Next week, Portuguese producer Shcuro will drop his Ignis Fatuus EP via the Circus Maximus imprint (also a Portugal-based outfit). Along with the pair of original tunes slated to appear on the forthcoming EP are a number of remixes including this one from burgeoning producer Daniel Guijarro (a.k.a. Headbirds). On his remix, Guijarro injects the original tune with a healthy dose of extra synthwork, which comes balanced by bits of precise drum programming. Preview streams of all five tracks which make up the forthcoming Ignis Fatuus EP—out on May 20—can be heard after the jump. Read more »
Budding stateside outfits Mirror Kisses and Spazzkid (pictured above) have connected on this new remix, with the latter beatsmith reworking the lead cut from the former's recently self-released Heartbeats LP. In its original form, Mirror Kisses' "Runaways" is a mellow piece of funky synth-pop, but in the hands of Spazzkid, the tune is transformed into a heavenly beat stripped of the original's vocals and filled out by thick synths, distant melodies, and a virtually incalculable amount of drum programming.
Tracks like Marco Faraone's "Lesson" really cement the fact that house music and jazzy piano chords were just simply made for each other. Across its warm six-minute run, "Lesson" finds Italian producer Faraone and collaborator Piegaja piecing together a simple-but-effective house cut. Built on a slightly swung piano loop, the tune comes reinforced with clever drum programming which lets the glowing sample breath while the four-on-the-floor rhythms chug below. Taken from Faraone and Piegaja's recent I Will Wait LP, "Lesson" is just the kind of tune DJs are beginning to look for to finally start turning spring into summer.
SFV Acid's debut LP, The Dwell (artwork above), will see a release at the end of this month, and after first sharing a stream of album cut "Misto," the West Coast producer has offered up a track from the forthcoming record for download. "PT Sex" is a brief but enchanting beat, one that pairs a head-nod-worthy drum-machine trot with miniature synth gurgles and swells of fuzzy chords. Judging from the two bits of audio the man has so far decided to float from his debut full-length, The Dwell—out on May 28—is shaping up to be a pleasantly unpredictable outing.
Earlier this week, the Wheel & Deal imprint—helmed by longtime Rinse FM jock N-Type—released the debut long-player from London producer Benton. Entitled Reflections, the album is said to position Benton as an artist keen on exploring "dubstep in its purest form, back to the roots." Album cut "We're Both Lost" reinforces that statement, with its methodical dub-wise rhyhtms filled not by bombastic sonics or deeper-than-deep sub-bass, but instead by longing harp melodies and lush string chords. The result is a reserved, yet still very immersive, twist on the building blocks of classic dubstep.
With releases for labels like Car Crash Set, Rush Hour, and Argot—the last of which issued the man's XLR8R Pick'd Hit Gone Bad EP in February—and forthcoming records coming from both Ukraine's Wicked Bass label and 100% Silk, New York producer Policy is certainly a talent worth keeping one's eye on. Recently the man let loose "Underpass," a free cut to tide us all over until his next official effort drops. True to its lineage, the buoyant tune strikes a fine balance between deep house grooves and free-flowing synthwork, with just a hint of summery vibes tucked underneath. Yes, this one will do nicely before we can next get our hands on a new piece of wax from the quietly ascending NYC producer.
London transplant Lokiboi will be issuing his offical debut solo EP, Late Reaction, next week via the growing Somethinksounds imprint. Before the four-track endeavor drops, the budding producer has passed along bonus cut "All Nighter"—a silky slice of house driven by piano stabs and laced with a slight shuffle—to help spread the word. In addition to offering up this download, Lokiboi has also provided XLR8R with a full stream of his forthcoming Late Reaction EP, one track from which features fellow London resident and Love Fever-darling Citizen on production duties. That effort, along with the rest of Lokiboi's EP, can be heard using the SoundCloud player included after the jump. Read more »
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