The field recording of a playground that starts off "You Got the Love" fits the theme of Inner Child, a compilation whose proceeds go to benefit Atlanta's Dream House for Kids, from which the track is taken, but is a bit less instep with the song itself. Kastle's soulful number is equal parts mysterious, Burial-esque dubstep and classic piano house, but not the least bit childish or playful in any way. Both the poignant vocal melody and solid production work are trademarks of an artist that takes his work seriously. Regardless, the thoughtful, grooving sounds heard within "Love" are sure to stand out amongst the other contributed tracks on the philanthropic release.
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The opening track of Subiza, the third full-length album from Barcelona's much-lauded synth-pop outfit Delorean, sounds like nothing other than pure, ecstatic joy. The sentiment mirrors those of fans awaiting the XLR8R cover stars' forthcoming record, and "Stay Close" provides the perfect taste of what to expect from the quartet. Bouncing sub-basslines, syncopated synth melodies, a host of angelic vocal samples, and intimate, heartfelt singing from frontman Ekhi Lopetegi float around a subtle UK funky-inspired beat—creating a sum far more rapturous than its parts. Subiza is out June 8 on True Panther, and available for pre-order now.
LA's beat-centric Alpha Pup label recently added a new producer to its ranks with the melodic sub-loving styles of Take and his debut full-length, Only Mountain. Taken from said debut, "Incredibright" is a bit of a beguiling title for this slice of wobbling dubstep. The reverberated piano flourishes and plinking synth melodies, uh, brighten up the track, but—for the most part—Take's mid-album jam is ruled by crunchy space trash and woozily sinister low-frequency sounds.
The city of Madison, Wisconsin, might not seem like a natural place for techno, but it is certain that at least DJ Homewrecker is keeping the beats coming. "La Bootalla" is a tribal banger that shares an affinity with the works of the Underground Resistance crew, particularly the Latin-infused techno-funk of Los Hermanos and the jazzy flavor of UR's "Hi-Tech Jazz." Featuring a lovely, bright sax line riding above massive kicks and sopping hand-claps, the track also includes organ stabs and some raucous vocal clips, making it perfect for mixing with anything from a Detroit slice to a more progressive techno piece from the Cocoon cohort.
Fresh-faced beatmaker and Brainfeeder mix contributor Alex B sent over this premiere of a track from his forthcoming debut, Moments. Entitled "You and I Both Know," this diddy is a brief look into the type of herky-jerky rhythms and smooth, spaced-out sonics to be heard through the album's 17 tracks. Within two minutes we are treated to a tweaked soul loop, delayed vocal stabs, sporadic percussive elements, and swirling synth arpeggiations wrapped around a descending bass melody. It all comes off sounding more like an interlude between larger movements, but we can only know for sure when Moments is released April 6 via Alex B's own Elm and Oak imprint.
Another moniker of jazzy house composer-producer Kuniyuki Takahashi, Koss' works exist somewhere between Stars of the Lid and the Chain Reaction discography, and "Ocean Waves" is exemplary in this respect. Featuring an insistent kick and bass rumble behind warm, soaring synth drones, echoey piano tinklings, and high-frequency hisses, the piece is the aural equivalent of a sunset, its thudding-yet-sentimental ambience perfect for a mix filled with Peter Zummo, Fluxion, and Brian Eno. Taken from the upcoming international release of his 2008 Japan-only Mule album, Ancient Rain.
Brooklyn's Lando Kal is one half of the Lazer Sword crew, so while the bass-blap of the latter is certainly reflected in the bass tones of his solo project, the beats are more indebted to electro-house. "Fuzzy Ankles" is a slow-burning number, replete with a hypnotically glacial house beat, menacing synths, and high-frequency shimmers of sound. With its bit of squelch and a clean breakdown, the track is perfect for late-night hi-jinks, when everyone on the floor is loaded to the gills and ready to get down with some serious beats. Taken from Lando's new split 12" with the other half of Lazer Sword, Low Limit, out now on Numbers.
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