Before the release of London-based outfit Colo's debut LP UR via Ki on March 10, Russian producer and label mate Monokle (pictured above) is offering up a fresh take of the previously released "The View from Nowhere" single. Monokle provides a densely textured and glitchy version of the track, replacing long stretches of singing with a detail-oriented beat and swapping out Colo's nostalgic tone for a mixture of percolating vocal snippets and flinching synths. "The View from Nowhere (Monokle Remix)" highlights the original song's underlying morose qualities to great effect.
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LA-based artist Jayko's latest EP marks the first official release from club promoters Them Flavors, for which "Powah" serves as the record's title track. Apparently, Jayko has an affinity for heaps of percussion, as the song showcases a boldly shuffling beat, a heavy bassline, and an array of hand drums overlaid by skittering vocal samples. The rest of Jayko's Powah EP can be streamed after the jump and downloaded for free here. Read more »
Draag is a Russian producer who concerns himself with the darker, heavier ends of techno. Though not included on his recent "Occulted" b/w "Tumult" single (artwork above) for the fledgling Flexxseal label, "Odd Feel" is a prime example of the brooding territory Draag likes to explore. From the simple beginning of a warehouse-ready kick, the production builds into a colossal structure of sound, one led by a number of burnt synth sequences and atonal drones—all of which feels just on the verge of breaking loose from the sturdy drums and metallic percussion keeping it in check.
Pulled from the upcoming Beta Cat LP, "Swinger" is a no-nonsense beat by Los Angeles producer (and co-founder of the Team Supreme camp) Great Dane. With his second full-length record set to drop next week via Daddy Kev's Alpha Pup label, "Swinger" serves as an effective teaser, one which shuns any sort of extraneous frills and instead focuses on the sharp boom-bap of 808s, tight percussion, and the simplest of alternating melodies.
Seasoned Dutch producer Radial (a.k.a. Jeroen Liebregts) has offered up a taste of his forthcoming second LP Crux before it drops via his new Radial imprint on February 24. "Smoking Break" teeters on the edge of the dancefloor with its syncopated drum patterns, but plays more like a slowed-down jam that twinkles with light rhythms, choppy synth honks, and a very subtle build in energy. More information about Radial's upcoming Crux LP can be found here, and the rest of its music can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
"Brandished" is the adventurous title track from anonymous producer Wertheimer's forthcoming EP for the Lex label (out digitally on February 24 and on vinyl format in March). According to our sources, Wertheimer is a "sheet metal worker from Dusseldorf who makes music in his spare time," and with this production as our only corroborating evidence, his story seems to check out. The focus of the nearly 10-minute "Brandished" is squarely on the effort's textures and their detailed construction. As the track progresses, Wertheimer appears to favor tweaking the sonic landscape more than following any particular musical movement, and the resulting composition is one that digs deeper and deeper, constantly revealing new layers of fine-tuned sounds as "Brandished" unhurriedly rolls to its conclusion.
Belgium's Hiele is a producer who prides himself on crafting unidentifiable hybrid structures within the realm of electronic music. Opening the man's forthcoming Essential Oils LP for Ekster (out on March 14), "Say" is one such track, stitching together sections of jazz-inflected beat work with traces of IDM precision and skweee's playfulness. To his credit, Hiele is able to make sense of it all, and what emerges is a sharp image of the Antwerp producer's everything-but-the-kitchen-sink production approach. In addition to offering "Say," Hiele has also passed along a video for LP track "Elephant Seals," which can be watched after the jump. Read more »
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