Kid606's latest EP is a medley of sorts, featuring odds and ends from the Kid himself as well as remixes from Tigerbeat6 cohorts Eats Tapes and Baltimore weirdo Cex, among others. But perhaps the most proper techno track on the laughably titled Dance With The Chorizo EP comes from San Francisco's C.L.A.W.S.. Just imagine dub-techno minus the warmth, with some jackin' percussive bits propping up synth stabs and a retro, minimally inclined bass line. With some similarities to recent output from Chris Fortier's Fade label, this remix is the highlight of the EP, which comes out today.
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German house and techno producer Rainer Weichhold throws a bit of a twist into his repertoire with his latest single, "Infernal." The veteran DJ seems to try something new—making techno beats with the sounds of classic disco. Instead of hypnotic synth and drum machine loops, Weichhold used samples of live drums and percussion, bass guitar, and string sections to bring his grooves to life. The affect is still as chilly as any run-of-the-mill techno track, but "Infernal" stands apart thanks to its unique sonic lineage.
The first single from Alex Smoke's upcoming third album sounds a bit like Thom Yorke doing gloomy microhouse—ultra-processed cyborg vocals, dry percussion, and some foreboding orchestral strains ride over a loping house beat. Mysterious UK producer Automaton destroys the piece in the best way possible, transforming it into a sputtering, grinding trek through the wasteland of a post-apocalyptic landscape where androids manage to dance to experimental dubstep. Though human dancefloors might not be ready for the remix of "Lux+," it's certain that somewhere, robots are getting down to this business.
Seven Fields of Aphelion might be a member of psychedelic freak-pop outfit Black Moth Super Rainbow, but on "Mountain Mary," she channels a more gentle soundscape filled with tiny bells, grainy piano lines, and soaring synth harmonies. This is music for running through fields of tall, golden grass in the fading afternoon sun. Sentimental as it is, the piece also contains a layered, dusty elegance that is quite breathtaking. Look forward to February, when Seven Fields' Periphery comes out just in time for lazy spring days.
With a sound that brings to mind the more herky-jerky moments of Nosaj Thing's productions and the vinyl-ripped ambiance prevalent in much of Flying Lotus' material, "Hot Box the Cockpit" is an interesting piece of bass music from SF-via-LA beatsmith Shlohmo. A flutter of birdsong brings us into the track before a slow, arpeggiated synth swells up into clicking rhythms and a buzzing bass drop, sending the song off into the stratosphere. "Hot Box the Cockpit" is taken from the re-release of Shlohmo's EP, Shlohmoshun, by the Friends of Friends label, which comes with additional remixes from Low Limit (of Lazer Sword), Tokimonsta, and devonwho, to name a few. Shlohmoshun Deluxe is out Jan 12.
Seeing as how Anthony Collins was raised both stateside (NY) and overseas (France), it's no surprise the prolific producer's music embraces the kind of house and techno that both cultures have come to widely know and love. Now based in Paris, Collins has written "Another Lonely Night" for Belgian techno label Curle. The song is propelled by a classic house beat which ties together the delayed synth work, intermittent piano flourishes, and plaintive vocal loop—making something altogether familiar but nonetheless perfect for peak-of-the-night dance parties. He's also released a video for the song, which you can check out here.
Creating space techno from a jazz perspective is not a common approach, but somehow the duo of Skinnerbox manage to do just that on "King of Diamonds," utilizing a 7/8 time signature, harp-like synth arpeggiations, some weird acid squelch, and a warm Moog-driven melody. Though the track's sound is certainly of the present, it does share some lovely similarities with old Mr. Fingers workouts and more meditative Detroit tracks of the 1990s. If this is the future of techno, then we have a lot to look forward to!
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