Denver-based producer RUMTUM (a.k.a. John Hastings) has given us the premiere of his new "Floating Into" single for the beat-focused 1320 label. Hastings' airy tune features the same kind of effervescent, dream-like quality pushed by artists like Teebs, a vibe which is interspersed with the occasional funk-laced guitar riff. RUMTUM glides through his therapeutic soundscape as bursts of calculated clicks intertwine with the spiraling hum of a natural ambiance, coasting on a laidback beat that effectively validates "Floating Into"'s implication of a weightless journey.
From his recently released Ephedrine Skies LP for Ausland, Rigas Den Andre has shared floaty cut "No Sense of Feeling," an aptly titled track which offers a curiously spacey aesthetic that is as pleasantly airy as it is unsettling. Opening up with a piercing and somewhat ominous shriek, Rigas Den Andre's tune gradually transitions into a slow-moving and uplifting synth melody. Blips of bizarre UFO-like sounds and dark synth chords appear throughout "No Sense of Feeling"'s steady course, giving the production a unique range of textures.
After serving as half of the sadly defunct Grown Folk outfit, Motions is set to begin breaking out on his own, with a debut solo effort on the way in the coming months. In preparation, the London transplant has offered up "To the Sea," a calm and cool house cut that interweaves gliding synth melodies amongst a series of new-agey pads and bouncing arpeggios. Stretching to almost eight minutes, "To the Sea" is not afraid to take its time and—to Motions' credit—is moody and stoney enough to make us not worry about how long it takes the producer to get to the end of his journey.
Admittedly, on paper, this download may seem a bit strange. What we have here is UK producer Rope's 135-bpm refix of "Making of a Cyborg," a memorable composition from Kenji Kawai's soundtrack to renowned anime Ghost in the Shell. But no matter how peculiar that set-up may seem, it's hard to argue with the results—Rope deftly chops "Making of a Cyborg" into bite-size portions which fit snugly between the cyclical cascade of machine-made kicks, snares, and percussion hits. From epic anime soundtrack to heavy-handed club tune, Rope succeeds in giving "Making of a Cyborg" a truly unexpected transformation.
For the third release on the fledgling Blankstairs label, the Portland-based imprint has reached way across the pond to tap Belgian artist Binamer Lebienheureux (a.k.a. LBNHRX) for the three-track Naïve Misanthropy EP. Said to be an entirely hardware-crafted affair, the forthcoming effort is led by "Their Judgements," an entrancingly off-kilter cut lined with dark chords and lurching melodies. Held together by the steady pulse of its bulbous kick, "Their Judgements" is techno in the loosest sense of the word, as LBNHRX seems to use the genre merely as a foundation for seeing if his various hardware pieces can actually sync up. But as "Their Judgements"—and, we imagine, the rest of the man's Naïve Misanthropy EP (out on April 1)—proves, sometimes it's actually better when they don't.
Originally released in 2012, Rebecca Brandt's Numbers & Shapes LP collected 14 of the composer's electro-acoustic and modern classical explorations. Now, Brandt's album has been refitted to a more dancefloor-friendly form, enlisting the likes of Starkey, Doctor Jeep, and, featured here, NYC producer Policy to rework her compositions. In his hands, Policy wraps the rushing strings and melodic percussion of "Jivko" around a somewhat lopsided house shuffle, using the remix's extended runtime to patiently shift through a number of musical motifs and morphing sonic landscapes. Policy's rework can be grabbed below, or along with the rest of Brandt's Numbers & Shapes Revisited collection as a name-your-price download, here.
Brussels-based producer and founder of the Romance Moderne and Black Leather labels, Cute Heels (a.k.a. Victor Lenis) will drop his debut LP Spiritual via Dark Entries next month. From that record, the nearly eight-minute "Calibre 2000" is a patient slice of aquatic techno drenched in a kind of '80s nostalgia that evidently mirrors Lenis' claim of being "inspired by equal parts Liaisons Dangereuses and Drexciya." Cute Heels has also shared another track before Spiritual drops on April 15; "SV Forest" is available to stream in the player after the jump. Read more »
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