Operating as King of the Mountains, longstanding UK producer/composer Philip Kay (a former member of Manchester's Working for a Nuclear Free City outfit) will release his Zoetrope LP (artwork above) in the coming weeks via the Meldoic imprint. On the record's title track, Kay sounds utterly confident in his craft, piecing together an immense composition that fuses sharp melodic tweaks, grainy pads, and textured percussion in expert fashion. But Kay gradually pulls "Zoetrope" apart as it nears the end of its six-minute run, letting the synths run wild amidst an ever-deepening soundscape. It's all impressively reminiscent of Jon Hopkins' most recent work and bodes well for Kay's upcoming 10-track album as King of the Mountains.
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DJ Taye has accomplished quite a bit during his time as an artist, becoming a member of Chicago's well-respected Teklife crew three years after beginning his music career. The young DJ/producer plans to continue building his momentum by self-releasing the 22-track Overdose on Teklife II LP on February 11 on Bandcamp. Before then, we're treated to the smooth footwork of "New Age 14," a melodic production which incorporates flashing synths with swift kick and hi-hat patterns. Dwelling on a more chilled atmosphere, this one-off exclusive from DJ Taye is a prime example of how to balance electrifying and relaxing vibes all at once.
No stranger to our Downloads section, Polish producer Klaves has tossed another sugar-laced freebie our way in the form of "Return." Built around a bed of airy percussion, the tune lands in the more tender side of dancefloor fare, tucking wordless vocal snippets under a bouncy progression of melodic bells and reverb-washed string plucks. With upcoming dates opening for Nicolas Jaar in Poland and an EP on the way later this year, "Return" serves as a welcome re-introduction to Klaves' brand of inviting dance music.
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 »
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.
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 »
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