Though Barrett Richards has been releasing forward-thinking music under the moniker of Kastle for over three years now, Tuesday marked the release of his self-titled debut album Kastle – a 15-track odyssey of warping, vocal-driven bass music. With countless tempos represented, Kastle oscillates between slower 2-step jams and more upbeat, garage-centric productions. The culmination is an awe-inspiring first album playing off the sonic signatures of the past with a futuristic vision in mind.
Though he made a name for himself with creative dubstep remixes of popular songs, in the past few months, Butch Clancy has invested his energies almost exclusively in the flourishing, hip-hop-inspired genre of trap. For the past nine weeks or so, Clancy has gifted a plethora of free originals as part of his Trap Tuesdays series. Concluding the series, Clancy has organized the nine trap singles into a bulky LP entitled A Beautiful Mind. Click past the break to hear our thoughts on the LP and snag the free download from Butch Clancy’s Facebook.
It’s always nice when an artist releases a free track or EP for a download, but it’s really an incredible thing when he or she is willing to give away an entire LP free of charge. Today, UK electronica producer Four Tet (Kieran Hebden), a man who has been making a more abstract form of electronic music for over a decade, uploaded the entirety of his most recent LP, 0181, to Soundcloud — with a free download. This is a grouping of compositions by Hedben from between the years of 1997 and 2001 — that means this is work that began up to two years before his debut release Dialogue in 1999. It’s basically in a mixtape format but, although the tracks do all flow together, it’s still easy to discern one piece from another. As is the case with much of his recent work, he integrates elements of hip hop, breakbeats, techno, grime, and jazz into his productions.
Figure is back with his Monsters Vol. 3 LP just in time for Halloween. Drawing inspiration from some of horror cinema’s most prolific killers and other gruesome-in-general scare tactics, Figure’s latest compilation is a monster-mash of drumstep, dubstep, drum and bass, and whatever else you want to call his unique blend of fast paced drum rolls and wobbly bass. Volume 3 is a cacophony of fifteen hard-hitting tracks, including original mixes and collaborations with the likes of Bare and Tommy Lee, as well as remixes of older tracks from J.Rabbit, Oscillator Z, Alex Sin, Dr. Ozi, and Phrenik. Give each track a listen after the break and head over to Beatport to pick up your copy via DOOM Records.