Eric Michael Vallely (a.k.a. EMV) is set to issue his debut full-length album, Resolutions, on February 21 through Matthewdavid's LA-based Leaving imprint. "Blue Pop" is one of 16 somewhat difficult, noise-leaning compositions on the album (artwork above), and features a considerable amount of static, feedback, white noise, and melodically droning sounds. The record will be released digitally and on cassette tape, and while the recent hipster fad of cassette-only releases sometimes seems inane, Leaving Records has once again found something that offers an interesting congruity with the antiquated format, as EMV hearkens back to the early days of sonic experimentation through tape manipulation conducted by the likes of Steve Reich and Terry Riley.
London producer Visionist (a.k.a. Louis Carnell) is a confident artist, but he's also not afraid to give credit where it's due. "I can't lie," says the 22-year-old beatmaker. "I'm heavily influenced. I'll hear someone's tune and [think], 'This is amazing.' And then, I'll make something, but I'm very aware of not copying anyone." He continues, "As much I get influenced by someone's tune, my production style is, like, 'You love that vibe, now do something with it.'" It's a refreshing attitude, and one that perhaps explains how the admittedly shape-shifting artist has swiftly managed to carve out his own corner in the crowded bass-music landscape. Read more »
This freshly crafted and undeniably gloomy piece of bass music is the debut work of anonymous UK producer Touch. While the artist's Soundcloud and Twitter accounts were opened only hours ago, Touch tells us that he/she has previously released music under another, as yet unknown, alias. "Lost" is a somewhat experimental number, with heavy bass colliding into warped vocal snippets, sporadic drum samples, and haunting synth pads. Consider us officially intrigued.
How could Burial properly follow an album like Untrue? That 2007 LP has practically become a sacred tome, and not only for dubstep, but the whole of electronic music. The adoration and respect that fans and critics have awarded to Burial since Hyperdub released his second full-length has put him in a bit of a pickle; if he turns out more of those desolate soundscapes and rickety beats, he'll be called a one-trick pony, but if he changes too much, he runs the risk of alienating those who treat his music like a religion. Read more »
German producer Kassem Mosse is teaming up with fellow countryman and occasional collaborator Mix Mup for a six-song mini-album to be released on Will Bankhead's Trilogy Tapes label, an imprint known for its limited-run cassette and vinyl pressings. Read more »
Although UK producer Spam Chop recently released a new three-song EP of hard-hitting, four-on-the-floor tunes, here we're bringing you an unreleased older cut of extra-large size. The nine-minute "Fritz" is a piece of mildly disorienting techno that features a steady beat and bassline punctuated by some rather wacky synth licks and blips. Spam Chop's new EP, Cuckup, is currently available through the Mimm imprint, and can be previewed along with the album art and tracklisting, after the jump. (via Mixmag) Read more »
Net label Cut has has added a 10th EP to its ongoing series of free releases, the latest one coming from label boss DFRNT (a.k.a. Alex Cowles). On his Actaeon EP, the Scottish producer explores the realm of drum & bass, albeit with the mellowness and emotion that has come to define the Cut catalog. "Everything," taken from the EP, is subtle and minimal compared to most drum & bass offerings, a track emphasizing dreamy synth melodies and chopped vocals while fast-paced percussion and bass ooze in the background. Take a look at the tracklisting and artwork for the release after the jump, and download the entire EP in exchange for your email address here or a tweet here. Read more »
Looks like somebody out there loves you guys; well, it actually looks like a few awesome DJs and producers love you guys, as there's no shortage of free Valentine's Day goodies ready to help keep you company today and tonight. Read more »
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