British producer Aeirs TV (a.k.a. Joss Carter) obscures his techno collages in a thick feedback mist, culling inspiration from the same ineffable, cryptic source as producers like Actress or Vessel. On "Nails"—taken from a free three-song EP called Relife—Carter sets a percussive pulse underneath eerie drone loops that soak through the entire mix, gradually building to a discernable techno groove. The unabashedly dark cut then unexpectedly drops into a sermon about Jesus' crucifiction, before returning for a second round of claustrophobic rhythm.
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The Chemistry—a nascent French publication covering music, visual art, and fashion—is celebrating its second birthday with a curated compilation of bass-informed sounds, titled LITHIUM, which will drop on December 8. Dublin producer Clu's cameo, "Jade," pairs a highly melodic, arpeggiated synth squiggle with an evasive drum pattern that seems to operate in multiple, simultaneous time signatures. Around the halfway mark, the cut relaxes into a slightly more comfortable rhythm, as disembodied voices shout through the unquantized drum spasms and keyboard glides before finally coming to a rest.
On its latest 4x4 EP collection, the 1980 label offers up four new tunes from the techier side of house, including this sleek workout from budding Londoners Carlotek and Raisingtheroof. Focusing on a set of descending chord stabs for most of its six-plus-minute run, "Donna" is a calm, collected dance tune, but not one afraid to venture into percussion-heavy breaks or unexpected moments of refracted vocal processing. And even then, Carlotek and Raisingtheroof never take their eyes off the prize: the low-end bump which makes the pair's tribal-laced track ideal for steamy dancefloors.
Manchester's Opal Block—a producer said to have been raised "on a diet of analog synths and 8-bit MIDI software"—dropped his debut release, the genre-hopping Tyson, late last month as part of an ongoing tape series from the fledgling Astral Black label. Opening the 10-track effort, "Star of David" is a production seemingly at odds with itself—its stuttering boom-bap and precious melodic adornments seem to come from two entirely different worlds. Still, Opal Block manages to make it all fit together, lacing the tune with FX and manipulated sounds that come and go in the blink of an eye, and even managing to sneak in just a hint of G-funk in the tune's low-swung bassline. For those who find themselves adaquately enticed by this teaser, Opal Block's full Tyson cassette can now be streamed over on Bandcamp.
Ahead of Distal'a and Mite's forthcoming split-cassette, Concrete Space (out on December 3), the latter Atlantan producer's "Witch Doctor" tune has been sent over as a preview. The unwieldy dance track crashes in with knocking beats, wobbling pads, and a motoric rimshot pattern, tumbling around a plushy bassline and steady claps. Along with the release, Distal and Mite have teamed up with West Coast design company Nocs to give away 15 high-end headphones with the first 15 orders of Concrete Space, as well as 10 cassette players for the first 10 buyers. Info for the sweepstakes can be found after the jump. Read more »
Newcomer Jorge Day has logged time behind a synth in the Plastic Flowers band and dabbled in production work, but his new project, Fast Times, is the culmination of a year spent traveling and crafting his own demos. "Comfort Zone," pulled from his recently released Bodytalk cassette for retro-minded LA label 100% Silk, rides a dusty, drum-machine groove as swelling chords and a bouncy bass riff join the mix and a light-hearted synth melody floats above it all in a haze of reverb. Though Day's track might not necessarily set dancefloors ablaze, it will, as its name implies, bring comfort to those seeking some analog warmth during the long winter nights.
London minimalist Kit Grill has shared "Changing Patterns," a cut which appears on his recently released full-length record Mirror Image. The production largely consists of undulating and beatific synthesizer patterns that Kit Grill anchors to a pulsing drum kit. Each tone and melodic structure seems to roll off of the other before locking into place and gradually coalescing into a composition that shimmers with simplicity.
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