mp3: Hanz – Count

Hanz may finally be starting to gain the attention and fan base he deserves but that doesn’t mean his music is going to become any more accessible or traditional.  His newest single, “Count” is easily one of the most minimal tracks he’s put out in a while.  Similarly to his last release “War Fiction”, there is a militaristic quality to the strict and forward driving rhythm of “Count”.  Emerging from a dissonant and dreamy first minute, the driving loop of “Count” marches forward at a soft, quiet and gorgeous pace.  Repeat listens allow the small gems of lush sound emerge from the seemingly barren landscape of “Count”.  It’s amazing how good Hanz has become at his singular yet constantly surprising sound.  Watch out for Hanz’s upcoming Reducer.

-PK

EP: Color Plus – Diagonals Vol. 1

If you’ve been following Color Plus, you’re probably familiar with his distinctive production style; delicately arranging acoustic noises and electronic noises next to each other seamlessly.  For Diagonals Vol. 1 Color Plus just applied this production style to a number of different songs for his first remix EP.  If you’ve ever wondered what Lil’ Wayne, Soulja Boy, or Gucci Mane would sound like backed by delicate and airy soundscapes, here is your chance.  Favorites from the EP include the “Honest” remix, which definitely stands out among the hundreds of other remixes that have been made of it with huge pulsing ambience, and “Bed” which makes “Turn My Swag On” actually sound like waking up.  Stream “Honestly” below and the rest of the EP after the jump.

-TC

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EP: Cedar Falls – Elsa

Declan Diemer, aka the duuuude behind Cedar Falls, described his new EP as 20 minutes of ambient and dark folk.  I don’t think he’s giving himself enough credit here.  Sure, Elsa isn’t going to give you any new tracks to add to your “Summer Jamzz” Playlist and you’re probably not going to bump any of this at a party, but Cedar Falls is brimming with the same kinda various influences that make artists like Jacob Braun, Ricky Eat Acid and contron so exciting.  Cedar Falls doesn’t stray too far from ambience and folk but he takes those genre touchstones as jumping off points and not limitations.  ”Isolated Road” buzzes with garage rock distortion and “Memorybook” moves with orchestral elegance.  Opening with the track “The Last Time I Saw Elsa” and ending with “The First Time I Saw Elsa”, Elsa comes across as an extremely personal and honest recording, something that has become harder and harder to do as of late.

-PK

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mp3: Ricky Eat Acid – Touched briefly by two hands in an empty room

When I was younger I always liked tapping buttons on the phone to see if I could make a cool melody out of the beeps.  I never got very far and I certainly never got anywhere close to what Ricky Eat Acid manages to achieve by dusting his track “Touched briefly by two hands in an empty room” with a few phone key beeps.  Like his best tracks, “Touched briefly by two hands in an empty room” suggests a lot more than it actually says and manages to be powerful without ever being forceful or direct.

-PK

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mp3: Shisa – heroin, cherry pepsi, cigarette kiss

Shisa is a producer that I’ve been aware of for awhile despite never actually diving into his music too much.  The name of his newest single, “heroin, cherry pepsi, cigarette kiss”, caught my eye and I’m glad I’ve finally caught on to this dude’s material.  The sound on “heroin, cherry pepsi, cigarette kiss” is devastated, gorgeous and huge.  Melding warm samples with a hard hitting juke beat, Shisa manages to give a psychedelic edge to footwork that isn’t like much I’ve heard before.  A 10-second surprise coda at the end closes the track in an unexpectedly brilliant way.  This is music for the sunrise.

-PK

EP: lotide – The Way You

Considering myself a full-time beaties miner and a frequenter of many beat maker heavy Paxico Records Pow-Waws, I’ve heard a lot of beats in the past few years.  Every time I think I’m ready for the indie world to move away from their laptops, some cool beat maker manages to satisfy a new and exciting sonic itch.  lotide’s new EP manages to pull off riding the fine line between ambient, organic and danceable not unlike Color Plus’ latest effort.  The Way You isn’t going to get you tearing up a club, but it have you grooooooving in its hypnotic waves.  I’m grooving right now… while I’m typing, and that’s real.

-PK

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mp3: snacs – new alchemy

Last weekend The Up-Turn had its first showcase on a rooftop in Brooklyn, and one of the many amazing performers who came out was Snacs, who put on a vibe-heavy set that went perfectly with the twilight skyline surrounding us (pictured above).  Today Snacs released this track which I believe was in that set.  With “new alchemy” Snacs doesn’t really change the formula of past tracks like “Trees”, but simply improves on it.  ”new alchemy” mainly consists of a fairly simple loop, that over the course of the songs almost 5 minutes starts to feel beautifully ritualistic.  You can stream the track below and then download it for free on Futures Collective’s first compilation.

-TC