Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Kasket - Where Is Alice EP [2014]

Kasket follows up his Warm Regards EP with the three track Where Is Alice EP, out now on Apollo Records.

Renowned for his unusual production methods and unorthodox arrangements, Kasket’s sound has developed into something spectacular over the last few years, with influences deriving from as far away as free form jazz to traditional Asian compositions. Channeling his curiosity for sounds and textures through software in a constant search for a musical style to call his own, Kasket migrates dubstep, house, drum & bass and more in a kaleidoscopic approach to electronic production, resulting in a hybrid melding of acoustic and digital synthesis that’s as inspired by his family’s background in live jazz performance as it is in modern dance music.

Where Is Alice sums up both what Kasket’s music is all about and exactly where it’s heading. The arrangements combine organic sound samples and sumptuous synthesizer patches to produce music without boundaries. From the complex drum arrangements of “The Forgiven,” the tribal nature of “Jabawocky” and title track “Where is Alice,” waves upon waves of sublime synthesizer sounds cascade majestically amidst crisp drum arrangements to form a series of blissful arrangements.

Watch the official video for the EP's title track below.

Video: Neneh Cherry - Everything

After a hiatus of 18 years Neneh Cherry released her 4th solo album ‘Blank Project’ in Feb 2014 to a chorus of praise for her creative reinvention. ‘Everything’ is the second single from that album, released early June around her much anticipated UK festival performances at Field Day, Love Saves The Day and James Lavelle’s Meltdown.

The single is accompanied by a video from legendary fashion photographer and music video maker Jean Baptiste Mondino. One continuous in camera shot made in Paris, it is more iconic image making from Neneh and Mondino. They collaborated on 4 videos before, including 1989’s ‘Manchild’ and 1993’s ‘Buddy X’.

The 7-minute new single ‘Everything’ is a reminder of why ‘Blank Project’ was hailed as a creative reinvention and a jolting reminder of Neneh’s counter-cultural origins.

Video: Carisma - Que Linda tu Pradera

Here's a new music video for Carisma's "Que Linda Tu Pradera", taken from their "Directamente" EP. Following 2013's favourite "Muerte Instrumental" on Cómeme's "El Untitled" compilation, the Buenos Aires duo, a collaboration by Carolina Stegmayer and Ismael Pinkler released their hard-hitting debut 12" earlier this month on Matias Aguayo's Cómeme. The track is available for free here.

The8thstep - ODES [2014]

Born in New Zealand, The8thstep, alias for Belgian composer/songwriter/producer Derenne Stélian, started with purely electronic ambitions and evolved with the love of classical orchestrations related to technological capabilities and bastardized by years of abusive musical introspection. Releasing in early May, the album "ODES" will be featuring talented vocalist and composers around the Brussels-based The8thstep. The album will be available for free (or tips) on Bandcamp and is dedicated to Valérian Derenne, John Martin & Stephanie Pottier for their time and enthusiasm troughout the multiple Beta-listens and constant curiosity during the process. Below, you can watch the first video, for the track "Think I Don't", featuring follow Belgian Pia Salvia.

VVV - Separate Planes EP [2014]

Hailng from Austin, Texas Shawhin Izaddoost a.k.a. VVV returns with a new six-track EP, entitled "Separate Planes", for Seattle's Hush Hush label. Below, you can stream the stunning title track, along with EP's cut "Present Tense," which is available for free here. Purchase your copy here.

Jesse Futerman - Hidden Basement EP [2014]

Toronto’s finest son, Jesse Futerman, is back with Hidden Basement; a ten-track release collecting tracks that were made around, and after, the period of time he released his ‘Basement’ EPs on Jus Like Music Records.

This release showcases a number of Jesse’s different styles, including some more uptempo house-style tracks, while some of it will definitely resonate with those familiar with the three previous EPs. It also includes two remixes, one by the mighty kidkanevil and one by Canadian du jour, Ryan Hemsworth. It’s out for FREE via Bandcamp.

Video: Jamie xx - Girl

Following the release of the video for "Sleep Sound", Jamie xx has now shared the video for "Girls", the a-side of his latest solo single for Young Turks.

Xinobi - Puma Remixes EP [2014]

The Discotexas collective reaches out to a fine selection of remixers to tackle two The Discotexas collective reaches out to a fine selection of remixers to tackle two different tracks by Discotexas co-owner Bruno Cardoso a.k.a. Xinobi from his Puma release. Chosen to rework the material are Mirror People, Malente, Bufi and Moullinex.

Up first, Mirror People who released on labels like Permanent Vacation and Bear Funk as well as Discotexas. His remix of ‘Woods’ is a joyous and colourful one with dancing piano chords, skipping beats and plenty of happy disco dazzle. There’s sufficient jack in the beats to make it a floorfiller without losing any of the musical charm of the rest of the track.

Malente of No Brainer Records then gets dirty on his nice and rough sounding rework of ‘Puma’. He strips it back to a curious melody lead, squelchy percussion and driving bassline that will have dancefloors all marching in happy unison to the locked on drums.

Bufi has also released on this label before now as well as on Kitsune, and his take on ‘Woods’ is a dark, tense thing with a taught bassline, airy vocal stabs and plenty of depth. A stunning breakdown is laced with plenty of tension before the groove lands again and sweeps you off your feet.

Xinobi’s Discotexas partner, Moullinex is a highly acclaimed producer creating many different styles of music and has won fans across the board from NME to Mixmag. His re-work of ‘Puma’ is a stunning, sunny thing that has plenty of wiry synths, funky basslines and organic percussive hooks at its core. Vocal yelps help bring a party starting human element and the whole thing feels warm, humid and inviting.

