After remaining dormant for roughly two years, Dublin-based producer Faws has dropped his Free Samples EP as a name-your-price download on Bandcamp, and is teasing the release with one of its three tracks. Right from the start, "Ghetto Lover" constructs a depth that is almost tangible. Clusters of cavernous ambiance engulf the tune as its simple beat cautiously meanders through the dank atmosphere, occasionally joined by haunting vocals that sway between delicate and piercing tones.
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After catching the attention of Kastle's Symbols label with his busy remixing, Athens-based producer Minorstep (a.k.a. George Kroustallis) has signed his Weep EP to the imprint for a release on February 18. Featured here, the record's title track kicks off with an aquatic bassline accented with ornate vocal chops which waft upwards like exhaled smoke. Minorstep's production only continues to gather momentum with the thumping pulse of a kick drum, making room for a short breather just before it all dissolves into silence. A quick preview of the rest of Minorstep's Weep EP can be found after the jump. Read more »
With his Third Rail EP set to drop via the Bass Machine label later this month (February 24, to be exact), Washington producer Zenojim has offered up "Spacebass Thesis" as a preview to the upcoming effort. Here, Zenojim's production takes shape as a cooly textured exercise in swinging garage, one in which the gentle sway of the track's loose chords is dissected by precise drum programming and interlocked layers of miniature percussion.
Austin-based artist Orthy (a.k.a. Ian Orth) recently released his E.M.I.L.Y. EP via Dither Down, dropping four tracks—plus a remix from rising Future Classic affiliate Baio—which expand on the breezy dance-pop sound from his debut record Sueños. Now, LA DJ/producers Daniel Terndrup and Ron Poznansky (a.k.a. Cosmic Kids) have given EP cut "Oasis" a spacey makeover, bolstering Orthy's new tune with whirling rhythms and dancefloor-ready percussion. In addition to "Oasis (Cosmic Kids Remix)," the entire E.M.I.L.Y. EP can be streamed in the player embedded after the jump. Read more »
New York event promoters and fledgling record label Sisterjam has teamed up with Bushwick hotspot Bossa Nova Civic Club for a new compilation which highlights unreleased material from up-and-coming Brooklyn producers. Lifted from Bushwick is Melting Volume 1, DUST's "1515" is a thundering powerhouse full of elastic rhythms and acid-drenched synth tones, and closes out a record featuring contributions from Jacques Renault and Mark Verbos, L.I.E.S. affiliate Marcos Cabral, and visual artist Aurora Halal, whose "Hazy G" track marks her first official release. Bushwick is Melting Volume 1 will be available as a vinyl and digital package on February 13.
Hailing from Brussels, Belgian producer Le Motel has soaked up plenty of inspiration from the Chicago-born juke sound. Appearing as the final cut on the man's upcoming three-track 45°34°50° EP, "Right Business" is a particularly jazz-infused introduction to the producer's footwork-informed craft, one which aligns a number of blistering 150-plus bpm rhythms with found-sound percussion, a droning Rhodes chord, and the dusty slide of an upright bass. Le Motel's full EP is expected to drop very soon via burgeoning LA imprint TAR.
Anonymous producer Druid Cloak just sent over "Frostmane," an elegant production lifted from Folie Douce's recent Cold Confessions compilation. His contribution pushes the same ethereal tone as the rest of the icy release, harnessing an array of elements—like bright textures brushed against a monosyllabic vocal loop, heavy drum breaks, and waves of arctic synths—into the meticulous composition. The rest of Cold Confessions includes productions from the likes of P. Morris (the new moniker of Morri$), Jubilee, S-Type, and DJ Paypal, among others, and can be heard in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
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