UK producer Graphics caught our ears last year with his introspective and deeply danceable take on techno-infused bass music, as illustrated on the track "Fine Yarn," which we debuted back in August. Graphics' latest offering, "The Provoker," is still meditatively reflective, but finds the young producer reaching a new level of immaterialness as he operates without the constraints demanded by the club-centric spectrum of dance music. A bonus track from Graphics' recently released "There's a Way Back" single (artwork above) on GETME!, the song's beat stutters while chaotic percussive noises flit over background synths, a simple melody, and a vocal sample of a French child. It's all part of a fine start to what's looking to be a busy 2012 for the up-and-coming beatmaker, who has another EP, Mama Grizzlies, on the way later this month via Made to Play. (via FADER)
Stockholm-based nostalgia dealers The Whendays have shared this bouncy remix for Austin duo Boy Friend's "Egyptian Wrinkle" single from its forthcoming LP of the same name. The production has the same kind of heavy compression and foggy atmospheres that colored the Swedish outfit's self-titled EP for Cascine, with a bit of extra ethereal drift courtesy of the Texan vocalists. Still, you could probably throw this one on the stereo towards the end of the night to keep any dance party going. Look for Egyptian Wrinkle to drop on February 6 via Italian label Hell, Yes!.
The anonymous UK producer behind one of our favorite albums of 2011, Patten will follow up the release of his GLAQJO XAACSSO LP via No Pain in Pop—not to mention three subsequent remix EPs—with a repressing of the stellar album that includes fresh edits of the material by the artist himself. Read more »
Next week, San Antonio producer Ernest Gonzales will be releasing a new album, Natural Traits (artwork above), a surprising effort which finds him dipping his creative toes into the world of house and techno. His past efforts under his own name (Gonzales also creates bass-heavy tunes as Mexicans with Guns) were more subdued and pastoral, yet his pensive tendencies haven't been completely abandoned. "The Scattered Thoughts of Raindrops" may be underpinned by a steady four-on-the-floor, but the slow swell of the song's plinky synths and airy melodies is what truly makes it stick. Natural Traits doesn't officially drop until January 17, but all of its thoughtful dancefloor numbers are streaming this week on the Hype Machine. To listen, follow the link or simply check the player embedded after the jump. Read more »
2011 was a big year for Travis Stewart, both as the man responsible for Machinedrum's Room(s) and also as half of the production duo behind Sepalcure's self-titled LP, one of our favorite albums of the year. The Brooklyn-based artist is apparently seeking to ride last year's magic into 2012 and will soon release a new Machinedrum EP, SXLND (artwork above). Read more »
Throughout its history as one of Detroit's most storied techno collectives, Underground Resistance has counted a lot of top-notch producers and DJs amongst its ranks. One of those acts is Los Angeles native Santiago Salazar, who years ago packed up and headed to Detroit for some first-hand schooling from Mike Banks and the rest of the UR crew. While Salazar has since returned to his hometown and is now focused on his own labels, Historia y Violencia and Ican (running the latter with Esteban Adame), traces of Detroit's distinctively deep and soulful sound undoubtedly remain in his music. Read more »
Moscow duo WOLS brings us a strange excursion into the Russian Winter with "Solo Walz." Composed using vintage Soviet synths and atmospheric samples from Soviet films, the track comes together as a screeching, orchestrated three-minute march. WOLS's previous music has been focused on glitchy dubstep, but "Solo Walz" is a slow, epic, soundtrack-like piece for a lonely journey through the cold. Expect an EP from WOLS this spring on FUSElab.
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