Thomas Fehlmann's latest effort is a soundtrack to the longest documentary film in history, 24H Berlin, which follows Berlin residents around their city for 24 hours. Fehlmann, known best for his ambient works and membership in The Orb, gets balearic on "Permanent Touch," utilizing arpeggiated synths, sunny high-frequency squelches, and lush, watery pans to create an atmosphere that reminds one more of the beach than Berlin's concrete jungle. Like an exemplary Lindstrom & Prins Thomas collaboration, "Permanent Touch" is the sort of track that will definitely be blasting from smoky car speakers this spring and summer.
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Cloud Seed, the "lost" second album of dubstep pioneers Vex'd is finally seeing the light of day in April, and "Disposition" is taken from that release. Though low, atmospheric bass still rumbles through the track, its less frenetic pace and rhyming courtesy of Jest are nice surprises. The vocal intonations are somewhat similar to those of Aesop, so paired with the industrial thrum of the instrumental and the soulful vocal snippets punctuating the piece, "Disposition" is a 21st-century take on hip-hop tropes that really works.
Calgary, Alberta's Smalltown DJs contributed this track to the Do It To It compilation recently released by the Minneapolis-based design house Burlesque of North America. "Autograph" kicks off the 17-track affair with an immediate thumping beat before a pitched-down vocal loop and a plethora of percussive synths join the mix. The hyperactive elements eventually adhere together for an upbeat future-house number that's equal parts Miami club scene and dirty East Coast warehouse rave
Sweden's Alf Tumble transports fellow Stockholm resident Rigas' latest single from one side of the disco-house spectrum to the other. While the original version of "Helpless" relies more on flourishing pianos and live drum sounds, Tumble's rework is a tad more contemporary sounding with electro-leaning timbres and a more synthetic vibe overall. Regardless of style, both feature a plaintive vocal melody that's sure to hit home with just about everyone still on the dancefloor late into the night.
The opening track of Subiza, the third full-length album from Barcelona's much-lauded synth-pop outfit Delorean, sounds like nothing other than pure, ecstatic joy. The sentiment mirrors those of fans awaiting the XLR8R cover stars' forthcoming record, and "Stay Close" provides the perfect taste of what to expect from the quartet. Bouncing sub-basslines, syncopated synth melodies, a host of angelic vocal samples, and intimate, heartfelt singing from frontman Ekhi Lopetegi float around a subtle UK funky-inspired beat—creating a sum far more rapturous than its parts. Subiza is out June 8 on True Panther, and available for pre-order now.
The field recording of a playground that starts off "You Got the Love" fits the theme of Inner Child, a compilation whose proceeds go to benefit Atlanta's Dream House for Kids, from which the track is taken, but is a bit less instep with the song itself. Kastle's soulful number is equal parts mysterious, Burial-esque dubstep and classic piano house, but not the least bit childish or playful in any way. Both the poignant vocal melody and solid production work are trademarks of an artist that takes his work seriously. Regardless, the thoughtful, grooving sounds heard within "Love" are sure to stand out amongst the other contributed tracks on the philanthropic release.
LA's beat-centric Alpha Pup label recently added a new producer to its ranks with the melodic sub-loving styles of Take and his debut full-length, Only Mountain. Taken from said debut, "Incredibright" is a bit of a beguiling title for this slice of wobbling dubstep. The reverberated piano flourishes and plinking synth melodies, uh, brighten up the track, but—for the most part—Take's mid-album jam is ruled by crunchy space trash and woozily sinister low-frequency sounds.
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