Monday, December 9, 2013
Attacking house with sample-heavy and experimental panache, Le Dom's 'Polygon' leaps and bounds with a fierce low end, swinging as much as it stutters. Various machine-like swoops and rises evoke the sounds of futuristic software, drawing a parallel between the track and the artwork provided. Though only two cuts can be found on Le Dom's SoundCloud, their production quality suggests this isn't his first rodeo-- not by a long shot.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
With his new track "We Got All Night", Chicago-based producer Willie Beats returns from a substantial hiatus in production and strikes out in a very new sonic direction. He departs from the chill vibes of his "What Time Is It?" Collection, which blend the sounds of Nujabes, Tycho, and DJ Sabzi with the boundless and childlike optimism of the cartoon from which it takes its name, Adventure Time. "We Got All Night" is darker and edgier, supporting a vaped-out soul sample and sassy 80's synths with tense 808 drums. Whether this represents just a dalliance or a sustained change in direction remains to be seen; we can only hope we don't have to wait six months to find out.
A smooth affair from the mind of Parisian rapper GREMS and production duo Tambour Battant, 'Pinocchio' exudes good taste. Though essentially a trap beat, Tambour keeps the tone restrained, employing a steady ride-cymbal to create an almost jazzy atmosphere.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Photo Courtesy of Dan Horvath
Opportunities to experience well-curated dubstep of the deeper and darker variety are relatively few and far between in America; this is especially the case in the Midwest. This makes appearances by the likes of System Sound founder V.I.V.E.K. and "America's dubstep ambassador" Joe Nice truly memorable. As anticipated, both delivered outstanding sets this past Thursday at Chicago's Primary Nightclub.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The duo of Hannah Wants and Chris Lorenzo have proved themselves a formidable pairing, known for relentlessly turning out crisp, bass-heavy house that takes no prisoners. 'You Love Me,' as with many Wants/Lorezno productions makes use of repeated vocal samples, energetic rhythms of the jacking variety, and dark synths reminiscent of deep dubstep. The track's half-step breakdowns give the entire composition room to breathe, allowing the sub-bass to come through nicely-- a frequency-range too often neglected in the genre of house as a whole.
Sunday, November 17, 2013
A newcomer espousing the seapunk aesthetic with gusto, Chicago's very own Seablaze is appropriately poised to release his first offering on Russia's Hyperboloid Records, a veritable treasure trove of hyperactive beats that revel in their own internet-fueled pastiche. Sporting the typical palette of incessantly melodic day-glo synths while tastefully re-appropriating aspects of trap, juke, and more experimental sub-genres, Seablaze has hit upon a particularly compelling combination that is greater than the sum of its parts, an increasingly rare achievement in this particular (and often maligned) musical niche. Seablaze has graciously offered 'Pastel Spells,' a more restrained cut from the release as a free download, here.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Serving as the flip side to Tessela's new single 'Nancy's Pantry,' 'Horizon' serves up a fiery dose of what we've come to expect from the producer of the much celebrated 'Hackney Parrot'-- crushing breaks, serious low-end and straightforward melodies reminiscent of 90's house. 'Horizon' makes particular use of irregular rhythms, exploding out of its otherwise predictable introductory buildup with an angular, stop-start breakdown that could shatter windows.