Helsinki-based producer V.C. recently released his debut long-player, Invisibility, via his own Raha & Tunteet label. After first giving us a taste of the 12-track effort last month with a colorful video for LP cut "Roy M.," V.C. returns to our pages to give away the slinking "Closing In." Echoes of the producer's time spent as an innovative figure within the skweee movement can be heard across the tune's three-plus-minute run, which cobbles together a playful hybrid from glowing synths, loose basslines, and a bit of understated boom-bap. While still evolving, "Closing In" is a welcome reminder that the miniature tones and crisp beats of skweee are still alive and well.
Maschine Studio is the new, flagship product in Native Instruments' popular MPC-style "groove production studio" line, outfitted with onboard screens and a host of new controls. Included in the box is the brand-new Maschine 2.0 software, which is a big leap forward, full of features and tweaks large and small. Whether you invest in the Studio hardware or not, the 2.0 software is an essential upgrade, and works across the entire range of existing controllers: the original Maschine and Maschine Mikro, as well as their Mk II equivalents. Read more »
Crafted as a tribute to John Lennon on the 33rd anniversary of his death, Nicolas Jaar's Our World mix isn't exactly what people might expect from an average DJ set, as the widely popular and inventive artist turned in something closer to a free-form audio collage. Read more »
It was just last week when we learned that busy UK producer Jon Hopkins (pictured above) was preparing to issue an extended version of his excellent Immunity LP, with remixes from the likes of Luke Abbot, Nosaj Thing, Happa, and Hessle Audio cohort Pangaea joining the album's original tracklist. And now that Immunity (Extended Edition) is available as an iTunes exclusive, "Collider (Pangaea Remix)" is available to stream in full. Read more »
Peruvian electronic group Animal Chuki thinks of music in terms of pure instinct, wearing animal masks and creating sounds reminiscent of tropical environments. "Capicua," the title track lifted from the group's brand-new EP for Buenos Aires label ZZK, accentuates these primal ideas with sampled saxophone licks, buzzing pads, and percussion-heavy cumbia grooves. Animal Chuki unravels its production into a flurry of sustained horns and hollow-sounding toms, all of which is deeply drowned in reverb before being expelled into a sudden conclusion.
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