Toronto-based producer Deebs is set to drop a helping of new material in September, and has decided to pass along the slow-brewing "Wake Forever" to give a better idea of what to expect from the budding talent's next outing. A track that has served as the opener for Deebs' recent live performances, "Wake Forever" presents a heavenly procession of re-pitched vocals, which stutter and pulse atop outstretched sub-bass notes and a dense procession of skittering half-time rhythms. Topped off by a subtle bell melody, "Wake Forever" is a patient production, and one which leaves the Canadian talent plenty of room to go just about anywhere on his forthcoming record.
Brooklyn producer Lil Jabba—an affiliate of the Teklife crew whose proper debut full-length, Scales, appeared via the Local Action label last year—has a number of releases in the works, but before any of his upcoming efforts officially drop, the budding beatmaker has generously passed along a new effort entitled "Sun Thru a Cloud." Landing on the mellower end of Lil Jabba's production scope, "Sun Thru a Cloud" is a brief but inviting instrumental which laces jittery hip-hop rhythms with slippery synths, delicate melodies, and a series of water-logged textures.
The producer behind "BIPP"—which we deemed the best track of 2013—SOPHIE has announced plans to return to the Numbers label with a new 12" single, "Lemonade" b/w "Hard," dropping next week. Read more »
Brooklyn-based producer FaltyDL (a.k.a. Drew Lustman) is an artist who happily eludes categorization. Over the years, he's issued a series of shapeshifting and hypnotic dance records, including last year's unabashedly warm (and XLR8R-picked) Hardcourage LP, and he's also started up an imprint of his own, Blueberry Records, which takes a similarly varied approach. Next month, he'll be returning to London's storied Ninja Tune label with In the Wild, his fourth full-length and quite possibly his least dance-oriented work yet. Brashly cinematic and constructed like an organic puzzle, the album weaves together 17 gorgeous vignettes, harnessing sound collage, airy ambience, and a few unsettled rhythms while setting a distinctly feral mood. In advance of its release on August 12, we made contact with Lustman while he was on tour in Japan and got him talking about poetry, Pornhub, formative acid trips, and shooting guns from a motorcycle. Read more »
A regular contributor to Barcelona label Tracy's fast-growing catalog, Parisian producer EV4NS (though we've seen him operate simply as "Evans" too) will return to the imprint with the three-track Cassandra EP on August 5. Leading off the forthcoming effort is its title track—a moody, garage-indebted production, "Cassandra" makes excellent use of wide-sweeping pads and popcorn synth lines, which combine with smartly chopped vocal melodies to help land this one along the more R&B-indebted ends of the bass music spectrum.
While the music of Miles Davis has been interpreted in endless ways over the years, it seems fitting that Deepblak founder Aybee and label mainstay Afrikan Sciences (who we profiled last year) have funneled their experimental, cosmically inclined techno into an homage to the jazz legend. Read more »
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