Championing the Hawaiian scene, budding Honolulu-based producer Jacuzzi just released his Seppuku Pt.1 EP, a two-track offering detailed as part of an "ongoing collaboration project between Jacuzzi and fellow Hawaiian producer Mr. Carmack." Featured here, lead cut "Twilight" is a grooved-out, slowmo tune that emphasizes a trap-referencing beat largely comprising hollowed percussion mashed together with stray vocal snippets. For those who are curious to hear more, Seppuku Pt.1's flipside track "Torture" can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
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Presented as "an original re-score" of John Carpenter's 1981 cult classic film Escape from New York, Alex Taam (a.k.a. Mogi Grumbles) opens floodgates of nostalgia with the cleverly named I Heard You Were Dead LP. The album's title track employs waves of glassy retro synths and a steady beat as a slick love letter to decades gone by, providing an easy listening experience with its soft fade-out and warm textures. Mogi Grumbles' I Heard You Were Dead LP is set to drop on March 18 via Moodgadget.
The latest offering to arrive via TAR's free digital-release series comes from SoCal producer AbJo, whose airy "Torn Asunder" kicks off the brand-new DSTRN EP. Built around a bobbing procession of kicks and crisp layers of percussion, the production is a pleasant voyage through understated beatwork, one marked by chords which bring to mind Lone's dayglo productions, a particularly wistful lead melody, and a decidedly lethargic bassline. "Torn Asunder" and two other efforts from San Diego artist AbJo can be picked up for free—along with the rest of TAR's ongoing digital EP series—here.
Detroit's Coyote Clean Up is surely one of the most prolific artists to bubble up through the ranks in recent years, with releases for a littany of labels—100% Silk among them—and any number of side projects to his name. One such endeavor is Kitkkola, the handle under which the Midwest talent has released a new 17-track cassette, entitled Sarah's Rocks, just today via 1080p. Listening to album cut "Blue Winking," it's easy to hear how Coyote Clean Up has been able to maintain such a prolific run: He seems to know exactly when he has a good thing going. Here, the producer pieces together a track that is simple enough, with a set of floating chords and bouncing percussion chopped by the thump of a kick drum and a loaded bassline. It's a solid base, and one which the producer smartly throws just a handful of extra FX tricks and melodic touches on top of in order to extend the runtime to four minutes—essentially proving that maintaining a solid groove really isn't rocket science.
The "Buck 4 Ya Dollar" single serves as the first effort of the year to appear from burgeoning Londoner Venice Calypso, and finds the artist working alongside UK newcomer Jack France to craft a heavy-handed piece of club fare. On the pair's digital single—out now via Senseless sub-label Neon—the twisted "Buck 4 Ya Dollar" comes backed with a more steady "4x4 VIP" version, fitting the production into an even more efficient package. Anchored by a relentlessly heavy four-on-the-floor, "Buck 4 Ya Dollar (VIP Edit)" focuses on the track's darker elements: a series of organ-like chords, machine-made percussion hits, a particularly brooding piano sequence, and the song's low-pitched titular vocal sample. In addition to grabbing "Buck 4 Ya Dollar (VIP Edit)" below, those interested can watch the appropriately gnarled video for Venice Calypso & Jack France's "Buck 4 Ya Dollar" single after the jump. Read more »
After releasing the Iridis EP under his Alight moniker last year and announcing that his next record will drop via the excellent Houndstooth imprint, UK DJ/producer Ross Tones (a.k.a. Throwing Snow) dropped a record via his own Snowfall label from Vellico, a collaborative project with his brother Alistair Tones. Here, the duo has sent over London producer Chocky's smooth remix of "Beck's Brew," a cut from Vellico's brand-new The Pennines EP. Chocky's seven-and-a-half-minute groove flows through an unbroken rhythm, opening up with a steady four-to-the-floor pulse before it adds airy synth waves to the mix. Vocals and light hi-hats help keep the textured tune fresh; "Beck's Brew (Chocky's Groove Mix)" is a fine example of combining minimalist tendancies with engaging patterns and a thoroughly sleek production aesthetic.
Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Golden Donna is the latest producer to add to the growing catalog of Amanda Brown's 100% Silk label. Pulled from Golden Donna's new II album for the imprint (out this week), "Empty Charm Vessel" is a track which exists somewhere between analog synth music and retro-lined darkwave. In truth, it all comes off more as a composition than a track, the song's six-minute run landing on a number of different musical sections, each with their own distinctive moods and melodic hooks. The vibes woven throughout Golden Donna's new tune are furthered emphasized by its blurry, clip-heavy video, which can be seen after the jump. Read more »
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