With his Shades EP set to drop next month, Turqoise Summers has passed along a slice of dark funk to preview the upcoming six-track effort. Really, he's picked a fine selection to entice listeners with "Out From the Shadows"—an instrumental tune so G'd up and funk-laced it's almost surprising to not hear Snoop Dogg or Magic Don Juan imparting their knowledge of "the game" over it. Nonetheless, "Out From the Shadows" stands well on its own, its laid-back groove used as a simple platform to run through a number of glowing synth melodies and lush, bluesy chords. Before Turquoise Summers' Shades EP arrives on March 25, the entire effort can be previewed over on Bandcamp.
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Luca Lozano and Mr. Ho have combined forces to deliver London imprint Disc Over's latest four-track EP, Dobb Meep/ Different Circles. In addition to original work from Lozano and Ho, the upcoming EP will also feature this remix from label boss Tim Green (pictured above), who launched Disc Over last year with a release of his own. Green's eight-minute interpretation of "Dobb Meep" is built around a sturdy drum rhythm and comes rife with buoyant synths. In the end, the rework strays away from the original tune's playful attributes, instead favoring a more mysterious atmosphere built on the back of the track's foreboding bassline.
Brooklyn-based producer Alexi Delano, who just released the "My Busted SH-101" single via Ghostly's Spectral Sound imprint earlier this week, has elected to give away a special track for Valentine's Day. Wrapt Up in It" has been streaming online for several months, but Delano, who describes the tune as a tribute to his all-time favorite voice, Marvin Gaye, decided that the time was right to officially share it with the world. The sultry, late-night number, which samples vocals from Gaye's "Your Precious Love," rests on a billowing bed of soft pads and subtly kicking techno drums. Moreover, it's exactly the kind of thing we'd like to hear soundtracking a Valentine's dance party.
As far as Valentine's Day freebies go, this one from London producer and recent XLR8R podcast contributor Visionist is about as dark as they come. The beatless, two-minute track focuses on a ghostly melody and soft bell chords to create its unsettling atmosphere, which is only made more brooding by the addition of a subtly manipulated vocal sample which creeps into the production's final bars. When all is said and done, one is left to wonder if Visionist is even a fan of Valentine's Day, or maybe his idea of love is just a bit darker than most. Either way, we'll take a free tune from the Londoner on just about any holiday.
From the opening bars of Glenn Astro's "Dub Tears," it's easy to identify where the former part of the track's name comes from—the six-plus minute tune which closes out the German producer's forthcoming effort for Tartelet laces its low-swung house with a dub mentality from the onset. The "tears" side of the equation takes a bit longer to reveal itself, though. In truth, "Dub Tears" does flirt with the sentimental side of house early on—utilizing plaintive strings and soft-spoken chords to ride atop the track's relaxed shuffle—but it isn't until the three-minute mark that Astro segues into his production's elongated breakdown, revealing a telling vocal sample about a past "pure love" before the tune rolls on to even deeper territory. Along with "Dub Tears," the rest of Glenn Astro's four-track Chemistry EP will see a full release on February 24.
After showing up in our Bubblin' Up feature series just this week, up-and-coming Scottish producer and Tuff Wax label founder Tom Banks (a.k.a. Lockah) is giving away "If Dubbing U Is Wrong, I Don't Want to be Wrong," the dancefloor-primed counterpart to the title track on his upcoming If Loving U Is Wrong, I Don't Want to be Wrong EP. Set to drop via Donky Pitch on February 17, the bass-infused production mixes elastic beats with popping synths and vocal chops that glisten with a foamy coat of nostalgia. And for those looking for more of Lockah's playful, rave-inspired sounds, his debut LP Yahoo or the Highway is set to arrive on April 14.
Following the success of last year's "Bo Peep (Do U Right)" collaboration, LA beatmaker Shlohmo (pictured above) and R&B crooner Jeremih have been getting together in the studio once again, and reportedly have a joint EP on the way. "No More," which debuted over at NPR, is the first new tune to emerge from those sessions, and it finds Shlohmo chopping up (and occasionally pitch-shifting) Jeremih's dulcet tones while constructing rhythms that employ a darker, more twisted sound palette than we've come to expect from the Wedidit boss. Official release information has yet to surface, but it's safe to say that "No More" is only going to ratchet up the anticipation for whatever these two have coming down the pipeline in the months ahead.
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