Glasgow's Nightwave is currently in the process of building the catalog of her own Heka Trax imprint, and to that point, has launched a summer-long series of free EPs which the label will be giving away over the coming weeks. The first such collection comes from Canadian newcomer Lee Carvallo, whose Summer Lovin' EP offers four smoothed-over R&B refixes. "So High" serves as our first taste of Carvallo's efforts, placing bulbous kicks and skittering layers of bubbly percussion beneath a series of piano-rich samples. The resulting production sounds primed to rattle some trunks, as does the rest of Carvallo's Summer Lovin' EP, which can be streamed and downloaded for free after the jump. Read more »
For most of 2014, London producer Deft has continued to quietly build up his impressive discography, which has shown increasingly the artist to be capable of proficiently crafting a wide range of UK club sounds. Most recently, Deft let loose Before Vol. 2, a collection of demos and b-sides that—for one reason or another—never found their way to an official release. As "One Eye Open" proves though, this is not for lack of quality; the soul-scorched beat is a fine example of the producer's talents, one that streaks floating chords and wordless vocals atop a detailed set of percussion, led by the precise bite of tuned snaps and miniature claps. Out now, Deft's full Before Vol. 2 can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
Hailing from Toronto, Nicholas Spencer and Parker Nowlan (a.k.a. HolloH) are set to release a self-titled EP via the Rare Beef label next week. Here we have "Laying Awake," a polshed production from the HolloH EP which serves as its most house-minded effort. Spanning over four minutes, the tune at first builds with layers of slow, moody chords and light melodic adornments, until—just after the one-minute mark—the pair lays into a low-reaching dancefloor stomp, from which it doesn't take its sights off for the rest of the track's heavy-handed run. HolloH's six-track self-titled EP is slated to arrive in full on August 5.
Romanian producer Liar is next up to appear on Canadian label Infinite Machine's growing catalog, who has dropped notable EPs from recent XLR8R podcast contributor Pixelord and East London duo Wallwork & RZR in the past few weeks. With his Scorpio EP set to land via the label August 18, Liar has passed along this remix of EP cut "Key Party" from Canadian talent Spurz. On it, Spurz reshapes the track into an even more heavy-handed club affair, one where machine-made percussion rattles and rolls underneath a focused assemblage of blistering synths. Before Liar's full Scorpio EP sees its official release, the record is available to preview after the jump. Read more »
Matt Walsh (pictured above) is a London DJ/producer who serves as the driving force behind the Clouded Vision label. Next month, Walsh is set to issue The Clouded Vision Experiment Level 2, the second in a compilation series that will gather new and exclusive material from the label's catalog for a triple-vinyl package and an accompanying mix CD stitched together by the label head himself. Featured in the collection is Walsh's remix of Remote's "Alcyone," the title track of the French duo's 2013 EP for the label. On his rework, Walsh focuses on an uncomplicated drum-machine beat, which pulses underneath spacey processions of analog synths and gently tweaked acid melodies. Furthermore, Walsh takes two separate breaks during the course of his remix, cutting out the track's rhythmic elements in order to further highlight the depth of Remote's original synth work. The full The Clouded Vision Experiment Level 2 compilation/mix CD will see its official release on August 11.
The jacking, frenetic rhythms of "7713GHv2" will lead off the forthcoming All I Have cassette from rising Stateside talent REKchampa. One of six new productions included on the tape (which will be limited to just 50 copies), "7713GHv2" is lined with an appropriate amount of hiss that peaks out from behind the thick chords and restless percussion REKchampa utilizes during the course of the tune. Set to appear via Atlanta's fledgling Harsh Riddims label, the soul-washed All I Have cassette will see its official release on August 20.
Melbourne-based duo GL (pictured above) will soon drop its Love Hexagon EP, a collection of glossy, funk-striped pop tracks that will serve as the pair's debut outing. Appearing ahead of the release is this dub mix of "Won't You See"—Love Hexagon's lead single—from Running Back label boss Gerd Janson. In his hands, the song is stripped of most of extremities, being refitted around a steady drum machine pulse, which comes highlighted by percussion hits that come bathed in heavy digital reverb. Holding on to its simply infectious groove for the remix's entire four minutes, Janson renders the track a dub by throwing coy snippets of spacey vocals atop the mix. GL's full Love Hexagon EP can be expected to arrive in September via the Plastic World label.
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