As three-piece outfit Fujiya & Miyagi prepares its fifth studio album, Artificial Sweeteners, we're treated to the high-spirited "Tetrahydrofolic Acid" from that record. Opening with church organs and a bouncing acid bassline, the funky composition offers a kaleidoscopic range of textures, organic and mechanical alike. With the vocaless "Tetrahydrofolic Acid," the trio has formed an aesthetic which strays noticeably from its previous work, showing the band's fluid dynamism when it comes to paving unique, sonic landscapes. The rest of Fujiya & Miyagi's Artificial Sweeteners is scheduled to drop via Yep Roc on May 6.
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LA label TAR's semi-regular free EP series returns to the fold with a new effort from hometown producer D.E.. "Tyvn" opens the three-track Samadhi Vol. 1 EP by loosely cobbling together a collection of disparate rhythmic elements—thick hats pulse atop the mix while overdriven kicks rumble below, leaving plenty of space for D.E.'s assortment of snaps, claps, and clicks to explore the rest of the sonic field. The SoCal producer's assemblage of percussion is joined only by a sparse collection of additional elements, as the spacious beat implements a handful of pads and echoed vocal snippets to ride out its two-plus-minute run. The rest of D.E.'s EP for TAR is now free to download via the label's Bandcamp.
As The Phantom prepares his debut full-length for Silverback (which will also mark the label's first album release), the Warsaw-based DJ/producer has sent over unreleased bonus track "Let's Ride," a house cut laced with jazzy pianos and mesmerizing brass sonics. Laden with waves of synth pads, the laid-back piece maintains a sense of sustained satisfaction with its sauntering pace and delicate transitions between movements. The Phantom's LP 1 drops on April 28, but its artwork and tracklist can be perused before then, below. Read more »
With his Hal 9000 EP out this week via Audio Doughnuts, Bristol up-and-comer Marcel Lune has sent over bonus cut "Panthers" to help spread the word. Spanning six minutes exactly, "Panthers" is a glowing bit of hyperactive beatwork, one which pins angelic vocal gasps and sweetened melodies underneath a series of sweeping chords and a bouncy, mid-tempo beat. In the end, the bonus production proves to be a nice accompaniment to the myriad of hybrid styles which Lune displays on his Hal 9000 EP, a four-track effort available to stream in full after the jump. Read more »
Fitted with a grim arcade of murky synths and resonant drum kicks, Super Duper's "Circus Bird" is as awe-inspiring as it is bleak. A low-pitched brass loop that resembles baleful laughter opens the production before wonky, decaying synths fill the mix as it trudges along its daunting course. Somewhat resembling the early work of Hudson Mohawke, Super Duper's tune takes on a similar flavor, remaining playful while heading in a darker directions. "Circus Bird" will drop along with the rest of the Diamonds & Doubt EP via Apothecary Compositions on April 15. Previews of each of its four original tracks and three remixes can be heard after the jump. Read more »
Having just dropped his Dry Thoughts EP, Lobster Theremin affiliate Route 8 (pictured above) is clearly set on a certain tone with his appropriately titled "Relaxed Remix" of Steve Murphy's "Relax," an laid-back cut of buoyant house. Route 8's minimalist voyage across quiet bleeps and delicate hi-hat taps ethereally skips around a steady set of slowly changing sounds. As with most productions that are this sparse, what little elements available can make or break the atmosphere of a track. Thankfully, the meticulous producer achieves his calm aesthetic with aplomb on this version of Murphy's mellowed-out tune.
Preparing his first release for French label Sound Pellegrino, Glasgow-based musician Joe Howe (a.k.a. Ben Butler & Mousepad) has shared "Zequels," a frisky cut from his forthcoming EXEP EP. Alternating between segments of automated grinding repetitions and whimsical synth pads, the tune shows off Howe's ability to fuse these dynamic elements into an airy composition of high-spirits and splendid textures. More of Joe Howe's effervescent works can be heard when EXEP drops on April 21.
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