Tons of new music out this month, including full releases by Beardyman, Instra:Mental, Gold Panda, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble and Wagon Christ. Those that aren’t represented in the mix include Battles, Mobthrow, Kryptic Minds, Submerged and 2562. Really digging Bird of Prey’s Stray Feathers, which is an EP of Torin Goodnight’s early tracks, the quirky tunes from Beardyman’s I Done A Album, and the Puzzles EP from Pixelord.
01. Pixelord – Oh Lord
02. Kito & Reija Lee – Broken Hearts
03. Take – Begin End Begin (Take Remix)
04. Beardyman feat. Foreign Beggars – Oh!
05. Bird of Prey – Stargazer
06. Bowser – Headrush
07. Rusko – Lick the Lizard
08. Hecq & Exillon – Spheres of Fury (Stochastic Process Remix by Techdiff)
09. Instra:Mental – 8
10. BD1982 – VHS Nite
11. +verb – Puddlegum (Dev79 Remix)
12. Gold Panda – Back Home
13. Sub Zero – Brighter Days
14. Ruckspin feat. J Sparrow – Blessings
15. The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble – Cotard Delusion
16. Wagon Christ – Mr. Mukatsuku
Instead of concentrating on one artist or release, I wanted to recognize the distinct sound coming from contemporary Russian producers—choppy beats rooted in hip hop, fluorescent hypercolour bass, 8-bit samples and loads of filter automation. Pixelord (who was awesome enough to explain how to create his 8-bit arpeggiations) was one of the first artists I heard with this style. In contrast to the cyber hip hop sound, a lot of Russian producers share similarities with artists like Four Tet, Burial and Bonobo.
MP3 1: Demokracy – Searchlight MP3 2: Pixelord – Cybernator MP3 3: Moa Pillar – Water Lily MP3 4: Myown – Vladislav Kovac MP3 5: Pixelord – Ninja Clown MP3 6: DZA – J-Dat inc. (Listening MD in Dub) MP3 7: Wols – Batyscaphe Finds a Music Box MP3 8: Long Arm – The Roots