Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you’re probably aware that the shadowy producer Zhu made a buzzed-about pit stop in NYC the other weekend. With so much attention paid to the faceless wonder and his live “Nightday Experience,” it’s easy to overlook the Jersey-based DJ/Producer who warmed up the decks that night. Bender, a DJ/producer with obvious skill, was responsible for getting the crowd in the mood with an opening mix of deep, moody house grooves. Below you can check out his mix containing several of his own impressive remixes as well as a variety of thick, bass-heavy beats that build up a dark vibe that fits perfectly into the Nightday Experience. Check out the mix below and be sure to visit Bender’s Soundcloud page where you can cop his remixes and other sets for free. Keep an eye on this guy as he is bound for good things as house music continues its upward trajectory.
I was first introduced to UK-based producer Ambassadeurs via his excellent remix of Odesza’s “Say My Name,” and I even had the pleasure to see him live while opening up for the duo in October. Though he has stayed relatively quiet in the States, it’s obvious that he has some tricks up his sleeve. As a part of his monthly free download series, his latest release, “From You,” is a sonic gem that fits right in with his other impressive tunes. Living somewhere between dubstep, trap, and ambient, “From You” is a chill, futuristic journey that is perfect for a brisk autumn day. Grab this free download and more from Ambassadeurs’ Soundcloud page. If you like it, you can purchase his previous EPs from iTunes. Enjoy!
Dr. Dre & Eminem will always be one be one of the greatest hip-hop collaborations of all time. Of course, they’ve both been remixed plenty of times, but this one is by far one of the dirtiest I’ve heard. The LA-based duo niceFingers has taken the Dre & Em classic, “Forgot About Dre,” and flipped it into a dark, low-end thumper. Starting out with the haunting violin sample from the theme song of Requiem for a Dream, the remix adds in a fat helping of bass to take things to the next level. Best of all, the original rapping/vocals are untouched, so you still get all the hip-hop goodness with a little something extra. Besides this gem, check out niceFingers’s Soundcloud page where you can delve into plenty of quality bass music, most of which is available for free. Enjoy!
Don’t be fooled by the title of ProleteR’s most recent EP, as the caliber of producer that is inferred by its name could not be further removed from the truth. ‘Rookie EP’ is the French beatmaker’s most recent compilation of tracks, stretching the greatest lengths and reaching peak heights of ProleteR’s polished abstract, jazzy hip-hop style.
Complimenting his previous line of musical works, ProleteR once again flawlessly blends the sounds of 20s and 30s jazz into the bouncy, hip-hop flavored beats. ProleteR’s powers clean but stomping percussion, layering his drums tastefully behind and in front of textured, lively, and savory brass and vocal samples. Be sure to snag up ‘Rookie EP’, on Bandcamp as this is surely one of ProleteR’s most energy-rich compilations.
Here you have some serious musical knowledge applied in a way that yields an incredibly expressive, emotionally rich and lively electronic production. Sushi Killer resides in Salinas, California and appears at first glance to be yet another young and versatile producer with a boundless musical imagination. The Cali-based producer self-describes Sushi Killer’s genre as “Future Anime”, a fitting classification for a track that brilliantly fuses 8-bit and early 90s game console sounds into a medley of cascading electronic synths, melodies, and basslines. Snag up ‘Too Kyun’ for free and do be sure to sample some of his other works on SoundCloud.
Sydney based producer Pedram Rouzbehani, the mind behind the musical presence of P.R, recently made an appearance on Cult Classic Records to answered his fans’ calling with a densely populated compilation, ‘The Instrumentals‘. The release was pieced together in response to waves of requests for multiple P.R instrumentals. So without further adieu, lo and behold the instrumentals for numerous of P.R’s most coveted releases from his sultry catalog. The seven track bundle comes ready to soothe or excite, with seamless hip-hop jazz-infused soundscapes that effortlessly excite you to bounce or move you into the domains of serenity and delight.
Not much else can be desired from the Greek beatmaker mononome, a versatile musical craftsman who repeatedly delivers slates of lush and textured trip-hop/abstract hip-hop productions. Splicing and composing his musical narratives on an Akai MPC 2500, mononome swings a deep, emotive and melancholic groove into the base of his latest compilation ‘Tale Of The Phoenix’. The six track release comes filled with many of mononome’s signature drum sequencing patterns, warm basslines, dusty horn samples and vocal bits, as heard throughout ‘From The Ashes’. Pick apart the compilation in bits and pieces, or allow the rhythmic and emotive progression of the album carry you into a contemplative musical state.
Amsterdam-based label ZenSupremacy reeled in a gem for their most recent “fresh-guest release”. For those of you who follow Darker Than Wax, KA-YU may not need an introduction but if this is the first time your ears are filled with his synchronous vibrations, do take note. KA-YU sits on a catalog of resonant productions, creations which classifies as “feelgood” music. While his genre summary serves his music rather well, capture the true spectrum of his musical taste and influence with ‘Alohilani’, a hypnotic anthem laced with tight snare hits rolls, aromatizing synths, and soulful vocals for a seductive turbulent musical experience.
A collection of intricate electronic sounds and explorative styles can be found within the catalog of Atalanta Georgia’s Kolossus Records. The label recently featured a new single from чk., letters “y” and “k”, a UK based solo-production headed by Nathan Robertson who touts a relatively small fan base, but brings a tremendously full, textured, and absorbing sound to the table. Robertson’s musical craftsmanship and maturity ring clearly in ‘Rainbows and Skunks’, as he playfully syphons the listener through a harmonically vivid, oceanic-bass adventure. From the crest of cascading melodic waves to the deeper turnings and splashing of the single’s lower frequencies, чk. presents us with a glistening electronic-pearl production.
Though he has definitely come a long way since the first time we heard him, Chicago-based producer Manic Focus (John McCarten) has been able to fly somewhat under the radar (and that’s a good thing). If you aren’t familiar yet, it’s about time you get acquainted; and there’s no better place to start than by checking out his latest—arguably freshest—release, Cerebral Eclipse. For those who are already down with Manic Focus, this album is another fine addition to his repertoire, maintaining his signature spacey style of electro-soul while bringing some spot-on collaborators like Griz, Dom Lalli, and Michal Menert (among others) into the mix. Like his previous releases, Cerebral Eclipse is heavy on the bass—putting it somewhere between dubstep and electro-soul—but it also highlights McCarten’s impeccable sampling skills and ear for layers and details in his music. Manic Focus glues together samples from the worlds of soul, blues, and hip-hop with funky, flowing beats and some well-placed instrumentation to take listeners on a journey through the past, present, and future of music. Even though it’s available for free (courtesy of Griz’s Liberated Music label), we suggest you show your support by purchasing the album on iTunes or by checking out Manic Focus the next time he rolls through your town. Listen below and enjoy!