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.
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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.
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 »
Having just dropped his "The Wolf's Hour" 12" via the newly founded Silver Bear label, The Wolf has sent over a remix from that record by Hypercolor affiliate James Welsh. Removing most of the growling vocals from the original track, Welsh's soothing house production brings droning loops to the forefront, creating a sense of mind-numbing euphoria. "Mr. Invisible (James Welsh Remix)" progresses across a wide range of chromatic synth-scapes, which helps make it a track perfect for keeping on repeat.
Amsterdam pair TWR72 has been quietly ascending in the techno realm for a few years now, with a pair of releases for Turbo to its name (including an innovative DJ tool made up of 72 locked grooves) and, most recently, working with LA techno fiend Truncate to deliver a tune on Sound Pellegrino's recent collaborative compilation. Having worked together since their teens, the two producers are still formulating their exact plans for the rest of the year, but have nonetheless sent over a telling freebie. Built with a sturdy rhythmic framework and a simple oscillating pattern, "Mode" is a fine example of the stripped-back, tracky, but undeniably effective brand of techno that TWR72 plans to deliver more of in the months to come.
With an academic background in electroacoustic composition, jazz guitar, and orchestral composition, Montreal-based musician Drew Gragg and his recently released Over-Under EP are an exceptional fit for for Nicolas Jaar's Other People label. From that record, "Metroplex Theme" is a minimal trek through colorful, reverb-heavy synths and muffled percussion. The drum patterns are eventually taken out of the last stretch of Gragg's composition, as it's left to concentrate on the voluminous and somewhat somber sonics of the ambient keystrokes present throughout the piece. The rest of the up-and-coming Canadian artist's Over-Under EP can be streamed in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
Italians Do It Better label boss Mike Simonetti is one of four remixers who appear on the I Stand Alone EP by LA DJ/production duo Split Secs (pictured above). Along with Monty Luke, Secret Circuit, and Blakkat, the New Jersey-based veteran artist delivers his own deep, dark, and motorik version of the record's title track—diving straight into stripped-down drum-machine rhythms and bouncing basslines, and even indulging in a bit of the original version's kitschy, spoken-word lyrics. "I Stand Alone (Mike Simonetti Mix)" is available with the rest of Split Sec's record on vinyl, with the digital release arriving on April 14 via Machine Limited; clips of the EP's five productions can be heard after the jump. Read more »
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