Italians Do It Better label boss Mike Simonetti is one of four remixers who appear on the I Stand Alone EP by LA DJ/production duo Split Secs (pictured above). Along with Monty Luke, Secret Circuit, and Blakkat, the New Jersey-based veteran artist delivers his own deep, dark, and motorik version of the record's title track—diving straight into stripped-down drum-machine rhythms and bouncing basslines, and even indulging in a bit of the original version's kitschy, spoken-word lyrics. "I Stand Alone (Mike Simonetti Mix)" is available with the rest of Split Sec's record on vinyl, with the digital release arriving on April 14 via Machine Limited; clips of the EP's five productions can be heard after the jump. Read more »
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With an academic background in electroacoustic composition, jazz guitar, and orchestral composition, Montreal-based musician Drew Gragg and his recently released Over-Under EP are an exceptional fit for for Nicolas Jaar's Other People label. From that record, "Metroplex Theme" is a minimal trek through colorful, reverb-heavy synths and muffled percussion. The drum patterns are eventually taken out of the last stretch of Gragg's composition, as it's left to concentrate on the voluminous and somewhat somber sonics of the ambient keystrokes present throughout the piece. The rest of the up-and-coming Canadian artist's Over-Under EP can be streamed in its entirety after the jump. Read more »
Chicago-based duo Brash Flair (a.k.a. Kristin Johnston and Joshua Wentz) recently released its second EP of the year, appropriately entitled Two, via the Sidedown label. Pulled from the EP, the dynamic pair have passed along the sophisticatedly intricate cut "Your Line," a sonic mosaic embellished with stuttering synths and lusty percussion, all filtered through a gritty sheen of lo-fi texture. The tune is further accented by Johnston's satiny vocals which lightly percolate throughout the course of "Your Line."
Minneapolis-raised producer Dustin Zahn is said to have spent the last four years working on Monoliths, the man's debut full-length which appeared via Drumcode just last week. Appearing late in the forceful, 12-track affair, Zahn's "Insatiable Hunger" production has been revisited for this efficient "Reprise" version of the tune. Placing razor-sharp synths and metallic textures atop a chugging rhythmic core, "Insatiable Hunger (Reprise)" is a no-bullshit piece of techno that only reluctantly cools off in its closing few bars. After giving Zahn's "Reprise" a spin below, the producer's entire debut full-length can be streamed after the jump. Read more »
Following the release of Metome's Objet LP is the Japanese producer's Objet Remix EP, which collects contributions from an array of international producers like Fybe:one, Koetry, and Julien Mier, whose choppy take on the downtempo "Take This Love" is featured here. Opening with stretches of ambient sonics, it isn't long before Mier's signature short, swift-moving style of sampling takes over the production. "Take This Love (Julien Mier Remix)" keeps a calm tone, despite its sudden bursts of nimble sounds and persistent bleeps, serving as a testament to the producer's exceptional attention to detail and immaculate control over his calculated work.
Unorthodox LA artist FAY (a.k.a. Fay Davis-Jeffers) has returned with the release of her new Deathwatch LP, offering up abstract tune "Coda" to our Downloads feed. The genre-ambiguous tune is essentially a soundscape texturized by unidentifiable bits of audio that meander autonomously in a wholly unpredictable manner. Groaning, brassy machines swiftly overlap and interlace with the primitive sounds of hammering, erratically plucked strings, hand-slapped drums, and an avalanche of falling droplets. FAY's new Deathwatch LP, which is said to find her "editing and stitching sounds together visually without the help of sequencers or even a grid," can be streamed in full after the jump. Read more »
Cool World is the new collaborative endeavor between LA boogie maestro Benedek and retro-pop outfit Rare Times. When working together, Cool World concerns itself with the smoother and, well, cooler ends of '80s-indebted electronic pop. "Chilly" is one such offering, and in its instrumental form, the track's immense network of neon-glowing synths makes itself even more present. There are bell chords, airy choirs, and, of course, an abundance of sidewinding leads to be heard atop Cool World's crisp, laid-back beat. "Chilly"—in both its original and instrumental form—will be found on Cool World's upcoming self-titled EP when it drops on April 8 via Feel So Real.
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