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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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I’m super psyched that Bayatas has started releasing more again.  Although his recordings as the ultra lo-fi and yelpy Tree Hopping are past him, Bayatas is a more fully formed and polished project with some very strong singles already under his belt.  The biggest improvement from Tree Hopping to Bayatas is easily the singing.  While I had no problem with his unhinged and unrestrained sing-yelling before, it’s hard to deny the much more easy on the ears approach he is now putting over his always lushly tropical guitar work.  ‘aa’ demonstrates all the improvements and more with some additional atmospherics thrown into the mix.

-PK

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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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Excluding a few leaks and remixes, it has been just about a year since Gold Panda has dropped any new material.  Today, Gold Panda has finally returned with a new single ‘Mountain / Financial District’ which shows that the wait was worth it.  The oriental influences on stand-out ‘Mountain’ aren’t exactly hard to find.  The same eastern flavor that tinged his releases like Lucky Shiner are out in full force with less emphasis on the glitch and beat sides of his music.  Of course, this is still Gold Panda so plenty of glitch breaks up what would be a straight ambient soundscape.  The production on this track is probably the most noticeably change in Gold Panda’s sound.  The mesh of instrumentation sounds great on this release.  The mp3’s can be grabbed here and stream ‘Mountain’ below…

-PK

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There are many reasons why the two brothers of Disclosure are quickly becoming some of the biggest faces of UK producers right now and they all basically boil down to the fact that they are both really good at their craft.  Sampling is everywhere these days and Disclosure are an edge above the rest, something that is shown off quite well in their new track ‘What’s In Your Head’.  They incorporate their samples seamlessly and organically into their tracks, which is something we expect from anyone using samples, however, Disclosure manage to wow me consistently.  Like the other masters of bass music, Disclosure make incredibly complex tracks that I can’t even begin to imagine what the song creation process was like.  ‘What’s In Your Head’ demonstrates this perfectly.

-PK

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I honestly can’t remember the last indie-rock group that has been as consistently awesome as White Arrows without uses layers of reverb and other “nostalgic effects”.  Tracks like their latest, ‘Roll Forever’, remind me of how I felt when listening to Phoenix a few years back.  Their sound isn’t all that unique or different, but they have a knack for making their music really memorable.  ‘Roll Forever’ shows off a lot of ambition and production quality for the group.  The instrumentation is diverse and I think I even hear a horn during one of the bridge sections.  I’m not call them “saviors” quite yet, but they are bringing back a sound that I haven’t enjoyed for a while.

-PK

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When I first listened to Four Tet’s latest jam ‘Jupiter’ it became clear why Four Tet is king of ambient beats and soundscapes.  While there are plenty of artists emulating music like this, Four Tet is able to make his music captivating, gorgeous and cathartic.  I would usually scoff at myself for using a word like cathartic to describe music but ‘Jupiter’ deserves words as big as its name.  ‘Jupiter’ is the kind of song that drops every once in a while that forces all bloggers to consult their thesauruses to come up with grand and bold words to try and convey how sweet the song is.  It’s simply pretty darn awesome.

-PK

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