District – ‘Roy’s Theme/Aftermath/Tempest’ [CHST031]

CHST031

 

Ez.

The Chestplate family continues to maintain it’s position as integral in the dubstep scene.  With Distance’s two-part (Part 1/Part 2) ‘Outer Limits’ EP concluding mid-March, District takes the lead with 031 and puts forth three cerebral productions, each complimenting that signature Chestplate sound.  ‘Roy’s Theme’ is an immediate hook with the contemplative synthery (<— made up word) that guides your ears through a tip of the hat to Bladerunner, and what could easily serve as scoring for the 80’s sci-fi film.  A calm and gradual mood progression prevails through means of minimalist percussion and hypnotizing sub-bass notes, both resting beneath a sea of brooding pads that dish a pensive grasp on open ears.  ‘Aftermath’ follows suit with respect to the deep space vibe – sirens and ray/laser guns drenched with delay and reverb – while adding more percussive energy with the deployment of more pronounced hats and a far more acute and aggressive snare.  District’s masterful ability to warp and twist bass sounds from scratch makes subtle but potent appearances throughout the track.  ‘Tempest’ is my persy off the release.  The most powerful and energetic of the seemingly patterned progression observed in this release, District takes a neuro/techno approach with a clean and fluid bass construction that resembles early acid influences.  Again, the desolate and dissonant synth leads carve a soundscape that evoke vivid imagery of fictional battlefronts and despondent victories.

CHESTPLATE || DISTRICT || BUY LINK

RELEASE DATE:  14TH APRIL 2014

 

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One last thing to mention that I know will brighten some of your days up – as it did mine when I heard the news.  Many of you were disheartened to hear that Chestplate was discontinuing the cutting of vinyl for their releases.  Rest easy, as I have solid word that this is no longer true and while being more selective, the release of Chestplate sound on our cherished (for some of us) medium will continue.  Be on the look for the CHST032 from Los Angeles based producer, Mesck, signaling the first signing of a US artist to Chestplate and Mesck’s first release that will see a vinyl.

I’ll catch you next time.  One love.

– Kinman

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Promise One – ‘See We Roll’ EP [EARZ004]

Open Earz Promise One

 

1. Promise One feat. Sparkz – See We Roll
2. Promise One & Geode – Chroma
3. DIGI – Promise One – Ghost Note

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Ez everyone.  After a hefty hiatus, Syte has resurfaced his Open Earz imprint with one of the underground’s most talented rising figures, Promise One.  Marking Nick’s third release since his 2011 debut, there is a distinct evolution apparent throughout his sound design – a sense of cohesiveness and clarity that signals the dawn of strong legacy.  The triple track release puts forth two to physical and three to digital, pleasing both sides of the dichotomous format landscape.  Joining forces with Mancunian vocalist, Sparkz, a member of the Voodoo Black trio who can also be spotted running the mic for The Mouse Outfit, ‘See We Roll’ is a dancefloor gem with its vacillating bass variations and entangled percussion being attentively navigated with cunning dialect.  The flip comes with an entirely different flavor as Promise One shares the buttons with Geode, who has been redefining boundaries of his own under the roof of his collective effort imprint, Chord Marauders.  ‘Chroma’ taps into a more soulful and melodic archive with pitched down vocal cuts and synthetic key progressions complemented with shuffling hat rides and lush, spacious pads that give the mix an enduring warmth.  The digital exclusive, ‘Ghost Note’, comes strong with a dreadnaught dissonance vibe.  Phase-drenched synths syncopate across the soundfield with panning and delay as their main mechanisms of movement.  The anomalous atmospheres and guttural sub-pressure compliment the cyborg apocalypse quite nicely, might I add.

PROMISE ONE || GEODE || SPARKZ || OPEN EARZ

Release Date:  14th April (Vinyl) // 21st April (Digital) 2014

PRE-ORDER

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I’ll catch you next time.  Peace and one love.

– Kinman

Compa – ‘Sonic Textures’ Volume 2

Compa Sonic Textures

“After months of selecting tracks & many hours of recording & mixing i finally finished my second Sonic Textures mix, Vol. 2

The mix is a deep, forward-thinking, emotive & though-provoking seventy minute audio collage built using a selection of dark, cinematic, ambient & soundscape textures to take the mind & soul on a conscious journey. Zone out, sit back, relax, enjoy…”

COMPA || FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER

 

Tracklist:
1. Irrelevant – Exits (Kokeshi)
2. Compa – Space & Time (Unreleased)
3. Prism – Surfacing Shadows (Unreleased)
4. Unknown – Trouble Sleeping (Unknown Remix)
5. Irrelevant – Reintroduction (Kokeshi)
6. Compa – Hoods (Unreleased)
7. ASC – I Share My Secrets With You (Silent Season)
8. Hans Zimmer – Old Souls (Water Tower Music)
9. Atsubox – White Ermine (Unreleased)
10. Compa – Through & Through (Unreleased)
11. Disco-Nekt – Planned Obsolesce (Unreleased)
12. Compa – Adelaide (Unreleased)
13. Soaka – Fume (Unreleased)
14. Unknown – Untitled (Unreleased)
15. MiN – Final Grief (Edit) (Unreleased)
16. Mark Pritchard & David Brinkworth – Sentience (Innervisions)
17. Compa – Kalindi (Kokeshi)
18. Synth Sense – Symbol # 9.2 (Auxiliary)
19. Gambowl – Grimm (Unreleased)
20. Prism – Crown Of Light (Unreleased)
21. ASC – Fulcrum (Auxiliary)
22. ASC & Sam KDC – Vapour Lock (Auxiliary)
23. Phaeo – Rememberance (Unreleased)
24. Irrelevant – No One Else (Kokeshi)
25. Kryptic Minds – Something To Nothing (Swamp 81)

