Under his Best Available Technology moniker, Kevin Palmer has carved a signature sound out of tumultuously looping and lumpy techno. Our review of Palmer's recent BASH004 12" commented on the archival and searching nature of his music, which is full of delay effects and crude samples. Featured here, "Waning Moon (Best Available Technology Remix)" sees Palmer construing London DJ/producer Mr. Beatnick's (pictured above) original production—lifted from his The Synthetes Trilogy record—into a grainy and subdued house track. The harmonic textures and melodic developments of the remix are both immediately heartfelt and detached; Palmer holds the emotional core at a firm distance, as each keyboard stroke is warped and overrun by vinyl crackle and searing, elongated drones.
It's been a while since we've heard from Derek Piotr, a Polish-born, New England-based prodcuer who is continually taking on new forms in his electronic compositions. "Intersection of Rivers," a tune pulled from Piotr's forthcoming Tempatempat LP (out early next year), introduces the latest evolution in the man's one-of-a-kind sound, which aims to "construct deeply layered and largely complex song-based tracks." Still, it's hard not to hear Piotr's past as an audio collagist in "Intersection of Rivers," as the production's lead bell melody is joined by thick layers of fuzzy rumbling and the increasing echoes of refracted vocal samples across its brief, but immersive, runtime. Before the Tempatempat LP sees a release next year, its artwork and tracklist are included after the jump. Read more »
Back in November, New York-based sound collagist and singer James K self-released her four-track Rum EP, and now, a new remix of EP cut "Drunktrack" has come in from L.I.E.S. affiliate Florian Kupfer. Extending the vocal-led song into an eight-plus-minute voyage through airy house sounds, Kupfer proves unafraid to take his time with the rework, as he slowly builds a glowing procession of hypnotic looping patterns of keys and vocals around slightly overdriven drums. It all makes for a meditative rework that still packs a good deal of punch despite operating below 100 bpm.
Layers of sharply chopped, hiss-addled samples and the slow clatter of a half-time beat kick off "Neapolitan," the opening cut from Montreal producer Toboggan's forthcoming Matryoshka EP. Dropping for free on December 17 via The Villa (a collective which the producer helps run), the EP is set to bring four new works from the Canadian talent. "Neapolitan" shows off Toboggan's sense for melodic texture and methodically built rhythms, with the sun-kissed opening chords leading the way towards a sunken four-on-the-floor procession which makes the track pleasantly reminiscent of records like Seams' solid Tourist EP or the work of budding Dutch producer Applescal.
Set to drop this coming Monday, the Transmuter EP by Irish electro producer DeFeKT will serve as the second vinyl release from Electronic Explorations, the label wing of the long-running podcast series of the same name headed by Houndstooth label manager Rob Booth. Pulled from that forthcoming record is "Skitzo," a track which lunges forward with analog pulses and the steady strut of a drum machine. The five-plus-minute production concerns itself with little more than executing slow-and-steady filter tweaks and gradual enhancements to its undulating rhythms, and that—as it turns out—is a good thing, as DeFeKT's efficient tune still makes an impact without too many bells and whistles. Before the Dublin artist's Transmuter EP officially sees a release on December 9, a preview stream of the four-track effort can be heard after the jump. Read more »
Bristol-born artist Niall Cropper, who releases music simply as Cropper, toys cleverly with house tropes; what initially seems like a saccharine, vocal-heavy style is revealed to be a little darker and dubbier than imagined. On "Sweet Talk," Cropper establishes a mood with straight-ahead house percussion and spotless piano stabs, as female vocal melodies ring out in near-perpetual delay. Practically out of nowhere, grinding blasts of bass and even more echo are mixed in, and the crowd-pleasing cut becomes more insightful and complex. Additionally, a video for "Forever"—Cropper's one-sided 12" single which is out now via Blah Blah Blah—can be viewed after the jump. Read more »
A South African-raised, now NYC-based producer, Brendon Moeller is a veteran explorer of the dub-techno landscape, having released a number of genre-blurring records under his own name as well as aliases such as Beat Pharmacy and Echologist over the years. Later this month, Moeller will release a new collection of dubwise techno experiments under the latter pseudonym, with the 14-track Storming Heaven LP counting as the tenth full-length release of the man's accomplished career. But before that record sees a release, Moeller has offered up this exclusive dub version of ghostly album cut "Stepping Out," which takes its time to steadily brew a hazy concoction of grey-streaked pads, bubbling synths, and sluggishly brooding percussion. Storming Heaven drops via the Prologue label on December 16; in the meantime, a preview of the LP can be found by following the jump. Read more »
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