One inherent element of most ambient music—of the electronic variety, specifically—is the lack of distinct rhythms. At the most, artists will infuse their compositions with extremely loose rhythms, which can prove to be an ideal approach for creating surreal and immersive sound worlds. Synth noodler Oneohtrix Point Never is certainly no stranger to ambling melodies (both LPs Rifts and Returnal are comprised almost entirely of drifting washes of Juno 60 tones), nor is Blanck Mass, the solo moniker of Benjamin Power from Fuck Buttons. Steve Hauschildt, who also devotes his time to Cleveland trio Emeralds, is another like-minded auteur of analog electronics and cosmic soundscapes. He's also an avid lover of transportive, kosmiche-style rhythms, and deftly infuses much of his latest synth-driven solo album, Tragedy & Geometry, with the hypnotic churn of those sounds. Suffice it to say, the combination's results are nothing short of excellent. Read more »
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Following his latest 12" and before the release of his debut LP, As Above, So Below, Hackman turned in this excellent remix of UK synth-pop songstress Charli XCX (pictured above). As would be expected, the Leeds-based DJ/producer smooths things out a bit here, reigning in the buzzing electro-house vibes of the original in exchange for a blissfull, garage-indebted sound. Charli XCX's vocals lend themselves perfectly to the sultry, stepping beat, which chugs along underneath her plaintive croon—resulting in a version of the "Nuclear Seasons" that could very well be the high point of the tune's forthcoming single, which drops next Monday, November 21.
Hailing from the Southwest city of Phoenix, AZ, Galapagos is an 18-year-old producer who has been garnering an increasing amount of attention in the past few months with a string of free tunes on his Bandcamp, as well as releases for net-labels such as Absent Fever. "Feel Things Inside" is an example of what the young up-and-comer is capable of, rearranging Jennifer Hudson's "No One Gonna Love You" into a skittering, arp-laden slice of catchy, melodious beat work. If the glitched-out R&B below is to your liking, we advise you head to the man's various web destinations to cop more free Galapagos tunes. (via Altered Zones)
Earlier in the year, before 100% Publishing had even seen a proper release, we were already reporting on another planned release from the astonishingly prolific Wiley. Now, with just a few months before Evolve or Be Extinct drops, some more details have finally trickled in. Read more »
On Halloween, Nashville producer Myrryrs released his five-song Blood Of A Slave EP, which contains three originals from the anonymous tunesmith along with two remixes. On this rework of the title track, Brooklyn-based producer Obey City (pictured above) takes the tune's sparse beats and bass and fills in the spaces with dreamy synth arpeggios and extra cut-time percussion. The original song's low-pitched vocals and bass get the reverse treatment on the remix, having been pitched up and turned into backing vocals and a melody, respectively, before being placed over the top of a newly constructed bassline. The entire Blood Of A Slave EP can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
Earlier this year, Welsh duo Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka released "Creeper" b/w "Infamous," a collaborative single on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label that found the pair moving beyond their UK funky-leaning past and exploring deeper, more techno-oriented sounds. Apparently, the Modeselektor guys were so happy with the tunes that they brought Damage and Daneeka to Berlin, holed them up in a studio for months, and had them create a full-length album, which will be released early next year. Read more »
Veteran London DJ and producer Zinc, who first made his name turning out jungle, drum & bass, and garage anthems in the late '90s/early '00s and more recently garnered acclaim for his bass-heavy Crack House EPs, has announced a new EP to be released on the Rinse label. Read more »
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