We certainly don't want to overuse our modicum of music-appropriate adjectives here, but we can't help but call this song from Texan producer Spencer Stephenson blissed-out. Our first introduction to Stephenson's Botany project (he used to be called Abacus) is the ecstatic "Waterparker"—a lush and vibrant number immediately bringing to mind the sounds of Bibio and Air France. The song begins with a chopped-up and hollow sample that builds to a climax before releasing the flourish of harps, bells, chimes, and drums in front of its densely ambient backdrop. Like his equally blissed-out peers, Botany has a love for rhythms that'll send you running through a grassy field, but its the uplifting melodies and twinkling sounds that garner him that certain descriptor. (via Pitchfork)
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At this point, how much more can we say about young LA beatmaker Teebs? We like him. Flying Lotus likes him. Pretty much the entire greater Los Angeles area seems to like him. His debut full-length, Ardour, comes out on October 9 via the Brainfeeder label, but those of us who can't wait that long can happily dine on Teebs' half of the recently issued sixth volume of All City's ongoing LA series. (The other half was contributed by Daedelus; check out "Fates Say" for a sample of his contributions to the record.) "Anchor Steam" finds Teebs reaching into his usual bag of tricks by employing varied percussion and washed-out melodies, but the song also sports a Balearic vibe and a sped-up tempo that's more indicative of house and techno than the LA beat scene. Yet he handles the increased bpm deftly; it's always been evident than Teebs' music sounded great in headphones, but "Anchor Steam" leads us to believe that he might also have a future on the dancefloor.
It's been a long time coming, but the debut full-length record from Brooklyn-via-Ann Arbor beatsmith Shigeto will finally drop on November 9 via Ghostly. We've got the first leak to trickle from that 10-track body of work here, called "Relentless Drag." The song is only the third selection on producer Zach Saginaw's Full Circle album, and already things are quite moody. Plinking synth bits à la Oval's latest sound palette, lumbering beat work, and yes, dragging melodies all darkly shade in the nod-worthy composition. It would be a stretch to say this is a cheerless moment in Shigeto's forthcoming LP, but if it's any indication of the path that Full Circle follows, things might get a bit gloomy before he makes his way back to the light.
News of Terror Danjah's forthcoming full-length album for Hyperdub was pretty big in and of itself, but now we've got a taste of the massive tunes to back that hype up. Danjah's production work is in top form on his shuffling grime beat for "Undeniable," and D Double E of Newham Generals adds the tongue-twisting flows of a seasoned pro. While "Undeniable" starts out with a sort of melodic lament, it quickly changes gears into the steady groove of a head-knocking club tune with only a short return to that sullen melody toward the track's end. It's certainly impressive that Danjah can nimbly straddle such disparate vibes, so much so that we can't help but wonder what other sounds he'll coalesce once Undeniable drops on November 2.
London duo Walls is one of those acts that kind of snuck by XLR8R. We really enjoyed their self-titled debut full-length when it dropped earlier this year, but then we kind of forgot to, you know... write about it. Whoops. Well, at least now we have a chance to redeem ourselves, as Sam Willis (who also does time in Allez-Allez) and Allessio Natalizia (a.k.a. Banjo or Freakout) are set to release a new EP, Gaberdine Remixe, on October 18. The pair's Balearic-tinged psychedelia and low-key electronic pop proclivities have always been a bit odd for Kompakt, but this Nathan Fake re-work does add some crunchy techno thump to the original's laidback feel. The EP also offers an ambient Nathan Fake remix along with a few other re-works.
The much-anticipated debut album from Bay Area beat manipulator Eskmo is set to drop on October 19, but before it sees the light of day, this Lorn (pictured above) remix of his song "Come Back" has shaken loose. The Milwaukee-based Brainfeeder member has dropped Eskmo's vocals way into the background, and fully cranked the "menace" knob on his mixing console. The beats don't so much bang as they do lurch, as though the song is some kind of boogeyman that crawled out of the netherworld and wants to eat your ass up. Yes, it's a bit scary, but fun scary, like watching a good horror flick. Grab some popcorn and turn it up.
Man, are we loving the new rave-leaning sound that Lone's been working with lately. Nottingham-based producer Matt Cutler (pictured above) has switched out the slowed-down, hazy beatscapes of his notable Ecstasy & Friends and Lemurian albums for a quicker-paced dance sound, which he's now releasing on his own label, Magic Wire. We're happy to see the style also remains within his musical canon when it comes to remixes. Lone's re-work of The Count & Sinden's "Addicted to You" is full of heavy percussion, '90s-rave synths, soulfully tweaked vocal samples, and a steady four-on-the-floor beat. The whole thing is brimming with an unbridled energy and glowing enthusiasm that is simultaneously naive and self-aware in its 'I'm just dancing with my eyes closed, but isn't it so much fun?' motif. We sincerely hope Lone's dance party never stops. The "Addicted to You" single will be released on November 9, and The Count & Sinden's Mega Mega Mega album is out now.
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