EP: Hanz – A Brief Guide

While most posts I make are written after listening through a track only a few times, I wanted to give my self more time for Hanz’s newest release A Brief Guide.  I’ve been following the music of Hanz for a while now as he’s grown from a sample-based and hip-hop inspired beat maker into a force all his own and A Brief Guide is his biggest mission statement yet.  The release ebbs and flows like a factory, revealing moments and hints of pop after heavily rhythmic sections of noise and clutter.  Influence of bass music, trap, juke and house persist through the tracks in a mutated, twisted and restrained manner.  On “Queen Speed”, which absorbed the earlier single “Gum”, bird fluttering replaces hi-hat rolls and breaking glass stepping in for cymbal crashes.  ”Read the Sign”, probably the most danceable track, would serve well to soundtrack a dirt-level rave of rats and cockroaches.  Working with a restrained yet world-building sound, Hanz demonstrates that he’s working on a whole other level than many of his electronic peers.

-PK

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mp3: Slam Skillet – Avena

In case you didn’t hear, we threw an awesome concert last night with a bunch of the homies.  Slam Skillet was there and played an awesome set of new material along with some of his tracks from his awesome Rachis EP.  One of the highlights of the set was this new jam “Avena”.  It was awesome on the rooftop with cool people and it’s awesome bumping it alone in my room.

-PK

EP: Color Plus – Lemon Cycle

Connecticut producer/homeboy Color Plus just released his new EP, and its by far his strongest effort yet.  I originally got really into Color Plus because of the crazy and delicate atmospheric vibes of his Cerulean Dream EP, and although his style has evolved a bit since then, he still maintains all of that goodness.  On Lemon Cycle, Color Plus integrates ideas from multiple different electronic genres, including house, footwork, and juke, into his music and it works perfectly.  ”Beech” opens in normal Color Plus fashion with spacey guitar chords before seamlessly working in a footwork drum sample, while “Pulp” perfectly explores house stylings without going overboard.  Stream “Beech” below, and then the whole EP after the jump.

-TC

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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: Ricky Eat Acid – In my dreams we’re almost touching

This year, every day more and more producers are experimenting with house-influenced styles, and to be honest, when I heard the four-on-the-floor kicks at the beginning of this new Ricky Eat Acid track, I was a little disappointed (especially considering I’ve been getting really into his more ambient work as heroin party lately).  Fortunately, by the end of the track I was completely won over.  ”In my dreams we’re almost touching” has all of the high energy of house music, without compromising the textures and repurposed noises that make Ricky Eat Acid’s music unique and awesome.  As I’ve been saying for a while, Sam Ray is the type of incredibly talented artist who deserves recognition, and with his band Julia Brown recently getting noticed by Pitchfork, as well as upcoming releases from both Ricky Eat Acid and Julia Brown, it looks like Ray is poised to have an awesome year, so be on the lookout.

-TC

EP: C.Z. – bathtub

Over the past year C.Z. (of M|O|D)’s sound has gone in a number of different directions.  He started buzzing with a sound that could be pretty easily classified as trap with songs like “Doin’ What I Do” and over the past few months has moved towards a heavy UK Garage influence with songs like “wana do”.  Now, with bathtub, C.Z, is releasing his first solo EP in a while and is finding a way to make all of these sounds work together.  On this EP he weaves influences from a huge number of genres of electronic music together into a cohesive project, maintaining a consistent well-produced but quirky sound throughout.  This is a weird time for a lot of artists who have been labeled as “trap” in the past despite creating lots of different types of music, but it looks like C.Z. is doing a really good job of keeping things interesting.  Stream my favorite track from the EP below and the whole thing after the jump.

-TC

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The Melt Compilation Vol. 1

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.

-TC

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