Bristol-born artist Niall Cropper, who releases music simply as Cropper, toys cleverly with house tropes; what initially seems like a saccharine, vocal-heavy style is revealed to be a little darker and dubbier than imagined. On "Sweet Talk," Cropper establishes a mood with straight-ahead house percussion and spotless piano stabs, as female vocal melodies ring out in near-perpetual delay. Practically out of nowhere, grinding blasts of bass and even more echo are mixed in, and the crowd-pleasing cut becomes more insightful and complex. Additionally, a video for "Forever"—Cropper's one-sided 12" single which is out now via Blah Blah Blah—can be viewed after the jump. Read more »
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Set to drop this coming Monday, the Transmuter EP by Irish electro producer DeFeKT will serve as the second vinyl release from Electronic Explorations, the label wing of the long-running podcast series of the same name headed by Houndstooth label manager Rob Booth. Pulled from that forthcoming record is "Skitzo," a track which lunges forward with analog pulses and the steady strut of a drum machine. The five-plus-minute production concerns itself with little more than executing slow-and-steady filter tweaks and gradual enhancements to its undulating rhythms, and that—as it turns out—is a good thing, as DeFeKT's efficient tune still makes an impact without too many bells and whistles. Before the Dublin artist's Transmuter EP officially sees a release on December 9, a preview stream of the four-track effort can be heard after the jump. Read more »
A South African-raised, now NYC-based producer, Brendon Moeller is a veteran explorer of the dub-techno landscape, having released a number of genre-blurring records under his own name as well as aliases such as Beat Pharmacy and Echologist over the years. Later this month, Moeller will release a new collection of dubwise techno experiments under the latter pseudonym, with the 14-track Storming Heaven LP counting as the tenth full-length release of the man's accomplished career. But before that record sees a release, Moeller has offered up this exclusive dub version of ghostly album cut "Stepping Out," which takes its time to steadily brew a hazy concoction of grey-streaked pads, bubbling synths, and sluggishly brooding percussion. Storming Heaven drops via the Prologue label on December 16; in the meantime, a preview of the LP can be found by following the jump. Read more »
"Monsoon Kiss," the debut track from anonymous producer No-Face, succeeds by seamlessly marrying together both futuristic- and retro-leaning sounds. It kicks off with a speaker drone that slowly morphs into a dusty, side-chained groove which captures a restlessness reminiscent of the likes of Flying Lotus. No-Face weaves together a slippery Rhodes melody and a sticky wordless vocal, and though the track seems to float by in a psychedelic haze, we're left with that feeling that there's plenty left to explore in "Monsoon Kiss"'s three dimensional layers.
Up-and-coming production duo Graze dropped its debut LP, Edges, via New Kanada just this week, but Christian Andersen and Adam Marshall are already back at it, releasing this "Glass House VIP" version of percussive album opener "Skip/Crush" as a free download. The pair's reworking of its new track does away with a fair amount of the astral atmosphere, and instead focuses on the sterilized drum patterns and looming bass weight in addition to a few spritely keyboard chords. It all makes for an interestingly meditative counterpart that thankfully maintains Graze's trademarked dancefloor skip. Anyone interested in grabbing "Skip/Crush (Glass House VIP Mix)" as a WAV file can do so after the jump. Read more »
Piano virtuoso Nils Frahm finished his year with a solid album of live "field recordings," Spaces, and today, Vancouver producer Teen Daze shows appreciation for Frahm favorite "You" with this minimal rework. Setting a plaintive piano refrain against organic, lilting percussion and ambience, Teen Daze doesn't overwhelm the source material with unnecessary bombast. Instead, the artist honors the original composition with humble drums, bass, and synth atmosphere, making for a love-letter collaboration of sorts.
NYC DJ/producer Free Magic, a man who co-heads the local Discovery party and label, has been enlisted to produce a dub version of "Got Somebody," a vocal-heavy cut by stateside producer Moon Boots that was originally released last year as a free download via French Express. On his rework, Free Magic puts the tune under a brighter light, adding bursts of melodic arpeggios and bouncing organs to the R&B-led cut. He also makes certain to beef up the low end, ensuring that his dub version is just as well-suited for dancefloor play as Moon Boots' original production.
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