From the opening bars of Glenn Astro's "Dub Tears," it's easy to identify where the former part of the track's name comes from—the six-plus minute tune which closes out the German producer's forthcoming effort for Tartelet laces its low-swung house with a dub mentality from the onset. The "tears" side of the equation takes a bit longer to reveal itself, though. In truth, "Dub Tears" does flirt with the sentimental side of house early on—utilizing plaintive strings and soft-spoken chords to ride atop the track's relaxed shuffle—but it isn't until the three-minute mark that Astro segues into his production's elongated breakdown, revealing a telling vocal sample about a past "pure love" before the tune rolls on to even deeper territory. Along with "Dub Tears," the rest of Glenn Astro's four-track Chemistry EP will see a full release on February 24.
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As far as Valentine's Day freebies go, this one from London producer and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Visionist is about as dark as they come. The beatless, two-minute track focuses on a ghostly melody and soft bell chords to create its unsettling atmosphere, which is only made more brooding by the addition of a subtly manipulated vocal sample which creeps into the production's final bars. When all is said and done, one is left to wonder if Visionist is even a fan of Valentine's Day, or maybe his idea of love is just a bit darker than most. Either way, we'll take a free tune from the Londoner on just about any holiday.
After showing up in our Bubblin' Up feature series just this week, up-and-coming Scottish producer and Tuff Wax label founder Tom Banks (a.k.a. Lockah) is giving away "If Dubbing U Is Wrong, I Don't Want to be Wrong," the dancefloor-primed counterpart to the title track on his upcoming If Loving U Is Wrong, I Don't Want to be Wrong EP. Set to drop via Donky Pitch on February 17, the bass-infused production mixes elastic beats with popping synths and vocal chops that glisten with a foamy coat of nostalgia. And for those looking for more of Lockah's playful, rave-inspired sounds, his debut LP Yahoo or the Highway is set to arrive on April 14.
Following the success of last year's "Bo Peep (Do U Right)" collaboration, LA beatmaker Shlohmo (pictured above) and R&B crooner Jeremih have been getting together in the studio once again, and reportedly have a joint EP on the way. "No More," which debuted over at NPR, is the first new tune to emerge from those sessions, and it finds Shlohmo chopping up (and occasionally pitch-shifting) Jeremih's dulcet tones while constructing rhythms that employ a darker, more twisted sound palette than we've come to expect from the Wedidit boss. Official release information has yet to surface, but it's safe to say that "No More" is only going to ratchet up the anticipation for whatever these two have coming down the pipeline in the months ahead.
Adam Marshall's New Kanada imprint has announced the forthcoming release of Ambient Parks, an ambitious 17-track compilation that gathers beatless productions from Mike Shannon, The Mole, Ambalance, Jokers of the Scene, and others. To preview the upcoming release (out February 17), Marshall has passed along the appropriately dreamy "Excuses Nueva Mezcla" from Chilean producer Ricardo Tobar. Built around a revolving pattern of glass-like pulses, the brief excursion into cloudy ambience layers faint melodic textures, rendering the composition a simple yet effective slice of atmospheric electronic production. After giving Tobar's alluring preview of Ambient Parks a spin below, the upcoming collection's artwork and tracklist can be peeped after the jump. Read more »
D / P / I, one of many aliases from Alex Gray (perhaps best known as a member of the Sun Araw Band), has issued a new cassette called 08.DD.15 via Matthewdavid's Leaving imprint, from which "10" has been pulled. A sleek, Mille Plateaux-reminiscent cut, "10" is the kind of track that seems to toy with its listeners. On one hand, the song's swimming chords and hi-fi percussion appear to beg for us to nod our heads to and fro, but "10" never actually locks into a particular pattern—hesitating, glitching, and morphing into new shapes and sizes with almost every bar. Sometimes it can feel as if Gray's new cut was the result of the producer running his track through a slow buffering process, but still, there is something inexplicably alluring to the fact that the tune is so hard to follow despite always seeming on the verge of revealing its hidden code.
With less than a week left before his Wave 1 EP drops via Ghostly (streaming in full here), synth maestro Com Truise has unleashed a brand-new remix. Tasked with reworking Weeknight's "Dark Light"—from the NYC pair's upcoming Post-Everything LP for Candian label Artifical—the East Coast producer peels back the original tune's layers of crisp distortion, electing to open up the song to a more galactic soundscape where the producer's trademarked brand of uber-compressed drums and '80s-inflected synth tones take the lead.
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