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 »
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.
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.
Inspired by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick and writer H.P. Lovecraft, electronic outfit Saroos explores a sound that is steeped in ambiguous sci-fi references. The group's sound is positioned at a crossroads between the physicality of post-rock and the abstractions of electronic music, but experienced ambient artist The Sight Below (pictured above) remixes "Seadance"—a track which comes from Saroos' sophomore effort for Alien Transistor, Return—by submerging that sound into a more cavernous place. Wavering tones reminiscent of old film sound effects and Drexciyan synth percolations bookend this new version of the song, allowing The Sight Below to focus on the guttural textures and druggy beats which meander through its core.
Now based in New York, London-bred producer Jack Dixon lends a more reflective, low-key take on techno and UK bass sounds. In advance of his forthcoming Those Questions EP—out next week via Dixon's own label, White Asega—the artist has shared "See Me," a one-off cut made with occasional studio partner Yusuf Sebaiti. Glitchy synth bits amass into a solid two-step rhythm on "See Me," as an eerily harmonized vocal line leads the track into a grimy, dejected breakdown. But the energy picks up in the song's final minutes, channeling a maximalist bass rhythm that can't help but crash into a bittersweet coda.
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