Jazz-infused 140 bpm system music has been monopolizing our attention for some time now. Philadelphia-based producer/DJ backpack is obsessed with the music, too, and for the 28th installment of Rusted Rhythms he’s strung together a one-hour mix full of this emerging left field sound.
More so than in past iterations of his music, pheel’s contribution to Rusted Rhythms finds him playing with and leveraging the force of sub-bass. It’s a subtle force, as these things usually are with pheel. It’s in the nuance, the detail, and even at times in the silence that this producer truly speaks. This mix consists of all original music, runs for approximately one hour, and builds ever so gradually from beginning to end.
The beginning of the new year typically brings a wide swath of musical releases from artists looking to offload last year's final creative products, and Kercha is not about to miss out on this high-octane release season; His latest EP, A Very Strange Man, delivers his sonic vision with an acuity that is a testament to his meticulous production process.
Bringing a weighty vibe and a bright musical disposition out Kiev, Ukraine, NometronN steals the spotlight for this edition of Lo-Fi Sundays. Replete with all the dust, shimmer, and smokey veneer of archetypal boom-bap, NometronN strikes a careful balance between composition and arrangement.
The Erothyme project is more than just a dance music act, it's a whole universe of glitches, angelic voices, tightly layered samples, and worshipful reverence to the beauty of existence. The latest endeavor, Along the Arc, is further from a concept album than we've seen Erothyme release in LP format, perhaps ever. Not simply a collection of his most banger-ific material, the use of simple things like a descending twinkling arpeggios or a clarifying breath unifies tracks from one to the other, and create a reflection of one another across the album.
2019 has barely started, and of course Slug Wife is a step ahead of the game; sauntering freshly out of the labs and directly into your ears, Seppa has cooked up an especially juicy wagyu of a single with the track “I Take It Back”. Ever the fan of slapstick hip-hop rhythms and razor-edged waveforms, the slug overlord continues reshape production paradigms to suit his needs and absolutely shred your speaker cones.
KLIM aka KLIM Beats has a knack for sampling soul music. He’ll peel off a precious woodwind or brass arrangement from some long forgotten 45 and use it as the foundation for a bright new beat. With finely-tuned production and chops that stand out from the pack, and a recurring 1970s feel from the sampled material, KLIM beats are like a soundtrack for a trip back to the future.
One of the Bay Area's finest homegrown bass music producers, Secret Recipe, comes correct with a new four-track release titled, appropriately, The Future is Never Here. His means of conceptualizing songs, though, does indeed. Writing bass music under few compositional constraints; that's the innovation of The Future is Never Here.