Described as an "ultra late-night and streetlit collab," Portland producers Magic Fades' and Soul Ipsum's Zirconia Reign casette is set to touch down via Vancouver's 1080p label on April 8. In the meantime, the pair has provided us with "Dumb Wrist .obj," a brief taste of the brand of smoky, R&B-touched electronic sounds the two craft together. The track effortlessly rolls from the opening moments, its fuzzy arpeggio and sparse drums entering with a laid-back swing, and—after only a few bars—exiting with the same ease with which they first appeared.
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Spanish space-disco stalwart Rayko will return to the Nang label with his Rebirth LP later this spring, and has shared the appropriately galactic cut "Time & Space (Cosmic Club Version)" as a preview of that forthcoming record. Moving at a steady pace, Rayko's dancefloor-ready tune weaves together an acid-touched bassline with bursting percussion. As "Time & Space (Cosmic Club Version)" builds momentum, ambient piano chords and ethereal synths make their way into the piece, shifting the atmosphere towards a more relaxed vibe in the astral soundscape. The rest of Rayko's retro-inspired Rebirth LP can be heard when it drops on May 12.
Early next week, Moscow producer Dmitry Drozdov (a.k.a. Maguett) will issue a new album via Russian label Fuselab, a nine-song excursion into dark soundscapes and warped beats called Mediawind. Kicking off that release is "Milk Shake," an incandescent track that subsists largely on gelatinous pads, airy textures, and barely there drum patterns. Maguett's ideas seem simple enough, but it's the depth and nuances of his production that really make "Milk Shake" an engrossing listen. The rest of his Mediawind release will be out on April 3, but before then, its creepy, avant-garde teaser video can be seen after the jump. Read more »
The original version of Philip Grass' intimate "All I Need" appeared on XLR8R last month, but now that the Portalnd outfit's Find EP has seen its full release via Dropping Gems, a new version of the tune has surfaced. Handed over to seasoned San Francisco producer Devonwho, "All I Need" comes imbued with a good dose of purple haze in its fresh form, with a West Coast swing and plenty of warbling synths added to Philip Grass' soft pianos and fuzzy textures. In other words, this rework is just the latest example of the kind of funk-filled goodness we've come to expect from Devonwho over the years.
"Off the Plate," the title track from LA producer Steve Huerta's upcoming EP for London's Newington label, is a strong-armed piece of organ-fueled house. Featured here is Huerta's "Wash & Dry Mix" of the track, which finds the budding talent cooling things off a bit, reshaping the building blocks of the original version into a deep, rolling bit of late-night club fodder. Led by a series of airy chords and an especially active bassline, Huerta's "Wash & Dry Mix" serves as a nice accompaniment to the soulful, bottom-heavy jaunts that mark the man's forthcoming Off the Plate EP, set to see its official release on March 31.
Following the release of his Summon EP in late February, North Carolina-based newcomer Hominidæ is returing to Ambassadeurs' Lost Tribe imprint for his second record, called Boscages, sharing EP cut "Pax Pacis" before it drops on March 31. Beginning with the distinct sound of rainfall, the tune propels itself forward with mechanical arpeggios and a ghostly synth that winds eerily around sporadic low-end frequencies. The balmy, natural milieu of Hominidæ's latest production brings to mind the atmospheric sounds of a rainforest.
NYC-by-way-of-Jamaica-and-Guyana duo Old Money will release its first EP for the global-minded Dutty Artz label this Friday, March 28. In addition to housing a couple of pan-Atlantic productions from the pair, Old Money has also gathered a number of remixes for the Mothership EP, enlisting Chief Boima and one-time In the Studio feature subject DJ Spoko to rework the forthcoming record's title track. Though it does not appear on the release itself, this additional remix of "Mothership" from New York producer Lamin Fofana is the deepest of the bunch, as he chops the original vocals into short spurts while focusing on hypnotic percussion patterns and intertwining layers of faint melody.
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