20-year-old Fort Lauderdale producer Nick León is setting out to self-release his upcoming Mexico EP in the "not-too-distant future," sharing a download of the passionate record closer "IIII. Palenque (Mind)" in the meantime. With some emotionally evocative vocals from Faeryteeth, the misty production offers an array of starry synths along with a foreboding bassline to cohesively form a range of beautiful and dark sounds. Finely tuned vocal distortions shroud Nick León's new track with an air of mysticism that acutely matches the single's abstract artwork.
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German imprint Shtum has broadened its fledgling discography with a brand-new, techno-charged release by Yør, appropriately called Shtum 003. Featured here, EP cut "Ritus" finds the Hamburg-based producer creating a pattern of stimulating synth flares, pulsing four-to-the-floor surges, and carefully placed vocal snippets. Yør keeps his production clean and minimal on the mechanized tune, retooling spoken words to sound more like inorganic instruments than a human voice.
If the New Year's resolution of UK producer Graphics was to be more generous, then he is well on his way to accomplishing that goal. Having already offered up the ghostly and soulful "Their Say" last month, the man returns to the XLR8R Downloads feed with "Steam and Paradise," a deep-reaching cut which piles chopped breaks and industrial percussion atop its stream of sharp synths. In truth, this new freebie from Graphics does come with an ulterior motive—announcing the launch of the man's PTC label. Though no exact release news has surfaced from the endeavor yet, Graphics explains that PTC will be "a very family-based label," which aims to nurture unsigned artists. For now, "Steam and Paradise" will have to hold us over before Graphics' new label effort gets into full swing.
DJ Taye has accomplished quite a bit during his time as an artist, becoming a member of Chicago's well-respected Teklife crew three years after beginning his music career. The young DJ/producer plans to continue building his momentum by self-releasing the 22-track Overdose on Teklife II LP on February 11 on Bandcamp. Before then, we're treated to the smooth footwork of "New Age 14," a melodic production which incorporates flashing synths with swift kick and hi-hat patterns. Dwelling on a more chilled atmosphere, this one-off exclusive from DJ Taye is a prime example of how to balance electrifying and relaxing vibes all at once.
Operating as King of the Mountains, longstanding UK producer/composer Philip Kay (a former member of Manchester's Working for a Nuclear Free City outfit) will release his Zoetrope LP (artwork above) in the coming weeks via the Meldoic imprint. On the record's title track, Kay sounds utterly confident in his craft, piecing together an immense composition that fuses sharp melodic tweaks, grainy pads, and textured percussion in expert fashion. But Kay gradually pulls "Zoetrope" apart as it nears the end of its six-minute run, letting the synths run wild amidst an ever-deepening soundscape. It's all impressively reminiscent of Jon Hopkins' most recent work and bodes well for Kay's upcoming 10-track album as King of the Mountains.
No stranger to our Downloads section, Polish producer Klaves has tossed another sugar-laced freebie our way in the form of "Return." Built around a bed of airy percussion, the tune lands in the more tender side of dancefloor fare, tucking wordless vocal snippets under a bouncy progression of melodic bells and reverb-washed string plucks. With upcoming dates opening for Nicolas Jaar in Poland and an EP on the way later this year, "Return" serves as a welcome re-introduction to Klaves' brand of inviting dance music.
After catching the attention of Kastle's Symbols label with his busy remixing, Athens-based producer Minorstep (a.k.a. George Kroustallis) has signed his Weep EP to the imprint for a release on February 18. Featured here, the record's title track kicks off with an aquatic bassline accented with ornate vocal chops which waft upwards like exhaled smoke. Minorstep's production only continues to gather momentum with the thumping pulse of a kick drum, making room for a short breather just before it all dissolves into silence. A quick preview of the rest of Minorstep's Weep EP can be found after the jump. Read more »
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