It’s been a minute (seven years, actually) since we’ve seen a new LP from the UK producer DJ Format. There was a Fabriclive compilation and some collaborations, but nothing near as ambitions as his recently released Statement of Inetent. According to a release from label Slice of Spice, Format covers everything from Jazz and Blues to Psych rock and hip-hop. Below, are a couple cuts with contributions from mad awesome MCs, Edan and Mr. Lif…
German beat maker B-Ju shares a geometric beat with glitched effects and neon textures from his latest, Prozak People. While this cut comes from across the Atlantic, it sounds like something from California’s Low End Theory-led electronica underground. To narrow it down, B-Ju makes digital waves with primary colors in the same pool as SF producer Salva.
UK producer Clark has kept us guessing with each successive leak from his forthcoming LP, Iradelphic (due April 3rd on the mighty Warp records). First, there was the Boards of Canada-inspired digital wonder of “Com Touch” (free download), now we’ve got the brooding, swerving trip-hop of “Secret” featuring Martina Topley-Bird. Who is Ms. Topley-Bird? It’s the girl that was on Tricky’s 1995 breakthrough Maxinquaye.
Both songs are totally awesome. We’re very much looking forward to April 3rd.
When Dillon Francis first caught our attention last year, it was with those super-catchy, mega-sleazy latin club beats that Diplo has made into his life’s obsession. And that was cool. But Mr. Francis has slowly been migrating to more straight-forward beats with glitchier and grimier textures. The latest in this LA DJ’s evolution is his remix of Zedd’s latest anthem, “Stars Come Out”. Listen as he turns down the BPMs and turns up the low-end warp.
Diplo has our attention again this month with “Express Yourself”, the title track from his forthcoming EP (due in May). Earlier, we were impressed with his warped remix of Katy B’s “Witches Brew” (free download). Now, the Philadelphia DJ brings us something more grimy, and a lot more jagged, featuring vocals from Nicky Da B who, by the way, sports a camo Cosby sweater throughout the clip. High swag!
Philadelphia wunderkind Balam Acab (he’s like 20) shared a couple of ambient, pulsing outtakes from his vault today, “Just Stay” and “Come True”. The tracks are more tightly wound and immediate than the stunning work on his breakthrough LP, Wander Wonder, Though they shouldn’t be taken as a hint of things to come. “The tracks aren’t all that new, just some stuff I had laying around that I knew I was never gonna formally release,” said the beat maker via Twitter. Dude, what else do you have laying around?
The first dispatch from Prof.Logic’s latest EP, Multi-Dimension, sounds like an echo from Los Angeles’ Low End Theory underground, or maybe something from DJ Cam after smoking a couple of wicked blunts. But this particular dose of experimental hip-hop hails from the twilit alleyways and after-hours hideouts of Jamaica, Queens. Dig the layered, psychedelic textures and cold shimmering melodies of Prof.Logic’s “So NeSsEsArY”…
Multi-Dimension is out now on Paris-based Cascade Records. Stream the whole thing here (we suggest you do that).
|Los Angeles noise architect Matthewdavid (aka Matthew McQueen) takes us on another chopped, warped and dizzying ride through his patchwork storehouse of beats, sounds and decaying memories on Jewelry (free download). McQueen has always expressed himself more through ambience than rhythm, and he sticks stubbornly to this out-crowd ethos here. Though Jewelry starts off with some of the most tangible material we’ve heard from McQueen (i.e., the very good “Gold Rope (Stones flip)”, “Bracelet (Radiance flip)” and “Locket (Chi flip)”), the second half revolves anxiously around stunted beats, woozy samples and oddball synth improvisation.
What’s most impressive about Jewelry is not how schizophrenic and weird the collection is, but how carefully Matthewdavid dodges pop songcraft and clingy melody without sacrificing our undivided attention.
Drum and bass veteran Photek (he’s been making the underground thump since 1992) is set to deliver the latest in the legendary DJ Kicks series on April 3rd. On the first single, “No Agenda”, we find the Los Angeles by-way-of UK producer mixing gritty atmospherics and neon melodies with trance-inducing effects over a sturdy pulse.