Enigmatic Austrian Producer Voljum Drops First EP 'Cyberglobe'

The backstory of Austrian producer Voljum is a novel one. He’s a 19-year-old classical pianist who produces electronic music in his spare time, and offers ghost production across several genres of music. He’s released six original tracks to date, and each one demonstrates extraordinarily advanced sound design. Little else is known about the producer beyond this, although perhaps more will come to light following the release of his first EP, Cyberglobe, which is available today through the experimental outlet VALE.

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Maynix - Trumours

After quietly pushing tunes through a series of boutique labels and outlets for three years, the shadowy producer Maynix shares the breathtaking full-length debut Trumours. The compositional risks are so bold and the sound design so potent that Trumours easily matches up against some of the brightest releases of 2019. Appropriately, it comes courtesy of Open Outlets, the label owned and operated by the UK heavyweight Culprate

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Chalky - Blooe EP

Rounding back into the public spotlight for his sophomore release, Chalky doubles down on his particular brand of nu jazz in the Blooe EP. His debut album, Second Beach, saw him meander through various jazz modalities via intuitive instrumentalism and keen composition. The Blooe EP is a refined and tonally conversational next step in the Chalky catalog.

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Spoonbill - Canopy

A veteran instrumentalist and production prodigy, Spoonbill’s releases over the last 14 years feature a number of critically celebrated albums. His musical catalog is a hodgepodge of original instrumentation and eccentric sampling, often resulting in fantastically imaginative combinations of moods and styles. Canopy is the newest addition to the Spoonbill catalog, fusing time-tested design philosophies with fresh, lucid compositions.

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Skope - Beneath EP

Skope, is a tenured heavyweight in the underground music scene across both ends of the Atlantic.After a relatively quiet three years from Skope, the neuro progeny has teamed up with Slug Wife, a label filled with long-time contemporaries who played their own role in the rise of neuro’s sonic palette.

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Saltus & Pathwey - Mirage [Single]

The latest single from Street Ritual finds two mystics of underground bass, Saltus & Pathwey, joining forces to cast a powerful sonic spell called “Mirage”. Saltus hails from Boston, MA and co-manages the production powerhouse Rezinate. Pathwey is from Asheville, NC and was recently signed to Street Ritual’s booking agency. Both put their best foot forward on this collaboration and the result is one of the strongest tracks in either’s catalog.

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Saltfeend - Balboa EP

Bringing prime cuts and street-inspired style to the table, Portland based Saltfeend is a multifaceted producer with a knack for all things head-nod. Expanding upon his quickly growing catalog, his newest release is a collection of dusty boom-bap sonatas; the Balboa EP brings a detail-oriented approach to Lo-Fi soundscapes, delivering a refreshing interpretation of mind-swelling hip-hop.

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Tipper - Jettison Mind Hatch

Replete with innumerable tones, textures, patches, samples, and compositional evolution, Jettison Mind Hatch is a further testament to Tipper’s engineering and production knowledge; release to release, he demonstrates the impact and aural charisma achievable through an absolute focus on fidelity, and this album is unquestionably another level of refinement atop his notably lucid catalog.

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Sweeps - Not Just One Thing [Single]

“See hip-hop is not just one thing. As long as it feel good and it hits you in the heart, and you can feel what the person’s saying in that type of way, then that’s hip-hop.” So says Nasir Jones aka Nas, as sampled by Sweeps in the Boston-based producer’s latest single “not just one thing”. Sweeps hits on a special sound in his latest tune, a cerebral take on hip-hop.

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Tribone - Incantations [Single]

Serving his label Shanti Planti with honor, Tribone rallies the troops with a battle cry in the otherworldy land of psychedelic bass music. A rare outlier in a field so clearly steeped in dub influences, Tribone faces this world with the smirk of someone raised around psytrance. His latest effort “Incantations” is a wild burst of energy to whet the appetite of fans and rock the socks off the dancefloor with strange vibrations. Be prepared to stomp this one out.

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Kodiak Kid - Gangster Cinematic ft. Mad Zach [Single]

Today the second single from the long-awaited Drifting Status EP from Kodiak Kid is here - “Gangster Cinematic” featuring the veteran producer and controllerism adept Mad Zach. This eerie six-minute ballad picks up where the first single “To the Point” left off. From the creeping bass lines to the tense string samples and the spacious mixdown, the sonic themes across both songs are similar, giving the listener a solid indication of what to expect from this EP.

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ManyColors - Gladys [Single]

Travel to Denver, Colorado to the small basement studio run by upstart label Color Red and you’ll find guitarist Brant Williams and his four-piece ensemble ManyColors recording sparse, low-slung hip-hop grooves direct-to-tape. Their first single “Bangs” used jazz modalities to riff over stuttering beats, and with their second song “Gladys” the group does the same but with more chemistry and confidence.

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Reso - Sandrock EP

With each successive release, Reso reminds discerning listeners why he has earned such a vaunted tenure in the wider world of bass music. Sandrock is filled with pulverizing low-end, naughty rhythmic jaunts, and flexible dance-floor compositions. This release marks the second full year of label Slug Wife’s existence, and there couldn’t be a better set of tracks to commemorate the occasion.

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Kiefer - Bridges

Following the release of prolific LPs in each of the past two years, the Los Angeles-based pianist and jazz hip-hop producer Kiefer is back with his third drop, a smooth yet experimental six-track EP titled Bridges on the stalwart Stones Throw Records. Kiefer has more than earned his stripes in Los Angeles’ happening beat scene.

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ALEPH - NEXT HYPE [EP]

Fresh out of the wake of his single release last week, ALEPH unveils his newest collection of sonic hand grenades with the full release of the NEXT HYPE EP. Thoroughly germinated with his signature fidelity-busting textures, this EP is at once both familiar and entirely unique; utilizing his preferred language of audio asymmetry and brutish compression, ALEPH covers a host of tempos of atmospheres across the four collective tracks.

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Lone Drum - Pedal Boss

Ascending from the mutant landscape of Gastropodia Prime, Lone Drum is stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight with his first solo release, Pedal Boss. The 5 track EP is a brain-busting haymaker of a record, ripe with dirty interpolation and space-aged hip-hop rhythms, and sets the record straight on the musical prowess of Slug Wife's resident turntablist.

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ManyColors - Bangs [Single]

Manycolors is a new four-piece band that opens up new musical space by using a hip-hop format to explore chords and motifs usually reserved for jazz on their debut single “Bangs”. Soft and sure, “Bangs” combines the twinkle of contemporary lo-fi aesthetics with the electric groove of older, more acoustic styles. This is a new sort of notch in the catalog of Color Red, a Denver-based label run by Eddie Roberts, the guitarist from The New Mastersounds.

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