Brooklyn's Slava is associated with the borough's burgeoning electronic-music-meets-visual-arts scene, so it's fitting that his latest EP dropped on Software, a label headed by one of that world's most visible figures, Oneohtrix Point Never. "File," the first track from the Soft Control EP (artwork, featuring a "file," pictured above), starts off as a sparse clip of beat music, but develops into something more exciting. As the song progresses, synths and beats layer, and around the midpoint, Slava catches us off guard by unveiling a fully fledged, hands-in-the-air house track. Download the track below and then stream Soft Control in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
It's been awhile since we've heard from Irish beatmaker MMoths, but in the year since he shared "Summer," the 18-year-old beatmaker has added an extra "M" to his moniker and put the finishing touches on a proper debut EP. The five-song, self-titled effort won't be released until March 6, but this expansive clip for EP cut "THNX" has been unveiled in the meantime. Read more »
NYC/Toronto duo Waze & Odyssey is preparing to release a new EP on young London imprint Body Work. The C'mon EP (pictured above) contains three shuffling, NY-style garage tracks, the kinds of tunes that would have fit well into a mid-'90s DJ set from, say, Masters at Work or Todd Terry. "Ride My Junk" is a non-EP exclusive; the six-minute production rides along big hi-hats, FM synths, and an array of female croons, all the while building toward an infectious drop that just might get hands at Cielo flying in 2012 as enthusiastically as they were in 1997. After the jump, stream the sax-laden title track off the C'mon EP, which will be released on February 27. Read more »
Last month, San Antonio producer Ernest Gonzales impressed us with "The Scattered Thoughts of Raindrops," a housey cut from his latest album, Natural Traits, which dropped via Friends of Friends. Today, the Mexicans with Guns creator has premiered a wildly colorful CGI clip for that track. Read more »
Chicago producer Tevo Howard has announced his follow-up to last year's The Age of Compassion, a three-song EP titled Monument. The forthcoming EP will be a touch darker than his last outing, but retains his old-school house vibes and knack for melody. The Monument EP will be available on March 19 through Buzzin' Fly, but can be streamed in full after the jump, where you'll also find the artwork and tracklist for the release. Read more »
Barcelona's John Talabot, the artist responsible for the brilliant ƒin LP, has remixed "Kill Me," a track by NYC synth-pop duo The Golden Filter, the original of which is taken from the group's 2011 soundtrack album, Syndromes. The remix offers more of the same from the quasi-anonymous producer, and we mean that in the best way possible—this brilliant, mildly downtempo cut would have fit in perfectly on ƒin. For seven-and-a-half minutes, Talabot develops gorgeous, tastefully Balearic synth swirls over a simple house bassline and Golden Filter vocalist Penelope Trappes' loose serenade. It all amounts to a pleasant and soothing track, but it's packed with just enough emotional gravity to warrant repeated listens.
Vancouver duo Evy Jane has no business being this good. After all, there's nothing particularly innovative about the group's music. The plodding, purple-tinged beats sound like a toned-down version of what producers like Guido were turning out a couple of years back. Singer Evelyn Mason has an oddly seductive little voice, but she's not exactly a virtuoso and her vocals are literally all over these songs. At first glance, it would be easy to write off Evy Jane as a watered-down, pop-oriented take on what's being bandied about as "bass music." There's only one problem: the songs are actually quite good. Read more »
This Saturday, February 25, German record hub Poker Flat will be hosting a showcase of producers at an underground location in London. (Find all the details here.) Label boss Steve Bug, Josh Wink, MANIK, Martin Landsky, and Burnski will be spinning records at the party, as will Berlin-based producer Daniel Dexter, the man responsible for serving up this cut, "Who Knows Motor City." As part of the showcase in London, Poker Flat will be also be reveling in the forthcoming release of its ninth label compilation, Gunslingers and Greenhorns (artwork above), on which this track will appear. "Who Knows Motor City" is a floor-stomping house banger, with hooks and drops tailor made for getting a high-energy response from a late-night crowd. The synth patch used for the main melody sounds like a phased horn from another planet, which gives the tune an almost electro-swing feel.
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