One of the most legendary albums of all time was released 20 years ago today. Not much more can be said that hasn’t been said before about Illmatic. The brief 39 minutes are all perfect. Check out this great new documentary 'Illmatic at 20', here. Also check out some nice words on the album from MC Serch of 3rd Bass, and this great piece by El-P on Illmatic. A reflective Record Store Day Saturday.
Route 8 - I Can’t
LT004. After dropping the amazing Eleda EP on Greek label Nous, Budapest’s Route 8 returns with a new 12” of textured house experimentation. The Dry Thoughts EP is out now on upstart UK label Lobster Theremin. Lead track ‘I Can’t’ sees moody pads swirling around stunning drum programming. Starting with the unbelievable Equation EP by Palms Trax from last fall, the label has began with a very impressive string of releases.
LIES 19.5. Forthcoming L.I.E.S. white label, following now iconic 12”s from Bookworms, Terekke and Florian Kupfer. Berlin’s NGLY brings this rolling techno hybrid, just unstoppable once it gains steam with those crushed hi-hats. This one feels like a return to roots of sorts for Ron Morelli’s label. Also, be sure to check out NGLY’s amazing recent contribution to the shadowy Russian Torrent Versions imprint.
Evy Jane - Closer
Ever since they released 'Sayso', back in 2012, we’ve been looking forward to hearing more from Vancouver duo Evy Jane. Released on Canadian label King Deluxe, the song was a striking piece of modern RnB. Today they announced a forthcoming EP with Ninja Tune, and shared this wavy video for the icy, textured ‘Closer’.
Real nice to see another Anthony Naples release on the Trilogy Tapes, home of the unbelievable El Portal EP from last year. The label helmed by Will Bankhead is arguably the most exciting on the planet at the moment. ‘Perro’ is an extended piece of deep grooves, along the lines of Naples’ recent compositions on his own Proibito label. The new EP is forthcoming in May.
Axel Boman - Purple Drank
This iconic Axel Boman track has recently been repressed, so we figured it was a good time to revisit it. ‘Purple Drank’ brings a sinister bassline coupled with that unmistakable vocal line. From the Holy Love 12”, released August 2010 on DJ Koze’s Pampa label. This release more or less launched Boman’s career, which reached a new level with last years Family Vacation LP. Check out the rest of the Pampa 12” here.
Lnrdcroy - Do.Ne (Original Altitude Mix)
Four releases deep and Forbidden Planet have carved out quite a nice niche for themselves. The Montreal party and label fuses retro futurist synth stylings with pounding percussive patterns. They started last year with one of 2013’s strongest releases, FP002 by Breaker 1 2 (apparently a Greg Beato alias). The accompanying illustrations are killer as well. West coast producers Boreal and Lnrdcroy bring FP003, a diverse set of sophisticated dancefloor gems. The slowed drum and bass of ‘Do.Ne’ is a particular standout. Check out the rest of the release here. Also be sure to check out label mixes for Truants and Leisure.
Voices From the Lake - Velo Di Maya
One to get lost in. Endlessly clean, pulsing dub techno from Voices From the Lake, a duo consisting of Donato Dozzy and Neel. Their 2012 self-titled album was an amazing piece of classy, purist techno. From the Velo Di Maya EP, out now on NY based party turned imprint The Bunker. Real nice art direction here too.
HTRK - Give It Up
In a total trance from this haunting, hypnotic track from Australian group HTRK. The monotone, and almost indecipherable, drawl of singer Jonnine Standish is easily overlooked at first on ‘Give It Up’. But it begins to sink deep with repeated listens, recalling Portishead at their best. The standout cut from the Psychic 9-5 Club LP, released last week on Ghostly International. This is the groups first release since the passing of bassist Sean Stewart in 2010. Listen to the whole album here.
Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It
This foundational deep house track was (astonishingly) released back in 1986 on the ever influential Chicago label, Trax Records. We can’t get over how relevant it sounds today. Nothing but feel good vibes from that chunky bassline and bright string synth pads. Also check out this great interview with Larry Heard for RBMA. So inspiring how humble he is.
Erosion Flow - Bedroom Jam
Massive swing on this clean dancefloor bomb from Denmark’s Erosion Flow, the latest release on George Fitzgerald’s ManMakeMusic imprint. Fits real nicely alongside previous releases from Laszlo Dancehall. Danish house is making quite an impression these days.
Odd Numbers - Piper’s Delight
Beautiful track from Odd Numbers, the newest project from WIllie Burns, who makes up the group along with Secret Circuit and Suzanne Kraft. So easy to get lost in the soft guitar line and hypnotic percussion. ‘Piper’s Delight’ is a major summer tune. This release comes off Burns’ amazing release for Unknown to the Unknown, and is getting released on Rush Hour Records in May.
Kline - Know Where
Fresh off a very compelling EP for Vancouver label Low Indigo, Calgary based producer Kline was also recently asked to participate in Red Bull Bass Camp in Montreal last month. A bright, buried lead synth melody cuts through haunting atmospherics on his latest track ‘Know Where’. Grab the free download here.
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Portland’s Magic Fades and Soul Ipsum with this smooth, brief cut from the Zirconia Reign tape, out April 8 on 1080p. Those ravey synths here are so nice. Grab the free DL of this track over at XLR8R. 18 tracks long, this release looks like it’ll be structured like a classic beat tape. Also, be sure to check out the on the debut Magic Fades mixtape that dropped last year on Mishka.
Austin Cesear - 7HF9B.383348H.382753J
Hypnotic piece of subdued electronics from Oakland’s Austin Cesear, out soon on the always amazing Opal Tapes. The buried kick feels reminiscent of classic Gas. Cesear is coming off some real nice releases on the Proibito and Public Information labels. Opal Tapes just posted a few forthcoming releases here.