After teasing his new track ‘X22RME‘ two weeks ago, Actress is back with another dark, grinder of a single.
‘Dancing in the Smoke’ sounds as Actress sees music, as bits of data, and the hypnotic loop and accelerating orchestral keys allude to our electronic ‘future,’ a vocal that punctuates throughout the track.
Actress’s album seems to be pairing well with today’s gloomy times.
The album aptly titled AZD launches later this month. Snag both tracks on the Ninja Shop.
Sherwood & Pinch are London-based dub producers Adrian Sherwood and Rob Ellis aka Pinch. This is the second collaboration from the duo that originally met at the Fabric London night club. “Having spent around five years working together, our work flow has developed and improved considerably, and we both feel that the music we’re making now is something neither of us could or would do alone,” says Ellis.
‘Itchy Face’ is one of the standout arrangements on the latest record Man Vs. Sofa, trickling with their trademark bassline punches before stepping into soft touches of the piano. Meanwhile, ‘Roll Call’ and ‘Gun Law’ ring with murderous dread overtones.
“I’m really proud of Man Vs. Sofa – Pinch and I have developed a proper great sound together and this is a real step forward,” affirms Sherwood. A grand step forward from two heavyweight producers, indeed.
DJ Nervosa is one of the founders of Lisbon’s funky electronic kuduro and batida scene, championed by the Príncipe label who have consequently put out Nervosa’s first record.
The combination of a wonky rhythm and a non-verbal vocal sample on the track ‘Ah Ah’ evinces the city’s unique hyper-energized interpretation of dance music, further corroborated by the seemingly unstable beat of ‘Kuia.’
The Príncipe label is rightfully ambitious. As it states on its SoundCloud page:
“We want to make sure that the amazing work being produced here, be it house, techno, kuduro, batida, kizomba, funaná, tarrachinha or any other new aesthetic development, will not remain unheard outside of our clubs, cellphones and homes anymore.”
The emerging sounds coming out of Lisbon’s suburbs and ghettoes stand on their own. So too does the artwork. Label founder and artist Márcio Matos individually designs all vinyl copies of the EP.
If you like fresh new styles, be sure to check out Durban, South Africa’s interpretation of house music in an emerging genre called Gqom.
“Do the thing.” Those are the words that appear on Godriguez’sSoundcloud page. The urgency to make interesting beats drives this Sydney-based producer, known for the sweet sounds behind MC Sampa the Great.
‘Maxlushcarloswc’ is his latest jazz-infused drop, contributing it to Mixtape #6 – The Dreamy One released from the Wondercore Island imprint.
Grab a copy of the album here. All profits raised go to the Australian-based Yothu Yindi Foundation Indigenous Education Project supporting indigenous cultural maintenance.
Ensemble Entendu is Brooklyn-based duo Sam O.B. and Photay, both representing the Astronautico dance label. Their debut album Selected Rhythm Works, Vol. 1 is a melange of sounds including house, dub, reggae, and dancehall. The track ‘Peel Back’ is a particular bouncer that pairs 80s funk to African drums. Proper listen.
The track launches with a soft piano and a mellow flute, before the singer’s soulful vocals make way to a drum beat. The overall experimental vibe of the album seems to match up with the artist’s earthy sensibilities. Her mastery of the electric harp is also fun to watch.
“Euphoria Guaranteed – or your money back!” That’s the tagline from Polish house producers Earth Trax and Newborn Jr.
Their two-track EP blends saxophone and flute samples into respective jazzy balearic cuts. I expect nothing than the less than timeless dance music from South London’s Rhythm Section International. Stream ‘Flute track’ after the jump.
Minor Science is British producer Angus Finlayson based in Berlin, following in the footsteps of other techno music expats like Youandewan. He recently dropped his third EP entitled Whities 004, named after the London-based Whities imprint which released his previous record.
‘Naturally Spineless’ is a dark, grimy listen full of deep bass that briefly glitters around the 3:30 mark to shed some light. The vibe stays true to his production alias. As he explained in an interview with Truants, “a ‘minor’ science works upwards from the particularities of the things themselves.”
“What are you afraid of?” That’s the sample echoing within ‘Running,’ a beautiful debut ballad from West London singer/songwriter Abi Ocia.
At first listen, the piano buildup and soft vocals may remind you of Little Dragon’s opening salvo, ‘Twice.’ The lyrics are also reflective and internal. Telling the blog Pigeons and Airplanes, Ocia said:
“I wanted to explore an inner dialog with myself, following a journey of seeking out something greater than what you are used to, even if it means purging yourself of things you hold dear.”
According to her Facebook page, this is the first of many new tracks to come.