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.
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"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.
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.
Pulled from the upcoming Beta Cat LP, "Swinger" is a no-nonsense beat by Los Angeles producer (and co-founder of the Team Supreme camp) Great Dane. With his second full-length record set to drop next week via Daddy Kev's Alpha Pup label, "Swinger" serves as an effective teaser, one which shuns any sort of extraneous frills and instead focuses on the sharp boom-bap of 808s, tight percussion, and the simplest of alternating melodies.
Seasoned Dutch producer Radial (a.k.a. Jeroen Liebregts) has offered up a taste of his forthcoming second LP Crux before it drops via his new Radial imprint on February 24. "Smoking Break" teeters on the edge of the dancefloor with its syncopated drum patterns, but plays more like a slowed-down jam that twinkles with light rhythms, choppy synth honks, and a very subtle build in energy. More information about Radial's upcoming Crux LP can be found here, and the rest of its music can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
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