Earlier this year, NYC producer Saftey Scissors delivered his adventerous In a Manner of Sleeping LP via BPtich Control. In that record's wake, a number of remixes have been commissioned, including this one from budding Vancouver resident Loscil. Stripping the tune of virtually all its rhythmic components, Loscil's remix relies on a simple assemblage of hi-hats to keep tempo while a calming stream of watery textures and airy strings fill the rework's sonic field. When combined with Safety Scissors' sweetly solemn singing, the elements form a deeply immersive and disarmingly meditative listen.
On the new Motor City Jackin EP for Tracy, Barcelona producer Shelby Grey (a.k.a. Vicknoise) crafts cosmic and melodic house cuts with a heavy emphasis on retro synths. "Give Your Love" is a slow-burning, hypnotic throwback built on delayed vocal coos, sticky bass stabs, and crinkly, high-pitched cymbals, its myriad synth layers weaving through the piece's snappy repetition. Before it drops on December 17, the Spanish artist's forthcoming record can be previewed via the player included after the jump. Read more »
Berlin-via-Montreal producer Hreno hit XLR8R earlier this year with a track from his The Frank Barns EP and a remix for Visionquest starlet Dinky. Now, we're treated to "Little Squirl" from his Parts Unknown EP (due out on December 16), a track which trots in on a dank and detuned keyboard melody that drifts amongst squirming acid embellishments and murky percussion. A staid spoken phrase eventually slithers in, receding almost immediately into a shroud of white noise as the reigned-in house groove descends into what feels like an extended breakdown.
Lifted from German beatmaker Doshy's forthcoming Hijacked EP, "Malfunction" condenses together a heavy amalgam of electro and dubstep tropes. The maximal dancefloor cut hangs onto dense base tones, flurries of 32-bit phasers, and punchy toms as high-register clicks accentuate the chrome-tinted pad swells and even out the track's heavier undertones. The rest of Doshy's cyber-themed record is set to drop on December 15 via Saturate, but before then, a teaser for the record can be heard after the jump. Read more »
Pink Skull—an evolving Philadelphia-based project which now counts Julian Grefe, Justin Geller, and Joe Lentini among its ranks—is set to drop the six-track Huitlacoche EP this week via Candian outpost My Favorite Robot. Serving as one the record's b-side cuts, "Mutant Comfort" utilizes lightly charged analog electronics to weave together a coyly percolating, electro-tinged house number. Electing to simmer for most of its run, the production shines in its details, where the subtle tweak of a melody or slow morph of a filter are what draw the listener in. Set to drop in vinyl form tomorrow (months ahead of its digital release), a preview of Pink Skull's Huitlacoche EP can be heard after the jump. Read more »
After collaborating on a 12" earlier this year, Komon and Appleblim are set to join forces again for the Jupiter EP, a three-track effort that will drop via Will Saul's Aus label on January 27. In the meantime, Komon has dropped off this edit of "Walk the Walk"—the title track for the West Country producer's recent solo EP for the label—to whet our palates. In its edited form, "Walk the Walk" is a bit deeper of an exercise in strong-armed house, one whose rhythms chug beneath a thick, slow-moving bass and generous layers of space-age synth work. In addition to the free download offered by Komon here, the artwork and tracklist for the man's forthcoming collaboration with Bristol mainstay Appleblim are included after the jump. Read more »
Dreamy Suffolk trio The Soft (pictured above) dropped its Uncanny Valley EP back in September via Brooklyn label Ceremony, and the group returns today with Melbourne producer Jahnne's gauzy remix of one of the record's cuts. Originally an ethereal and texture-heavy production, "Bewilder" is shaped by Jahnne into a simultaneously spirited and meditative piece, with cracking percussion and reverb-soaked vocal snippets swelling into an elegant, house-inspired refrain.
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