With two EPs already in the bag this year, Brooklyn-resident Seafloor is gearing up for his most high profile release yet, the year closing Drift EP on Montreal-based imprint Infinite Machine. Utilizing skills as a producer, vocalist and drummer, Seafloor has crafted a group of jungle-inflected 160 tunes that bounce and swim through a haze of recognizable samples, and sawtooth synth riffs. And like some of the best jungle/footwork crossover material, Drift maintains a certain elegance, balancing the extremist sentiments of the junglists and the jello aesthetic of footwork with aplomb. While certain tracks reach a level of linearity where they would not be out of place on a festival stage, Seafloor’s sonic approach doesn’t allow the EP to fall into a monochromatic trap. Drift is set for a December 1 release, but for now you can stream snippets from the effort below and download “It Continues”, an EP outtake that has been gifted to us by the good folks at Infinite Machine.
While inconsistent at times, New York-based party collective/label Astro Nautico’s annual 4/20 Atlantics compilation is easily one of our most anticipated releases every year and always includes a few up-and-comers that are sure to make big moves in the coming eight months. Last years’s volume included tracks from current heavy hitters like Morri$ (Night Slugs), Baauer (LuckyMe) and Djemba Djemba (Mad Decent) as well as a bevy of under appreciated producers along the lines of Pixelord, Time Wharp and Abel. Volume 3 features some Astral Plane favorites including Big Voyage, Druid Cloak and up-and-coming live act Archie Pelago. At 32 tracks, there are some duds of course, but the majority of the tape is truly quality and features some real gems (Seafloor’s “Your Symphony”). Furthermore, it’s free. That’s right, 32 free tracks from your favorite producers. For free. Enjoy.