Signed to the young GetMe! label, Manchester-based producer Pále is a budding talent whose Playing Truant EP from earlier this year saw him collaborate with vocalist Joshua Idehen (possibly best known for his work on LV's Routes LP for Hyperdub). Left off of that release is a hazy collaborative cut with Idehen called "Let Them Talk," a production which rides an ambient burst into thick kicks and circulating ride cymbals to build up its dusty and emotive sound palette. Plaintive piano lines, a funk-laden bass groove, and chiming synths phase and weave together as the track escalates its soothing finish.
This year has seen a swelling of producers trafficing in raw, noisy, hardware-centric tracks, but "Snacks," a new tune from Brooklyn-based artist Headaches (a.k.a. Landon Speers), is an intriguing study in the soothing power of crystalline sonics. Ethereal waves of melodies weave in and out of clean kicks and bright, snappy percussion layers while a reversed synth pad congregates with a rumbling bass. "Snacks" finds Speers effortlessly lacing together several counter-melodies and low-end girth, resulting in a hypnotic tapestry of sound.
In collaboration with music blog Neo Violence, Prague-based electronic label Beef is releasing the Neo Violence compilation on December 23, featuring 10 globe-spanning cuts from the likes of New York's Policy, Serbia's Reblok, Italy's Kid Mark, and others. "Perc"—a stripped-down house offering from Chilean producer Daniel Klauser—marries a processed, swirling synth with an unabashedly cheesy bassline, as crisp percussion drives the skeletal production forward. Ahead of Neo Violence's official release, a sampling of the compilation's other tracks can be heard after the jump. Read more »
Even with his "Deep Undercover" tune landing as one of our favorite tracks of 2013, Cardiff producer The Organ Grinder has had a somewhat quiet year, issuing the Dancing Angel EP for Gerd's 4lux label early on and sneaking in the Another Process EP under the radar this month via the Heist imprint. But before 2013 comes to a close, The Organ Grinder has elected to make one last appearance in our Downloads section—offering the characteristically tech-minded, bass-obsessed "In the Beginning There Was Jack," an expectedly jacking tune which focuses on a handful of chords and a particularly playful bell melody during the course of its five-plus-minute run. After giving "In the Beginning There Was Jack" a spin, those interested can grab a ZIP file of unreleased tunes from The Organ Grinder here.
Celebrating the holiday spirit with a free collection of remixes titled Club Cosmos: Volume Two, incognito producer Druid Cloak offers a soaring, drum-focused take on Four Tet's Beautiful Rewind highlight "Parallel Jalebi" (which, incidentally, is one of our favorite tracks of the year). Contrasting the original version's sensual vocal lines with a mellow hip-hop swagger, Druid Cloak's shuffling rhythms eventually morph into an onslaught of warm jungle percussion. The rest of Club Cosmos: Volume Two—which also features bootleg remixes of tracks from Special Request, Kelela, and others—will be available to download on Christmas Eve via Druid Cloak's Facebook page.
Prolific French artist Fulgeance dropped the solid Cubes LP via his own Musique Large label back in October, but now the beatmaker has decided to revisit Step Thru—a full-length released via RX:TX in October 2012—and collect four remixes from the record for an upcoming 7", simply titled Step Thru Remixes. Slovenian producer Oknai offers a chilly, skittish take on "Square," grounding the cut's meandering percussion with a downright filthy bass synth. Reserved, yet never lacking in sonic diversity, the rework brims with fluttering chimes, ambient pads, and other odd flourishes, while leaving itself plenty of space to establish a mood. The rest of Fulgeance's Step Thru Remixes is set to drop on January 20, 2014.
French DJ/producer iZem has spent the last seven or so years touring in places like Portugal, Brazil, and Argentina, and has since been using those experiences to inform his own brand of tropical-inspired dance music. An edit of legendary Cuban singer Celia Cruz, "Celia" sees iZem juxtaposing elements of hip-hop and forward-thinking bass music with a decidedly Latin-influenced palette. Cruz's vocals phase through the mix, filling the space with natural ambiance as the laid-back groove struts underneath samples of chants and crowds. Balmy percussion and melodies take the track to a boiling point where stinging brass sounds help give "Celia" its shining moment.
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