Maps' We Can Create would make a good soundtrack to a science fiction movie, with an epic palate of sound that stretches from space-like folk to whispering, warped vocals and glossy pop melodies accompanied by unpredictable chord progressions. The album is a pretty impressive feat, especially when one considers the fact that the UK-based producer created every layer of sound on a battered, 16-track recorder.
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Marcin Czubala has spent the last decade putting his classical music training to good use, letting the rigor of study enhance his skills as an important electronic artist in the Polish underground music scene. His time spent at Kurczewski music school is evident on "Capofamiglia." The beats are intricately laced over one another with a meticulousness most don't have the patience for, and subtle bleeps and tweaks blossom throughout the music.
Detroit-based Paul Randolph boasts quite the resume. His musical history includes a stint in Sao Paulo, collaborations with Underground Resistance, Carl Craig, and John Arnold, and tracks encompassing every genre on the planet. Definitely one to look out for in the coming year.
A founding member of the Souls of Mischief and Hieroglyphics, Adam Carter (a.k.a. A Plus) finally stepped into the realm of solo releases this summer, with My Last Good Deed. The album sees Carter embracing the chance to explore lyrical subjects closer to his own life experience, and accepting the challenge of portraying those people and events in a positive, mature light.
Though he's something of a mysterious character in the music world, one can assess from Lorn's MySpace page that he's a producer who takes to the dark, tortured side of music. "My Drum Machine" echos that idea, with heavy-handed synth melodies, pounding drums, and vocals manipulated to sound like some netherworld creature is singing down the mic.
Featuring one member of screamo band The Red Scare and one instrumentally-inclined German dude, Cloudland Canyon is the new face of Kraut-experimentation. Taken from the duo's forthcoming Silver Tongued Sisyphus EP, this excerpt of "Dambala" displays just how magnetizing the duo's blend of textured guitar delays and strings can be.
There have been masses of shoegaze revivalists, but few have been as revered as much as Ulrich Schnauss. After releasing A Strangley Isolated Place and Far Away Trains Passing By for the City Centre Offices imprint, Schnauss has become the texture authority, remixing everyone from Depeche Mode to Mojave 3.
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