Eons of the esoteric, lo-fi beat-pop realm is a guy from LA named Ian Evans, making strange, boogie-flavored instrumentals with an ear for spacey atmospheres under the moniker Napolian. From Evans' recently released split-LP with Texan producer Computer Dreams, aptly titled Napolian/Computer Dreams (pictured above), "Olympia" is a two-parter with its first half boasting a soulfully anthemic-yet-understated sound, and the second sort of flying off the deep end into Casio-SK-1 land. Check out the rest of this interesting record here.
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