French producer Koyote completes his trilogy of Mixpak EPs with the brand-new I Stand Accused, the closing track for which we're graced with today. "Lose Your Mind" is a visceral and abstract dancefloor track made entirely with hardware—boasting an unembellished vocal melody, candid claps, touches of static fuzz, heavy-hitting kicks, and occasional flares of horn sounds. As its title suggests, Koyote's production feels instinctive and animalistic, and should keep listeners engaged with its steady pulse and sudden sonic detonations, as will the rest of I Stand Accused, which can be streamed in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
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It could never be said that Solar Bears doesn't stick to what it knows. The two Dublin musicians who make up the group's core, John Kowalski and Rian Trench are psychedelic kosmische specialists and ardent film buffs through and through, and those two specific interests come together in a loose sort of way on their first piece of new music since last year's Supermigration album for Planet Mu (not to mention the mix they gave us back in January). "Interzone" hit our inbox with the note, "New studio jam in honour of the late, great director Dennis Hopper. With much respect." And though the song's kind of motorik arpeggios, lush synth chords, and thumping drum-machine patterns wouldn't exactly be commonplace in any of Hopper's work (not even the obscure sci-fi comedy he had a bit in in the '80s), we imagine that the man's penchant for hallucinogens and sweeping soundtracks would land Solar Bears' latest piece right in his personal wheelhouse.
"Heavy Crown," Manchester-based artist Y.O.U's first single for Tigersushi, is being prepped for release later this spring, and will drop alongside remixes from DyE and longstanding Canadian producer Jeremy Greenspan (of Junior Boys and Jessy Lanza fame). Greenspan's fast-paced production takes "Heavy Crown" into new territory, deviating from the synth-pop realm to create a more house-oriented track. Though the song features very few of the single's original vocals, subtle whispers from Y.O.U are layered amongst the potent synth sequences which help take "Heavy Crown (Jeremy Greenspan Remix)" to its abrupt conclusion.
Though only 21, Montreal's Valentin Stip has already put together an accomplished catalog. Having released two EPs via Nicolas Jaar's Clown & Sunset label in recent years, Valentin Stip's debut full-length Sigh sees its release today via Jaar's newest imprint, Other People. Pulled from the eight-song, hour-long album is "Correlation," a piece that moves with little urgency through a number of sonic landscapes. Though Stip does land on some interesting chord progressions and musical motifs throughout the track's six-plus minute run, the heart of the production's success lies in its details—its thoughtfully manipulated and subtly rearranged found sounds provide intriguing sonic layers as the tune's engrossing textures shift and evolve at a gentle pace.
LA-based artist Jayko's latest EP marks the first official release from club promoters Them Flavors, for which "Powah" serves as the record's title track. Apparently, Jayko has an affinity for heaps of percussion, as the song showcases a boldly shuffling beat, a heavy bassline, and an array of hand drums overlaid by skittering vocal samples. The rest of Jayko's Powah EP can be streamed after the jump and downloaded for free here. Read more »
Before the release of London-based outfit Colo's debut LP UR via Ki on March 10, Russian producer and label mate Monokle (pictured above) is offering up a fresh take of the previously released "The View from Nowhere" single. Monokle provides a densely textured and glitchy version of the track, replacing long stretches of singing with a detail-oriented beat and swapping out Colo's nostalgic tone for a mixture of percolating vocal snippets and flinching synths. "The View from Nowhere (Monokle Remix)" highlights the original song's underlying morose qualities to great effect.
Draag is a Russian producer who concerns himself with the darker, heavier ends of techno. Though not included on his recent "Occulted" b/w "Tumult" single (artwork above) for the fledgling Flexxseal label, "Odd Feel" is a prime example of the brooding territory Draag likes to explore. From the simple beginning of a warehouse-ready kick, the production builds into a colossal structure of sound, one led by a number of burnt synth sequences and atonal drones—all of which feels just on the verge of breaking loose from the sturdy drums and metallic percussion keeping it in check.
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