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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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KEEL HER is an artist I’ve been following for a little while now not exactly sure what I to think about the artist.  Rose Keeler-Schäffeler’s solo project as KEEL HER is probably the closest any artist has come to being the rock equivalent of Lil’ B.  Their compositions aren’t anything alike and Rose doesn’t sing repeated one-liners about swag or getting boys, however, through her soundcloud and bandcamp, Rose has built up an incredible library of tunes.  KEEL HER plays lazy, sloppy and lo-fi as hell bedroom pop that range from subjects of being bored, weed and general chilling.  It’s the kind of creative output that would make a lot of people skeptical but after her putting out so many good jams it has become very difficult to deny.  So I’m going to just invite you all to join me on the KEEL HER band wagon.

KEEL HER- LA:

KEEL HER- Chill Yourself:

-PK

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As a producer, Anthony Ellect is proving incapable of doing any wrong.  Even though it is still very early in his career, Anthony Ellect has managed to build up a strong collection of tracks that surpass the average soundclouder.  For his latest jam, Anthony teamed up with UK producer Capeface for the collaboration ‘Note’.  LA and the UK have some of the best scenes and talents for producers so it’s cool to see artists from both areas reaching out to each other.  Unsurprisingly, ‘Note’ does not fail to blow me away.  Although it is impossible to distinguish each individual contribution stylistically with this track, ‘Note’ is a bass-heavy, soulful, glitchy mess that is hard to stop listening to.

-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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Usually it’s ok to judge what sort of song to expect from the beginning of the track.  Black Manilla’s ‘England’ starts off with some bright guitar chords and sunny vocals, all signs pointing towards a nice, fast, potentially forgettable indie rock track.  One glance at the track length, which I’m sure everyone does before they’ll press play anyway, puts that assumption to rest.  ‘England’ is an 8-minute epic that bounces between plenty of rock sounds but mainly stays routed in punk and classic styles.  Black Manilla are able to put some bite into their tracks that would put most lo-fi groups to shame.  The instrumentalists flex some great soloing during the middle of the track where the guitarist finds all sorts of ways to bend his strings.  Sure, as a blogger I’m never against short tracks that are easy to type about it in a clean 4 sentences, but it’s nice to have big tracks like ‘England’ every once and a while.

-PK

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If you watched Danny Brown on Pitchfork’s “Selector” you may know of Danny’s appreciation for the UK’s gritty Grime hip-hop scene and his interest to work with Darq E Freaker.  Now, that collaboration has actually materialized, and it is as gritty and grimey as anyone could have imagined.  Darq E Freaker provides a woozily aggressive beat and Danny matches it pretty well with a couple of pretty simple verses dealing exclusively with the subject of drug abuse and a hook that gets pretty straight to the point.  Danny clearly has strong ambitions of expanding the horizons of the U.S. rap culture, and if songs like this and “Piss Test” with Juicy J and A Trak get enough attention, that goal could easily be achieved.

-TC

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Of all the amazing lo-fi bands sprouting up in the UK right now, Splashh may just be my favorite.  If their track ‘Headspins’ didn’t already convince you, ‘All I Wanna Do’ is another sun-soaked slice of lo-fi punk with plenty of pop thrown in that should convert anyone to the Splashh fan club.  Regardless of what you think of the video (with the band do their best Strokes impression), Splashh writes great jams that send fuzzy sonic waves to our musical pleasure sensors.  Just try to resist not humming along with the chorus.

-PK

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