Back at the beginning of April, we announced that the second 12" to drop from Brighton's skweee-tastic Donky Pitch label would be from the Barcelonian producer known as Niño. Now, less than a week away from the release date of the Clase de 1984 EP, we get to share the first jam to leak from that record, the neon-colored "Buio Omega." This hyperactive tune skitters around in all directions with glittering synth tones, squelchy basslines, and rapid-fire percussion—occasionally landing on the same wavelength to work out a wonky groove. You can hear a bit more of Niño's EP before it's available to purchase on May 23, here.
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Veiled in playful secrecy, the rhetoric of Discaire Records would have you believe that the label is controlled by a cult-like group of shadowy subversives. In truth, Discaire is a "homophonic," forward-thinking brotherhood of four like-minded gay men from New York, London, and San Francisco. Having the honors of first release on the label, with "Mercurio," is veteran Italian production duo Discodromo. The boys at Discaire recently gave us the "High Temperature Mix" to share with you. Maintaining the kind of continuous, drippy flow of its namesake element, "Mercurio (High Temperature Mix)" is a bubbling reverb chamber of acid bass, percolating space-synths, and funky clavinets. You can download the tune below, and if you're feeling frisky, head over to Discaire to buy the 12", which comes with a password that unlocks exclusive X-rated online content.
A few weeks ago, Jennifer Lee (a.k.a. Tokimonsta) sent along "Bright Shadows," the first sampling of her new EP on Brainfeeder. To supplment today's release of Creature Dreams, Tokimonsta has offered up another track from the seven-song record, "Moving Forward." Dizzying synths open up the song as swelling atmospheres fill the space behind the chugging percussion. Eventually, a bit-reduced voice enters the fray as the drum patterns take on a more Latin feel. It's clear that Tokimonsta is the kind of artist who's constantly refining and tinkering with her sound, and documenting the process is nearly as enjoyable as simply listening to the music itself.
Britain's Josh H is a lover of forward-thinking house and bass music, whose forthcoming Every Day EP simultaneously brings to mind the disparate production styles of Nicolas Jaar and Mount Kimbie, not to mention late-'90s German house. Like on this track, "Rainbow," the artist tweaks handpicked samples taken from dusty stacks of vinyl, and integrates those soulful sounds with his effervescent synth melodies, percolating electronic percussion, and deep dancefloor grooves. Josh H's four-song release comes complete with another original track, the title track, and two remixes from Walton and Hackman, all of which you can preview here before it drops next month.
For its 50th release, Seattle's bass-pushing Car Crash Set imprint is releasing four EPs in tandem by four different artists that call the Pacific Northwest home. The No Northwest series, which will also be compiled into 12-track LP (pictured above), all drops tomorrow, and includes tunes from Ill Cosby, qp, 214, and, featured here, Cedaa. "Palomino" is just one of the four tracks featured on the young tunesmith's EP, and it's a fresh experiment in the realm of highly melodic, juke-flavored bass music. Cedaa spices his jam up a bit more with handcrafted sound effects that bring to mind a myriad activities—like splashing through puddles, playing Super Mario Bros., and racing in spaceships. We're not sure what all of that has to do with palominos, but it certainly has plenty in common with forward-thinking dance music.
There will surely be a day when the current generation of beat makers will sit on their high horse, relishing in the memory of the painstaking hours spent writing the automation for filter sweeps, tweaking delay times, and, in the case of "Physics," manipulating the flanger effect parameters with a keyboard and mouse instead of just having the computer simply read your mind or whatever we'll be able to do in 40 or 50 years time. But for now, making borderline-ADD, detail-oriented electronic music takes time, time most likely spent sitting alone staring at your computer. That's where we find Denver-based producer Iuengliss, who appears to have undergone quite the effort to craft his brand of constantly moving electro beats for a new LP entitled Blank Matter (artwork above). "Physics" is just one example, with its triumphant chord progression and glistening melodies being constantly thrown through some sort of sonic manipulator every few bars while simultaneously being decorated with sporadic auditory glimpses that appear as quickly as they return into the ether. Furthermore, Iuengliss has even gone so far as to create an audio/visual microsite where you can stream and download the entire album, and check out a video for every single song that appears on Blank Matter. You can check out the microsite here after giving "Physics" a spin below.
Sometimes, making blunted beats out of esoteric found audio and doing warped Sade covers with your good buddy just isn't enough. Sometimes, you've got to walk that road alone, too. Such is the case for Inga Copeland, one half of the nebulous, genre-defying Hype Williams outfit, who recently shared this solo production she calls "Trample." We'd be lying if we didn't say this reminds us a whole hell of a lot of Copeland's usual musical outlet, but there is definitely something fresh here, even if we can't put our finger on it. Maybe it's the unusually strong vocal presence, maybe it's the relatively straightforward nature of the song, or maybe it's the occasional use of—gasp!—stereo channels that sets it apart. As is best with Hype Williams' music, we'll try not to dissect it too much. Copeland and Co.'s musical enigmas are best digested at face value. (via Altered Zones)
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