Tummaa, the forthcoming album from Finnish composer Sasu Ripatti's Vladislav Delay moniker, opens with the esoteric sounds of "Melankolia". The amorphous song twists and turns from within its clattering, reverberated self — a disjointed piano refrain offering the track's only solace of melody before drifting back into the slow pulse of the composition.
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Hauntologists is the most recent collaboration of electronic musicians and producers Stefan Schneider (of To Rococo Rot and Belle Orchestre) and Jay Ahern. Taken from their recently released EP2, "A1" displays Hauntologists' penchant for mixing traditional African instruments with more synthesized sounds, resulting in a minimal techno track that is perfect for the post-minimal climate—in a way, the duo's work evokes Villalobos' lo-frequency, mid-tempo mind-melters, but with more discrete melodic content.
Doshy, the Berlin-bassed Tigerbass producer, just about one-ups the source material from Kid606's Shout at the Döner track, "Monsters," on Kid's latest Dancehall of the Dead remix EP. Bringing to mind a vintage Switch production, Doshy's remix is a crackling, high-energy jam that vibrates with just about all the wobbly bass one could shake a glow stick at.
L.A. space-hop beatmaker Ras G (and his Alkebulan Space Program) blasts off with another piece of chunky, crunky hotness, this time offering a taste off of dublab/Porter Records' Echo Expansion compilation, expected in stores on August 18. Click it while it's hot!
Montreal-based NROTB pounces on this banger from the Major Lazer squad and vamps it up with that disco-y, nu-rave, electro-house kick that everyone has been, well, raving about as of late.
Dutty Artz vocalist Jahdan Blakkamoore has dropped us a track from his upcoming Bazooka Shot mixtape. Fresh off of his collaboration with Major Lazer and in preparation for his debut album, Buzzrock Warrior, Blakkamoore has made a classic dancehall anthem in "Dem Nuh Like It," chock-full of bouncing beats, thick bass, and plenty of melodic MC work that features help from 77Klash and Spoek Mathambo.
After nearly three years of silence, Detroit's Daniel has returned with Lazrus, an album of melancholy electronic pop. Summoning Jamie Lidell's soulfulness and Ben Gibbard's plaintive vocals, "Goodbye Silhouette" is a gem of lovely melodies from a city more known for its hard-edged techno.
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