Any good n5md artist knows well the importance of crafting tracks that are both sophisticated electronic compositions and emotionally evocative confessions, and no one epitomizes this practice more than Stephen Hummel under his subtractiveLAD guise. "Through the Trees" is the lead track off Where the Land Meets the Sky, Hummel's fifth album and another exercise in Eno-inspired ambiance. Where the Land Meets the Sky is out now.
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Today, Von Pea, Donwill, and Illyas (a.k.a. Tanya Morgan) unveil a first glimpse of their forthcoming sophomore album, Brooklynati (named after a fictional landscape the boys concocted). If "So Damn Down" is any indication, the new release is a soul-meets-hip-hop world with a distinctly classic feel to it. Brooklynati is out May 12.
dEbruit follows up on last year's Coupé Décale album with a new EP, Clé de Bras. Little holds the France-based producer back on the new release, which often sounds like leftfield hip-hop that's spent a substantial amount of time in the company of the Ed Banger crew. Clé de Bras is out March 26 (vinyl) and April 9 (digital).
Word was out earlier this year about the new AGF/Delay album, Symptoms, and the full release dropped just a couple weeks ago via Ellen Allien's BPitch Control imprint. We're dealing with two of electronic music's most talented and respected artists here, so needless to say, the melodic, minimal future-techno on this track is of top-shelf quality.
Slow, steady, soulful, and definitely minimal aptly describes the music of Solomun. The Bosnian-born, Hamburg-based producer is all about understatement on this track, spreading the lightest hints of soul over the tech-house foundation.
"Second Kiss" appears on the Four Season EP, out now.
Platinum Pied Pipers (PPP) may have established their place on the musical map with hip-hop, but Abundance, Saddiq and Wajeed's sophomore full-length, finds the duo in decidedly more R&B/soul territory. Only check the grooving rhythms and robust horn section on this track for proof of the duo's new musical direction.
Bay Area fans can catch them at S.F. venue Mighty on March 27 to see just how this new sound translates into the live setting. For everyone else, Abundance is out now.
Following the growing handful of artists who are flipping old-school music distribution the figurative bird and releasing music themselves is Detroit-based hip-hopper SelfSays, and the dusty hip-hop beats on his new EP, Something Out of Nothing, will call to mind artists like Flying Lotus and Samiyam. Here's the track "Parting Gifts," and you can download the entire release at here. It will only cost you an email address.
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