Karmelloz is no stranger to self-releasing music, having released a host of singles, edits and one-offs through is own channels over the past few years, and while official releases for the likes of 1080p and Purr Tapes have bolstered his name among certain crowds, his DIY credentials are as strong as anyones. So when a label he was working with dawdled on getting his next release out, the Portland-based artist decided to take it into his own hands and the result is Returning / Series. Functioning as an a/b single with remixes from Los Angeles’ D/P/I and Vancouver’s Matt Tecson, Karmelloz shows off a more subdued side to his production oeuvre, full of analgesic melodies, dusty drum programming and a good deal of strange vocal ephemera.
As the song titles suggest, the a and b sides have a strong dichotomy as “Returning a Different Person” gives off a hopeful, sunny disposition while “Series of Seizures” is all anxiety, an acid-tinged paranoiac number with an inside the machine feel. D/P/I and Tecson’s remixes offer wildly different takes on the originals as well, the former a shapeshifting effort that transforms from a mysterious drone into an off-kilter IDM burnout and the latter a beefed-up four-to-the-floor number emphasizing the track’s retrofuturist synth work and adding adding a nice dash of polyrhythm to the mix. The two originals from Returing / Series can be streamed below and the release can be bought here or after the jump.
Coming off the back of a second Boiler Room appearance, this one facilitated by Teki Latex, London’s Nervous Horizon crew is riding high, seemingly popping up on hotly tipped label’s release schedules and remix packages everywhere while continuing to settle in on their own crew/label-specific sound that’s becoming increasingly unmissable with every new release. Meanwhile, the Infinite Machine outfit has continued its upward swing in 2016, releasing an exciting debut from the Tropical Waste representing Iydes and a startling, drop-heavy EP from WWWINGS. The Montreal/Mexico City-based label’s next release comes from Los Angeles-based Alfred English, a graphic designer and producer who has plied his trade in the slick web-centric art and the artificial strains of metallic club music over the past few years.
Taking on English’s “Piston” from the EP of the same name, Nervous Horizon members Tsvi & Luru, who are quickly becoming a formidable duo, have flipped the relatively straightforward original into a towering effort that alternates between breakneck four-on-the-floor sections and brass-y, larger-than-life interludes. With its laser and pulse sounds, pumping sheet metal percussion and Godzilla’s arriving horn work, the London-based producer’s take on the original borrows from a number of recognizable tropes from the past few years, but by virtue of compiling them in such a complex, enveloping manner the two succeed in making the track well more than the sum of its parts. Piston, which also features remixes from Patrick Brian, WWWINGS and ETEVLEH is out on April 29 via Infinite Machine.
Over the past few years, Kid Smpl has asserted himself at the emotive fringe of contemporary club music with two EP releases on Symbols functioning as individual mission statements. Now, the Precinct and Response/Ascend EPs are getting the remix treatment with Utah?, Eaves, y y y and Astral Plane Recordings releasee SHALT providing revamped versions of Smpl’s originals tracks. We’ve got SHALT’s take on Precinct highlight “Barrier” on premiere today, a larger-than-life effort that shows off the Lausanne-based artist’s penchant for grittily beatific synth work and crunchy, overdriven drums. It’s exactly the sort of hi-tech physicality we’ve come to expect from both SHALT and Kid Smpl, two artists who are leading a trend towards more abstract, non-linear club forms and don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Stream SHALT’s remix below and hit the jump to preview snippets of the full remix volume, which is out March 25.
Berlin-based duo Evvol entered our consciousness last Summer with their debut Eternalism LP, offering a refreshingly subtle take on dancefloor-focused pop that hardly fits into the “darkwave” label often ascribed to them. A little under a year later and the album has received a collection of remixes including a twisted effort from Ziúr, one of our absolute favorite Berlin producers who has a load of head-turning music that’s slated to come out over the next year or so. An appearance on the Tropical Waste NTS Show and tracks like “Lips” and “Collar Bone” (featured in February’s For Club Use Only) have begun to drawn attention to Ziúr’s outsized cyborg-ian productions, tracks that seem to balance on a knife’s blade between a host of sounds, balancing the tension inherent in dubstep with a more manic resemblance to hardcore. As far as the Evvol remix goes, Ziúr took on “Four Steps From Home”, potentially the most dance-ready track of the album, and transformed it into a growling, heaving monster, the original’s chorus pitched down into a ritualistic yawn and eventually almost entirely abandoned in favor a collection of creaking metallic noise and echoing blips that almost seems to harmonize in the copious amounts of empty space in the production. Ziúr doesn’t have an official release out yet, but the Berliner already has a sound that’s all her own and is only set to expand and mutate into exciting new spaces as her career progresses. Artwork for the remix was done by Stefan Faehler.
