Hailing from London, the Lobster Theremin imprint launched back in October with its first release from rising Berlin talent Palms Trax. Now, before Lobster Theremin's sophomore release drops later this month in the form of a four-track effort from Snow Bone, the London newcomer has turned in a remix of Palms Trax. Where the original "Equation" takes cues from producers such as Legowelt and others enamored with the spacier heritage of Detroit techno, Snow Bone's version of the tune is decidedly more dark and brooding from the onset, carefully weaving cloudy textures and digitally singed percussion into an immersively sparse six-plus-minute rework. Those interested in hearing what Snow Bone's original material sounds like can head to Lobster Theremin's Bandcamp, where the Londoner's forthcoming Remote Viewer EP can be heard in full before it drops on November 25.
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Dug out from the nearly lost files of an "old, forgotten computer" are the nine tracks which make up the forthcoming mini-album from Applescal, From A to Sea. One of the tunes crafted by the Dutch producer between 2008 and 2012, "Screams" is a particularly lush and sprawling cut which would have felt right at home on Dreaming in Key, Applescal's most recent full-length effort released via his own Atomnation imprint earlier this year. The production presents its grainy textures, smoldering melodies, and other rich sonic layers atop an IDM-indebted shuffle, landing the track somewhere along the lines of a more stoney Clark or a subterranean M83 (during his instrumental days, of course). "Screams" and eight other recently recovered tracks from Applescal's archives can be found on From A to Sea when it drops on December 9.
Nashville synth-pop/R&B project Jensen Sportag has a knack for expanding the boundaries of typical radio-friendly sounds beyond their proportions. All of the tracks on the duo's brand-new Stealth of Days LP for Cascine deal with personal connections to their surroundings and retro-pop signifiers. And that includes early single "Rain Code," which veteran Austrian artist Fennesz twists into bubbling textures and gaseous harmonies here. Jensen Sportag's music may have an attachment to certain places, but "Rain Code (Fennesz Remix)" steals away those sounds in a cloud of his own sentiment.
Having been schooled during Red Bull Music Academy's Barcelona sessions, German producer Cuthead (born Karvan de Robartosz) makes cavernous music that navigates in and out of the confines of genre. Robartosz's "Everlasting Sunday" comes ahead of the digital release of his "extended" EP of the same name, which is due out on November 15 via Uncanny Valley. The track is a cut of nocturnal hip-hop with orchestral samples and wonky, swung tempos that elegantly carry the baggy beats through the production's corroded and decidedly haunted sound. "Everlasting Sunday" is pensive and swayed up until its final moments, when the sampled strings break away from the mix for an emotive conclusion.
We last heard from California producer Jo_Def on his soulful, footwork-indebted track "B_mine," and he's now announced he'll follow that song with an upcoming full-length, Steps, set for release via Soulection on November 19. Lifted from that record, "TookItThurr" works a myriad of elements into its short, two-minute running time: a wobbling synth line, trap-sourced hi-hats, and a vocal sample that sweeps between the speakers haphazardly. The effect is disorienting and oddly propelling, as if Jo_Def is making dance music for a sinking ship.
Victoria beatmaker okpk (a.k.a. Dan Godlovitch) describes his approach to making tracks as "using bass to warp the flow of time," which certainly seems like an apt description for his new prismatic 2010 EP, recently released on fellow Canadian label Low Indigo. Opener "Blacklight" is a bath of slowly pulsing and evolving textures anchored by shuffling rhythms. Supposedly composed entirely on the famed Elektron Machinedrum and Monomachine units, the song is able to seamlessly flow between purely ambient transitions and more beat-focused workouts over its six-minute runtime—giving "Blacklight" both an earthbound and celestial vibe.
Barcelona producer Nev.Era has a mini-album called Presión Profunda out this month via the city's Discontinu label; leading up to that release, a 7" single for "Con.tacto (Edit)" dropped in an absurdly limited edition of 15 copies and promptly sold out. The brooding, atmospheric bass cut shares some common ground with Jon Hopkins' recent work, deploying cinematic rhythms, chopped vocal babble, and industrial textures that coat the mix like a heavy grease. A highly sensual, black-and-white video (directed by Xarlene) for the song can be seen after the jump. Read more »
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