Budding London duo Howson's Groove first appeared on our radar late last year, when the pair dropped its Blithe EP via Chasing Unicorns. Now, the outfit is readying its return to the label with the Body & Soul EP on March 31, which is preceded by sweeping one-off freebie "Live On." Flush with swelling strings, soul-drenched chords, and a light sprinkling of Erykah Badu vocal chops, "Live On" is an impressively immersive piece of electronic production work. Before Howson's Groove drops his four-track Body & Soul EP on March 31, the duo has shared a new mix to stream and download after the jump. Read more »
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Seasoned Berlin-based producer Farben (a.k.a. Jan Jelinek)—who has also accrued a wide number of additional aliases throughout the years—is now set to release his new LP James DIN A4 on April 18 via his Faitiche label. The album is named after sample- and collage-focused artist James DIN A4 (a.k.a Dennis Busch), whose previous works were the launching off point for a series of remixes by Jelinek. The German sound designer has since collected 10 of those productions to be featured on his forthcoming LP, including the patient "Lucifer Rising." With a slight nod toward loungey, space-age sounds, Farben's track undulates with vocal loops and deep bass tones while the light, clicking percussion slowly rises to the forefront.
Big Spider’s Back (a.k.a. Yair Rubinstein) relies on brightly textured, playful synth melodies throughout his Ssoft EP, and the bubbly "Charm School" is certainly no exception to that description. Opening with high-pitched loops and a four-to-the-floor beat, the track's foundation builds on itself with gradual additions of minimal synth waves, claps, and drum patterns. Rubinstein keeps it simple on his production, crafting a vibrant, full-bodied sound while avoiding any excess elements. Big Spider’s Back's Ssoft EP is set to drop on March 17 via Seattle's Hush Hush label.
After being highlighted as one of XLR8R's best new artists of 2013, Andrew Morrison (a.k.a. The Cyclist) assumed a new handle, Buz Ludzha, for his only output of 2014 so far. But on Crash Symbols' obscenely long, 33-track Touched By an Angle compilation (out today), Morrison steps back into his more familiar moniker to deliver the slow-brewing "Heated Cliff" as The Cyclist. The Liverpool-based producer pushes samples of dusty percussion and buzzing drones beneath increasing layers of Vangelis-like synthscapes (albeit ones ran through a distortion pedal) on his contribution to Touched By an Angle, which is joined by music from producers such as Vanilla Hammer and Cream Dream. All 33 tracks from the brand-new comp can be downloaded for a price of one's own choosing via Crash Symbols' Bandcamp.
Manchester-based producer Oceaán is set to unleash his debut, self-titled EP via Chess Club at the end of the month, and has shared smooth EP cut "Turned Away" to give us a taste of its sounds. Rife with soulful R&B samples and warm synth tones, Oceaán's sultry, slow-grooving jam rides a playful beat made of pops, snaps, and claps as it accentuates the organic vocal sounds. Furthermore, the UK artist also sent over a mix of influences, one filled with sweeping dancefloor cuts from the likes of Brendon Moeller, Pearson Sound, Bok Bok & Tom Trago, and Ben Klock, among others. That DJ set and its tracklist can be checked out after the jump, before the Oceaán EP drops on March 31. Read more »
Emerging Atlanta-based producer Makeup (a.k.a. Arkia Jahani) develops a dour, emotionally heavy aesthetic throughout his recent Divine Fashion EP, a six-track offering with qualities reminiscent of Tri Angle mainstay Holy Other. From that free digital release, "Vessels as Shadows" is a haunting progression rife with thick reverb and anguished chants resonating alongside patterns of high-pitched pulses. As the individual layers culminate, Makeup's controlled production weaves the multiple vocal, synth, and bass layers into a well-orchestrated arrangement, evoking a meticulously crafted outpouring of emotion in its final moments. Jahani also teamed up with Alex Zhuravlov to co-direct a visual companion for the track, which is said to follow themes related to "limitations of personal identity and gender" in a dark and mesmerizing display of choreography. The piece enhances "Vessels as Shadows"'s overwhelming sense of impassioned agony and can be viewed after the jump. Read more »
Peruvian duo Dengue Dengue Dengue! pride themselves on crafting a unique brand of "psychedelic cumbia" which incorporates streaks of zouk bass, dub, and the likes into its productions. Having appeared as part of the Enchufada label's ongoing Upper Cuts series last year, Dengue Dengue Dengue! will release its first proper effort for the label next week (March 17, to be exact). Pulled from the outfit's upcoming Serpiente Dorada EP, "Banana" finds Dengue Dengue Dengue! cutting up its rhythms with space-age FX and bits of quirky melodies. The tune takes a turn for more psychedelic territory around the two-minute mark, when a ghostly bell melody joins the proceedings and rides out the bouncing production until it reaches its stripped-down conclusion.
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