A core member of the Pacific NorthWest's Dropping Gems collective/label, Seattle beatmaker Alex Osuch (a.k.a. DJAO) is set to drop his self-titled debut LP via the outpost next week. After having shared a stream of piano-rich—and intriguingly titled—LP cut "Depressing Jog Ends Well" with the original announcement of his LP back in September, the cavernous "Foreign Heart" serves as our second taste of DJAO's upcoming full-length. An efficient production, "Foreign Heart" places sparse but precise rhythms beneath a bed of reversed chords and a mountain of wordless vocals, whose slow-morphing lines build and intersect at certain points, removing the focus from their individual notes and instead leaving the listener immersed in the mass of reverb-laden murmurs they create when combined together. "Foreign Heart" and 11 other DJAO productions are set to see their official release when DJAO drops in digital and cassette form on October 28.
Swells of heavenly chords, bell-like melodies, and field recordings of waves fill the first minute of "When You Have So Much Love to Give," the opening effort from Polish producer Wojciech Misiak's upcoming EP as Lowhitey. Set to lead off Misiak's seven-track outing for Seattle's Hush Hush label, the production presents detailed bits of sound design which are reshaped into precise rhythmic components that etch out a hesitant beat underneath a wide-spread smattering of blissful textures and intricate melodies. "When You Have So Much Love to Give" is set to appear alongside three other atmospheric Lowhitey compositions—as well as remixes from Hush Hush affiliates Chants, VVV, and The Phantom—when Misiak's Alone with My Thoughts EP sees its official release on November 17.
Today sees the release of Pegamentos Vol. 2, a collection of new tracks from artists affiliated with the Discos Pegaos label, based in Santiago, Chile. Pulled from the collection is this effort from Barcelona-based producer Rammsy, whose "Crowded" track joins others from Vaskular, Fantasna, Motivado, Dementira, and Alpha Stronggah on the record. A a dancefloor-rooted production, "Crowded" is led by innumerable layers of winding, space-age synth sequences which wrap around the track's steady four-on-the-floor. Further living up to its title, "Crowded" sees Rammsy slyly fit the sound of a distant crowd underneath the energetic production. The six-track Pegamentos Vol. 2 compilation is out now in both 12" vinyl and digital forms.
A New York transplant (by way of Providence, Rhode Island), Ryan Glassman is set to drop his debut EP as Wild Kid tomorrow via Druid Cloak's fast-growing Apothecary Compositions imprint. Entitled New Bethlehem, the five-track record will present three original compositions from Glassman alongside remixes from Slugabed and Celestial Trax. Here, we have Wild Kid's "Done Wrong" production, which begins with the strum of a distant guitar before unraveling a flurry of detailed rhythmic patterns intertwined with an immersive array of dense, swimming textures. The New Bethlehem EP sees its official release in cassette and digital form tomorrow, October 21; in the meantime, the rest of Wild Kid's debut EP can be previewed after the jump. Read more »
A longstanding member of Los Angeles' Smog crew, DLX is set to drop his Quantum Bounce EP tomorrow, and has passed along closing cut "Moving Away" to serve as a preview. Spanning just over three minutes, the production sees DLX balancing some introspective musicality with ever-active drum programming, as the beatmaker deftly reshapes his rhythmic structures throughout the track, resulting in an effort that in many ways harkens back to the heyday of IDM while adding an extra bass weight to the proceedings. "Moving Away" and five other new DLX productions will see their official release on Tuesday, when the Quantum Bounce EP officially lands via Smog.
The Wrong Island imprint has been in operation for just over a year, releasing cozy electronic outings from artists such as Automatic Tasty, M|O|O|N, and—starting tomorrow—Line Idle (a.k.a. Aleks Jurczyk, the resident synth specialist at Glasgow's Rubadub shop). Before his Woodblocks EP lands, the label has passed along this remix of the effort's title track from Automatic Tasty who, in his own words, is said to have "smushed" the track up, running the tune's percolating sound bites through "tape delays, then recorded to reel-to-reel, and back through tape delay." Reportedly, Automatic Tasty also sneaks in bits of 808, 101, and Juno underneath as well. The rework—which origianlly came to us with the lengthy official title "Automatic Tasty's Entirely Quite Useless at Chopping Logs Mix"—can be grabbed below, while Line Idle's upcoming Woodblocks EP is available to preivew after the jump before it lands in both vinyl and digital forms tomorrow. Read more »
For the final MP3 to appear in our Downloads section this week, we're taking a bit of a left turn in order to dive into some refracted tape manipulations from Night & Tickets. Though we don't know much about the outfit—other than that it hails from Vladivostok, Russia—we do know Night & Tickets' Actually I Really Hate Summer cassette will serve as one of four tapes to appear in the Constellation Tatsu label's "Fall Batch" of releases (all out on November 1). Featured here, "August Morning in My City" finds Night & Tickets slowly bringing together a collection of glowing textures, lined with heavy layers of hiss and noise, and constantly manipulated through any number of electronic devices. A collage of disparate samples and ever-morphing synth tones, the track does sneak in a handful of drum breaks throughout its run, which giving production a sense of forward momentum as Night & Tickets continues to add to its (somewhat surprisingly) warm and inviting sonic construction.
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