The last time we heard from Wolfey, the Vancouver-based producer was about to issue a meditative self-titled EP for the Hybridity imprint. Now, the burgeoning artist is set to reemerge with a new EP for Montreal's ASL Singles Club label, an outpost which has quietly assembled a noteworthy catalog with releases already this year from Prison Garde, Heartbeat(s), and Sleepyhead. Wolfey's five-track Habit EP will soon bring a handful of raw house cuts to the fold, all of which are said to have been "recorded using a few pieces of hardware in live continuous takes." One such effort is "Bittersweet," Habit's closing cut which again finds Wolfey dealing with meditative vibes while utilizing a more hardware-rooted sound than what we'd previously heard from the Canadian producer. Before Wolfey's new outing for ASL Singles Club lands on November 18, his recent mix for the label's mix series is also available to stream and download after the jump. Read more »
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If Tokyo-based producer Emufucka is one thing, it's unpredictable. The RBMA graduate seems capable of forging beats in any number of shapes and sizes, whether its boisterous dancefloor workouts, futuristic boom-bap, more stoney hip-hop fare, or—in the case of "Reflection"—somewhere between all of that. Pulled from Emufucka's forthcoming Island EP for Fremdtunes, the track features its share of skittering drums, on top of which appear a smattering of harp-like melodic runs, twisted vocal samples, and a any number of liquified synth chords. The result is pleasantly hard to classify, as we imagine much of Emufucka's Island EP will prove to be when it drops on October 20. For those interested in hearing where else the adventurous producer plans to head on his forthcoming release, Emufucka's latest EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
Though this year has seen much of Submerse's focus placed on his own original productions (the UK artist issued his debut LP, Slow Waves, via Project: Mooncircle back in July), the recent XLR8R podcast contributor has clearly not lost any of his abilities as a remixer in the process. Here, Submerse is tasked with reworking former US, now Japan-based beatmaker Repeat Pattern's "Half of Half," a track which originally appeared on his Counting Backwards EP for Tokyo's Moph label. As to be expected, in Submerse's hands the tune is shaped into a hazy mass of textured hip-hop, one lined with sparkling bell samples and kept steady by a spare-but-effective series of deep kicks, sharp snares, and detailed bits of percussion.
San Francisco-based producer Brogan Bentley is set to return to Matthewdavid's Leaving label with his debut LP, The Snake, next month. Plucked from the forthcoming 12-track effort is "Smoke," an astutely named beat which wraps smokey string chords around a slightly stuttered pattern of hats and snares, to which the occasional footwork-like fill of tuned kicks and rapid rim shots are added. Before Bentley's The Snake LP—which, according to the artist himself, is said to be "a sonic documentation of coming into new skin, living in it, and shedding it"—drops on November 11, vocal-led and equally smokey LP cut "The Difference" is also available to stream after the jump. Read more »
Next month, London's grime-focused Gobstopper label (run by Mr. Mitch, who recently announced his forthcoming debut LP for Planet Mu) will issue the debut release from Daniel Timms (a.k.a. Loom). Loom's forthcoming Grade EP is said to find the London beatmaker presenting four tracks marked by "drums [that] whip and crack over an eery tapestry of low-end, unsettling pads, and obtuse melodies." As a preview of sorts, Timms has sent along EP bonus cut "RGB," a track that fits well within his record's description, with its neon-soaked synths cut by sharp drum programming and (for brief moments) occasionally dipping into more ominous atmospheres. Loom's forthcoming Grade EP can be previewed after the jump before it lands on November 7. Read more »
"Despre Ei" is the kind of track that is good at taking its time. Serving as the closing effort on Romanian trio Premiesku's More 4 EP, the seven-plus-minute production is anchored by a slippery bass pattern which hypnotically cycles through its one-bar loop as the rest of the track's rhythmic elements dig deeper and deeper. Over the course of the production, Premiesku methodically pieces together thick hats and sharp percussion, on top of which the trio places dubby chords, distant field recordings, detailed layers of electronic glitches, and even a few glimpses of what sounds like a large choir (bathed in reverb, of course). When it all comes together, it's hard not to get sucked down into the production's dense, chugging path. "Despre Ei" and the rest of Premiesku's three-track More 4 EP will see a full release later this month via the Apollonia label.
An affiliate of Matthewdavid's Leaving label who can more often be found operating under the name Ahnnu, Leland Jackson this week returned to his Cakedog alias to issue his third footwork-indebted outing under the moniker, Menace in the Phantom. Said to have been "inspired by the Battle Groundz of Chicago" and dedicated to the late footwork pioneer DJ Rashad, Jackson's new 14-track outing melds the breakneck pace and sharp sample chops of footwork with his own slant on off-kliter beat production. Pulled from Menace in the Phantom, "They Was Sleepin" serves as one example of Cakedog's hybrid approach as it spends its initial push placing sliding chords and—what sounds like—Nicki Minaj vocal samples atop familiar footwork rhythms, before transitioning to more pastiched territory in the song's final minute, where looser samples and a flush of new percussion hits are introduced. Jackson's latest outing as Cakedog is out now in cassette and digital form via Leaving/Stones Throw.
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