Today, fledgling Russian imprint Square Harmony released a free compilation of subdued, UK-indebted sounds entitled Deep Lane (artwork above). Here, we have a contribution from Dutch producer Fedbymachines, who burrows down into the world of garage and emerges with the sparse, temperate "Will This End." To call this one slow-moving would be a bit of an understatement; the song is sluggish, crawling along with a steadiness and patience that puts the focus on its detailed sounds and intricately scattered rhythms. After diving into Fedbymachine's stark sonics, you can download the entire Deep Lane comp for free over on Square Harmony's Bandcamp.
Hessle Audio continues to assert itself as one of the most reliable sources for forward-thinking electronic music, tapping the relatively fresh producer Objekt for two tracks that are as sophisticated and expertly crafted as they are absolutely visceral. Read more »
The UK blog-turned-label Immersed Audio is set to release its debut outing next week in the form of a compilation entitled Make It Happen (artwork above). Although British producer Karma Kid's contribution didn't make the cut due to its flagrant sample use (both Aaliyah and Redman make enough of an appearance here to almost necessitate a "featuring" tag), "Entity Relationship Diagram" is still a fine example of the sonic territory that will be explored once the comp drops on February 14. The first half of the tune keeps things rather simple, cutting up "Rock the Boat" while gliding chords swing in the background and tight, punchy kicks rumble below. Then, around the two-minute mark, the energy picks up a bit, and we're treated to some gorgeous side-chained chords and skittering percussion, just in time for the New Jersey rapper to drop his considerably pitched-down verse.
Yet another name to emerge from the seemingly never-ending talent pool that is London's post-everything scene, Warsnare is in the midst of prepping his debut solo effort, the Eris EP (artwork above), for the relatively fresh Shades of Grey label. "Artemis" is a surprisingly melodic cut (although not one featured on the aforementioned record) built from a litany of micro-samples. Scraping metal, backwards strings, and twinkling piano melodies all get chopped to their most basic bits before they're rebuilt as a swirling procession that moves with a jagged flow above a stuttering kick and bassline. The track boasts a sound that's not quite bass music and not quite post-dubstep, but something clearly in a corner of its own. We're told to expect five tracks of similarly detailed, cinematic pieces of futuristic production when Eris drops February 20.
Portishead member and noted producer Geoff Barrow (pictured above) has announced plans to release an album of hip-hop tracks he's crafted under the Fuzzface moniker in collaboration with 7STU7 (Portishead’s engineer) and DJ Katalyst. The trio is operating under the name Quakers. Read more »
Kompakt-signed duo Terranova has shared a video for the pop-infused techno cut "Question Mark," which comes from the pair's forthcoming Hotel Amour LP and features the vocals of Whomadewho's Tomas Høffding. Read more »
Last week, we shared an exhilarating track from Galapagoose, a new Australian producer who makes blistering beat music. The producer has teamed up with a fellow Aussie, Melbourne's Wooshie, to remix Young Magic's "You With Air." The remix chops up the synth-pop original and manipulates the pieces into a warped mash of stretched vocals and disturbed synths.
Planet High School, the sophomore album by Brooklyn beatmaker Brian Lindgren (a.k.a. Mux Mool), arrives roughly two years after the producer's first LP for the Ghostly label, and the time between releases has served Lindgren well. Skulltaste was splintered between instrumental hip-hop tunes and straight-up dancefloor fodder (not to mention hits and misses), but the new full-length finds Lindgren narrowing his sound almost entirely on bouncing boom-bap grooves and the retro-futuristic samples he's keen on crafting them with. That focus has yielded better results, too, as Planet High School is evidence of Mux Mool gradually coming into his own. Read more »
Last week, Mixmag tapped UK garage tinkerer George FitzGerald to put together a mix built from the catalog of Scuba's unparalleled Hotflush imprint (which, by the way, had no trouble finding its way into our list of the top 10 labels of 2011). Although we're a few days late to the game, we couldn't pass up an opportunity to share this hearty helping of both new and old sounds. Read more »
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