Always ready to provide a soundtrack for the nights of the living dead, the U.K's Zomby comes at us again with a sinisterly simple track from his upcoming mini-album, One Foot Ahead of the Other. "Helter Skelter" feels far more inspired by Charles Manson than The Beatles as the arpeggiating, 8-bit synth juxtaposes with a strong, shuffling beat to create a tension that sounds as if Zomby himself is steadily chasing after you.
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Californian Ethernet (a.k.a. Tim Gray) brings some blissed-out washes of sound with "Kansai," a track that owes as much to White Rainbow as it does to the genius of the Chain Reaction label—syncopated synths swirl amidst hi-frequency throbs, with an insistent kick filling out the low end with quite a rumble. Look forward to a full-length on Kranky this autumn!
James Pants and Jamie Lidell, eat your hearts out. There's a new soul-obsessed, boogie master in town, and that man is Scotland's Hudson Mohawke. Lifted off of his forthcoming debut LP, Butter, "Rising 5" is just a short taste of the synthetic flourishes, booming drum kits, and poignant songwriting featured on his October 15 release for Warp.
Kicking things off with a sample Timbaland seemed to overlook in his Missy Elliot productions, Ohio's Teengirl Fantasy built around the chanting loop a dreamy and epic piece of early-'90s house reimagined for the world's current dancefloors. The near eight-minute track, "Azz Klapz," never grows tiresome as new sounds and movements in the song are introduced just about every 15 seconds. The buoyant melodies and filtered synths give credence to the duo's lighthearted moniker.
London upstart, Night Slugs resident, and Mad Decent associate L-Vis 1990 brings some seriously foreboding funky house vibes with this new track, exclusively available for download here at XLR8R.com. Minor-key synth stabs are coupled with the bass hits, and a dark synth progression provides the lead-up to the piece's break. Definitely something for those late-night treks down cavernous city streets.
There's something bubbling in the cool waters of Norway, because every month brings more cosmic disco from its chilly climes. diskJokke is one of the country's newer imports, and while he's often lumped with Prins Thomas and Lindstrøm, his sound is much more indebted to the infinite arpeggiations and slow-motion hypnotics of Italy's Daniele Baldelli. In other words, this Norwegian delivers retro space disco at its finest.
Ben Daniels and the Sunny Day bunch get all 4AD Records on our asses with this shimmering beaut from their next album, Ashes Grammar. Heavenly voices, astral drones, and thick bass clash and orbit through a sky of pink and purple tones, which provides quite a breathtaking view.
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