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Download: VVV "Present Tense"

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Label: Hush Hush

Hailng from Austin, Texas VVV is the chosen moniker of Shawhin Izaddoost, a producer who can often be found exploring the more tender ends of slow-motion beatwork. Kicking off his forthcoming Separate Planes EP for Seattle's Hush Hush label is "Present Tense," a rain-soaked cut which laces its simple, understated beat with long-winded chords and a syncopated assemblage of gushing vocal chops. Spending little time on an intro, here VVV instead focuses on the track's gradual conclusion, which utilizes the tune's final minute to methodically break down "Present Tense," elongating its dreamy atmosphere and sinking the listener deeper into VVV's chosen textures. "Present Tense" and five other similarly nocturnal efforts will be available on VVV's Separate Planes EP when it drops on April 21. 

Average: 7.8 (9 votes)
 
 

Download: Hotel Lauer "Smend"

After nearly 30 years of being brothers, Phillip Lauer (a.k.a. Lauer, half of Tuff City Kids) and Jacob Lauer formed Hotel Lauer, and will issue the project's first release with the upcoming Brudis EP. "Smend," which is taken from that record, is an animated mesh of club-ready retro pads, thumping percussion, and sounds which seem to reference the duo's '80s upbringing. Sporting a colorful range of activity, the brothers' production executes a plethora of blips and synth loops in a surprisingly cohesive manner, and is careful to do away with any clutter. Before Hotel Lauer's Brudis EP drops on April 21 via Live At Robert Johnson, snippets of the release are available to stream after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.3 (8 votes)
 
 

Download: Pamina "Blue Mountain"

Budding French duo Pamina (a.k.a. Nils Malgoyre and Pierre Romat) recently shared a mixtape in conjuction with fledgling UK outpost Lost Tribe, and will soon see its When We Were Young EP hit the stands on May 5 via the same label. Preceding that release, the Bordeaux-based pair has given us the feathery "Blue Mountain" from the aforementioned mix. The six-minute tune prominently features lightly skittering synths and distorted low-end tones, all of which are accented with gentle percussive arrangements and twinkling beeps. In addition to "Blue Mountain," Pamina's intriguingly eclectic Lost Tribe Mixtape can be streamed and downloaded for free after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.5 (14 votes)
 
 

Download: D.E. "Tyvn"

Label: TAR

LA label TAR's semi-regular free EP series returns to the fold with a new effort from hometown producer D.E.. "Tyvn" opens the three-track Samadhi Vol. 1 EP by loosely cobbling together a collection of disparate rhythmic elements—thick hats pulse atop the mix while overdriven kicks rumble below, leaving plenty of space for D.E.'s assortment of snaps, claps, and clicks to explore the rest of the sonic field. The SoCal producer's assemblage of percussion is joined only by a sparse collection of additional elements, as the spacious beat implements a handful of pads and echoed vocal snippets to ride out its two-plus-minute run. The rest of D.E.'s EP for TAR is now free to download via the label's Bandcamp.  

Average: 7.2 (17 votes)
 
 

Download: Fujiya & Miyagi "Tetrahydrofolic Acid"

As three-piece outfit Fujiya & Miyagi prepares its fifth studio album, Artificial Sweeteners, we're treated to the high-spirited "Tetrahydrofolic Acid" from that record. Opening with church organs and a bouncing acid bassline, the funky composition offers a kaleidoscopic range of textures, organic and mechanical alike. With the vocaless "Tetrahydrofolic Acid," the trio has formed an aesthetic which strays noticeably from its previous work, showing the band's fluid dynamism when it comes to paving unique, sonic landscapes. The rest of Fujiya & Miyagi's Artificial Sweeteners is scheduled to drop via Yep Roc on May 6. 

Average: 7 (19 votes)
 
 

Download: The Phantom "Let's Ride"

As The Phantom prepares his debut full-length for Silverback (which will also mark the label's first album release), the Warsaw-based DJ/producer has sent over unreleased bonus track "Let's Ride," a house cut laced with jazzy pianos and mesmerizing brass sonics. Laden with waves of synth pads, the laid-back piece maintains a sense of sustained satisfaction with its sauntering pace and delicate transitions between movements. The Phantom's LP 1 drops on April 28, but its artwork and tracklist can be perused before then, below.  Read more » 

Average: 8.6 (32 votes)
 
 

Download: Marcel Lune "Panthers"

First Listen

With his Hal 9000 EP out this week via Audio Doughnuts, Bristol up-and-comer Marcel Lune has sent over bonus cut "Panthers" to help spread the word. Spanning six minutes exactly, "Panthers" is a glowing bit of hyperactive beatwork, one which pins angelic vocal gasps and sweetened melodies underneath a series of sweeping chords and a bouncy, mid-tempo beat. In the end, the bonus production proves to be a nice accompaniment to the myriad of hybrid styles which Lune displays on his Hal 9000 EP, a four-track effort available to stream in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 8.2 (22 votes)
 
 

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