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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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Ace Mo is the latest member of the experimental Makoshine collective to have his turn in the spot-light with his new EP A Dream’s Depth.  The release lives up to it’s name, acting as a sonic cloud pillow, of the memory foam variety, to rest my tired blogger ears.  The washed out sounds and soft textures coming through on this release sound somewhere in between the Final Fantasy 7 soundtrack and what I would expect the Final Fantasy 7 soundtrack to sound like when I’m dreaming.  That is to say, Ace Mo explores the dreamier and loftier side of electronic music while still rooting the tracks down so that they don’t fade into ambient obscurity.

-PK

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I don’t know if you read the novel Ender’s Game when you were a kid, but I sure as hell did, which is why I had to listen to this when I saw it.  Luckily M|O|D member Trap Arnold made a track that is just as awesome as the book was.  With “EndersGame” Trap Arnold has done a great job of maintaining his distinct Future Trap style with rolling high hats etc. without drawing too much attention away from the song’s beautifully spacious chords and delicate melodies.  If I were ever to be floating in space, controlling a giant army with my brain, I would want this song to be playing in the background.

-TC

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Teengirl Fantasy are a group that made it big right before the huge influx of producers we currently have flooding the blogosphere.  However, since making it big in 2010 they’ve remained relatively quiet allowing smaller producers to start to take the spotlight.  ‘Motif’ shows the group returning strong with a shiny new sound that takes influences from all over the electronic-music spectrum.  Over the course of the track’s 7 minutes, the group manages to twist and shift the same basic song idea into all sorts of psychedelic shapes.  The ‘Motif’ single will be dropping later in June off R & S to build up hype for an album they will be dropping later this year.

-PK

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This is the kind of track that soundtracks a hipster’s dream.  A collaboration with Joey Pecararo, ‘BreathingAirWearingLace’ was my first introduction to the intimate, atmospheric brand of pop music coming from vocalist Bijou Winters.  Her breathy, pseudo-mumbling vocal delivery may not be for everyone but I couldn’t stop from being sucked in to the sultry world that Bijou Winters crafts with her songs.  While it’s not easy to discern the individual words Bijou is delivering, it feels like she’s whispering something secret and personal right into my ear.

-PK

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When Jamie Foxx was making the pre-YOLO blackout anthem “Blame It”, I doubt he was intending it to have anything close to a personal, introverted vibe.  Fortunately, we have Groundislava to change it into that for us.  By pitching down the vocals a little bit, and creating a new understated back drop with simple production and beautiful melodies, Groundislava has turned every drunk girl of 2009’s favorite song into a beautifully dark and solemn ode.  If you haven’t yet wised up to Groundislava or WEDIDIT Collective (which includes Groundislava, Earnest Blount, Shlohmo, RL Grime, and Jonwayne among others) you are missing out on some of the best electronic music you will find in 2012.

-TC

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Avalon Emerson’s new jam ‘Church of SoMa’ is probably the least blogger friendly song I have ever attempted to write about.  Bouncing around between influences from tribal music to micro-house, Avalon Emerson is making tunes that force us bloggers to do more than stick an easy two word genre tag on it.  Avalon Emerson tries to help us out too.  Labeling herself as “coke-house”, “tard-wave”, “post-trill troll-gaze” and “Ed Hardy micropenis-step”, she is basically taunting our eternal quest to label every buzz artist.  Whatever she is doing is working and even has me pulling out a few of my zumba shoulder pops.  Just enjoy the music, it’s good.

-PK

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