Fresh off collabs with the likes of The Game, Dom Kennedy, Skeme and other west coast fam, producer K. Roosevelt has been hard at work on his upcoming "RoseGold" mixtape. The Los Angeles Leakers have featured a taster on their latest compilation and it's track rife with warbled ambience but still heavy on that silky, late-night charm.
Writer for the consistently excellent Fader , it turns out Brooklyn-based Duncan Cooper also produces under the name Wildarms, with his debut EP Clear Eyes out on February 5th through Cascine . Today we've got a preview of that release with the twinkling, bright-eyed optimism of "Full Hearts," which deconstructs hip-hop production tropes through the gauzy, layered lens of Night Bus .
Great new mix from Interscape Record s, whose melted Cd-R mix we posted a couple of months ago . A sign of things to come in 2013.
Synth artist Golden Donna has a new EP out and this little preview track marks a bit of a departure from his seriously zoned-out, kraut-influenced jams from last year . "Machete Bathtub" instead crafts more of a horror/creeper vibe, with an Italo groove propelling its minimal-synth theatrics. Gloaming Thirst is out on All Hell now.
We haven't heard from Vektroid -- the net-addled producer also behind Macintosh Plus and Laserdisc Visions, among other aliases -- for a while, and this new track seems to mark a new chapter in her sound for 2013. Eschewing the more sample-based palette of some of the side projects, "Enemy" conjures up rich midi-scapes that mark the point where dystopia and utopia meet. soundcloud / tumblr
Two of our favourite producers, Veracom and Heatstroke , have hooked up for a next-level collaboration. "#HD_ELBOWS" occupies rich and slow territory familiar to any listener of either producer, but it's really pushed over the edge with its fine-grained sense of high-definition luxury.
Producer Blue Angels has dropped something deeper than his usual fare with these two new tracks. Playing around with a house-y, hi-hat shuffle, plaintive piano loops, and slightly-screwed vocal samples, everything comes together just so to evoke a slickly late-90s cafe sensibility. soundcloud
1. Main Attrakionz - Cloud Body from Bossalinis and Fooliyones [ Young One Records ] 2. Waka Flocka Flame - Bill Russell (Ryan Hemsworth's 情報デスクVIRTUAL Mix) from Collected [mixtape] 3. 5kinandbone5 - Make U Understand from [...]
1. Jam City - Her from Classical Curves [ Night Slugs ] 2. Gerry Read - 90s Prostitution Racket from 12" [ RAMP ] 3. James Ferraro - Lovesick from Sushi [ Hippos In Tanks ] 4. Kuhrye-oo - Give In (For the Fame) [d'Eon's Kallisti Remix] from [...]
This year my music listening habits fragmented even further; listening to most things online first, often at work, is a great way of forgetting about some really great stuff, and it was quite a task reconstructing and recollecting my year's disparate listening through old blog posts and soundcloud faves. Albums were drastically less important to me this year than previously, although there were many excellent full-lengths and EPs released this year. I don't especially want to enter into deep reflections on the year in music, but a few things/trends really stood out. There have been some truly excellent high-concept albums [...]
A new Deep Magic LP has just dropped on Housecraft and its chimes as obliquely delicately as we're used to. It's mastered by no less than Sean McCann whose no stranger to this sort of half-awake, textural immersive bliss.
Love this short brittle techno set from Detroit producer MGUN, who seems to be operating on more of an experimentalist wavelength; think less techno futurism, more crackling, jittering electrics. Grab a hard-copy while they last from The Trilogy Tapes . soundcloud
GHOST HOLOGRAM by EXAEL It's been a minute since we've heard anything from Beer On The Rug and this new one from "contemporary classical"/drone artist Exael comes a little out of leftfield for the label that has come to be (dubiously?) associated with "vaporwave". Even though it cuts a fairly austere figure on first listen, Ghost Hologram is equal parts blissful and soft-focus, conjuring up states of total zoning that rewards repeated listens. soundcloud
Ex-Auckland, New Zealand, now Portland, Oregon-based experimentalist Sam Hamilton has a new single out, which sees him streamlining his approach to off-kilter, subtly hypnotic pop, and reining in some of the ecstatic, Amazonian tendencies of his last album Pala . The suggestively titled "Perennial Traditions" is a tightly-wound and satisfying slab of art-rock, infusing the studiousness of something like This Heat or Liars with the restlessness that has previously defined Sam's work. The full-length LP Integrifolia is available soon on Sam's own imprint Tumbling Strain . [via. Ad [...]
How To Dress Well just dropped this appropriately uplifting video for one of the best songs of the year. soundcloud
Prior to the release of a deluxe sounding four-way cassette split between Motion Sickness of Time Travel , Aloonaluna , Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier , and New Zealand's Birds of Passage , the Hamilton-based label Cooper Cult -- who specialise in ultra-limited cassettes and lathes -- will be releasing a "pre-cassingle" from the rad Birds of Passage. B-side "In Heaven" is cracked, distant drone, with Alicia's hovering, ethereal vocals threatening to disappear in smoke and hiss, and the song's a cover of a song from Eraserhead FYI. Tape available soon [...]
One of the highlights from the a i r s p o r t s album earlier this year (which was a co-release between Amdiscs and Sewage Tapes ), "don't need u" now has a video thanks to Chris Byler, who was also responsible for the video for Ital's "Culture Clubs" we posted a few months back. The track is notable for its amazing, wavering, alternately creepy/triumphant outro & the seriously buzzy video is redolent with weed imagery & features a formal monster energy drink tasting. a i r s p o r t [...]
Teams' next release is set to be on Beer on the Rug and its his take on the plastic-y, Ducktails-inspired guitar world but ultra Californian in his own way. Look for a release in 2013. facebook
Thanks to our friend Mark Wundercastle for pointing me in the direction of these deep house cuts from Brooklyn producer Philip Eichorn. Hypnotically decadent, these tracks nail that early 90s Strictly Rhythm vibe; "Get in a House Party" has deep chord stabs while "Here I Am" is all about 'that' groove, listen to those snares stutter. soundcloud
MP3: Featureless Ghost - Flash I've spent the last few weeks with Featureless Ghost 's debut LP Personality Matrix , which is out now on long-running purveyors of forward-thinking weirdness Night People . The album sees the Atlanta-based duo self-realising even more than on their previous Night People cassette Mind Body , combining their future-shock minimal synth palette with a melodic liminal longing. This video for album-track "Flash" has been making the rounds online and you can download the track above.