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. It’s 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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ØDYSSEE - Desired Things

There’s an old axiom that says, “It’s not what you do, it’s how you do it.” The music of ØDYSSEE exemplifies this axiom. On his new six-track release, Desired Things, he borrows bits from different styles then arranges them like a florist creating a beautiful bouquet. This unconventional take on hip-hop, presented by NINETOFIVE Worldwide Beatmakers, is entirely composed and arranged by ØDYSSEE himself; there’s no sampled material here.

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Simiah & The Phantom Ensemble - Connections

Simiah & The Phantom Ensemble is an open-ended jazz ensemble that folds together live sampling, keys, saxophone, and a bevy of guest instrumentalists in the live sphere. On February 15th, they unveiled their debut LP, Connections, establishing their particular fluidity in studio format. The blend of sampled percussion and zoned-in conventional tones creates a smoke-screened aesthetic behind the eyes, gently touching on the senses.

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Withoutside - Istanbul

Withoutside, the musical alias of Brooklynite Carey Clayton, is a fairly new project with an aptitude for ambient, phosphorescent music that now finds a home with Outtallectuals. His most recent endeavor, Istanbul, is an absolute gem of an EP, built from the ground up via a hardcore, back-to-the-roots methodology. Istanbul is composed mostly through the sampling of foley sounds from its namesake city, creating a culturally-fused vibrance that is its fundamental attraction.

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Resonant Language - Laminar Flow [Single]

Of the sounds echoing out of Colorado, none bear the banner of “weird” quite as dynamically as Resonant Language. While concepts like IDM or Bass Music might have some sticking power, the gravitation towards under-explored or novel areas of magnetic manipulation constantly defy expectation and often totally stymie any effort to describe him. The new single, “Laminar Flow”, available now on Addictech and next week on Bandcamp, is no exception.

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Dystopik - Squat Juice [Single]

Bending frequencies with blistering aggression, Dystopik reaches maximum energy levels with his latest single “Squat Juice”. This one comes of vicious label Wonk#Ay Records where Dystopik is a mainstay. He’s spent the last year and change producing all manner of bass tasters ranging across the rhythmic spectrum in both full and half-time interpretations. Within this steady string on destructive wave-bending, “Squat Juice” is another notch up on his own boisterous scale.

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Kercha - A Very Strange Man

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.

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Erothyme - Along The Arc

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. The use of simple pieces like descending, twinkling arpeggios or a clarifying breath unifies tracks from one to the other, and creates reflections of one another across the album.

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Secret Recipe - The Future is Never Here

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.


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Schmoop - Charge [Single]

Schmoop just dropped one of the most scalding hot heaters heard this year. “Charged” is a straightforward three-minute build-drop composition with sound design from a higher dimension that hits like a ton of bricks. Who is Schmoop? He’s a producer from urban Texas and one half of Wonky Llama, the popular and somewhat enigmatic side project of Jade Cicada.

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all:Lo Collective - all:Lo Compilation Vol. 1

Surfacing out of the vast musical wilderness that is Colorado, all:Lo Collective is a burgeoning label steeped in all things low fidelity and low frequency. Striving to connect hip-hop and bass music with an especially swampy flair, their top priority is to inject Colorado and the music scene at large with refreshing perspectives on the common musical tropes and pathways of these genres.

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