Nice, clean techno inspired roller from Victoria artist Monolithium. ‘Motive’ starts out with a subdued, syncopated shuffle, and gains pace into a blistering dancefloor killer. From MM003, the latest release from Calgary label Modern Math, following great EPs from Sanctums and Michael Red. Check out the rest of the EP here.
House of Doors - Bicameral Mind (Max D Mix)
Serious release from Mood Hut's House of Doors, who is also a member of Aquarian Foundation. ‘Bicameral Mind’ is proper, expansive house. From the FT019 split 12”, with another Aquarian Foundation member Kinetic Electronix, out now on Future Times. Label owner Maximillion Dunbar lends his help here in the mixdown.
Chalices - Honey
Sunday afternoon vibes on this chilled out track from Chalices, a duo from the Pacific Northwest. ‘Honey’ has a Bonobo-like attention to melody, backed by some really nice oscillating ambience.
Rook Milo - Cobalt Polo
This is such a good time. It starts off playful and progresses into an infectious breakdown with an awesome Aaliyah(?) sample flip. This track was recently brought back to our attention as part of the Futures Collective compilation, available for free DL here. Of course, keep an eye on this Vancouver producers soundcloud.
Jay Daniel - Royal Insanity
Fresh off his immense debut EP for Theo Parrish’s Sound Signature label, tech-house prodigy Jay Daniel opens 2014 with this EP on another Detroit legends label. Karmatic Equations is forthcoming on Kyle Hall’s WIld Oats label. This EP is so nice. This track especially has such a nice swing to it.
MoonDoctoR - Puffin’ Purp Footwork
Great track from Teklife member MoonDoctoR. Aka Tony Mundaca, he takes not only his surname but also his DJ alias from his parents. They were also Chicago DJs, and while they played house and techno, Tony has revived the name to be used as his Ghetto Tech moniker. Alongside his wife Fresh Til Def, he also runs the Freshmoon label.
Chilled ambient soundscapes from Vancouver artist The Passenger. He had a great performance at last years New Forms Festival. Check out his most recent EP on More Than Human records here.
Kassem Mosse - Untitled (A2)
German artist Kassem Mosse quietly dropped his debut album over the weekend, as it simply appeared on the Hardwax site. Released on his usual home, Workshop Records, the double LP contains nine untitled tracks of killer house excursions. ‘A2’ in particular stands out, with that mutating soft lead synth. Amazing album.
Four Tet + Terror Danjah - Killer
Kieran Hebden teams up with grime producer Terror Danjah for the massive ‘Killer’. This primal dancefloor track is a percussive storm, which gives it a hard edge against the suave synth line that enters in the second half. Forthcoming on the Killer/Nasty 12” for Four Tet’s out Text imprint.
Theo Parrish - Lost Angel
Down the rabbit hole that is youtube surfing, and sometimes you get a cookie that trips you the way you want to be tripped. This classic track is a 10 min coast through subtleties without ever getting bored. Ominous synths, a funky bassline, and perfect analog percussion. ‘Lost Angel’ is a nice reminder of the genius that is Theo Parrish. Released in 2001 on the Music Is.. label.
Dally Auston - Save It
Love this. That first drop is impossibly laid back, demanding a listen at full volume. Dally Auston is a member of the SaveMoney collective, outta the westside of Chicago, along with Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa. Amazing string-heavy production from the hilariously named Smoko Ono. From the Westside EP, available for free DL here.
Ondo Fudd - Harbour
Funky, textured house experiments from Ondo Fudd. Off the Coup D’Etat EP, the latest essential release from the Trilogy Tapes. Love that retro-flavoured saw bass. Not really sure who Ondo Fudd is, by the way.
Machinedrum - Back Seat Ho
Prolific is an understatement! The amount of high quality tracks that Travis Stewart releases is immense. Back Seat Ho goes hard. Its a more playful number than the more polished tracks of Vapor City. Its off his forthcoming Fenris District EP, to be released March 24th on Ninja Tune.
Sabota - Teacher (Michael Red version)
Spacious, moody rework of Vancouver house duo Sabota, from Low Indigo don Michael Red. The washes of reverb give the track a relaxed, nautical feel. In true dub fashion, no additional sounds were added and the original song structure remains intact. From the Hybridity 2 year anniversary compilation, which also contains great tracks from Nautiluss, Grenier and 8prn. Check out the rest of the release here.