Another alias of Scottish DJ/producer and Cut label head DFRNT, AGC Esquire has shared the retro-touched title track from his recently released EP. Drenched in bouncy percussion and textured synth melodies, "The First Broadcast" evokes the nostalgic sensation of booting up MegaMan on your NES, and watching as colorful 8-bit textures flicker across a CRT display. AGC Esquire's production is an in-your-face reminder of the euphoric and optimistic soundscapes produced by hardware of past decades, revitalizing a familiar sound while incorporating his own fresh style and production techniques into the mix. A preview of AGC Esquire's The First Broadcast EP—which happens to be Cut's first release since switching to a subscription-based model that gives fans 12 releases a year for the price of $1.00—can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
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Budding Los Angeles producer Sage Caswell—who we deemed, alongside his frequent production partner Cromie, an up-and-coming artist to watch earlier this year—released a new EP this week via French outpost Decabaret. Though it doesn't appear on Caswell's new Tribute 2 CC Archer EP, "Street Lite" nonetheless proves a fine showcase of the dense and rugged brand of house the SoCal producer is fond of crafting. Built around a tough shuffle, the seven-minute tune weaves an unhurried path through hiss-lined percussion and dusty chord stabs, digging deeper with each passing bar. After giving "Street Lite" a spin below, those interested in hearing clips of Sage Caswell's Tribute 2 CC Archer EP can do so after the jump. Read more »
Packing his track with melting synth patterns, recurring sounds of demonic chimes, and viciously shuffling percussion, Viennese producer IZC proves he is not afraid to explore strange sounds with "Untitled," a cut from his analog-centric Zig Zag EP. The loosely constructed production consistently evokes tension and a relentless feeling of dread, effectively showing off the artist's capabilities in forging dark, ominous atmospheres. Before it drops in digital formats on April 21, the rest of IZC's Zig Zag EP can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Dutch-born, Berlin-based producer Applescal has launched a new digital single series via his own Atomnation imprint, and serving as its first installment is "The Veil," a methodical and somber piece of techno built around a dark rhythmic core and expanded upon by hazy, wordless vocals, swirling FX, and subtle melodic embellishments. Chugging ceaselessly forward for much of its run, "The Veil" eventually begins to unfold in its final minutes, peeling back its drum programming to reveal a bubbling well of granulated bell sounds and long-winded vocals that reach deep into the production's wide sonic landscape. With "The Veil" as its inaugural release, Applescal's single series is said to continue in the weeks to come over on Atomnation's Bandcamp page.
The past few years have seen London's My Panda Shall Fly shifting and repurposing his talents into a number of different electronic structures, building a prolific and varied catalog in the process. Even with that in mind, "Japanese Woman" may be a first for the producer, as the moody composition pairs its set of cool chords and unsettled rhythms with a procession of, well, martial arts grunts (i.e. "hiya"), which, as the title seems to indicate, originated from a woman of Japanese descent. These auditory flashes of hand-to-hand combat are ultimately not the focus, though, as "Japanese Woman" finds My Panda Shall Fly patching together a number of seemingly unconnected ideas into a coherent—albeit slightly unconventional—piece of beat work. This latest cut from the budding UK talent is set to appear in the first half of No Secrets, My Panda Shall Fly's upcoming four-track EP for Swiss label Creaked, out on April 28.
Crafting a dark undercurrent in his latest production, anonymous UK DJ/producer TÂCHES utilizes a gallery of glassy synths in the house-inclined "Malindi" track. Pitch-shifted vocal snippets bounce around the production's persistent clap rhythm as a buoyantly ambling synth melody leads the charge. Glimmers of radiant bleeps permeate the closing end of "Malindi," shortly before a drum pattern accented by ambient tones leads TÂCHES' track to a slow-burning finale.
Aside from sporting an obvious affinity for Hayao Miyazaki's film of the same name, ToToro has little information available online. Featured here, the producer's oddly titled "Cats Eggs" tune starts off small, but doesn't take long to accumulate its massive arsenal of sound. A low-muttering vocal pattern eventually turns into an ecstatic explosion of deft synth sequences which exude nothing but concentrated bliss. ToToro's elated melody is one of many on Tings In Boots 3, a compilation of brand-new tracks put together by London label Push & Run. featuring the likes of Blacksmif, EAN, Tyde, and several others. The whole thing is available to stream and download for free after the jump. Read more »
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