Following a prolific year, industrious Scottish producer and founder of the Echodub and Cut labels DFRNT (a.k.a Alex Cowles, pictured above) already kicked-off 2014 with his free "Dark Blue" single, and is now following it up with a remix of Parjo01's "Shadows Dub" cut. Taken from the UK artist's recently released Shadows EP for Club Soda, the cheery tune fuses layers of flitting and cascading vocals with faint claps that fluidly melt into densely interwoven bass patterns, all of which is complemented by supple waves of aquatic synths.
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Belgium's Hiele is a producer who prides himself on crafting unidentifiable hybrid structures within the realm of electronic music. Opening the man's forthcoming Essential Oils LP for Ekster (out on March 14), "Say" is one such track, stitching together sections of jazz-inflected beat work with traces of IDM precision and skweee's playfulness. To his credit, Hiele is able to make sense of it all, and what emerges is a sharp image of the Antwerp producer's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink production approach. In addition to offering "Say," Hiele has also passed along a video for LP track "Elephant Seals," which can be watched after the jump. Read more »
Gobby is a producer who can be hard to pin down. Usually found releasing on hometown label UNO, the enigmatic talent has today released a new three-track effort via the fledgling Tar label. Entitled The Films: A Lucid Nightmare, the new record opens with "Hidden Temple," an unexpectedly sun-kissed tune which finds Gobby playing with a particularly radiant sample and a few bits of rattling percussion atop a simple kick-and-snare pattern. For the most part, "Hidden Temple" follows a familiar path, with Gobby peacefully sweeping FX across the sample's surface while hints of airy textures flow through it. The track essentially stops just past the three-minute mark, and turns into a completely new (but no less intriguing) song—just another example of Gobby's ability to keep us guessing. To help celebrate the release of The Films: A Lucid Nightmare, Gobby will perform alongside a number of other NYC artists tomorrow at Brooklyn's Cameo Gallery; more info on the event can be found here.
On his remix of Skin Town's (pictured above) "Midnight Lover" (from the bedroom R&B pair's debut LP The Room, released last year via LA label Time No Place), Secret Circuit injects the slow crawl of the original production with a new dose of gurgling percussion. Initially hinting at a sort of Balearic edge, the six-plus-minute rework slowly becomes more and more unhinged. Its loose percussive layers join with appropriately unfocused synth swells that build towards the kind of electronic wizardry we've come to expect from longtime sonic experimenter Eddie Ruscha, especially when found operating as Secret Circuit.
Portland-based imprint and collective Dropping Gems is kicking off its year of releases with the upcoming Find EP by hometown duo Philip Grass. Before the 4-track record is available in its entirety, we're treated to the soothing vibes of EP cut "All I Need." The intimate production opens up with a soft piano and woodwind melody, accompanied by gentle vocal snippets and a minimal kick-drum pattern. Eventually, "All I Need" changes its pace halfway through, with starry synth glimmers and a more prominently emphasized drum construction taking over the mix. Philip Grass' Find EP officially drops on March 4.
Luca Lozano and Mr. Ho have combined forces to deliver London imprint Disc Over's latest four-track EP, Dobb Meep/ Different Circles. In addition to original work from Lozano and Ho, the upcoming EP will also feature this remix from label boss Tim Green (pictured above), who launched Disc Over last year with a release of his own. Green's eight-minute interpretation of "Dobb Meep" is built around a sturdy drum rhythm and comes rife with buoyant synths. In the end, the rework strays away from the original tune's playful attributes, instead favoring a more mysterious atmosphere built on the back of the track's foreboding bassline.
With his Shades EP set to drop next month, Turqoise Summers has passed along a slice of dark funk to preview the upcoming six-track effort. Really, he's picked a fine selection to entice listeners with "Out From the Shadows"—an instrumental tune so G'd up and funk-laced it's almost surprising to not hear Snoop Dogg or Magic Don Juan imparting their knowledge of "the game" over it. Nonetheless, "Out From the Shadows" stands well on its own, its laid-back groove used as a simple platform to run through a number of glowing synth melodies and lush, bluesy chords. Before Turquoise Summers' Shades EP arrives on March 25, the entire effort can be previewed over on Bandcamp.
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