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’.
Elevated experimental house from UK label Levels. The cascading, detuned synth melodies and sharp claps highlight lead track ‘Rare Birds’. The track is complimented with this nostalgia tinged video. Check out the whole release here. The B-side cuts are also amazing. This follows up Levels 001 by Lord Tusk.
Gang Starr - Mass Appeal
The Hard to Earn LP turns 20 this week. The fourth Gang Starr album, it signalled a cleaner, darker direction for DJ Premier, while Guru was at the top of his game. ‘Mass Appeal’ is a legendary track. Originally released March 8, 1994 on EMI subsidiary Chrysalis Records.
The Passenger - sometimes dreams can trick you
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.
Route 8 - Memory Disorders
Classy video from upstart Greek label Nous Disques. Grainy textures with nice pace and attention to melody. A sort of working man’s house music. The stacked rimshots really give this track motion. Route 8 is a DJ/producer from Hungary. This one is from the Eleda EP, out this week on vinyl.
'Modern rubbish is still life'. Everything here is so charming and weird at the same time. Both nostalgic and futuristic at once. The video is comprised of vibrant, rotating flowers beside our monotone host. Love the spoken word poetry amidst the cascading Casio synth lines in this track. The video perfectly encapsulates the feeling conjured up by Steven Warwick’s disjointed tape music compositions. From the excellent Re-Engineering LP, released last fall on PAN. His previous releases on PAN are also great.
Thug Entrancer - Death After Life
This video is unreal. So many ideas contained here. Love the retro-futurist vibes. Perfectly compliments the hypnotic music made by Denver’s Thug Entrancer. From the album ‘Death After Life’, out this week on Daniel Lopatin’s Software Recordings label.
Isaiah Rashad - Soliloquy
A nod to golden age hip-hop here from recent Top Dawg signee Isaiah Rashad. He sounds hungry on this track, coming in with an impassioned verse that spans its entirety. The beat here goes hard as well. From Civilia Demo, released last week on TDE. Love the grainy textures in this black and white vid as well.
Graze - Airror
The latest video instalment from the Edges LP, released in December on New Kanada Recordings. Everything we’ve seen from Graze so far has been top notch. As per usual, stunning visuals from DSMV.
Holly Herndon - Chorus
This video (Dir. Akihiko Taniguchi - http://okikata.org/) is a beautiful and disorienting examination of the modern musician’s creative process. The lush, cascading vocals on this track ebb and flow from improvisational passages to dancefloor leanings.
From the Chorus 12”, out today on the always compelling Brooklyn label RVNG Intl. Herndon’s previous release, 2012’s Movement LP, was a really interesting foray into experimental, vocal-driven electronics.
Schoolboy Q - Man Of The Year
This track knocks. Q sounds great on top of amazing production from Nez & Rio. Love those subtle panned hi-hats. And this video is just a great time. Its also surprisingly lacking in sleaziness. Everyones just havin’ fun somewhere nice. The Oxymoron LP drops February 25 on TDE/Interscope. Confirmed guests include Kendrick Lamar, Danny Brown, Raekwon and more.
Galcher Lustwerk - Leisure
The track title describes the vibe here perfectly. This tune dropped last summer, and its unapologetically brilliant. Lustwerk’s voice makes this track- that simple monotone chant. From WM003, the third release on NY label White Material, began by DJ’s Young Male and DJ Richard. Theres alot of hype around this label right now, and for good reason. Only 200 records were initially pressed, and there is word that another pressing will follow this year. 100% Galcher, the artists breakout mix, is also essential listening. So laid back.
Kangding Ray - History of Obscurity
This video is a very cerebral experience. Unsettling and soothing at the same time. The fade outs in particular are so well done. It perfectly compliments the tribal techno of this Kangding Ray track. From Solens Arc, the composers fourth LP for the boundary pushing Raster Noton label. The album drops February 28th.
Nils Frahm - Says
Beautifully meditative piano track by Nils Frahm, from the ‘Spaces’ LP, released last fall on Erased Tapes. Video by Romain Assénat & Ana Silva. ‘Improvisation with inks on glass and a video-feedback device, captured live without any post-production.’
Graze - Oath
So nice. The latest video from the Edges LP, which dropped last week on New Kanada. XLR8R has recently called Graze the best new artists of 2013.