Citing an array of influences including "'90s anime, Japanese contemporary art, nature, and eastern architecture," as well as prominently using Japanese katakana in its social media, international duo Shinamo Moki (a.k.a. Auryn Tate and Felix Treadwell) has used its unique cultural flair on a new remix for Brighton band Hypnotized (pictured above). Reinterpreting the original song from the band's Telesto EP (set to drop via Love Thy Neighbour on March 24), "Ghost Walk (Shinamo Moki Remix)" opens up with a gruff vocal snippet of a man speaking in Japanese, after which the track moves towards a mix of maraca-led rhythms and spacey sounds. Taking care to preserve the psychedelic nature of Hypnotized's sound, Shinamo Moki's warm groove is a medley of swooping synths weaving their way through the bouncy production.
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"Viewpoint" is the kind of production that shines in its details. Appearing as the closing cut for Italian artist Chevel's forthcoming One Month Off EP, "Viewpoint" delicately builds a lattice of hi-fi percussion patterns, on top of which layers of glassy textures are gradually introduced. Eschewing any musical narrative, the track simply stands on its own as an immersive soundscape and an impressive expedition into detail-oriented electronic production. Before One Month Off drops on March 31 via Stroboscopic Artefacts, Chevel's other four tracks from the EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
Emerging London producer Only Rays has just released his eponymous EP on vinyl, and is set to drop it digitally via Leaving Records on March 25. Mastered by label head Matthewdavid, Only Rays cut "Michael Bleach's Ones and Twos" could easily fall under the LA beat scene umbrella, as it offers plenty of similarities to various Leaving Records and Brainfeeder affiliates. But the track also incorporates less obvious elements, using its shattered percussion and rhythmic bassline with a generally disjointed and intricate approach.
Headed by Druid Cloak, the Apothecary Compositions label has rapidly pieced together an impressive discography, so much so that it has already branched a new 7" label. Inaugurating the Vials imprint on March 24 will be the Butter Soft Leather EP from Irish producer Myler, who recently contributed to Fifth Wall's No Man Is an Island compilation. Alongside Myler's three original productions for the EP is this remix from budding stateside techno head Interferon. Spanning just over six minutes, Interferon's rework closes Vials' debut release with a rush of brooding textures and industrial rhythms.
Hailing from Lexington, Kentucky, budding producer Ellie Herring first appeared on our radar last year with her impressively diverse Kite Day EP. Now, Herring will follow up that record with the forthcoming Chipped EP (out on April 8 via Racecar), for which the skittering "Dynasty" serves as the opening cut. Built atop a foundation of sharp, hyper-shuffled rhythms, Herring's production is a moody, late-night excursion lined with layers of echoing choirs, dimly lit melodies, and subtle doses of slow-burning bass.
Pop-inclined UK duo Alpines (pictured above) recently shared the title track for its forthcoming debut LP Oasis (out on May 26 via Untrue), and that song has been given a dawn-hued makeover by Londoner Edmondson. The high energy of Alpines' original track is completely muted on this "6am Version," and is replaced with a mellowed-out rendition of the percussive rhythm. Edmondson strips away the principal vocal track, as well, reintroducing it as a heavily processed echoing accent.
Eccentric French talent Joakim will drop his Tropics of Love LP via Because late this spring, but precedes the effort with the On the Beach EP (artwork above), featuring the album's first single alongside remixes from CFCF and Principles of Geometry. Fans of Neil Young may recognize the title of Joakim's latest effort, which is in fact a cover of the titular song from the Canadian singer/songwriter's 1974 album. "On the Beach" takes on a completely electronic palette in Joakim's hands, with the Parisian's vocals ran through a robotic vocoder as patient layers of analog synths and bare-bones drum machine hits move the track along at a hypnotic pace. The artist himself sums up the resulting production best, stating that with his cover he has "twisted [Young's] blues tune and turned it into something completely different, and, much to my surprise, even darker." Joakim's On the Beach EP will see its full release on March 31, while his upcoming Tropics of Love is slated to drop on May 26.
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