Over the past several years, London-resident Rob McAndrews has proven that he can make strikingly beautiful vocalist/beat hybrids that have more in common with a producer like Shlohmo than sometimes collaborator and fellow Londoner James Blake. While these lofty vocal tracks are what have generally caught the public’s eye, Airhead began producing low-end heavy club music for RAMP sub-label Brainmath years ago and stil trends in that direction every-so-often as can be seen on tracks like “Pyramid Lake”. On June 11, Airhead will release his debut LP, For Years, on R&S, an album that will encompass both new and old work. “Autumn” is our first new taste of the album and definitely falls in the former camp of lofty vocal driven tracks. Like “Wait” before it, the bread and butter of “Autumn is a simple, yet earworm-worthy guitar loop and some brilliant vocals from a yet unknown vocalist. Stream “Autumn” below and look out for the album in June.
The concept of rave revivalism has a ton of negative connotations, mostly due to lowest common denominator American festival fuckery. Manchester resident Lone’s past two albums distinctly aim at early 90’s rave music, but don’t expect to find any butt chuggers bumping Galaxy Garden any time soon. Take his latest remix of Egyptian Hip Hop’s phonky “Yoro Diallo” for example. Lone keeps the tempo low, but still manages to induce mass euphoria by utilizing sweeping synth pads and the original’s beatific harmonies. Lone’s skittering percussion annunciates the early rave tropes allowing “Yoro Diallo” to tumble into a nostalgia filled plane. Stream below and look out for an official release via R&S Records.