London-based producer Pause has unveiled the highly sanitized "Plucky" tune ahead of the release of his forthcoming Distance EP on December 2. On his production, Pause employs a stocky kick drum, electronic bleeps, and searing frequencies that are washed out by a salvo of piercing tones. He balances the sounds on a nearly swung beat, as buzzing static and clipped synthscapes phase in an out of the mix while the whole thing builds to a fractured and lulled conclusion.
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Last year, Melbourne producer Hugo Frederick was profiled as one of the the winners of Warp's and Bleep's Filtered competition, a contest in which unsigned electronic musicians submitted music in hopes of being discovered by the seminal label and selected to appear on a digital compilation of the best entries. Since winning the competition, Frederick has signed to the Plastic World imprint, and is set to unveil his Waved EP for the label early next year. "Hanging Gardens" serves as a teaser of the release, and sees Frederick exploring aquatic textures and movements which skip and weave over buoyant toms and autumnal synth pads. The production is full of bubbling builds which develop into pressurized bursts of interlocking melodic passages.
Southern California label Alpha Pup has long been at the forefront in promoting fresh, forward-thinking artists, and Philadelphia-raised LA producer MAST (a.k.a. Tim Conley) is no exception. "The Waters (feat. Jeremiah Jae)" is the first taste of Conley's debut full-length, OMNI (out on January 28), wherein jazzy chords mix with a shuffling beat and manipulated vocals before the arrangement clutters up with digital ephemera. A wonky guitar solo enters and exits abruptly before Brainfeeder/Warp affiliate Jeremiah Jae pops up halfway through the track, laying down a slew of absurdist rhymes. The tune makes for a uniquely perplexing introduction to the world of MAST before he heads out on a brief tour of the East Coast and drops his LP, the artwork and tracklist of which can be found after the jump. Read more »
The name James Conduit might look familiar to some, as the New York producer has logged hours in both Bear in Heaven and School of Seven Bells, bringing with him a focus on sound sculpting and texture. Now, the multi-faceted artist has stepped out on his own with plans for a series of 12" releases during 2014. Before those records start to appear, Conduit is sharing his remix of "Bosch," a track by fellow New Yorker and modular synth obsessive Certain Creatures (a.k.a. Oliver Chapoy) which first appeared on a single for the burgeoning Styles Upon Styles label (artwork above). "Bosch (James Conduit Remix)" uses both an acid-indebted lead and a herky-jerky hi-hat pattern as fodder for its muted, stilted groove. And anyone in the New York area who is itching to hear these warped, playful sounds in a live setting is in luck, as Conduit will join Certain Creatures, Black Rain, and special guests for a show on December 14 at La Sala in Brooklyn.
Earlier this month, we shared news of a remix series organized by Luaka Bop and Moog, who issued reworks of songs from pioneering African electronic musician William Onyeabor by the likes of John Talabot, James Holden, Daphni, Optimo, Dâm-Funk, Secret Circuit, and many more. Pulled from the ongoing series is this contribution from New York-based producer Policy, which finds the artist twisting Onyeabor's "Something You'll Never Forget" into a wonderfully cacophonous slice of playful house. Laced with an incalculable amount of percussion and a sluggish four-on-the-floor kick, Policy's remix maintains the adventurous vibe of the synth-streaked original song while still finding a way to fit it into a package much more appropriate for modern dancefloors. Long story short: Another job well done by Policy.
With a name meant to trip up even the most alert of SoundCloud users, Ian G. is in fact a production pair consisting of Spanish beatsmiths Edoc and Pheeltek. Together, the two create lush compositions that situate themselves snuggly between textural ambience, cold-rinsed R&B, and the dense chug of slow-motion techno. Pulled from Ian G.'s forthcoming Meet You at 10 AM EP for the Avantroots imprint (out later this month), "About You" is a fine example of the hybrid formula the outfit is after, spending the first two minutes of the song swimming in a collage of grainy loops and distant vocals before laying a slightly off-kilter, bass-heavy rhythm under the procession—one which is only eventually pushed underneath even more layers of digital haze before the tune finishes its run.
After a brief hiatus, London label Concrete Cut will relaunch early next month with the five-track Broadband EP from Polish producer/DJ Tom Encore (pictured above). Alongside Encore's two original tracks for the effort will be a trio of remixes, including this menacing production courtesy of Croydon's Deft. Though he keeps things very much heavy-handed, Deft replaces the garage skip of Encore's original tune with a never-ending array of shape-shifting percussion. The switch keeps the remix at a breakneck pace while also showcasing both Deft's ability to create brooding sonic force and his keen sense for textural ambience. This extra-strength rework should fit nicely alongside those from Kodiak and Bambooman, which are also set to appear on the Broadband EP when it drops on December 2. In the meantime, a preview of the forthcoming record (including its remixes) can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
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