After being highlighted as one of XLR8R's best new artists of 2013, Andrew Morrison (a.k.a. The Cyclist) assumed a new handle, Buz Ludzha, for his only output of 2014 so far. But on Crash Symbols' obscenely long, 33-track Touched By an Angle compilation (out today), Morrison steps back into his more familiar moniker to deliver the slow-brewing "Heated Cliff" as The Cyclist. The Liverpool-based producer pushes samples of dusty percussion and buzzing drones beneath increasing layers of Vangelis-like synthscapes (albeit ones ran through a distortion pedal) on his contribution to Touched By an Angle, which is joined by music from producers such as Vanilla Hammer and Cream Dream. All 33 tracks from the brand-new comp can be downloaded for a price of one's own choosing via Crash Symbols' Bandcamp.
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Big Spider’s Back (a.k.a. Yair Rubinstein) relies on brightly textured, playful synth melodies throughout his Ssoft EP, and the bubbly "Charm School" is certainly no exception to that description. Opening with high-pitched loops and a four-to-the-floor beat, the track's foundation builds on itself with gradual additions of minimal synth waves, claps, and drum patterns. Rubinstein keeps it simple on his production, crafting a vibrant, full-bodied sound while avoiding any excess elements. Big Spider’s Back's Ssoft EP is set to drop on March 17 via Seattle's Hush Hush label.
Manchester-based producer Oceaán is set to unleash his debut, self-titled EP via Chess Club at the end of the month, and has shared smooth EP cut "Turned Away" to give us a taste of its sounds. Rife with soulful R&B samples and warm synth tones, Oceaán's sultry, slow-grooving jam rides a playful beat made of pops, snaps, and claps as it accentuates the organic vocal sounds. Furthermore, the UK artist also sent over a mix of influences, one filled with sweeping dancefloor cuts from the likes of Brendon Moeller, Pearson Sound, Bok Bok & Tom Trago, and Ben Klock, among others. That DJ set and its tracklist can be checked out after the jump, before the Oceaán EP drops on March 31. Read more »
Emerging Atlanta-based producer Makeup (a.k.a. Arkia Jahani) develops a dour, emotionally heavy aesthetic throughout his recent Divine Fashion EP, a six-track offering with qualities reminiscent of Tri Angle mainstay Holy Other. From that free digital release, "Vessels as Shadows" is a haunting progression rife with thick reverb and anguished chants resonating alongside patterns of high-pitched pulses. As the individual layers culminate, Makeup's controlled production weaves the multiple vocal, synth, and bass layers into a well-orchestrated arrangement, evoking a meticulously crafted outpouring of emotion in its final moments. Jahani also teamed up with Alex Zhuravlov to co-direct a visual companion for the track, which is said to follow themes related to "limitations of personal identity and gender" in a dark and mesmerizing display of choreography. The piece enhances "Vessels as Shadows"'s overwhelming sense of impassioned agony and can be viewed after the jump. Read more »
Peruvian duo Dengue Dengue Dengue! pride themselves on crafting a unique brand of "psychedelic cumbia" which incorporates streaks of zouk bass, dub, and the likes into its productions. Having appeared as part of the Enchufada label's ongoing Upper Cuts series last year, Dengue Dengue Dengue! will release its first proper effort for the label next week (March 17, to be exact). Pulled from the outfit's upcoming Serpiente Dorada EP, "Banana" finds Dengue Dengue Dengue! cutting up its rhythms with space-age FX and bits of quirky melodies. The tune takes a turn for more psychedelic territory around the two-minute mark, when a ghostly bell melody joins the proceedings and rides out the bouncing production until it reaches its stripped-down conclusion.
From his recently released Ephedrine Skies LP for Ausland, Rigas Den Andre has shared floaty cut "No Sense of Feeling," an aptly titled track which offers a curiously spacey aesthetic that is as pleasantly airy as it is unsettling. Opening up with a piercing and somewhat ominous shriek, Rigas Den Andre's tune gradually transitions into a slow-moving and uplifting synth melody. Blips of bizarre UFO-like sounds and dark synth chords appear throughout "No Sense of Feeling"'s steady course, giving the production a unique range of textures.
Denver-based producer RUMTUM (a.k.a. John Hastings) has given us the premiere of his new "Floating Into" single for the beat-focused 1320 label. Hastings' airy tune features the same kind of effervescent, dream-like quality pushed by artists like Teebs, a vibe which is interspersed with the occasional funk-laced guitar riff. RUMTUM glides through his therapeutic soundscape as bursts of calculated clicks intertwine with the spiraling hum of a natural ambiance, coasting on a laidback beat that effectively validates "Floating Into"'s implication of a weightless journey.
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