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Santa Ana's Mezzo Asks You, Why Not Nothing?

Image credit: Nates James & DTCPU

Ana San is  collective consisting of four beatmakers from sunny Santa Ana, California. Inspired by the sounds of LA’s Low End Theory, Mezzo, Ages, DTCPU, and Barefoot Shrubs began creating beats, and each of them has dropped an EP or two of instrumental gems.

The newest gold from the crew is Mezzo’s Why Not Nothing EP, a collection of low tempo (and occasionally no tempo) songs composed of textured drones and mystery drum sounds.

The cryptic melodies come together in a piecemeal way, echoing a lot of sounds coming out of LA today, but keeping the mood darker than what you’ve heard before.

All proceeds from Why Not Nothing will be donated to Japan Tsunami & Earthquake Relief efforts.

Get the album here and hear a track below.

DPT by mezzo


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April 28, 2011 at 5:26 pm

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Seoul's Simo & Mood Schula Drop EP of Bass Heavy Beats

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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.

You can hear the Simo and Mood Schula’s individual tracks here and here, respectively.

Learn more about the record here.

Written by M

April 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm

French Producer Onra's "Sitting Back" Gets a VHS Treatment

Photo credit: Onra/MySpace. RBMARadio

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.


Onra – Sitting Back – Official Video from Matt Ferran on Vimeo.

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April 25, 2011 at 6:05 pm

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Artwork for Moscow's DZA Travels Over "Shifty" Beat

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Collaborative graffiti plays out before our eyes in this video for DZA’s “Shifty.” The Moscow producer lets the beat rock as he takes a blank poster from an artist in his studio to another artist in a bar across town.

The finished product is a combination of traditional graffiti lettering and adorable cartooning, featuring DZA as a cuddly bear wielding an MPC over a crumbling sculpture of his name.

Watch the video below and be wowed by time elapse, a super simple technique that’s still awesome to watch


DZA (msk) in NewBar 30/04 from Elfilter on Vimeo.

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April 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm

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Toronto's Sunclef Drops a Cube Within a Cube Within an EP

Image credit: Sunclef/Bandcamp

It’s a particularly good Friday for one kid in Toronto. Sunclef put out his EP today.

The Tesseract is named for a geometric shape that can be simply described as a cube within a cube…within a cube. Wait, scratch that last cube.

That makes it sound like it’ll be packed with math-y rhythms and blips and beeps, but it’s actually quite smooth and funky. The five track run encapsulates Sunclef’s aptitude for layering synth sounds and crunchy-ing up snare sounds.

It should be mentioned that The Tesseract is spelled with a triangle where the “A” should be, but I’ve stared down for quite some time now trying to locate the triangle button and no dice. I guess keyboards are different in Canada.

Hear all of The Tesseract EP below. It’s 19 minutes of electronic bliss, with a highlight at track three. You can get the full download here.

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Fplaylists%2F729788 The Tesser∆ct by Sunclef

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April 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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France's Evil Needle Has His Head in the Clouds with Cirrostratus

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French beatmaker Evil Needle called his new album Cirrostratus for the misty, cloudy ambient sounds that sustain through the whole record.

It’s a collection of 15 mellow minded tracks the Needle constructed over the past year.

These tracks are a downtempo step away from his Little Brother remixes and a lot like the “Lo Fi Dreams” he hit us with more recently.

Evil Needle’s solo instrumental work comes out in between his collaborations with lyrical hip hop group The D-Fenderz and French MC Specta.

While his work for them is a little more hard-beat, this chill stuff will do well for cruising.

You can get the fulll album here, and check out a track below.

02 – First Look by Evil Needle

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April 20, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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Italy's Digi G'Alessio Abhores Pop Icons Too

Image credit" Digi G'Alessio/MySpace

Band names make fun of people often these days. Joy Orbison, Flosstradamus, Taprikk Sweezee, Klaus & Kinski…

Digi G’Alessio is a producer from Florence whose name is a switcheroo of Italian pop singer Gigi D’Alessio. Gigi is wack. Digi, however, makes beats the way I make macaroni: with a lot of cheese and little samples of just about everything.

The tracks are pretty synthy and minimal but groovy as hell, a little like Dabrye. Digi’s not afraid to throw a cowbell in either. It’s a bold choice.

His six track EP Disco Zambra came out last month. The record is made with sounds that must have occurred in old school video games at one point or another.

As far as the original, Gigi D’Alessio, the guy’s music is… well, maybe you should judge for yourself. See why he’s the object of Digi’s jeering?

<a href=”http://digigalessio.bandcamp.com/track/disco-zambra-pt3&#8243; mce_href=”http://digigalessio.bandcamp.com/track/disco-zambra-pt3″>disco zambra pt3 by digi g’alessio</a>

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April 19, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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