Category archive: Electronica

Maxwell Ascension Aywy Sh?m Edit
29.07.14

Aywy and Sh?m aka Shem Questionmark are both part of the new generation of beat makers. They have both been on our radar for a while, but I think it’s about time we told you what’s going on. These two gentlemen got together (online) and created this futuristic funky flip of Maxwell‘s classic “Ascension“.

Aywy, who’s from Sydney, is co-founder at Flow-Fi. From what I’ve heard a collective of producers that joined forces and now are making some power moves. Sh?m resides in London and is signed to everyone’s favorite label from Singapore…Darker Than Wax. Although normally I’m not the biggest fan of edits and remixes, I’m pretty damn sure their Maxwell edit is going to blow up a few dance floors across the globe. And what a great news that it’s available for free download!

Gem Drops Four
29.07.14

Portland record label Dropping Gems releases the latest installment of their compilation series “Gem Drops Four“.

Their take on electronic music is an interesting one. For they are known to highlight stirring off grid music, rather then go for what is a safe choice. For Gem Drops Four they assembled twenty one tracks from artists like Devonwho, Free The Robots, Pixelord, but also from label family Gouda Hoop and Shawn Don. Devonwho‘s track “Sunder” is an instant win and obvious pick for us.

The official release is today and the compilation is available digitally and on limited edition cassette tape.

FKJ French Kiwi Juice Take Off EP
25.07.14

Tours City born producer FKJ (French Kiwi Juice) released his third EP called “Take Off” earlier this week on French label Roche Musique.

There elements of Disco, Soul and Funk in his sound, but even though it’s a little smooth at times it sounds quite refreshing and melodic. It’s real feel good music! FKJ claimed some serious fame with his previous “Time For A Change” EP and is now well on his way to makin’ it big.

The first single featured Madelyn Grant (who we are sure you will hear more from in years to come) and the second song with Damon Trueitt sounds a bit like an Electric Wire Hustle cut. Since I’ve been in a Jordan Rakei mood these past 24 hours, it seems only natural to stream “Learn To Fly” featuring this super talented Australian guy on vocals. Last but not least let’s end with the fourth and final track “Open The Door”. Now enough with the reading and streaming already…purchase on iTunes if you like really what you’re hearing.

leo kalyan over you mnek karma kid
23.07.14

A lot of ‘Future R&B’ artists have been coming out of the UK for the past few years, but for some reason I’m starting to like Leo Kalyan. On the song “Over You“, which seems to be filed under ‘demos July’, he collaborates with Karma Kid and MNEK. Resulting into an absolute dutty dutty slow grinder.

For some reason Leo Kalyan seems to have a thing for poolside chillings and the color blue and it makes me wonder if he’s really over hue. Soothing lows with uptempo hi-hats and a mean groove make this track a sure winner. We are keeping our ears open for more future music!

starro mr carmack teeko mikos da gawd jusmoni catch me rbma
22.07.14

In Februari there was a Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in San Francisco. This collaboration between starRo, Mr. Carmack, Teeko, Mikos Da Gawd and Jusmoni was recorded in a hotel room. It took a day and a half and some gear that RBMA provided and of course a lot of weed creativity.

Quite honestly a bit on the late side with this one, but had to share it anyway. Maaaaaaan this “Catch Me” jam is straight methamfetamine mixed with some crack and a line of cocaïne. Now I’m waiting for somebody to send over a high quality version for my personal music collection.

visual vibez selfless esta diversa
18.07.14

Visual Vibez is a collective of volunteers who are passionate about impacting communities through art, music and spreading love. Their “Selfless” initiative gets support from Esta and most recently Diversa also donated a track to support the non-profit MusicianCorps!

Selfless is a month long campaign where independent musicians donate their music to support an art/music based non-profit or charity. Though the songs are free to download, it seems only fair that you donate so that the gift of music can be taught to a new generation of kids. Whip out your credit card and start showing some serious love for another great Visual Vibez action!

dorian concept draft culture
16.07.14

Last week I came across this YouTube stream of Dorian Concept‘s “Draft Culture“, but I had to listen again this week to make sure I was going to share it with ya’ll.

We first encountered Dorian Concept’s music on ‘When Planets Explode’ and since then developed a sort of ‘Bipolar Friendship’. The new track sounds very familiar and almost like a Bobby Hutcherson sample or something. Maybe I’m just hearing things. Never the less great first cut of the album with an incredibly energetic vibe.

Already stoked to hear the rest of the new “Joined Ends” album that’ll be out 22 September on Ninja Tune.

Trian Kayhatu Suture EP Darker Than Wax
14.07.14

Trian Kayhatu’s was born in Jakarta Indonesia, but as a young lad moved to the Netherlands with his folks. At an early age he got into music and was heavily influenced by his uncle, Indonesian jazz pianist Chris Kayhatu.

This guy loves making good music and you can hear he’s been doing what he loves for many years now. Trian Kayhatu is in a super funky band called Butufunk consisting of Trian Kayhatu, Azteka and Karish. Ya’ll better recognize!

Trian’s been featured in online music web magazine DE:BUG and his music has been played on the radio by Gilles Peterson (BBC), Ennio Styles (Stylin’) and Joe Kay (Soulection). It will be no surprise that his next project on Darker Than Wax is straight butta. We’re very excited to exclusively premiere the title track of his upcoming “Suture” EP.

Avay Fall The Hotel
10.07.14

Avay (formerly known as Mad-B) and The Hotel (previously known as Nova Dreamz) have shifted things into second gears releasing the song “Fall” together. Eventhough the track was created somewhere in 2013 it still sounds like a fresh summer breeze on a humid late night evenening. Something you can seriously fall for!

Not much is known about this London-based duo other than they are into making some serious Future R&B. We really hope to hear more music from Avay and The Hotel soon, but rest assure we’ll be one of the first to let you know if anything new surfaces. Make sure to show some support and follow both on Soundcloud.

La-No El. Train Say
07.07.14

Everyone meet LA-NO, a next generation producer coming out of Amsterdam. He has been picked up by Darker Than Wax and has worked together with a few producers such as El. Train (Manchester) and Trian Kayhatu (Rotterdam).

La-No’s bugged out rework of “Say” My Name with El is a super sexy slowed down tribute to Destiny’s Child’s and really vibin! Glad to be discovering so much new talent from all over the globe, but especially in my own hometown. No date for an official release yet, but keep tabs on Delano if you know what’s good for you.