Releasing one final track before the year's end, Brighton DJ/producer Aashton has shared "All U Need," a grooving house tune which features hollow tom patterns and fuzzed pads over a funk-infused bassline. The artist unravels his new cut towards the end, balancing an ensemble of galloping percussion with recordings of a raucous dance party gone wild.
Celebrating its 10th year in the business, the Wilde booking agency has put together a 16-track compilation to showcase the company's talented roster. Including cuts from artists like Tiefschwarz and Ian Pooley, Wilde Liebe also features Tim Xavier's "Memory Man," a percussion-filled and richly textured tune that has the man's hometown of Berlin written all over it. Running just over six minutes, the production expertly walks the line between house and techno as it focuses on pulsing rhythms and the occasional slushy chord to push the momentum forward. Before Wilde's forthcoming compilation drops on January 27, its artwork and tracklist can be found after the jump. Read more »
UK producer Jabru has put his talents to a variety of projects this year, delivering an early collaborative EP alongside Hackman as Bruh Jackman, and appearing just last month on the inaguaral comp for the new Sounds of the Cosmos label. Looking to squeeze one last effort in before the year comes to a close, Jabru has dropped the Calling Card Vol. 1 EP, a diverse, five-track effort that shows some new depths to the budding producer's range. "Like You Care" serves as the digi-record's most straight-forward cut. Its thinly sliced chords and bulbous bassline lead the rolling house number's opening push before a restlessly tweaked synth sequence takes over the latter half. After giving "Like You Care" a spin, Jabru's full Calling Card Vol. 1 EP can be streamed and downloaded for free after the jump. Read more »
After first introducing itself to the XLR8R faithful earlier this year with Keepsakes' "Kontaina" (a cut that ranked pretty high as one of the Top Downloads on our site this year), Poland's Sequel One imprint is wrapping up 2013 with a new compilation, Groove Sounds & Twisted Rhythms Vol. II. Included in the forthcoming seven-track collection is Chilllito's "Lucidity," an industrial-streaked slice of moody garage which comes laced with the kind of icy pads and sun-starved melodies that fit the winter season perfectly. On December 21, the entirety of Groove Sounds & Twisted Rhythms Vol. II will be available as a free download via Sequel One's Bandcamp.
This week, beloved UK DJ/producer Four Tet broke 100K followers on his Twitter account, and celebrated the occasion by posting 15 unreleased and (largely) unheard tracks for free download. One of the highlights from that eclectic selection of tunes is the swinging "101112," a simple production which sounds like the missing link from between There Is Love in You and Pink. Four Tet's garage-indebted beat kicks and skips over funky sub-bass, hiccuping vocal chops, and a thin mist of reverb to make for an effective DJ tool with plenty of personality. The rest of the free music posted by the artist born Kieran Hebden can be nabbed here, courtesy of Death and Taxes.
New York-based producer Lou DiBenedetto (a.k.a. Headlock) follows up his self-titled debut—from which we shared the wistful cut "High Beams" as a free download—with an ambient edit of Janet Jackson's "Love Scene (Ooh Baby)" single from 2001. Dedicated to his "sweetheart" Total Freedom, "Love Obscene" is a breathy, reverb-drenched take on Jackson's sensual original song, which smears the vocals and percussion together in a celestial haze of synth pads.
Before wrapping up its first year as a label, Long Island-based label South Fork Sound have put together a free compilation for the holidays. Featuring nine tracks which skirt the lines between leftfield and dubwise club sounds, the particularly restless "My Orchestra" from Volatil serves as one of the collection's standout cuts. Playing to its favor, the four-plus-minute tune seems unable to sync up with one particular groove, its jumpy chords and morphing percussion enticing the listener to follow their unconventional patterns to the track's end. South Fork Sound's entire A Very South Fork Christmas comp—which features additional cuts from Blind Prophet, Cauto, and others—can be grabbed as a name-your-price download here.
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