If the last single from Hanz, “Reducer”, then “Gum” might be more of your thing. Moving away from the largely ambient and noisey “Reducer”, “Gum” might be the closest thing Hanz has written to a pop instrumental. Only a few hi-hat rolls away from being a trap single, “Gum” has some of the most colorful and playful sounds we’ve ever heard Hanz working with. Admittedly, “Gum” isn’t exactly bubbly or poppy at all as Hanz manages to retain his sense of dark, chaotic atmospheric. The track sounds ready to break down at any time and fly off the rail. This is the type of gum you might find on the sidewalk, dirty, unsavory yet hard to take your eyes off of.
It’s been a long journey, but we’ve made it 20 volumes of Beaties in, and there’s no turning back now. I think this also means the one year anniversary is coming up soon, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. This time around we have 5 fresh ones for y’all as usual. We start off with an experimental chanting beatie from Holm.’s beatie-a-day project, then a short verse from /broke and Maj, a Neptunes/J.T.-esque summer track from Penthouse Penthouse, a mind boggling sample collage from BitterTV, and finally a haunting and organic sounding droner from Quam. As always, stream them all after the jump.
Its been a while since Color Plus released his last EP, Cerulean Dream, and since then he has been up to a number of different things, releasing two EP’s with Chef the Chef under the name Ghost Row. For most of the songs for Ghost Row, Color Plus toned down the thick ambience and airy nature of his solo music, but now on Key Lime, it is back in full force. His production style is just as distinctive as ever, stretching out vocal samples in a number of different ways to form gorgeous backdrops with extremely well produced drums over them. Although Color Plus’ choice in drum sounds can often draw many connections to trap music, his production style as a whole completely transcends the genre in an extremely impressive way that I can’t think of many producers who are capable of. Stream one of my favorite tracks off of the EP below, and the whole thing after the jump.
A few months after releasing his Whenever.EP and grabbing our attention, New York/ New Jersey producer Snacs is back with his second EP. On Meaning Of, Snacs continues to blend genres into a crazy new label-less electronic sound. Although not all of the tracks on the EP make use of R&B vocal samples, most of them borrow the feel from the genre with soft drums and subtle production. Meaning Of has a similar formula to Whenever at its core, but also experiments beyond it, for example on “Wondering” which is built around a percussive sample instead of his usual smooth synths. Overall, Meaning Of is a very strong second release and will hopefully turn some heads. Stream “Trees” below, and the whole EP after the jump.
L.A.-based record label/artist collective thing The Melt just put out this compilation completely stacked with amazing artists. Alongside the five resident producers at The Melt including Djemba Djemba and Gossamer, the compilation also has tracks from 14 other producers including Color Plus, C.Z., and RAJA among others. If you’re looking for new producers who are leading the way in pushing electronic music to new exciting places and will probably have taken over the scene in a year or two, this is where to look. Sub-genres on this compilation range from ambient to footwork to U.K. Garage without ever sounding out of place. You can stream two of my favorite tracks off of it below, and stream and download the whole compilation after the jump.
AceMo’s sound has gone a lot of different places over the past few months, sometimes ambient and other times more conventional but every track he has released has been moving towards this wonderfully organic sound. On “LEIS”, the first single off of AceMo’s upcoming project, Borders, the CT producer marries a bunch of different sounds together, each with its own layer of tapedeck fuzz, into a collage that fits together perfectly. Although chopped samples and synthesizers don’t occur in nature, somehow this track sounds completely natural like it could have existed long before computers did. It’s been almost a year since AceMo released his last project, so “LEIS” has me extremely excited to hear how Borders turns out.
As the beat music scene is gaining enough credibility to have terms like “god” and “prodigy” thrown around when referring to it, experimentation and differentiation within the scene is also growing. One artist taking electronic music to cool new places is Chrome Sparks. When I first heard Chrome Sparks’ break out track “Marijuana” a few months ago I obviously thought it was really cool, but wasn’t sure if I saw a whole project coming together in the same style. Fortunately, thats not what Chrome Sparks had in mind either. Sparks is full of tracks that have much less pop appeal than “Marijuana”, but are much more interesting. Presumably taking inspiration from more retro electronic artists than most do today, a lot of Sparks is characterized by hypnotic repetition. Lately a lot of electronic music hasn’t been catching my interest, but this is a nice breath of fresh air. Stream “Marijuana” and “Gates To Heaven” below, and the whole EP after the jump.