Newcomer Jorge Day has logged time behind a synth in the Plastic Flowers band and dabbled in production work, but his new project, Fast Times, is the culmination of a year spent traveling and crafting his own demos. "Comfort Zone," pulled from his recently released Bodytalk cassette for retro-minded LA label 100% Silk, rides a dusty, drum-machine groove as swelling chords and a bouncy bass riff join the mix and a light-hearted synth melody floats above it all in a haze of reverb. Though Day's track might not necessarily set dancefloors ablaze, it will, as its name implies, bring comfort to those seeking some analog warmth during the long winter nights.
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Ahead of Distal'a and Mite's forthcoming split-cassette, Concrete Space (out on December 3), the latter Atlantan producer's "Witch Doctor" tune has been sent over as a preview. The unwieldy dance track crashes in with knocking beats, wobbling pads, and a motoric rimshot pattern, tumbling around a plushy bassline and steady claps. Along with the release, Distal and Mite have teamed up with West Coast design company Nocs to give away 15 high-end headphones with the first 15 orders of Concrete Space, as well as 10 cassette players for the first 10 buyers. Info for the sweepstakes can be found after the jump. Read more »
London minimalist Kit Grill has shared "Changing Patterns," a cut which appears on his recently released full-length record Mirror Image. The production largely consists of undulating and beatific synthesizer patterns that Kit Grill anchors to a pulsing drum kit. Each tone and melodic structure seems to roll off of the other before locking into place and gradually coalescing into a composition that shimmers with simplicity.
Originally produced in 1981, DeeKay Jones' "New York, New York" is an experimental bedroom production that hints at the origins of house and hip-hop. According to the Shaddock imprint, the track did not receive its due back in the day, and so the label has resurrected the song, along with two other previously unreleased DeeKay Jones works, on the Jones Coming Down EP (which also boasts a new remix from Hercules & Love Affiar). Actually the work of two producers—Dennis Kelley and Bruce Grant—"New York, New York" combines restless percussion loops with rugged synthlines and the manipulated twists of vocal samples, appropriately setting the scene for the much grimier and menacing NYC of the early '80s which DeeKay Jones called home. Out now, the Jones Coming Down EP can be previewed via the streaming player included after the jump. Read more »
Last year, Melbourne producer Hugo Frederick was profiled as one of the the winners of Warp's and Bleep's Filtered competition, a contest in which unsigned electronic musicians submitted music in hopes of being discovered by the seminal label and selected to appear on a digital compilation of the best entries. Since winning the competition, Frederick has signed to the Plastic World imprint, and is set to unveil his Waved EP for the label early next year. "Hanging Gardens" serves as a teaser of the release, and sees Frederick exploring aquatic textures and movements which skip and weave over buoyant toms and autumnal synth pads. The production is full of bubbling builds which develop into pressurized bursts of interlocking melodic passages.
London-based producer Pause has unveiled the highly sanitized "Plucky" tune ahead of the release of his forthcoming Distance EP on December 2. On his production, Pause employs a stocky kick drum, electronic bleeps, and searing frequencies that are washed out by a salvo of piercing tones. He balances the sounds on a nearly swung beat, as buzzing static and clipped synthscapes phase in an out of the mix while the whole thing builds to a fractured and lulled conclusion.
Southern California label Alpha Pup has long been at the forefront in promoting fresh, forward-thinking artists, and Philadelphia-raised LA producer MAST (a.k.a. Tim Conley) is no exception. "The Waters (feat. Jeremiah Jae)" is the first taste of Conley's debut full-length, OMNI (out on January 28), wherein jazzy chords mix with a shuffling beat and manipulated vocals before the arrangement clutters up with digital ephemera. A wonky guitar solo enters and exits abruptly before Brainfeeder/Warp affiliate Jeremiah Jae pops up halfway through the track, laying down a slew of absurdist rhymes. The tune makes for a uniquely perplexing introduction to the world of MAST before he heads out on a brief tour of the East Coast and drops his LP, the artwork and tracklist of which can be found after the jump. Read more »
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