mp3: Color Plus – Pulp

CT homie and incredibly talented producer Color Plus just released this track a few days ago.  ”Pulp” shows Color Plus beginning to experiment with house styles, and doing so with ease.  Driven by a very house-sounding organ chord progression, this track switches between classic four-on-the-floor house drums and the more hip-hop influenced percussion which Color Plus is known for without missing a step.  Every day I see more and more electronic producers bringing house elements into their production, but few have executed it as perfectly as Color Plus has with this track.

-TC

mp3: Atu – the duo (ft. Sango)

The former beaties submitter turned beaties sensei Atu is maturing his sound and songwriting talent.  Although he’s always had a knack for making sensual, sample-based music, Atu’s latest track featuring Sango is the most realized track he’s made yet.  Moving beyond samples and employing the live singing of Sango, “the duo” has Atu experimenting with 2-step, r&b and bass music in a resulting track that is distinctively his own.  The track is the first single from his upcoming release Pictures of Silence drops next week.

-PK

mp3: King Dinosaur – The Night (Ambassadeurs Remix)

It looks as though Ambassadeurs has no plans on slowing down his winning streak with this new remix.  This time the British producer has taken on fellow countryman King Dinosaur’s dark track “The Night” and kicked it up a few notches.  Once again, Ambassadeurs music is still pretty difficult to categorize other than by calling it really good electronic music; with an innumerable amount of synths that build up into each other perfectly and snares that hit in all the right places.  Surprisingly enough Ambassadeurs still hasn’t really broken out of his niche audience of electronic music magazines and blogs, but if he keeps putting out tracks this great I can’t see him not gaining a lot more recognition in the coming months.

-TC

mp3: Ambassadeurs – My World

It’s been about half a year since Ambassadeurs dropped his UK bass-bending, sample-manipulating anthem ‘Duke Red’ and his fresh new jam ‘My World’ definitely proves that the wait was worth it.  ’My World’ hits a lot softer and quieter than ‘Duke Red’, however, it manages to pack in just as much meticulous sample work that makes his work so good.  ’My World’ never turns into the all out banger that the music keeps hinting towards as Ambassadeurs works with small changes and shifts to keep the track interesting without ever having to turn the intensity up too high.  Turn it up loud enough and your head will definitely get a work out from nodding.

-PK

mp3: Mmoths- Folding

My first introduction to Mmoths was the slow-stunner ‘Summer’ and since then I’ve been really excited to hear new material from the Irish producer.  Just like when I first listened to ‘Summer’ I didn’t really realize how much I enjoyed ‘Folding’ until the track was almost over.  Over a pulsing beat of bass and shifting percussion, that sounds like a choir of thousand typewriters, ‘Folding’ reveals itself slowly as Mmoths adds and subtracts from the core beat.  ’Folding’ reminds me a lot of the way Four Tet’s music manages to grow in complexity over time and I really can’t stop hitting the replay button.

-PK

mp3: SBTRKT- Gamelena

SBTRKT is one of the biggest forces in bass music right now, so it’s no surprised that the producer-centric blogosphere is going crazy over his latest leak ‘Gamelena’.  Working more as an announcement that he’s working in the studio again than as a proper single, ‘Gamelena’ shows off some experimenting and tinkering coming from  SBTRKT.  With the bird chirps and the low croaking bass thrown in the mix, ‘Gamelena’ sounds like an electronic jungle at times… which is just as cool as it sounds.  If this track really is just a teaser to  what he has coming up, his next release is set to be great.

-PK

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mp3: Ra Cailum- Mapzzz EP

Ra Cailum’s last EP was the stunning, sleeper-hit ‘Finding My Way’ EP which was one of my favorites from last year.  Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I saw that Ra Cailum dropped a new 3-track EP with Oakland-based Mapzzz.  On the release, Ra Cailum fully embraces the bass-heavy, footwork vibe that he’s been experimenting with on some of the singles he’s dropped.  The three tracks don’t rely heavily on vocal samples as Ra Cailum lets his incredible beat-work take center stage.  So many producers these days are constructing tracks with warped Aaliyah or Beyonce samples (not saying it’s such a bad thing) so it’s refreshing to hear Ra Cailum’s more stripped-down approach to his beat making.  Stream the EP below and download here

-PK