Over the past few years, Matthewdavid's Leaving Records label has come to be characterized not only by the hazy, at times psychedelic quality of its releases, but also by its ability to incorporate a growing number of unclassifiable genres into its tape-rendered catalog. With that in mind, the label's latest release from somewhat mysterious producer/vocalist Jitwam feels right at home. EP track "Rightaboutnow" serves as a fine showcase for Jitwam's refracted take on soul, using a slouching beat made of sharp-cut samples, subtle guitars, and re-pitched hiss to serve as the bed for the man's helium-lifted falsetto vocals. Landing somewhere between the sound of Gonjasufi and just the kind of intriguing weirdness which keeps Leaving Records a consistently intriguing outlet, Jitwam's eccentric TJD001 EP is available now as a cassette and on limited vinyl direct from Jitwam's own The Jazz Diaries imprint, here.
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Intentionally lacking much detail on his various internet portals, A Theory is a London-based newcomer who is set to drop what appears to be his debut EP early next month via the Zang Tuum Tumb label. Serving as the forthcoming effort's ghostly opening cut, "Elevens" takes a solemn path through dubwise electronics, using dimly lit piano chords and lush synths to create the swelling bed on top of which A Theory constructs the song's intricate and propulsive percussion patterns. With A Theory's first EP set to drop on December 1 (and, from what we can gather, bearing the title One Point One), the impressive "Elevens" is a somewhat haunting introduction to this new UK talent. Those interested in hearing the man's full EP before it drops can do so using the stream included after the jump. Read more »
This Is It Forever—a label helmed by Gavin Miller of the Manchester-based Ghosting Season duo—is set to drop a new EP from Jermainesoul, a somewhat sporadically releasing producer hailing from the UK's West Midlands. The beginning of "Time Waits," the title track off Jermainesoul's forthcoming record (out on November 18), is a bit deceiving. It kicks off in hyper-fast, Autechre-indebted territory as its opening bars fuse together a set of rapid-fire kicks and revolving melodic sequences, but it's not long before gritty electric piano chords and warmly overdriven pads begin to seep into view, wrapping themselves around the existing jittery patterns to give "Time Waits" a welcome soul-burnt touch.
Vancouver-based producer Connect_icut creates experimental sound collages that harness glitchy texture and seemingly endless drones for modern compositional aims. "Port Shale"—taken from the artist's forthcoming LP for Aagoo's REV. Lab series, Crows & Kittiwakes Wheel & Come Again (out on December 4)—builds on a strobing sample refrain that whirrs along as ripples of piercing feedback ebb and flow at varying depths. Without conventional rhythms or a percussive foundation, Connect_icut's hypnotic refrain assumes rhythmic duties for the distorted shapes to follow and weave around, resulting in a deliberate piece that keeps to its peculiar logic.
Dug out from the nearly lost files of an "old, forgotten computer" are the nine tracks which make up the forthcoming mini-album from Applescal, From A to Sea. One of the tunes crafted by the Dutch producer between 2008 and 2012, "Screams" is a particularly lush and sprawling cut which would have felt right at home on Dreaming in Key, Applescal's most recent full-length effort released via his own Atomnation imprint earlier this year. The production presents its grainy textures, smoldering melodies, and other rich sonic layers atop an IDM-indebted shuffle, landing the track somewhere along the lines of a more stoney Clark or a subterranean M83 (during his instrumental days, of course). "Screams" and eight other recently recovered tracks from Applescal's archives can be found on From A to Sea when it drops on December 9.
Hailing from London, the Lobster Theremin imprint launched back in October with its first release from rising Berlin talent Palms Trax. Now, before Lobster Theremin's sophomore release drops later this month in the form of a four-track effort from Snow Bone, the London newcomer has turned in a remix of Palms Trax. Where the original "Equation" takes cues from producers such as Legowelt and others enamored with the spacier heritage of Detroit techno, Snow Bone's version of the tune is decidedly more dark and brooding from the onset, carefully weaving cloudy textures and digitally singed percussion into an immersively sparse six-plus-minute rework. Those interested in hearing what Snow Bone's original material sounds like can head to Lobster Theremin's Bandcamp, where the Londoner's forthcoming Remote Viewer EP can be heard in full before it drops on November 25.
Nashville synth-pop/R&B project Jensen Sportag has a knack for expanding the boundaries of typical radio-friendly sounds beyond their proportions. All of the tracks on the duo's brand-new Stealth of Days LP for Cascine deal with personal connections to their surroundings and retro-pop signifiers. And that includes early single "Rain Code," which veteran Austrian artist Fennesz twists into bubbling textures and gaseous harmonies here. Jensen Sportag's music may have an attachment to certain places, but "Rain Code (Fennesz Remix)" steals away those sounds in a cloud of his own sentiment.
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