Mieux – Rust

Chris and Felix are Mieux
Chris and Felix are Mieux

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.

Download ‘Rust’

 

Scntst – OTD (Break Mix) 

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Deep research

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.

He’s got another album due out later this year on BoysNoize Records. Here’s a 2014 gem in the meantime.

Motion Graphics – Brass Mechanics

Motion Graphics
Photo via Andrew Strasser

Motion Graphics is Joe Williams, an artist whose minimalist sounds may very well one day find their way into MOMA. His track ‘Brass Mechanics’ is the track of the week on Boomkat, who also gives this description of the track:

With ‘Brass Mechanics’ he summons a spiralling, vertical vortex of pizzicato wind instrumentation and pointillist clicks sounding like one of the lush, swooning phrases from his album or the Lifted project has been expanded and flipped upwards to the sun.

His self-titled debut album is an interpreation of the ubiquity of mobile technology and our compulsive social networking behavior.

You can find his album on Domino Records and the single ‘Brass Mechanics’ on the label Future Times.

Sam Gellaitry – Life

A surfeit of beat gems
A surfeit of beat gems

Sam Gellaitry is a Scottish producer who makes dope beats. More specifically, you could say his music is a hodgepodge of house, garage, and hip-hop. I first heard his genre-smashing track ‘Paper‘ around 2014. However, I missed his track ‘Life,’ which he tweeted about today.

Gellaitry has issued a total of 3 EPs to date, most recently Escapism II on XL Recordings. But most of his music remains unreleased, like this one he made on his iPhone: “second song idea from garage band.” Show your work.

Listen to more Sam Gellaitry on SoundCloud.


PS. If you’re looking for a similar eclectic assortment of sounds, check out fellow Scottish producer Hudson Mohawke.

 

COMBAT! – Jacaranda

COMBAT! Jacaranda
COMBAT! AKA Mark Nieto

COMBAT! is LA-native Mark Nieto, a guitarist turned underground electronic musician. He opens up his newest album with ‘Jacaranda,’ a dope of a tune that pairs various drum chops against organic percussion reminiscent of Flying Lotus and Shigeto. Recommended.

Buy the COMBAT! LP on Bandcamp

Tycho – Epoch

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Tycho AKA Scott Hansen

Just in time for the weekend, Tycho AKA Scott Hansen drops his newest track ‘Epoch.’ And it’s just that, epic.

Listening to Tycho is like listening to what Verge called ‘designer music,’ a mishmash of art and sound. Hansen doesn’t force the visual cues — he sees them after feeling out the music.

As the song starts to develop, I start to see visuals, and not the other way around.

Anytime I hear Tycho I ruminate on things past, present, and future. His tracks create an ambient zone for introspection but also make excellent tracks to work to. They are peaceful, positive, and productive vibes.

 

Mood Tattooed – Outsider

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‘Outsider’ is the lead single from singer/producer Mood Tattooed AKA Hagan Knauth which drops this October on the Brooklyn-based Blankstairs label.

Knauth’s rustic influences are apparent on the track — he grew up on a farm in upstate New York. ‘Outsider’ sounds like the singer’s internal dialogue while taking a solitary walk in the woods. It’s the perfect downtempo song to kick off the beginning of Fall. Upon first listen, it sounds a lot like Elliot Smith’s ‘Need in the Hay‘ but much trippier.

‘Hush Tarantula’ is a dialogue of textures that guides you through a cycle of growth and reflection. Marked by powerful subtleties, Hagan Knauth generates an incredible range of sound that speaks more to the nature of psychedelia than the typical sonic palette commonly found within “psychedelic” music.

Pre-order the album Hush Tarantula on Bandcamp.