This week sees UK producer Craig Bratley issue his debut LP, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, a 10-track effort which showcases the man's propensity for tweaking disco formulas into any number of shapes and sizes. One such track is "Analogue Dreams," a production driven by cascading hardware tones and some light percussion (which is anchored by deep-tuned kick drums). Atop this bed, Bratley effortlessly floats in a number of interlocked arpeggio melodies, which are hand-tweaked as they glide across the track before eventually being joined by a procession of bouncing piano chords and fast-moving digital strings. Out now in vinyl form (and set to see a digital release on December 15) via the Tsuba label, Bratley's Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride LP can be further previewed after the jump. Read more »
"I dont make Trap," reads the SoundCloud profile of Manchester-based producer Trap Door, keen to stop any preconceptions about his chosen alias. In fact, Trap Door's latest effort, the Emerald Dove EP (out today via B.YRSLF), sees the budding talent presenting sharp and propulsive club hybrids, including "Gravity Break," a track focused on precise, booming rhythms and glowing swaths of space-age chords. Set to be joined by four other original tracks as well as remixes from Dreams, Mike G, and Grandivaa on the Emerald Dove EP, Trap Door's "Gravity Break" can be downloaded below, while the rest of his new record can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
One could certainly not accuse Berlin's Project: Mooncircle imprint of taking it easy in 2014. Having added records to its catalog this year from the likes of Submerse, Memoosh (a.k.a. Memotone and Soosh), and a collaborative EP from My Panda Shall Fly & Mau'lin, among a number of other releases, the label has certainly packed in a lot of music over the past 11 months. And still, Project: Mooncircle has a few tricks left of its sleeve, with prolific UK producer Deft set to return to the label next week with the Blue Jasmine EP. Serving as the upcoming record's closing cut, "The Night Time" is an appropriately titled production, one which folds a melancholy procession of hazy, pumping chords and long-winded bass notes in with steady layers of clattering percussion. Out on December 2, the rest of Deft's Blue Jasmine EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
Today, the Milan-based CT-HI imprint issues its third release, a four-track collection of soul-lined productions from the label's stable of artists. Included on the Contemporary Theories III EP is Turbojazz's "DAT Soul," a jazzy, loose-shuffling house tune, which here receives a remix treatment from fellow CT-HI affiliate Parker Madicine. On his rework, the Italian producer dials back the original tune's more soaring elements, instead focusing on the track's lopsided bassline and gritty rhythmic textures, which serve as the base to the low-swung remix's five-plus-minute run. Out now, the Contemporary Theories III EP can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Last week saw Barcelona's Classicworks label issue the Hidden Traxx EP from imprint co-founder Nehuen. Pulled from the record, "Jam 2 (El Gaucho Mix)" is one of four squelching exercises Hidden Traxx has to offer, all of which are said to be the result of single takes laid down using the producer's extensive arsenal of hardware. Spanning five minutes, "Jam 2" begins by placing a bouncing bassline beneath growing layers of crunchy rhythms. From there, Nehuen introduces spacey chords and a handful of restless synth lines, all of which are pushed through resonant filters and increasingly lined with harmonic distortion as they wrap around the track's thumping rhythms. Out now, the rest of Nehuen's new EP for Classicworks can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
Early next month, 20-year-old Vienna-based producer Wandl will debut on the Affine label with the Far Way Home EP, for which the soul-strewn "Steps" will serve as the record's lead cut. At its base, "Steps" is a jazzy beat, one flushed with warm chords and melodic keyboard runs which glide atop the track's somewhat broken rhythms. Eventually, layers of Wandl's own voice rise to surface, never exactly taking the lead, but rather adding another reverberated texture to the production's dusty sonic palette. Wandl's "Steps" will join four other efforts from the budding producer when his Far Way Home EP officially lands on December 8.
Hailing from Mexico City, prolific producer Alec Sander (who has in the past operated under the names La Royale, Yesco, and Moon Runner) will deliver the next record for Sanfuentes—the eponymous label of LA-based Cómeme affiliate Vicente Sanfuentes—under his Mijo alias. Due out on December 8, Mijo's Economic EP is said to embody the Mexican club music ethos of "less is more," offering four tracks of stripped-back techno with "no gimmicks, no flash." A fine example of such is EP cut "Valet Parking," which sees Mijo crafting an efficient but energetic production that laces its lively drum-machine stomp with playful bits of upfront synth tones and, of course, plenty of percussive odds and ends. Ahead of its release next month, Mijo's forthcoming Economic EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
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