The first release on Korma‘s freshly ordained Heat Records, the Thast Xssory Remixes features a host of versions of buzzing Florida rapper Thast, from Xssory, Ultramiedo, Wristboi and Korma himself. The subject of many an unofficial remix, Thast’s sparse production and fierce, chant-heavy flow is well-primed for reworks and the collection of producers offer a wide range of takes, from Ultramiedo’s metallic, electro reworking to Wristboi’s spastic, start-stop edition. We’ve got Korma’s edition of “Fuck U” on premiere today, an upbeat, 808-heavy production that puts Thast’s exuberant anti-hater chorus at the fore. HEAT001 is out January 19. Previews after the jump.
If you’ve been following our Heterotopia and Heterotopia Remixes series, you’ll have known that we planned on releasing a third volume of remixes featuring a host of our favorite artists, both from the original release and from other spheres. For various reasons, that volume didn’t come together in a timely fashion, but several tracks were made and several others might appear in the future. Imaabs’ clubby take on Arkitect’s “Foucault’s Dream” was one of the tracks that did come into fruition and after a little mastering work, it’s more than ready for public consumption. On top of that, Imaabs just embarked on a huge world tour, hitting dates across South America, North America and Europe. As one of the original Heterotopia artists and a long time friend and ally of the site, it’s a real pleasure to see this tour come together and for his name to spread across the world. Enjoy this free download of Imaabs’ club opus of a remix and be sure to catch him in your city over these next few months.
After the resounding success of Druid Cloak‘s Lore: Book One and Lore: Book Two, the conceptual LP series, released through his own Apothecary Compositions label, is getting a “translated” remix version with a little help from an international group of friends. In line with the original’s theme, Strict Face, Spurz, Throwing Snow and a number of others have put in there hand to rework originals from Lore: Book One, offering up some fantastical takes on standout tracks “Quills”, “The Tusk and “Wraithborne Falls”. We’ve got Strict Face’s contribution on the premiere front today, the Australian producer lacing the original with a helping of sparkling keys and heaping low end. It fits in the Gobstopper/weightless vein (even though it involves percussion), moving at a slow gait without giving up bass weight or a sense of forward propulsion. Lore Translations: Book One is out August 7 on Apothecary and is available for pre-order here.
Conceived of while trapped in a tiny cabin in the heart of Iceland, Australian producer Galtier‘s Atmospheric Reconstructs series is aimed at reconstituting abstract, blizzard-like (inducing?) tracks for the club. Volume one, as well as the concept behind the series which Galtier hopes to continue, was inspired by the work of Hessle Audio artist’s Pearson Sound and Bruce, particularly dire, machinic tunes like the former’s “Gristle” and the latter’s “Trip”. Considering how cacophonous the percussive side of club music has become in recent years, it comes as no surprise that a project like this could come out of fierce weather in a remote location and Galtier’s reworks, while flexed out into slightly more linear club form, retain the pressurized emotion of Pearson Sound and Bruce’s originals. Grab Bruce’s “Trip” from HES027 here and Pearson Sound’s self-titled LP here. And be sure to check out the rest of Galtier’s catalogue including releases on Apothecary Compositions and Files Rec., as well as a number of excellent remixes, bootlegs and compilation tracks.
As Montreal-based label Infinite Machine has expanded its roster over the past few years, its scope has also expanded, each new release offering a unique perspective, all under the umbrella of a singular operation. Their latest release comes from Moscow-based producer Roller Truck and is one of the most bare bones, club-focused EPs the label has released to date, as much in the vein of their partner label Tessier-Ashpool as it is past IM releases. Strictly percussive techno, frozen electro and Club Constructions-esque machinations are the common parlance on Roller Truck Sounds Vol. 1 and like the EP title, the tracks come almost unadorned of bells and whistles. With only a single remix across seven tracks, Vol. 1 gives Roller Truck plenty of room to shine, although Galtier‘s ‘Drum Effort’ is a certain highlight. Stripping down “WIDI” into its kick, snare, hi hat essentials, the Australian producer flexes out a paranoia-filled night over six minutes that are sure to exhaust every limb. Check out previews of the whole EP here.
London duo Wallwork & RZR have burst onto the scene over the past year, garnering attention from the likes of Scratcha DVA and drawing fans to their rough-and-tumble, breaks-heavy style. Releases on Infinite Machine and Nervous Horizons set the pace and a bevy of remix work has seen the duo pop all over the place, most recently on fellow Londoner Otik‘s upcoming Emphasis EP for Infinite Machine sister label Tessier Ashpool. Built on two originals and five smashing remixes, Emphasis features a range of styles, but is built on Otik’s passion for hectic jungle, each of the two originals a heavily referential mass of breaks and miasma. On their remix of “Witness”, Wallwork & RZR slow down the proceedings to a lope, retaining the percussive, spastic thrust of the original while inflecting the whole affair with their own unique production aesthetic. Cloaka, Liar, Majora and Mutual Friend also remix tracks from Emphasis, which is out Monday, May 25. Pre-order Emphasis here.