Brussels-based producer and founder of the Romance Moderne and Black Leather labels, Cute Heels (a.k.a. Victor Lenis) will drop his debut LP Spiritual via Dark Entries next month. From that record, the nearly eight-minute "Calibre 2000" is a patient slice of aquatic techno drenched in a kind of '80s nostalgia that evidently mirrors Lenis' claim of being "inspired by equal parts Liaisons Dangereuses and Drexciya." Cute Heels has also shared another track before Spiritual drops on April 15; "SV Forest" is available to stream in the player after the jump. Read more »
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Originally released in 2012, Rebecca Brandt's Numbers & Shapes LP collected 14 of the composer's electro-acoustic and modern classical explorations. Now, Brandt's album has been refitted to a more dancefloor-friendly form, enlisting the likes of Starkey, Doctor Jeep, and, featured here, NYC producer Policy to rework her compositions. In his hands, Policy wraps the rushing strings and melodic percussion of "Jivko" around a somewhat lopsided house shuffle, using the remix's extended runtime to patiently shift through a number of musical motifs and morphing sonic landscapes. Policy's rework can be grabbed below, or along with the rest of Brandt's Numbers & Shapes Revisited collection as a name-your-price download, here.
Better known as a member of the Thrill Jockey-affiliated Barn Owl duo, Jon Porras will release a solo LP of dark, textural compositions through the label later this month. Entitled Light Divide, Porras' forthcoming record is led by the mammoth "Apeiron," a seven-minute composition which reaches depths akin to a somber Andy Stott whilst still maintaining a keen sense for the more heavenly ends of ambient production. The results make for a powerfully absorbing piece that is difficult to not lose one's self within. Before Porras' Light Divide album sees an official release on March 25, the multi-faceted artist has also shared a self-directed video for "Apeiron," which can be viewed after the jump. Read more »
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.
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 »
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.
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