Last year saw Berlin-based Australian producer Phoebe Kiddo (pictured above) release her debut full-length Artefacts of Broken Dreams via Anenon's Non Projects label, and now, album cut "In All This Grace" has been given the remix treatment by burgeoning LA talent Suzanne Kraft. A more guttural and almost tribal piece in its original form, the song is reimagined here as a brighter exercise, with Suzanne Kraft lining Kiddo's layers of detailed percussion with more heavenly textures while also taking time to add some fresh, punchy rhythms to the mix.
When we first heard from London newcomer IYDES earlier this year, it was in anticipation of his PHASE EP, which was then slated to see a release in February. After a bit of a delay, the UK artist's debut effort will now see its release later this month in digital and vinyl form, which is preceded by another EP cut, "Aldkrome II." Built on the back of robust, ever-morphing drum constructions, the production is both dark and spacey, intricate but unapologetically strong-armed. The tune will join four other similarly hybridized pieces of electronic music on March 31, when IYDES drops PHASE; before its fast-approaching release, however, the record can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Nascent Dutch label Doggtown recently dropped its inaugural release, a compilation EP called Welcome to Doggtown Vol.1, featuring mainstay artists such as BeauDamian, Guerilla Speakerz, Boe Boe, and featured here, regular contributor to XLR8R's Downloads feed GANZ. The typically dancefloor-focused producer stays true to his record with "Grind Hard," this time offering a heavy and dub-inclined track carried by floating synths and an abrasive vocal sample that glides through its center.
Berlin-based house mainstay Jesse Rose recently followed up his The Whole Twelve Inches LP with a large collection of remixes from the likes of tech-house tunesmith Sebo K, veteran producer Mathias Kaden, and Australian artist Playmode, among others. Though its not featured on The Whole Twelve Remixes—which dropped this week via Play it Down, an offshoot of the Made to Play imprint helmed by Rose—this "Dream Dub" version of "Underbelly" finds rising New Jersey artist Jaw Jam (a.k.a. Will DiMaggio, pictured above) using the weighty bass from Rose's original production as the initial groundwork for his track. But once that foundation is in place, DiMaggio goes a different route, introducing a relaxed and breathy synth which interlaces with rippling snippets of the original vocal sample.
Budding Detroit-based producer Community Corporation recently collected 10 new productions for The Salt Mines, a cassette and digital release which appeared via Michigan's Crisis Urbana label earlier this month. Nestled towards the end of the record is "Grandmont-Rosedale War," an ever-pulsing techno excursion which wraps an array of delay-strewn melodies and reverb-washed textures around sharply programmed drum machines and a simple series of alternating chords. The tune proves very much to be in the Midwest techno tradition, as it balances a soulful undercurrent with a patient structure and a wealth of sonic details. Community Corporation's full The Salt Mines album can be streamed—not to mention ordered in cassette and digital forms—via Crisis Urbana's Bandcamp.
Seasoned Berlin-based producer Farben (a.k.a. Jan Jelinek)—who has also accrued a wide number of additional aliases throughout the years—is now set to release his new LP James DIN A4 on April 18 via his Faitiche label. The album is named after sample- and collage-focused artist James DIN A4 (a.k.a Dennis Busch), whose previous works were the launching off point for a series of remixes by Jelinek. The German sound designer has since collected 10 of those productions to be featured on his forthcoming LP, including the patient "Lucifer Rising." With a slight nod toward loungey, space-age sounds, Farben's track undulates with vocal loops and deep bass tones while the light, clicking percussion slowly rises to the forefront.
Budding London duo Howson's Groove first appeared on our radar late last year, when the pair dropped its Blithe EP via Chasing Unicorns. Now, the outfit is readying its return to the label with the Body & Soul EP on March 31, which is preceded by sweeping one-off freebie "Live On." Flush with swelling strings, soul-drenched chords, and a light sprinkling of Erykah Badu vocal chops, "Live On" is an impressively immersive piece of electronic production work. Before Howson's Groove drops his four-track Body & Soul EP on March 31, the duo has shared a new mix to stream and download after the jump. Read more »
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