With a new EP slated for release on Seattle's Car Crash Set imprint, Moscow's Pixelord has offered up this non-EP track to give us a taste of what we can expect from the forthcoming release. "Equis (Part 2)" is a jagged beat of sorts with an ever-so-slightly swung boom-bap rhythm chugging below a set of constantly building, dramatic pads and chopped and pitched Stevie Wonder vocal samples. If this track is any indication, then Pixelord's new EP, Puzzles, may find the Russian producer paring down the 8-bit elements often associated with his production, not removing them entirely but rather employing them more sparingly (as in the bubbling bleeps and bloops of this track) to give way to more serious-sounding elements. We'll have to see what the Russian producer has in store for us when Puzzles drops on April 29.
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A quick glance at Ghe20 Gothik resident Physical Therapy's Soundcloud and you'll notice that the East Coast producer has an affinity for flipping radio R&B jams into slow, percussive, bass-minded tracks. Take, for instance, his newly released mixtape, Therapy Sessions Vol. 1 (that you can download for free over on his new site), which comes sprinkled with refixes of past and present radio jams like this one of bubble-gum R&B singer Lloyd. Physical Therapy takes only small snippets from the original's intro strings along with a few choice vocal parts and skillfully rearranges them, crafting a slow, methodical, half-time head-nodder in which spacious 808-style kicks and skittering percussion supplement the smooth R&B source material. Whether Physical Therapy is just making sweet remix love to some guilty-pleasure tunes or actually commenting on some deeper post-modern consumer-as-creator-type thing is still unknown, and that’s fine by us as long as he keeps hitting us with tracks like this.
Late last month, we shared a song from Kosmiche experimentalists Mandelbrot & Skyy, one half of which is analog synth explorer Jeff Witscher (a.k.a. Rene Hell). The artist just recently dropped a brand-new LP, The Terminal Symphony, under his solo moniker, from which "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths" is taken. The song wafts about comfortably on the more lighthearted side of Witscher's compositional work; the myriad bubbling, arpeggiated electronic tones all evoke a feeling of wonder and majesty reminiscent of any number of fantasy cartoons we spent our childhoods obsessing over. There is a video for Rene Hell's song, but it's not quite what we imagine when we hear "E.S. Des Grauens In Fifths." You can see it for yourself below. (Those prone to seizures: beware.) (via Altered Zones) Read more »
New York's Brennan Green (pictured above) delivers this delicious eight-minute journey through the land of acid disco on the instrumental version of his remix for the Italian duo Ajello's new single, "Chocolate Black Leather." Although the original version of Green's remix features the vocal stylings of disco queen Hard Ton, this instrumental version only proves the more impressive as it allows us to fully focus on Green's tasty synth work. With a pulsing 303 line driving the track, he unleashes a seemingly endless supply of spacey, vintage synth tones that gradually multiply as they float and sizzle in various reverbs and delays. Make sure to stick this one out to the end as the seasoned producer saves the catchiest line for last, dropping an incredibly melodic lazer arp for a few sweet bars before breaking the track down to its final moments.
With only a couple (excellent) tunes to his name, Guy Andrews, a newcomer to Brighton's ever-expanding bass music scene, is already off to a solid start, as far as we can tell. Like on the subtly worked-up "Klikkr," it's more than apparent the, uh, guy knows exactly how to craft a perfect percussion loop, rolling sub-bassline, pattering dance rhythm, and bare-bones melody. The kind of sonic restraint and loving precision that Andrews exhibits in his work thus far seems to belie his newbie status, and effectively excites us for whatever upcoming tunes he'll be sharing next.
London's Hervé has a new single about to drop on April 17 via his burgeoning imprint, Cheap Thrills, and Liverpool's 3 Beat label, called "Together" (pictured above). Here, the classic rave-inspired club jam is refitted with a fresher palette of ostentatious audio courtesy of Welsh production quartet C.R.S.T. With shuffling dancefloor beats, deep synth stabs, disembodied diva vocals, bubbling bass tones, and rapid-fire tempos in its arsenal, "Together (C.R.S.T. Remix)" offers a solid alternative to the quasi-kitschy vibes of the original tune—instead pumping a slick future-garage style that the Cardiff outfit is known for. Feel free to compare the two versions, and pick your own favorite, via the funny little promo video for "Together," below. Read more »
Today, UK funky don Roska dropped a free remix via his Twitter account, and it's just far too good to not repost ourselves. The DJ/producer hijacks the many hyperactive vocal stems from the updated version of 2004 grime hit "Pow" by Lethal Bizzle (pictured above), and lays them over a particularly rude riddim chock full of sinister bass tones, cracking snares, light-footed percussion loops, and bubbling sound effects. Roska's whole production bounces and wiggles about at a deceptively quick pace, as it simultaneously sports elements running at full-throttle and half-time tempos, an ideal tune to drop at either end of the BPM spectrum.
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