Following the release of his debut full-length, Skylight, Seattle's Kid Smpl has put together two volumes of remixes, the second of which sees a release today and features reworks from Ceeda, Deebs, and many other budding production talents. Chicago's Different Sleep (pictured above) was enlisted to take a crack at Kid Smpl's "Escape Pod" for the collection, reinforcing the sprawling tune with a thick assemblage of chugging drums and sharp percussion—essentially building a new framework on top of which to place the lush synths and distant voices of Smpl's original. Both volumes of Skylight Remixes can be picked up for free via the Hush Hush label's Bandcamp.
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"Your Eyes Were Green" is a particularly subterranean new tune from Visionist. Pulled from his upcoming Crying Angels EP—which, according to the London producer, is said to be comprised of "mainly grime refixes I've done by playing the melody with RND vox samples"—"Your Eyes Were Green" closes out the offering as its sole original production. The cut has no trouble fitting in with the brooding push and tense atmosphere created by the three tracks which precede it, as it boasts tuned and overdriven 808s which envelop a series of warbly synth pads and ghostly melodies. Visionist's Crying Angels EP will be self-released on Thursday through his Bandcamp, but can currently be previewed via the player found after the jump. Read more »
In preparation for the release of its upcoming record, Dawn of Midi has shared "Nix," a persistent, grooving cut from the trio's forthcoming album, Dysnomia. The outfit's sophomore full length—which is due out on August 6 via the Thirsty Ear label—was recorded, mixed, and mastered twice purely out of taste; a testament to the group's attentiveness and desire to carefully sculpt a unique sound. As a result, that's the kind of dedicated approach one is bound to hear from "Nix," which utilizes a deceivingly simple groove upon which Dawn of Midi attaches plenty of depth for those who listen closely enough.
The patten-helmed Kaleidoscope label has been quite busy as of late, unearthing an EP of reimagined live tracks from anonymous producer Orphan, sharing an entrancing video for that release's track "Hours," and now dropping a compilation of remixes for Orphan's Retakes tape. Deemed simply Re:, the five-track collection is led by Datassette's reworking of "169/Understanding," which buries the original tune under a tasteful assemblage of thick kicks and airy chords. The entire Re: collection—which includes additional remixes from Karen Gwyer, the label boss himself, and others—can be streamed in full after the jump and downloaded for free here. Read more »
LA resident Glen Boothe (a.k.a. Knx., Knxwledge) has been one the most quietly prolific producers to carry the torch for a new wave of West Coast beatsmiths—his Bandcamp currently features a grab bag of EPs, LPs, and random collections totaling about 50 releases. With his non-stop output, it's been understandably hard for some to keep up with everything Knx. has put his name to over the years, but fortunately Leaving and Stones Throw have put together Anthology, a forthcoming collection which gathers "the essential instrumentals... from the forty-some-odd Knx. Bandcamp releases [between] 2009 - 2013." "Hai[$100Nytemayrs]" is one of the 53 tracks set to be featured on Anthology, a stoney, lopsided beat that is as simple as it is easy to become wrapped up in. Boothe's 53-track retrospective of sorts will be available as a digital download and a limited double-cassette on June 11.
Vienna-based production duo Mieux throws together three different—though equally relevant—facets of electronic music into a furiously toxic stew, taking care not to fall too far onto any side of the house, juke, or UK-bass spectrums. Here, the pair converts German groovesmith and Up My Alley labelmate TBRCK's lean electro cut "Droptop" into an iron-fisted banger, replacing the original production's mellow tinge with a hollow, shambling bounce. Like a gunshot grazing both Bristolian house and Chicago footwork, "Droptop (Mieux Remix)" is one truly ferocious cut. Mieux also just released the four-track Neufant EP, which can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
Rising Canadian garage enthusiast Vlsonn already has a slew of works kicking around in his archive, and now has finally set a date for his Dischord & Cleanse EP—the producer's official debut on Immersed Audio—to drop. "Bison Run" falls square in the middle of that project's runtime, setting up a wobbly organ and clattering percussion before moving those pieces towards the dancefloor, letting the organ mischievously pound out a killer riff and cutting in an obligatory R&B sample over top of the increasingly chaotic track. If nothing else, Vlsonn can claim the EP certainly does live up to its title. Dischord & Cleanse is out June 10 via Immersed.
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