UK artist Arka will issue the "Severan" b/w "The Way" 12" via the Blah Blah Blah imprint next month, and has sent over non-EP production "You Got Me" to help spread the word. An unapologetically soulful house expedition, "You Got Me" focuses on a series of chunky piano chords, which—along with some low-tuned vocal samples—effortlessly ride atop the track's slightly swung rhythms and precisely programmed bass. While Arka's bonus cut can be downloaded below, a preview stream of the Leicester-based producer's forthcoming 12" (the a-side of which was featured in Radomer's recent XLR8R podcast) can be found after the jump, before the record lands on August 25. Read more »
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A barrage of rattling percussion and sharply cut samples line "Children with Feet of Giants (Mass)," the lead single from London producer Warsnare's upcoming Endgame mini-LP for Seclusiasis. Filling every inch of his production with sonic details, the track is a rush of audio, one which folds gasps of candy-coated R&B, red-lined bass stabs, and an innumerable number of disparate rhythmic pulses into its five-plus-minute run. "Children with Feet of Giants (Mass)" and a handful Warsnare's other sneaky bass permutations will be available in vinyl and digital format when his Endgame mini-LP drop in mid-September.
An expansive electronic composition, "Helios" is set to close out the a-side of Rival Consoles' upcoming Sonne EP for the Erased Tapes label. Spanning just under five minutes, "Helios" is built on the back of a percussive shuffle, which chugs along as the producer amasses an array of glistening electronic textures. Building slowly at first, the track's buzzing arpeggios and heavenly drones eventually burst upon meeting a procession of live-played drums that enthusiastically march throughout the song's latter half. Rival Consoles' six-track Sonne EP will see its official release on September 15, to be followed later in the month by an Erased Tapes tour, which will find label affiliates Peter Broderick, Greg Haines, Douglas Dare, and Rival Consoles performing along the West Coast across a string of dates; more info can be found after the jump. Read more »
Broke City is a monthly Brooklyn party that has hosted the likes of Machinedrum, Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Pictureplane, Jubilee and others over its three-plus-year run. Presided over by resident DJs Dunes, Figgy, and Sleepyhead—who is featured here—the monthly event has put together a new compilation featuring tracks from friends and cohorts such as Shams and HXdB. For his contribution to the Broke City Summer Collection Volume 2 comp, Sleepyhead has put together a deep and luscious house number, "All Night," which glides with a simple skip as it weaves its way around thick chords and whispered vocals. Sleepyhead's new track, and the rest of Broke City's summer collection, can be streamed after the jump and downloaded for free here. Read more »
Warbly jazz piano, murky vocal chops, and sublte waves of static dot "She," helping the otherwise jacking track take an intriguing left turn towards the more off-kilter ends of the spectrum between house and techno. Pulled from the Amsterdam-based (though he's also resided in Istanbul, Rotterdam, and Antwerp) producer Philogresz's upcoming The Lost Movie LP, "She" is a fine example of the sort of dusty compositions the artist plans to present on his upcoming debut full-length. Said to (somehow) feature the producer's own Dubgray Dust alter-ego, the tune is driven by uneasy layers of rattling percussion and a particularly squirmy bassline, all of which helps land "She" intriguingly left of center. Set to appear on Philogresz's appropriately named PHIL label, The Lost Movie LP will see an official release on September 1.
Denver label Shoeboxx first appeared on our radar last month, when the growing outpost offered a sleek track from Colorado producer Real Cosby's EP for the imprint. Now, Shoeboxx is in the midst of prepping the Selfish People EP from Connecticut beatmaker Adam Yan, who operates as Eest Coast. Serving as the lead single to his forthcoming effort, Yan's "Marbles" production is awash with warm, swelling chords, glistening arpeggios, and sugary melodic twists; in other words, it's an appropriate summer jam. "Marbles" and a handful of other tunes from Eest Coast will see their official release when the producer's Selfish People EP drops on September 2.
Hailing from Denver, DJCHAP is the latest producer to step up for the Tar net-label's ongoing free EP series. Appearing in the middle of the producer's three-track Amanecí EP is "Wavv," a footwork-indebted exercise that chops together ethereal vocal samples and airy atmospherics over a series of frenetic rhythms (with a few nods to jungle sprinkled throughout). While the track can be picked up for free below, the rest of DJCHAP's new EP can be grabbed—along with all of the Tar label's catalog—over on Bandcamp.
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