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.
Dream Koala‘s music in general usually has an airy and dreamy feel, and “Hipster Girl” was probably the most airy cut off of his recent Blur EP, consisting of a light instrumental layered under his heavily-reverbed falsetto vocals, not that there is anything wrong with that. For the remix, Japanese producer Taquwami beefed the track up a lot. Now Dream Koala’s vocals are backed up by a large distorted bass and some drums that sound like they could have been ripped from a chopped-and-screwed track. This remix doesn’t just strip away Dream Koala’s dreamy atmosphere, but builds on it instead.
After artists like James Blake and Mount Kimbie, its easy to assume that the barriers of entry to their sect of beautifully produced electronic synth music are too high for any lesser known artists to make a name for themselves within it, but Maths Time Joy proves that wrong. Maths Times Joy uses many of the same techniques as Blake and Mount Kimbie, including pulsating synths, chopped and pitched vocal samples, and 808 drum kits, but something about his sound still manages to stand out. ”Let Go” sounds huge throughout despite having fairly sparse instrumentation at some points and every single sound that makes it up sounds incredibly clean as Maths Time Joy’s unique style of song writing progresses constantly, without ever feeling the need to revisit an earlier idea. There are a ridiculous amount of producers across the internet trying to make this same sound right now, but I don’t think anyone is doing it as well as Maths Time Joy. Look out for his Hideaway EP set to drop on Monday via LFTF Records.
It’s been a pretty big year for Mister Lies. After releasing his incredible track “Cleam” he has signed with Lefse Records and (rightfully so) begun to get a huge amount of attention. Today he released the video for what is presumably the first single off of his upcoming album. ”Dionysian”, like “Cleam” is unique, emotive, and crafted with incredible care. All of Mister Lies’ textures are layering perfectly, his samples seem to be chosen perfectly, and his music still has all of the subtly beautiful elements that made it so great in the first place. I had the privilege of seeing him play live earlier this month, and if his performance was any indication of what is to come, 2013 is going to be an even bigger year for him.
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.
If you haven’t heard yet, beat maker extraordinaire, Color Plus, and rapper Chef the Chef have teamed up to form Ghost Row. If you’re familiar with Color Plus and his fantastic Cerulean Dream EP, you know how talented he is at making atmospheric, almost ambient instrumental tracks to stand on their own, but Color Plus is more versatile than just that. The beats on Elevator Muzik remain interesting and unique while still leaving room for Chef to lay down verses that consistently match the beats with a confident swagger throughout the tape. Ghost Row is pushing the boundaries of what should be considered a rap beat and they are doing it without sacrificing any of the positives of not-so-experimental rap. Stream two of my favorite songs from the project below and hit the jump to stream and download the whole mixtape.
One of the reasons I usually get so excited when I see a new Beat Culture track (other than it always being really good music) is because I’ve had the pleasure of watching Sunik’s incredible progression over the past year and a half (Yeah, its only been a year and a half). I’ve watched him move from badly mixed Frooty Loop demos to a burial-influenced dub step style to the bright and lush sounds of Goldenbacked Weaver to the new, completely unique and beautiful direction shown in “Orange”. In “Orange” it sounds like Beat Culture is completely free of the desire to impress anyone with production skills and able to create a simple and understated track that feels more natural than ever. Beat Culture is gearing up to release what he considers his first real full length album, but he needs your help. For him to make a full release he needs to raise some money, so click the link below the song to help him out and maybe even earn some swag. Sunik is not only one of our favorite artists at The Up-Turn, but also an awesome friend so please help him out.