Maryland resident Bradford Johnson crafts space-traveling beat music on his first solo EP, M0ths, released under the name Busy. The sounds on "A Camphoraceous Elixir" (go ahead, look the word up) are not dissimilar from his west coast counterparts on the Brainfeeder label—Johnson's hip-hop tendencies provide the same sort of slapping backbone for his synthetic cosmic noise experiments. However, Busy's nine-song EP comes to us courtesy of Japanese label Circulations, and marks the arrival of a producer strong enough to get a solid East Coast/West Coast rivalry going.
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This isn't necessarily Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr. Hyde, but the pairing of Mike Gnacadja's two production monikers, the tropically influenced Momma's Boy and the more house-leaning MikiX the Cat, certainly yielded some interesting results. A bouncing bass-heavy riddim carries "At Night" through its six minutes, while repetitive vocal samples and rubbery atonal synth squelches fill in the gaps. Obviously, since the track's EP is seeing release on DJ Donna Summer and Jubilee's Nightshifters label, the song is a massive dancefloor heater, and comes with extra heat from remixes by Dubbel Dutch, Act Yo Age, Søvngaer, and Supabeatz.
London duo Deep Teknologi isn't just another on-the-rise production team emerging from the city's rich talent pool—these guys are practically plotting a takeover. They've got their own club night, their own label, their own TV/video production operation, and a weekly Sunday night "show" on Ustream. It was there that "People's Choice" was created, as producers S.E.F. and T. Williams assembled a track live on the internet using feedback and suggestions from viewers. The bleepy house tune is also a precursor to the forthcoming T. Williams EP, set for release later this month on the new Local Action imprint. (via FACT)
Brooklyn bass producer AC Slater has teamed up with rap crew Ninjasonik for his latest single, a brazen and blazing take on the heavy bass sound that's been taking over many clubs. Nadastrom's remix of "Take You" is a bit more subtle, removing many of the rap stems and creating a piece that combines the trance-leaning house of Marc Romboy with the deep bashment beats of the original. Perfect for a late-night bender ending at Market Hotel, the remix has a momentum that is sure to propel dancefloors throughout the summer, and with the single on sale now featuring more remixes from Drop the Lime and Lazer Sword, among others, there's no reason not to jump on this piece right now.
Take has been crafting beats for more than ten years, but with his latest full-length Only Mountain, the Angeleno is poised to claim his spot at the top of his city's burgeoning beat scene. "Neon Beams" is a perfect slice of space-age funk, complete with bright arpeggiating synths, laser-beam effects, and a silky smooth synthesized bass. With lush synth flourishes and a rump-shaking beat backing it all up, the track is likely to become a late-night summer staple.
When people talk about the rejuvenated New York house scene, they often point to Fred Peterkin, better known as Black Jazz Consortium. The Soul People Music label head has been quietly releasing a string of top-notch deep house tunes, both under the Black Jazz Consortium moniker and also as Fred P., which usually finds him experimenting or stretching his creative legs a little further. "On this Vibe" isn't exactly experimental, but it does find Peterkin settling into a relaxed, soulful groove over the course of its ten-plus minutes. With its rolling synths and intermittent piano stabs, it's the sort of track you want to hear toward the end of the night when the dancefloor is winding down, but you're still chilling with your friends and it's not quite time to go home.
London's Tape to Tape follows up its recent EP, The Devil Made Me Do It, with this rework of the first single taken from Headman's forthcoming album 1923, "Private Show." From producer Robi Insinna's original track, the production/DJ outfit crafts an eight-and-half-minute disco-house burner that's inherently funky in sound and undoubtedly classic in style. Headman's new album is set for release on his own label, Relish, and features collaborations with members of Yello, Beta Band, and Cassette Kids.
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