“Swimming in this,” says one of his fans on his SoundCloud page. Hard to disagree. Max McFerren AKA Complete Walkthru and formerly MCFERRDOG is a house/techno producer from New York. His most recent release S/T is a nine song cassette on the Canadian 1080pcollection imprint, known for dropping some delicious beat craftmanship from producers all over the world. Side note: I’m looking forward to the Luis-Dreamt Takes release next month.
While ‘Intuition Brought Me Here’ is my favorite song on McFerren’s album, ‘Blatant Doug’ (stream it below) is also a atmospheric gem with an uplifting vocal sample.
Mark Ernestus is a German rhythm and dub sound producer, known for his work as Basic channel and more recently, The Rhythm and Sound’s ‘See Mi Yah.’ He also opened the reknown Hard Wax record store in Berlin in 1989 to celebrate dub and reggae imports.
On the Yermande EP, Ernestus takes his goal of merging African and European sound further. You might have heard Thom Yorke play the bouncy ‘Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix)’ dub track on Benji B’s Radio 1 a couple weeks ago.
Alix Perez is considered one of drum & bass’s best producers. He gained recognition for the classic “Solitary Native” collaboration with Sabre in 2006, before getting signed to Shogun Audio to release his first record 1984 in 2009. Listen to the gorgeous cut ‘Forsaken’ with Peven Everett and Spectrasoul.
Now he’s back with his newest release, the Elephant Dreams EP, this time on his own 1985 imprint. In an interview with i-D, he said that the record represents the synthesis of his experiments with “the softer side of music and also the heavier, dark side of things.” My favorite track ‘Had I Known’ above is one of the warmer cuts on the EP but his tracks “Room 667’ and ‘Elephant Dreams’ are crude, dark bass delights.
Out now is Lenzman’s All For You EP, the first official release from his own label The North Quarter, named after the area of Amsterdam where he grew up. He previously released music on Goldie’s Metalheadz imprint, where he gained a reputation for creating a soulful version of drum n bass.
More recently, Lenzman has been exploring some of his other influences, most notably hip-hop, with tracks like ‘Still Standing’ featuring MC DRS. Never one to follow the herd, Lenzman continues to experiment in search of deeper music or as he says “real music for real people.”
Below are some of my other favorite Lenzman tracks to date:
CO/R is a collaboration between techno heads Herron and Joy Orbison. The duo just released Gudrun, a vinyl 12″ from the Trilogy Tapes Store.
The lead single ‘Bells, Walking’ is a continuation of Joy Orbison’s 2009 post-dubstep hit ‘Hyph Mngo‘ laced in with Herron’s mastery of house and UK garage. Learn more about Joy Orbison in the Sole Selectors video below.
“I still have a lot of time for putting out 12 inches.” – Joy Orbison
Mieux is an electronic duo from Vienna, Austria. Their new single ‘Rust’ will appear on their forthcoming Music is Pain due out later this month.
I featured the fun, uptempo track on my weekly playlist last month and included the band’s track ‘Rush’ from their album Are You Happy last year on my Best of 2015 playlist. Gilles Peterson is also a big fan of the two man band.
Scntst is a 23-year-old electronic producer from Munich, Germany. According to his label website, he grew up playing the drums in his dad’s band at 10 years old before watching a German techno movie which inspired him to learn Ableton.
‘OTD (Break Mix)’ is his most recent release on Ruffhouse Munich, Ruffhouse Presents: RUFFTRAX VOL. 3 which has some other good listens as well, like this one from Lazarus.
Kirk Knight is a 19-year-old Brooklyn producer and rapper from the hip-hop collective Pro Era, spearheaded by frontman Joey Bada$$.
‘Young Ones’ is the first single from his mixtape Black Noise coming out soon. He dropped his debut solo album Late Night Specialto much acclaim last year. Don’t sleep on the track ‘Brokeland,’ which reminds me of another New York based hip-hop crew.
Check out his site for upcoming tour dates and more info.