One of our favorite labels of late, Hippos in Tanks, recently released the latest record from one our favorite synth auteurs of late, Laurel Halo (pictured above). The original version of "Constant Index" comes from that Hour Logic LP, and here we have an entirely flipped remix of the expansive tune by UK bass experimentalist and Werk Discs label head Actress. Producer Darren Cunningham boils down Laurel Halo's high-flying vocal melodies and churning synth sounds into a more insular piece that juggles broken grooves, negative space, and thumping, four-on-the-floor beats with a lackadaisical skill few others seem to possess. "Constant Index (Actress Violet Remix)" starts out a bit alienating, but once the beat drops, this is one most people should be able to get down to. (via Stereogum)
Now, we're usually wary of tracks that come along with absolutely no information, which is why we had to take a second glance at this one when it popped up on Actress' Twitter account yesterday with nothing but a brief note reading "Sleeping in the next werld," but all signs seem to point to the Werk Discs label head. There's that inherent uneasiness Actress seems to weave into all his tracks present on "Parallel World"—the slightly off-kilter rhythms that slowly make sense as they're pulled apart and piled back together. And then there's the intricate melody, which floats and revolves as if spinning around the song at its own pace, yet somehow still miraculously fitting into place when needed. Then to top it off, the track clocks in at a jaw-dropping nine and a half minutes, surely a mark of the one producer who can weave slow-burning abstraction for such an elongated period and continue to effortlessly hold our attention all the same. Let's hope this tune is a hint at more similarly enveloping pieces from the South Londoner to make their way to our ears sooner rather than later.
Since we first heard the spectral, waterlogged beauty of "Oh, Why" from Balam Acab's forthcoming debut LP for Tri Angle Records, entitled Wander / Wonder (pictured above), we've waited just as patiently as we can for another taste of its eight tracks (not to mention the whole record itself). Thankfully, the powers that be are an understanding bunch, and have unleashed another cut from the album. Read more »
Who: Hissy Fit
Where: Montreal, Canada
Outside of a few notable exceptions (Egyptrixx and Jacques Greene spring immediately to mind), the Great White North hasn't been particularly well represented when it comes to the whole post-dubstep/garage scene. 32-year-old Newfoundland native Matthew Hiscock is doing his part to change that, turning out impressively polished, garage-inspired productions as Hissy Fit, not to mention more eclectic offerings under his own name and glacial house music as North Atlantic. Read more »
About two months ago, YACHT debuted the video for "Utopia/Dystopia (The Earth is On Fire)," the new single from the group's brand-new LP, Shangri-La, on DFA. With that album out now digitally and slated for vinyl release soon, YACHT has teamed up with fellow travellers White Rainbow, Jeffrey Jerusalem, and The Miracles Club to drop Utopia Remixes, a three-track remix EP. To whet our appetites, The Miracles Club's predictably housey remix is being offered up as a teaser. Taking the original's spunky Devo riffing and filtering it through an ethereal, bongo-heavy '90s tribal aesthetic, The Miracles Club succeeds in creating a laid-back, late-morning house track.
Over the course of one proper full-length and a slew of genre-testing singles, London producer Zomby has proven, above all else, that he's all about atmosphere. His 2008 self-titled EP for Hyperdub didn't concern itself with the label's strong suit at the time—dubstep, that is—nor did it revel too heavily in its cheap, 8-bit production ethos, instead drumming up a skittery vibe that was both dubwise and, maybe unwillingly, technologically didactic. Read more »
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