Budding Detroit-based producer Community Corporation recently collected 10 new productions for The Salt Mines, a cassette and digital release which appeared via Michigan's Crisis Urbana label earlier this month. Nestled towards the end of the record is "Grandmont-Rosedale War," an ever-pulsing techno excursion which wraps an array of delay-strewn melodies and reverb-washed textures around sharply programmed drum machines and a simple series of alternating chords. The tune proves very much to be in the Midwest techno tradition, as it balances a soulful undercurrent with a patient structure and a wealth of sonic details. Community Corporation's full The Salt Mines album can be streamed—not to mention ordered in cassette and digital forms—via Crisis Urbana's Bandcamp.
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Berlin-based house mainstay Jesse Rose recently followed up his The Whole Twelve Inches LP with a large collection of remixes from the likes of tech-house tunesmith Sebo K, veteran producer Mathias Kaden, and Australian artist Playmode, among others. Though its not featured on The Whole Twelve Remixes—which dropped this week via Play it Down, an offshoot of the Made to Play imprint helmed by Rose—this "Dream Dub" version of "Underbelly" finds rising New Jersey artist Jaw Jam (a.k.a. Will DiMaggio, pictured above) using the weighty bass from Rose's original production as the initial groundwork for his track. But once that foundation is in place, DiMaggio goes a different route, introducing a relaxed and breathy synth which interlaces with rippling snippets of the original vocal sample.
Seasoned Berlin-based producer Farben (a.k.a. Jan Jelinek)—who has also accrued a wide number of additional aliases throughout the years—is now set to release his new LP James DIN A4 on April 18 via his Faitiche label. The album is named after sample- and collage-focused artist James DIN A4 (a.k.a Dennis Busch), whose previous works were the launching off point for a series of remixes by Jelinek. The German sound designer has since collected 10 of those productions to be featured on his forthcoming LP, including the patient "Lucifer Rising." With a slight nod toward loungey, space-age sounds, Farben's track undulates with vocal loops and deep bass tones while the light, clicking percussion slowly rises to the forefront.
Budding London duo Howson's Groove first appeared on our radar late last year, when the pair dropped its Blithe EP via Chasing Unicorns. Now, the outfit is readying its return to the label with the Body & Soul EP on March 31, which is preceded by sweeping one-off freebie "Live On." Flush with swelling strings, soul-drenched chords, and a light sprinkling of Erykah Badu vocal chops, "Live On" is an impressively immersive piece of electronic production work. Before Howson's Groove drops his four-track Body & Soul EP on March 31, the duo has shared a new mix to stream and download after the jump. Read more »
Big Spider’s Back (a.k.a. Yair Rubinstein) relies on brightly textured, playful synth melodies throughout his Ssoft EP, and the bubbly "Charm School" is certainly no exception to that description. Opening with high-pitched loops and a four-to-the-floor beat, the track's foundation builds on itself with gradual additions of minimal synth waves, claps, and drum patterns. Rubinstein keeps it simple on his production, crafting a vibrant, full-bodied sound while avoiding any excess elements. Big Spider’s Back's Ssoft EP is set to drop on March 17 via Seattle's Hush Hush label.
After being highlighted as one of XLR8R's best new artists of 2013, Andrew Morrison (a.k.a. The Cyclist) assumed a new handle, Buz Ludzha, for his only output of 2014 so far. But on Crash Symbols' obscenely long, 33-track Touched By an Angle compilation (out today), Morrison steps back into his more familiar moniker to deliver the slow-brewing "Heated Cliff" as The Cyclist. The Liverpool-based producer pushes samples of dusty percussion and buzzing drones beneath increasing layers of Vangelis-like synthscapes (albeit ones ran through a distortion pedal) on his contribution to Touched By an Angle, which is joined by music from producers such as Vanilla Hammer and Cream Dream. All 33 tracks from the brand-new comp can be downloaded for a price of one's own choosing via Crash Symbols' Bandcamp.
Manchester-based producer Oceaán is set to unleash his debut, self-titled EP via Chess Club at the end of the month, and has shared smooth EP cut "Turned Away" to give us a taste of its sounds. Rife with soulful R&B samples and warm synth tones, Oceaán's sultry, slow-grooving jam rides a playful beat made of pops, snaps, and claps as it accentuates the organic vocal sounds. Furthermore, the UK artist also sent over a mix of influences, one filled with sweeping dancefloor cuts from the likes of Brendon Moeller, Pearson Sound, Bok Bok & Tom Trago, and Ben Klock, among others. That DJ set and its tracklist can be checked out after the jump, before the Oceaán EP drops on March 31. Read more »
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