With the release of their new sophomore EP Thundercolor, Coyote Kisses have proven to be one of the more creative production duos around. Having won both the Mad Decent remix contest for “Titan” as well as the popular vote in the Beatport remix competition for Seven Lions’ ”Days to Come,“ their appeal is quite evident. The new EP consists of four originals of varying genre and tempo, all pervaded by live instrumentation and a friendly, noninvasive overtone. Rather than try to mold their sound to well-established stereotypes, Coyote Kisses have crafted their own brand of intriguing, instrumental bass music. Click past the break to stream the entire EP.
Since undertaking their colossal Knife Party side project, Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire have outdone nearly every other producer in the business with their massive, riot-inducing productions. From 100% No Modern Talking to Rage Valley, each four track EP they’ve put out has been nothing short of momentous. After months of anticipation and countless delays, their third EP has finally been released. Click past the break for a track by track review.
Germany’s Jewelz & Scott Sparks return to the release front with a two-track EP containing their newest singles “Hot Rod” and “White Sun.” While the duo have manifested a reputation for devastating, minimally-driven drops, their last release, “NYMSN,” was a progressive house output with a much friendlier disposition. Catering to their strengths, however, Jewelz & Scott Sparks once again evoke the biting minimal flair that previously put them in the spotlight. Though certainly less vicious than the force of “Toxic Rush,” both “Hot Rod” and “White Sun” channel a familiar, simplified charisma. While the former boasts a distinctive highway-outlaw riff, the latter takes a more melodic and layered approach. Check out both tracks past the break, released today on Flaming Records.
Minnesota has honed his niche in the bass music world with his smooth, cosmically-flavored dubstep. His last offering, the psychedelic, multi-genre Altered States EP, was met with a unanimously positive response by the blogosphere. Yesterday, the Santa Cruz-based producer debuted Equinox, the first installation in his Eternal Frequencies series: a four-part release project with an EP for each season.
Equinox is comprised of “Bloom” and “Stardust Redux.” The former is a sedative dubstep original with a dreamlike ambience, while the latter, “Stardust Redux,” picks up the tempo to drumstep for an equally ethereal experience. Make no mistake, this is some of Minnesota’s best work yet. In accordance with his previous releases, you can download the Equinox EP for free from Minnesota’s SoundCloud.
Dutch tech house outfit Redondo seem to have multi-tasking down to an art form. In addition to running one of the groovier underground tech house labels Witty Tunes, the duo’s recent collaborative Tattoo Girl EP with Ferreck Dawn shot up the genre’s Beatport charts, with its title track peaking at #9.
Their latest EP offering on Younan Music builds on that momentum with three tightly coiled tech house tunes aimed at moving primetime dance-floors. Title track “The Flow Must Go On” sets the tone with its prominent groove and patiently introduces elements through winding breakdowns and smooth builds. ”Walk the Talk” is a no-nonsense, bass-driven bumper with a hint of tribal flavor in its prominent percussion. Redondo closes out the EP in a decidedly classy fashion; layering an understated humming lead beneath crisp snares and throbbing pads. Quality tech house tracks strike a delicate balance between repetition and variation, a mature middle ground that Redondo can clearly call home.
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French electronic mainstay Alan Braxe is no stranger to melodic success. After emerging as one of the architects of Stardust’s seminal 1998 hit “Music Sounds Better With You” alongside Daft Punk‘s Thomas Bangalter, Braxe hit the remix circuit hard in the following decade, lending his emotive touch to tracks by artists as varied as Björk and Britney Spears. After a handful of releases on his own eclectic Vulture Music label over the past couple years, the versatile veteran has returned with a dreamy synth-pop EP that is a clear reminder of the full range of his production prowess.
On standout track “One More Chance,” the Spimes’ deliciously off-kilter vocals flit above a ponderous beat and distant ambient swells. “Time Machine” finds Braxe collaborating with the Spimes once more. The producer layers throwback synth progressions and organic drum rhythms behind an abstract yet strangely soothing vocal line before veering off into percolating arpeggiators in advance of the final chorus. The pleasant plodding of “Voices” yields to the stuttered synth flourishes of the ethereal closer “Daydreaming” to cap off a fitting return to form. Moments in Time is a lush analog listening experience in which yesterday’s sounds take on oddly refreshing tones within intricately restrained arrangements. Music simply does sound better with Alan Braxe, so don’t miss the free download of his EP and its seven associated remixes at Scion AV.
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Kill Paris has made remarkable progress in the last year. It was just ten months ago that he delivered promising tracks like “Do You Need Someone” and “I Do Love You” to a growing fan base. It was four months ago that he revamped his production with “Baby Come Back” and “Tender Love.” He then made an appearance alongside Dillon Francis on a remix of Monsta, before accompanying Skrillex’s burgeoning imprint on the OWSLA Tour. Today marks his biggest accomplishment yet, as Corey Baker makes his official OWSLA debut with To a New Earth, a nine-track EP consisting of three originals and six remixes from the likes of Griz, K Theory, Candyland, Robert Delong, and Gramatik.
After treating us last week to Griz’s remix of “Slap,” OWSLA has unveiled another remix to Kill Paris’s forthcoming To a New Earth EP. Slovenia’s Gramatik has taken on To a New Earth‘s lead single, and it’s everything you would expect from a combination of his groovy glitch hop stylings with Kill Paris’s soulful bass. Gramatik layers on riff after riff of clean guitar lines, supplementing what we can only assume to be Kill Paris’s jazzy melodies and punchy kicks. The result is an intriguing mix of jam band, glitch hop, and dubstep, coming together seamlessly in an amalgam of blissful bass music. Stay tuned for the full release of To a New Earth on February 26th.Posted by
It’s been a while since we’ve heard some original house music from Felix Da Housecat. The industry legend has been relatively quite over the past couple of years, but tells us that’s all about to change. Previewing his new Sinner Winner EP, Felix has dropped teasers for upcoming tracks “Sinner Winner” and “Give Me Body.” The first is a swanky house production with the kind of rhythmic charm only Felix Da Housecat can provide. The second is a bustling disco house track with an uncanny vintage aura. Accompanying the March 18th release of the two tracks will be a remix of “Sinner Winner” from seasoned house artist Green Velvet. Also, be on the lookout for an album from Felix sometime this year.Posted by
With its riveting guitar riffs, charged narrative, and fierce dubstep drop, “Cowboy” was easily one of the most charismatic tracks off Zeds Dead’s Living Dead EP. While Butch Clancy won the Beatport Play remix contest, Zeds Dead have released the official Cowboy Remixes EP on Ultra Records. Yesterday we brought you Congorock’s electro house rendition, but today you can scope the entire EP, which, in addition to Congorock’s work, boasts remixes from UZ, Torro Torro, and DC Breaks. Click past the break to hear all three.