Each of the four remixers here very much bring their own flavours to the table and breathe plenty of new life into what was already fantastic source material by Xinobi.

ViLLAGE - The Touch EP [2014]

Kitsuné ventures to Eastern Europe and bring back rising talent ViLLAGE and his first EP "The Touch" out on May 5.

The sound of Romania-born producer ViLLAGE is a stirring mash-up of contemplative bass, incisive percussion bits and bobs of footwork, house, Jersey club and cleverly reworked R&B vocals. He first came to the wider world's attention with breakthrough track "Takeover" back in 2012. Constantly on the move, the beginning of 2014 has brought him official rerubs for the likes of Lana Del Rey and Lily Allen, some of his first shows abroad and his first release on Kitsuné.

For his first release on Kitsuné, ViLLAGE unveils the rousing and efficient "The Touch" which will find its way to clubs and dancefloors around the world.

The track is backed by 4 clubby remixes: famous Spanish producer Henry Saiz, ARME for quite a tropical version, Maxthor who brings a 80's touch to the song and Lemonick who puts a nervous and intense final touch to the EP. With this catchy EP, what happens next promises to be exciting.

1. The Touch 
2. Henry Saiz remix 
3. Arme remix 
4. Maxthor remix 
5. Lemonick remix

Hands Free - Restless EP [2014]

This April will see Faceless Recordings return its fourth release, this time courtesy of Dallas based producer Hands Free who delivers his ‘Restless’ EP.

Newcomer Hands Free is one of the finest young exports coming from stateside of late, stepping onto the scene in 2013 with a string of remixes, the Washington DC born, now Dallas based artist well and truly made his mark. Here we see Hands Free deliver his first extended player via Silky, Barber and Climbers Faceless Recordings imprint, showcasing in further detail his hypnotic, electronic sound. The young talent will also be joining the Faceless crew for their marathon Miami WMC event in March to unveil his skills as a DJ, as well as a producer.

Opening the single is title track ‘Restless’, a dropped-tempo psychedelic cut, fuelled by bubbling atmospherics, organic rhythms and growling sub bass. Hands Free displays his production skills radiantly with this opener, as he skilfully blends and multilayers deep analogue melodies and chuggy bass tones, while subtle nuances in the groove make for an ever-enticing listen.

Following is ‘Courderoy’, which embraces a similar trippy aesthetic, Hands Free employs sonorous bass, swirling echoes and a general dubbed-out feel throughout the composition, to create a smooth, subtle and refined record with an ever-evolving and progressive structural approach. Then finally to round of the package we have ‘Tranquillizer’, as the name would suggest the feel of the record tips you into a pensive, dream-like state with its mesmeric melodies, things remain beatless for the initial few minutes though the piece certainly packs a punch as things advance, with the raw bass stabs and expansive atmospheres generating an early hours dark room vibe, closing the release in style.

Hands Free’s ‘Restless’ EP is out today on Faceless Recordings.

Nekes and Steve Cock - Ama Recordings 015

Ama Recordings is the label Mannheim’s Ray Okpara has been running since 2010 and for its 15th outing turns to Nekes and Steve Cock for five tracks of irresistible tech house.

Nekes is the Greek born boss of Oslo, another tech house label known for its consistently engaging output, and the label where he has released most of his music to date.

The Germany based producer’s first cut, ‘Thank You Neighbour’ is a rolling steely cut with tightly locked beats and bass, an involving electronic pulse at its heart and the sort of clipped groove that it is impossible to ignore.

‘Donmakoto’ is a slightly slower, deeper, warmer affair with low down bass, rubbery kicks and hooky little percussive wiggles that bring plenty of dynamic movement to the loopy drums below. Buyers of a digital persuasion will also get treated to digi-only bonus ‘Dagles’, a dubbed out roller with sonorous chords and stripped back design that really weaves its way under your skin.

Steve Cock is another German producer with a reputation for crafting fine dancefloor bombs. They have come on labels like Cargo Edition and Avida Musik before now and manage to embody influences from a much wider musical sphere.

Cock’s first jam is ‘Cycles’, which indeed rotates in catchy little circles, where flappy kicks under pin shimmying percussive patterns and various other loops drop in and out to hypnotic effect.

Completing his brace of contributions is ‘Black Soul’, which rattles and rumbles as a non-descript male vocal mutters up top. It’s slowly building stuff that builds and builds the tension, eventually releasing it with some lush and liquid jazzy chords. It’s feel good stuff that demands to be played on a terrace under warm sun.

With this EP Ray Okpara’s label re-establishes high quality levels for the tech house genre and reminds us just how essential a genre it is when done properly.

Tim Paris - Rain EP [2014]

April 14th marked the release of the ‘Rain’ EP from Paris-born London resident Tim Paris out on influential cult label My Favorite Robot Records. Tim is best known currently as one half of It’s a Fine Line with Ivan Smagghe, and as a respected underground figure with releases on leading labels including Young Turks, Kompakt, Moshi Moshi, PIAS, Items&Things, Soma, F Communications, Souvenir and Eskimo.

Opening with the original mix of ‘Rain’ which features the sultry vocal tones of Coco Solid and captures quintessential vintage indie melancholy. It’s merged with subtly modern electronica, occupying a sonic space akin to M83 and I Break Horses.

The EP comes complete with an inspired selection of remixes; Pilooski’s captivating remix is dark, heady and bass-heavy, Ivan Smagghe delivers a haunting dub edit, and the EP closes with Tim Paris’ own entrancing Liquid mix of the same track.

‘Rain’ also features on Tim Paris’ debut album ‘Dancers’ which is also out now on My Favorite Robot Records.

Watch the official video of the track, below.