A UK producer now based in Shanghai, China, Conrank will join the, well, ranks of the beat-focused Saturate label next week with his 7-track Exhale Therapy EP. Amongst the collection of new productions is "Gunspitter" a G-funk-laced effort which wraps bright chord stabs and gliding synth melodies around the track's titular vocal sample and an ever-evolving set of booming rhythms. Set to drop on September 30 via Saturate, Conrank's Exhale Therapy EP—which features a collaboration with turntable maven DJ Shadow on its title track—can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
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Though he recently decided to begin operating under the name Crescent Bae, the Stateside producer formerly known as Helel Arc is one of 13 beatmakers to contribute to Opaq Glitter, the inaugural compilation from freshly launched French imprint Permalnk. Appearing alongside a number of adventurous electronic hybrids on the collection is Helel Arc's "Kami," a slithering beat which manages to marry together a number of frantic rhythmic elements with stoney, side-chained chords and freeform synth lines—all of which sits atop a bubbling cauldron of analog beeps and miniature digital glitches. Out now as a name-your-price download (as well as a "USB Bag with pure DIY random content") via Bandcamp, Permalnk's full Opaq Glitter compilation can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
Increasingly active Russian producer Kito Jempere has put together a collection of "unreleased demos and live takes" for Cassette Store Day, set to take place on Saturday, September 27. In anticipation, the burgeoning talent has passed along "A Mirage Seen at Buffalo," a synth-streaked cut from the forthcoming tape. Spanning over seven minutes, the "demo" (though it certainly doesn't sound unfinished) is a methodical expedition, one soaked in steely techno tones and led by a particularly entrancing motif which jumps octaves as the track steadily shuffles along. Officially out on Saturday, the rest of Jempere's forthcoming cassette can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
This Saturday, September 27, is Cassette Store Day, a day celebrating the tape format that has become increasingly popular with budding labels and established entities alike in recent years. Appropriately enough, Matthewdavid's Leaving imprint—a forerunner in the cassette renaissance—has prepared a special release for the occasion, tapping Belgian beatmaker Ssaliva for a full-length effort entitled Pantani. Pulled from the 11-track affair is "Tromoeo," a beat fueled by sparse, crooked rhythms and bathed in lush synth tones and crystallized textures. The tune can be grabbed below before Ssaliva's Pantani cassette hits stores on Saturday; the album will also be available in digital stores on September 30.
A longtime Spanish DJ who recently relocated to London, Blastto will close out Heka Trax's free summer EP series with his Windows/Point Aeri outing. Launched in July with an EP from Lee Carvallo, the series from the Nightwave-helmed label has aimed to introduce up-and-coming artists within the producer's circle by offering small helpings of their work. Though he's spent the better part of a decade behind the tables, Blastto is somewhat new to production, though one may not necessarily glean that from a listen to "Windows," his new EP's lead track. A weighted club affair, "Windows" focuses on its rhythmic content, splicing brief vocal samples and sharp synth stabs between its array of bulbous kicks, crunchy snares, and fast-paced hats. Out now, Blassto's Windows/Point Aeri EP can be streamed in full after the jump, and grabbed for free here. Read more »
Next month Glasgow producer James Johnston will issue his From the Gutter to the Stars EP via fresh NYC label You Are Hear. Featured alongside Johnston's slow-burning original on the EP—which will serve as the imprint's third release—will be a total of 7 remixes including one from Deepblak label head Aybee as well as the rework featured here from Honor Among Thieves. On its remix, the self-proclaimed "mysterious music cult" twist the record's title track into a sparse-but-steady jaunt towards the spacier and more eccentric ends of disco-indebted electronics. Johnston's full From the Gutter to the Stars EP is set to land on October 6.
"Maceonectar" is the first track to surface from SXD_EP, an upcoming record from budding Montreal production outfit and sonic experimenters Saxsyndrum. A wonky beat with a touch of pop flair, "Maceonectar" is said to be composed "exclusively of saxophone samples," which appear with generous layers of manipulation, of course. As such, the resulting four-plus minute track comes flushed with a variety of unconventional sounds: airy lead lines, low-rumbling squawks, and metallic squeaks and clicks all find their place in the upbeat production. "Maceonectar" will be joined by a handful of other original tracks from the pair when Saxsyndrum's SXD_EP lands on November 4 via the Art Not Love label.
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