The UK's 10-20 cuts straight to the chase on its new track, "majik." Within five seconds, a fully formed beat jumps into the forefront, flanked by ephemeral sonics and swirling bits of electronic soundscape, and doesn't quit, save for a few seconds of intermittent reprieve, until the song's seven minutes are up. "majik" could be mistaken for an early-'00s Autechre cut, or something from maximalist producer Clark's catalog, though it manages to maintain a clustered aesthetic all its own. The track is taken off the forthcoming Mountain EP, the third in 10-20's four-part geographically conceptual Landform series.
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The Seven Fields of Aphelion has crafted a perfect album for ambient daydreaming with Periphery, and "Grown" is no exception: it expresses an intense wistfulness, opening with piano lines on top of drones and building to a swirl of piano-synth harmonies. High-frequency sine-wave dapplings and a healthy amount of delay round out the track's gorgeous ache. Though she's a member of Black Moth Super Rainbow, the simple grace of the Seven Fields of Aphelion's music is a most unexpected and welcome reprieve from the sensory overload often caused by that group's aural antics.
Known as one of the founding members of the Shinkoyo music collective as well as a resident at Brooklyn's Paris London West Nile performance space, Zeljko McMullen (pronounced 'zhel-ko') has recently been returning to the dance forms of his youth. But rather than producing dark, hard techno tracks that hurry along at ungodly speeds, McMullen's Wish project has a brighter feeling. "trippelette," for example, is a shimmering number featuring warm bass tones, astoundingly multi-layered synth polyrhythms, and watery, high-frequency tinklings. Like a glass of lemonade on a hot summer day, the piece is bound to make it onto stereo systems as warmer weather approaches. For more information as well as other tracks from the Wish project and Shinkoyo, check out his artist page.
Milwaukee's Kings Go Forth are undoubtedly the contemporary band most deserving of a Tom Moulton mix: the group's powerful soul sound, led by three lead vocalists, recalls the heady days when soul and the new disco sound were often indistinguishable from each other. Tom Moulton stretches "Don't Take My Shadow" in all of the right spots, letting its Philly International stylings breathe—the strings alone are intoxicating in their repetitions. The piece is taken from the group's upcoming record on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label, titled The Outsiders Are Back.
San Francisco's B. Bravo has been keeping busy lately with the recent unveiling of his Computa Love EP for Frite Nite, not to mention his recent acceptance, along with the likes of Appleblim, Clark, Hudson Mohawke, Daedelus, Oneman, and Untold, into the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 in London. Here, he pilfers the hook, along with a few other elements, from '90s R&B jam "Swing My Way" by K.P. & Envyi for his bootleg remix of the same name. Bravo's production slows the tempo down a bit, introduces plenty of swirling synths, and gives the vocals a heavy dose of spacey reverb—transforming the one hit wonder into a future-boogie anthem.
After relocating from Chicago to Brooklyn, Brad Loving, who produces instrumental electronic tunes under the name Lobisomem, composed and recorded the varying elements which make up his upcoming Brightest Solids EP. Taken from that EP, "Plasma Is For Lovers" is a choice cut of Loving's loosely structured songwriting, which he creates digitally before dedicating it to tape and tweaking it further, and showcases a playful style of electronic production akin to the likes of E*Vax or Dntel scoring a kid's version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Brightest Solids EP is out February 23 on Tall Corn.
It's a tall order to remix this classic ghetto-house track from Chicago's DJ Deeon, but if anyone is up to the task, it is Brenmar (pictured above) from Brooklyn outfit These Are Powers. He speeds the piece up a bit, adds some frenetic secondary percussion, and takes the original's vocal to the cutting-room floor, delaying it along the way. And with the remix making appearances in banging sets by XLR8R favorites Bok Bok and Ikonika, among others, there are plenty of reasons to blast this remix loud.
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