He’s got an abrasive name, but Boxcutter’s songs are a futuristic take on jazz, funk, and fusion. The Northern Ireland producer got picked up by Mike Paradinas’ Planet Mu for his garage and two-step infused beats. The tracks from his newest album The Dissolve are for more organic, sounding more like a band than a single producer at times.
A couple of these tracks will remind you of the good old days of down tempo, led by the sounds of Jazzanova and 4Hero: crisp drums, syncopated rhythms, and sustained key chords. Others kick back to Boxcutter’s affinity for two-step. The bulk of the tracks, however, are fully electronic and packed with bass. But this is all a little more clever than what gets played at clubs and warehouse parties.
Check out the video for “TV Troubles” below and see where Boxcutter got the image for the cover art for “The Dissolve.” Sabrina Ratte’s video kicks back to the color saturated 80s for this track.
“No other artist would ever describe themselves as being Fancy,” says Fancy Mike, who never specifies exactly where he’s from more specifically than “Midwest.”
Fancy Mike grew up without the means to make his own beats, despite his love for instrumental music. His own sound is cinematic, as dark as it is sentimental. The beats don’t mince around trying to throw you off. Instead they plow forward with on-the-beat precision at BPM counts high and low.
Sigma Chi Primavera, Mike’s second album, just dropped a week ago. The track list shows off some of his collaborations; guys who are pretty obscure, unless of course you’ve been following Iggy’s taste in electronic music. Pixelord, Montgomery Clunk, and Bugseed are a few familiar names on the album.
Offbeat cowbells? Synth leads? Womp womps? Sounds like a couple of cats in Korea have been feeding their brains the same stuff served in LA.
Producers Simo and Mood Schula are producers from Seoul, Korea, a neighborhood of the world known more for painstakingly pretty boy and girl pop groups. But this music is no tween bait. This month, the duo dropped a release of instrumental heat called Simo & Mood Schula EP, combining the bass heavy beat stylings of Simo with Mood Schula’s slow minimal sound infused with traditional Korean instruments.
Learn more about the record here.
A kid from a remote Siberian village grew up with classical violin training only to turn to electronic music. Now, at age eighteen, Aleph has begun releasing music.
His debut EP Haunt For A Little Blind Fish just dropped this month.
Over four tracks and a modest runtime, Aleph shows us how he looks at sound; through a prism of his own that might not have existed had he been from a major city, surrounded by beat culture.
Whether it’s a four-to-the-floor beat, or a slow dubstep groove, Aleph employs his own take entirely. His sense for classical music shines through in the icy melodies he composed in the tundra he calls home.
The theme of Haunt For A Little Blind Fish is a simple and beautiful one that makes you want to pick this kid’s brain…
“The music here is inspired by Astyanax Mexicanus, the impossible-to-catch cave fish that is born without eyes, so must rely on sound and the tiniest of vibrations to survive. Aleph sees a zen kind of connection it shares with the samurai, for whom elusiveness is also a way of life.”
Hear Haunt For A Little Blind Fish below.
Bochum, Germany doesn’t have too many claims to fame. In fact, let me check the numbers on that. Scratch that, Bochum has zero claims to fame, save for one guy with a microphone.
MC Aphroe has been a celebrated German rapper since the early 90s. Of course, that means that if you don’t speak German, you probably don’t listen to his stuff, but that doesn’t mean the guy’s eloquence is lost.
His clever and infectious flow is packed with references that any aficionado of English language hip hop would recognize. Take 2007’s “Svenology” as a shining example.
His lyrical ability has seen Aphroe’s name appear on dozens of releases and on stage opening for Public Enemy’s performance of Fear of a Black Planet in its entirety last year in nearby Ruhr.
Aphroe collaborated with Düsseldorf’s DJ Rafik on a 7″ single called “Heavy Traphik” that’s due out next month. Aphroe’s flow bounces over a beat built on unconventional percussion: a conga rhythm in lieu of a snare. You can hear the track below.
You’ve heard about him from the tags on your new jeans, and now it’s time to get better acquainted with Berlin’s Comfort Fit.
As the legend goes, Comfort Fit learned the art of sampling at age four. He DJed his first gig at age 12, and he released his first record at age 18. Wow. Either his parents were incredibly supportive of his endeavors, or they’re failed musicians living vicariously through him.
Whatever their technique of child rearing, Mr. and Mrs. Fit reared themselves a damn virtuoso.
Over several albums, Comfort Fit has forged a sound that borrows from soul, hip hop, funk, and glitch formats. While any one track might fall into one of these categories, it will never do so neatly.
These records are better defined by clean, nuanced production than by any genre title.
Comfort Fit collaborates like crazy, so his record liner notes are packed with obscure gems of rap and song from all languages.
Hear a preview for his upcoming record via a quote from Soderbergh’s Schizopolis and a little background funk.
Someone helped French producer Onra work his mojo with ladies from the 80s. Director Matt Ferran edited together clips from a collection of old videos along with footage of Onra on stage happily tapping away on his MPC.
Between the ethereal pop beat of “Sitting Back,” the soft focus on the old footage and Onra’s retro hairdo and relaxed smile, this video will make you believe that true love only ever came to be on a dance floor that ceased to exist more than two decades ago. It’s the kind of love girls giggle about at slumber parties, and it’s a love nerds just can’t handle.
Let Onra teach you about love.