London's MA1 is a veteran DJ, someone who came up in the late-'90s/early-'00s garage scene and eventually found his way onto Rinse FM, where he continues to pilot a weekly show. Although he oversees his own Karnival Music label, he hasn't exactly been a prolific producer over the years, which makes his latest offering, the four-song Elektron EP, quite possibly the highest-profile MA1 release to date. Read more »
This lengthy slice of iridescent, rave-friendly music is taken from the remix EP for UK producer Gang Colours' In Your Gut Like a Knife record. Fellow British tunesmith Pedestrian elongates the rubbery "Dance Around the Subject" to make roughly eight minutes of dancefloor brilliance. You can grab the rest of Gang Colours' free remix EP here.
What began as an eight-plus minute expedition into meandering, spacious techno, "Far End of the Graveyard" has been reworked by a number of up-and-coming producers on Ghosting Season's (pictured above) recent remix EP. Here, we have a contribution to that release from UK newcomer Enjoyed, whose hybrid combinations of Balearic pop and chilled-out house we first caught wind of a few weeks back. Electing to forgo the elongated structure of the original, Enjoyed quickly moves into a swirling production that leans heavy on the house side of his sonic palette, placing a bouncing combination of kicks and claps alongside an array of heavenly pads and glistening melodies. After peeping Enjoyed's take on "Far End of the Graveyard," you can stream the rest of the EP (which features contributions from Polinski, Nedry, and Relmic Statue), here.
Nascent Chilean producer Daniel Klauser is set to release his debut EP, Rootz, later this month through French label Get Flavor. The title track is a chugging, tropical-flavored house number with shuffling drum patterns, thudding bass, fast-paced, dancehall-style vocals, and a looping, high-pitched sample of what sounds like a flute. In addition to three other originals, the EP also contains remixes by The Phantom, Look Like, and Mantanza.
Last we heard from David Kennedy (a.k.a. Pearson Sound) and his Chicago house alter ego, Maurice Donovan, was the "Babeh" b/w "Satisfied" record back at the end of April. Now, a one-sided 12" has dropped under the Donovan moniker for the tune "Call My Name." Read more »
Distal's Embassy imprint is set to drop its eighth release next week, a five-song EP by Houston producer Wheez-ie (who happens to be living in Boston these days, where he's a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music). Titled Keep Yer Chin Up, the EP features three frantic, juke-leaning originals and a couple of somewhat toned-down, but no less bass-heavy, remixes from DJ Assault and Salva. Here we have the latter, which finds the Frite Nite founder adding some groove while taking the pace down a notch, ultimately winding up with a creative and danceable piece of bass music that owes a lot more to old-school electro than new-school footwork.
London-based record label, event producer, and artist collective Earnest Endeavours is set to release its first record, a five-song EP by San Francisco's B. Bravo (pictured above), on Monday, October 24. Although this is the imprint's first release, Earnest Endeavours has already thrown parties in Barcelona, Los Angeles, and London, produces an ongoing radio program on NTS, and also has a print magazine in the works. Read more »
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