Teng is yet another fledgling imprint currently lounging in a bit of obscurity, biding its time while it builds up a sizeable amount of cred, pushing the tunes it has to offer as hard as it can. The approach has worked before and with right combination of quality work and luck, eventually, something has to make its way to the forefront. From the sound of it, the label's mostly likely candidate to succeed is London-based analog maestro and rising star for Teng AKRA, whose been making exceptionally punchy, yet crystal-clear house tracks that don't hold still on a hook for too long. The one-off effort, "PVC," done in collaboration with Cardiff producer Filippo Rocco, runs onward for seven minutes, constantly trading rising keyboards riffs and Carpenter-referencing synth counterpoints while keeping the thick low-end persistently funky the whole way through. AKRA's next EP, Tunnelvision is due June 10 via Teng.
Before the release of his forthcoming Lunar Eve EP, Montreal-based producer Seapoint (a.k.a. Rafael Bucio) has unveiled a futuristic dancefloor beauty in "Triangle Optics." Initially soaked in nostalgic chord washes, arpeggiated synths, and sparse vocal samples, the track switches gears midway through in order to follow a catchy bassline and infectious, garage-minded rhythms. "Triangle Optics" succeeds in building the anticipation for Seapoint's sophomore effort, which is due out on May 27 via Infinite Machine.
On the back of Dutch production duo Weval's (pictured above) debut release—the grainy, keyboard-led Half Age EP which dropped in March via Applescal's Atomnation imprint—we're offering up a dancefloor-oriented remix of EP track "The Most" from labelmate David Douglas. The slow-burning, jazz-leaning original track is transformed on Douglas rework into a streamlined, bass-driven house cut which moves with just a touch of slow-motion but benefits from plenty of build-and-release tension.
On June 6, Pixelord's Russian outpost Hyperboloid will unleash the latest record from juke-obsessed partystarter Chrissy Murderbot (a.k.a. Chris Shively). The All Right EP, which comes on the heels of his latest album, Greatest Hits ★★★★★, finds the Chicago native returning to his love of footwork and jungle structures, not the least of which is the bass-heavy "Alright." A wailing R&B vocal soars over Shively's taut kicks and trickling percussion, but the remix by San Diego producers Austin Speed and Calculon transforms the track into an even harder rave tune. On the pair's rework, vocal samples rattle between the shuffle of hectic drum breaks, but the skittering beat soon gives way to a driving, 4/4 kick pattern and an all-out hands-in-the-hair synth melody.
Following last year's very well-received "Uncomfortably Numb" b/w "About Midday" single, budding 18-year-old UK producer Alfie released his new Hy-Brasil EP via the Space + Time label towards the end of last month. The EP—made up of four taut garage-house hybrids, including a remix from London producer Citizen—has been busy making the rounds, but in the meantime, Alfie has decided to share the shuffling, slow-burning non-EP cut "Turn It Around (Edit)." For those who may have missed its initial release, the young producer's Hy-Brasil EP can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Just in time for DFA's 12th anniversary party this weekend—a shindig going down in NYC as part of Red Bull Music Academy's month-long series of events—we've gotten our hands on Discodeine's remix of "Rain," a cut from The Crystal Ark's recent self-titled LP. On Its remix, the French duo take "Rain" even further inside the machine than the original did, stripping the tune's vocals almost completely away in favor of focusing on a percolating bassline, quirky synth FX, and all kinds of loose-running drum machine patterns. Discodeine's remix of The Crystal Ark will be joined by others from Barker & Baumecker, Frikstailers, and Carry Nation on the Rain Remixes EP (artwork above).
Los Angeles-based label Daylight Curfew has slowly gained traction as a promising imprint for leftfield hip-hop and downtempo productions, often served cold with a decidedly dub-wise aesthetic. One of the label's most interesting producers is L.A. dweller Dfalt, who has boned up on more than a few pages from the Tri Angle playbook while also possessing a healthy set of toys and a fascination for "plugins, magic, and weed." Still, that doesn't mean that "The Beggars"—the opening tune off the man's forthcoming Helsinki Beat Tape (Part One) record—is either a brooding or a show-offy tune, but rather somewhere in the middle. Dfalt makes his individual case from the top: the drums land with hard thuds, pushing a tasteful chipmunked vocal before slowly slicing in a ponderous, noir synth that gradually slides the tune forward. Helsinki Beat Tape (Part One) is due out on June 11.
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