Preparing his first release for French label Sound Pellegrino, Glasgow-based musician Joe Howe (a.k.a. Ben Butler & Mousepad) has shared "Zequels," a frisky cut from his forthcoming EXEP EP. Alternating between segments of automated grinding repetitions and whimsical synth pads, the tune shows off Howe's ability to fuse these dynamic elements into an airy composition of high-spirits and splendid textures. More of Joe Howe's effervescent works can be heard when EXEP drops on April 21.
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Having just dropped his Dry Thoughts EP, Lobster Theremin affiliate Route 8 (pictured above) is clearly set on a certain tone with his appropriately titled "Relaxed Remix" of Steve Murphy's "Relax," an laid-back cut of buoyant house. Route 8's minimalist voyage across quiet bleeps and delicate hi-hat taps ethereally skips around a steady set of slowly changing sounds. As with most productions that are this sparse, what little elements available can make or break the atmosphere of a track. Thankfully, the meticulous producer achieves his calm aesthetic with aplomb on this version of Murphy's mellowed-out tune.
The Carisma project represents the combined efforts of Buenos Aires DJ/producers Carolina Stegmayer and Ismael Pinkler. Together, the pair recently delivered the Directamente EP for Matias Aguayo's consistently unpredictable and effortlessly fun Cómeme imprint, from which the loose-fitting "Talento Matemático" has been pulled. With a thick drum machine serving as the tune's backbone, "Talento Matemático" begins with a faint sequenced melody and wordless vocal echoes peppered with playful rythmic FX. Appearing to be in no rush, Carisma only begins to unfold the track well past its opening minute, lacing the tune with vintage chords stabs and new layers of charging hats which file in and out of the production as it runs its effortless course. In addition to this download of "Talento Matemático," Carisma has also passed along a video for its similarly vintage-leaning, Latin-tinged "Que Linda Tu Pradera," which can be watched in full after the jump. Read more »
The 1080p tape label is set to continue building its catalog at a speedy pace with the Club Amniotics album on its way later this month from MCFERRDOG, a new alias of burgeoning NYC producer Max McFerren. Pulled from the 10 "fantastical, weird-as-I-wanna-be experiments" featured on the record is "I Wanna See," a particularly emotive piece of uptempo house which bends curiously pitched vocal snippets atop its set of pulsing piano chords and airy pads. Though a bit off-beat, there is something intrinsically catchy and surprisingly uplifting to McFerren's track. Those curious to see where else the stateside producer plans to take his MCERRDOG project will have to wait until April 22, when Club Amniotics drops in both cassette and digital form. In the meantime, a video for "I Wanna See"—featuring an endearingly miniature narrative—can be watched after the jump. Read more »
Deemed Habits of Hate, the collaboration between Happa and Manni Dee will issue its debut self-titled EP via Rob Booth's Electronic Explorations label on April 28. Serving as a preview to the upcoming release, the pair of UK producers has let loose a hard-edged freebie in "The Destruction of Words." Piling machine-made percussion, overdriven textures, and bursts of straight-up noise across its six-minute run, the resulting track makes for a brooding piece of dancefloor fare unafraid to move at an, ahem, accelerated pace.
Preparing his Strange Artifact EP for the recently founded label, The Melt's latest signee, Patrick Brian, has shared a lustrous remix by LA producer Queen Leaf. Set to be fatured on the record, the low-resonating "Trample (Queen Leaf Remix)" tools with watery synth drips and extended chords to paint a glacial soundscape of ambient tones. Queen Leaf's richly textured remix will be featured alongside two of Patrick Brian's original compositions when Strange Artifact EP drops on April 17.
David Douglas is no stranger to XLR8R, having been featured in our pages for an arrary of singles and EPs. Now, he's back to announce his upcoming Moon Observations LP by sharing lively album cut "Selene." The production harnesses organic woodwinds and softly uttered phrases alongside a bounding bassline, as Douglas meticulously creates a scenic landscape of brightly gleaming sonic textures with a myraid of ingeredients. Composed as an "ode to all moon observers in time," the Moon Observations LP is set to drop via Appelscal's Atomnation label on May 22; its artwork and tracklist are included after the jump. Read more »
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