"I wake up and I'm just determined to write a better song than I did yesterday," says Randolph Chabot. For the time being though, a new album under his Deastro guise will have to suffice. Moondagger is an album that darts between controlled electronics and wailing guitar riffs, grand vocal choruses, and frenzied vocal hooks, as seen on this track. Moondagger is out June 23.
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DJ Zinc released his Killa Sound EP via his own Bingo Beats imprint just a few weeks ago, but he's also giving the entire thing away for free. A mashup of house, drum and bass, dubstep, and breaks, the new release should satiate our weekly appetite for snare drums and sub-bass. (Via Resident Advisor). Killa Sound is out now.
MC Baje—one half of Brooklyn-based hip-hop duo Junk Science—has explained "Running Shoes" as "an Obama song that has nothing to do with politics." The lyrics, laid over Baje's partner-in-crime DJ Snafu's lo-fi beats, celebrates the election of the current U.S. president and looks towards the possibility of change. "Running Shoes" is the first track being released as a free download in preparation of the duo's third studio album, A Miraculous Kind of Change, due out later this year.
Axel Willner (a.k.a. The Field) has never been one to leave us hanging, and this track—off his latest for Kompakt, titled Yesterday & Today, is the proof in the pudding. During its eight-and-a half minute run, Willner whips together a dancefloor anthem comprised of upbeat house, looped female vocals, and disco percussion. We’re still hungry for more, so we await the new album's release with anticipation. Yesterday & Today is out May 25.
Bright synths meet wobbly beats and basslines on this track, which is from B. Bravo's Analog Starship EP. The Bay Area-based producer sounds as though he took a music-making seminar taught by Flying Lotus, Eliot Lipp, and the rest of the wobble-hop crew. Analog Starship is out now. Photo by Dulce Paz.
Bluff, Element, Scoobs, and Six are back as Custom Made, and they have another mixtape to hand to the masses. Street Cinema Vol 6: The Lost Weekend, is made up of tracks recorded during the band's studio sessions for albums like 2007's Truth Be Told and last year's Original Dynasty. There's no fluff—lyrically or musically—here. The L.A.-based crew keeps the beats tight and the lyrics sharp and serious on this track.
Leipzig, Germany-based Kassem Mosse—whose work has drawn comparisons to the likes of Theo Parrish and Basic Channel—is well familiar with ambient techno territory, and he's given us this untitled track from his back catalog to gear fans up for his Workshop 08 release. This number should sooth even the most frazzled nervous systems, and if you're planning to host a chill-out room anytime soon, add it to the playlist.
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