Ambient electronic artist Markus Guentner approaches his work from dream-pop, drone, and experimental angles, and on his next release, Shadows of the City (out on November 26 via Moodgadget), the German producer strives to elucidate the slow processes of the natural world through sound. The title track's glacial pads gradually simmer to a boiling point, where a four-to-the-floor pulse takes control, gliding the celestial layers of chords to new heights. With a pace and sound palette reminiscent of The Field and a shoegaze-inspired approach to production, "Shadows of the City"'s 12 minutes seem to blow by as one captured moment.
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While working on its sophomore record, Korallreven released a limited-edition 12" single at the beginning of October, featuring remixes by Cooly G, Panda Bear, and featured here, Airbird (a.k.a. Joel Ford of Ford & Lopatin). Beginning with stretched vocal harmonies, "Try Anything Once (Airbird Remix)" takes the lofty, drifting vibes of Korallreven's original track and binds them to lilting house grooves. As Airbird's vocal harmonies sustain and rise, the remix ebbs and flows before thrusting into a suddenly vaporous conclusion.
We took a cursory glimpse into the world of Russian producer Koett when we heard a remix of his "Lost Time" track by Barcelona producer Sau Poler. Now, the man born Alexander Tochilkin has shared "Down," a track from his upcoming Golden Peak LP for Applescal's Atomnation label. Kicking off with layers of skittering percussion over the top of an insistent sample loop, "Down" neatly segues into a dense, hazy groove that sits squarely between Caribou's sunny psychedelia and Flying Lotus' polymorphic creations. The production builds elegantly as dusty strings and crate-sourced samples collide in glorious fashion before fading off into the horizon—making for an impressively crafted effort which bodes well for the rest of Golden Peak. As a matter of fact, Koett's new album can be streamed ahead of its November 25 release, after the jump. Read more »
After delivering a remix on Talbot Wood's recent Dream Sequence EP for the Curle label, Locked Groove (pictured above) has teamed up with the Belgium-based producer for a lush collaborative track entitled "Dualism." Stretching beyond eight minutes long, the effort is a sprawling piece of immersive techno, one in which dense strings, looping bell melodies, and an active synth bass meet with a relaxed shuffle. The result is a track imbued with a slow groove—though it actually moves at a deceivingly fast pace—and is hopefully indicative of more collaborations to come from Locked Groove and Talbot Wood.
London-via-Los Angeles DJ/producer Urulu (pictured above) is well versed in the finding a track's sweet spot in and building a dynamic arrangement around it. And that's certainly true of his latest edit, a subtle-but-confident reinterpretation of Danish duo Quadron's soulful "LFT" single. Urulu transitions from a sweetly filtered introduction into a warm, entrancing groove that highlights the the carefree vocal and hypnotic bassline. "LFT (Urulu's Reinterpretation)" will surely sit comfortably alongside the ever-increasing number of "pop-house" hits that have been flooding dancefloors.
London's A.G. Cook has been enlisted to deliver a twisted, hilarious, knocking, and sort of crazy remix to close out DJ DJ Booth's (yes, that is actually his handle) forthcoming Todd Edwards Falling Down The Stairs EP for Slugabed's Activia Benz imprint. Reworking the record's somewhat relaxed "Heaven" track, A.G. Cook spins together an 808-minded effort that pulses at an accelerated pace and is occasionally enhanced by a smooth set of electric piano notes and re-pitched flute samples, but what really sets the track apart is its vocal contribution—a helium-lifted, tongue-in-cheek, stream-of-consciousness quasi-rap that covers everything from cheap drinks, trying on clothes, sending emails, and running through genre names. DJ DJ Booth's full Todd Edwards Falling Down The Stairs EP will see an official release on November 25.
British newcomer Manse is a perfect fit for the ever-experimental dance imprint Opal Tapes. Both have a tendency to warp the dancefloor into a more cerebral environment, and the title track from Manse's forthcoming Lying in Wait cassette for the label exhibits that style in full. "Lying in Wait" is a blistering techno cut surrounded by guttural soundscapes and sanitized bleeps, with buoying kicks and tumultuous FX assaulting the ears from every angle. The rest of Manse's six-track release is set to drop sometime next month.
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