Ann Arbor resident Charles Trees (or simply Trees, pictured above) crafts tangled hybrids that tie together sections of hip-hop, jazz, and electronics into adventurous formations. Over the years, his work has landed on labels such as Moodgadget, Ghostly, Musique Large, and—as of next week—Madrid's Lovemonk imprint, which will release the man's Rootwork EP on March 31. Alongside the four original productions which grace the upcoming effort's tracklist is this remix from the violently un-Googleable DJ F, who reins in "Rootwork" by bringing the focus squarely on cascading layers of synths and a set of dusty breaks. Before the rest of Trees' new EP hits on Monday, the entire affair—which includes a remix from Ghostly mainstay Shigeto—can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
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Rioux is no stranger to XLR8R's Downloads feed, having been featured twice in the past couple months for his "Trails" and "Maze1" singles, and the Brooklyn-based producer returns once again today with a new ominous house cut called "Lucifer." Said to be inspired by his "Detroit roots and time spent living in Berlin," the third installment in Rioux's monthly singles series travels in a different direction from the previous tracks, and yet manages to maintain his tradition of dynamism with diverse analog and digital sounds. Synth vortexes are accented with cowbell patterns and a funk-tinged bassline throughout the winding course of "Lucifer." And for those readers in or around New York this week, Rioux will perform along with SETH (a.k.a. Gobby and James K), Spirit Guide, Headaches, and Kashaka at the Silent Barn in Brooklyn on March 28; more details for the event are available here.
San Francisco is repping hard on this download. Pulled from SF label Voltaire's VIARE 12" compilation (out today, artwork above), longtime Bay Area producer The Beat Broker takes on the synth-obsessed "Virgo Cluster" production from NYC-via-SF resident Jonas Reinhardt. In the hands of its remixer, "Virgo Cluster" almost doubles in length, its galactic synth streaks and delay-washed guitar strums stretched out to ensure an even more bountiful soundscape—which is then wrapped around a simple disco beat, and enhanced by just the right push of additional low-end strength. "Virgo Cluster (The Beat Broker Remix)" appears alongside Jonas Reinhardt's original track on VIARE, in addition to other productions from Roche, Timothy J. Fairplay, and Plaza—whose promo mix in celebration of the 12"s release can be streamed and downloaded after the jump. (An extra promo mix from Voltaire label boss Hotthobo can also be grabbed here.) Read more »
Today, Finnish producer Albert Swarm returns to Brooklyn's Ceremony imprint with The Cage EP. Appearing in the middle of the dark-tinted, three-track effort is "Restraints," a production which maps a gloomy path through textural house and cold-wave electronics. It never lands on an exact focus, nor does it revolve around any particular musical theme; the track instead presents a distinct sonic atmosphere, one which places the listener in an eerie sonic world where heavenly arpeggios and icy choirs are pulled down into subterranean habitats. The rest of Albert Swarm's The Cage EP—in addition to the rest of Ceremony's catalog—is available to stream in full and purchase over on the label's recently launched Bandcamp.
With the ambitious goal of "breaking barriers and pushing the envelope for soul music" in mind, Lumumba is set to drop its Tantalum EP via French outpost B.YRSLF Division, sharing EP cut "Coltan" ahead of its release next week. Opening with a distorted yelp, the peculiar production incorporates deconstructed elements of UK dance music: A low-growling vocal build is accentuated by subdued arpeggiations and a slow clap pattern, and melting synths create a somewhat uneasy feeling as they quickly shift between high-pitched chords and a slow-decaying whimper. Before the rest of Lumumba's unique Tantalum EP arrives on April 1, an early preview of its seven tracks can be found after the jump. Read more »
As Teklife affiliate DJ Earl prepares his next EP for the All Roads imprint, we're treated to a smooth-flowing cut of Chicago footwork. Created with with the help of fellow Teklife producer Heavee, "Sex a Pill" begins with a looped set of glossy piano chords, which the pair builds on by easing chopped vocal bits into the mix. Quick percussive cuts make their way through the piece, giving the production a breadth of sound as soft snaps and hi-hats echo in the background. Before DJ Earl's as-yet-unannounced EP drops at the end of April, All Roads will host a label launch event on April 5 in East London, where DJ Earl will headline along with artists such as K-aze, Om Unit, and N-Type; the full details for that party are available here.
An instrument maker by trade, Barrio Lindo's "strong bond to the native tribes of his Argentinian home" can be heard throughout his compositions, which draw sounds from handmade instrumentation, and the vibrantly textured "Yaguareté Abá" from Lindo's forthcoming Menoko LP is no exception. Kicking off with percussive loops composed of hand-tapped drum patterns and wooden clattering sounds, the production escalates as high-pitched astral synth tones kick in, heavily contrasting with the organic beat. Heaving vocal chants are layered into the track, working together to forge a unique blend of rich sounds. The rest of Lindo's distinct compositions on Menoko are set to drop via Project: Mooncircle on April 4.
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