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Moonshine Recordings – ‘Steppin’ Forward’ LP [VA]

MSLP002 digital cover

As the Moonshine back catalog continues to grow in both size and undeniable quality, the imprint has launched one of the finest campaigns to date with the ‘Steppin’ Forward’ VA LP.  The anticipation of this release has been surging through the underground community, listeners and bloggers alike.  Having been fortunate enough to receive an early copy, I don’t think there has been a day in the past three weeks that I haven’t played at least half of the album.  During my long commutes home from university, sitting in the standard Los Angeles traffic, this album has played an integral role in me not wanting to roundhouse-kick nearly everybody on the highway while simultaneously throwing hand grenades during my acrobatics.  For that, I thank Moonshine and every artist featured deeply.  ‘Steppin’ Forward’ brings a plethora of new – to Moonshine – talent (Compa, OSC, Numa Crew, Adam Prescott, and Dubsworth, among others)  under the label’s umbrella, which is likely an indication of what us listeners can expect to see in the coming year as far as releases.  I’ve mentioned a couple of my favorite tracks below, but make sure you bag this LP, whether you’re a vinyl or digital head, because each track is top-shelf business.

My absolute favorite off this release is Numa Crew’s ‘Knowledge’.  The swinging halfstep percussion provides perfect avenue for the syncopated collection of delayed vocals and horns to drift in and out of the mix.  The LFO pressure on the sub is immense and injects a lasting amount of energy into the listener with its single bar presence.  Compa’s ‘One Lion’ is another one of my favorites.  It’s spacious aesthetic and rolling bongo hits invoke a seamless listening experience, while the vocal processing adds an element of introspect that always gets my mind moving in the right direction.  The last I’ll mention is Hatti Vatti ft. Cian Finn – ‘Education’.  This one will prove to be a prolific anthem simply due to the profound message of Cian Finn’s vocals.  Everybody, including myself, would be wise to remember these words when in times of defeat or struggle.

Make sure to listen below, as Moonshine has put up clips of the entire album to preview.  I’ve also included links to pre-order (vinyl) or keep your eye on for the release date – March 24th.

MOONSHINE RECORDINGS | PRE-ORDER VINYL | JUNO

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That’s it for today, I’ll catch you soon, fam’.  One love.

– Kinman

Atish – ‘Electronic Groove’ March 2014

Atish

Atish Mehta, a man who has been a favorite performer of mine for the last couple of years – basically, since the first time I heard him mix!, has been selected for the March Electronic Groove podcast and responded with a seamless journey through melodic progression.  One of the (seemingly) few DJ’s to maintain success without putting out releases, his sets are always PACKED with energy – in terms of both music and stage presence – and perfectly suited for the vibe of his given crowd.  I would go as far as saying that it’s impossible to have anything but fun when watching him spin.  His smile grabs you and his blends move you.  Listen below for yourself!  And, if you’re lucky enough to be hitting Miami for WMC, I would do anything in your power to catch one of his sets (dates in Soundcloud description)!

“For the 3rd year running, here’s a mix I did for my friends down at Electronic Groove. Similar to my 2013 effort, this mix takes you from melodic point A to B with heavy hints of prog. Hope you like it!”

FACEBOOK | SOUNDCLOUD | TWITTER

Tracklist:
Timelapse – Heart Rate [Liebe Detail, 2014]
Michael Mclardy – You Feel [Highway 420, 2013]
Soul Camp – Baby Don’t Go (Ellroy Interpretation) [Something Different, 2013]
Henry Saiz – I Can Feel It Coming [Last Night On Earth, 2014]
Mr Morek – 418 (Gabriel Ananda Remix) [Highway 420, 2013]
Dahu – Psicodelica [Steyoyoke, 2013]
Krieger, Erasmus – Monday Mood (Soukie & Windish Remix) [URS, 2013]
Joachim Pastor – Born and Left (Zusammenklang Remix) [Parquet Recordings, 2013]
Alex Q – Sternwarte [Ostwind Records, 2011]
Djordje aka Satori – Art Is In You [Clarisse Records, 2011]
Goodspeed – Astronaut Voices (Oliver Schories Remix) [Astronaut Music, 2011]
Joshua Jesse, Midas 104 – Changes (feat. Ricarda) (Time Engelhardt Remix) [Dantze, 2013]

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Thanks for stopping through!  I’ll catch you soon.  One love.

– Kinman