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.
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.
The world is just getting a taste of this emerging talent out of London who is trying to revive the sounds of trip-hop that Massive Attack and Portishead pioneered in their heyday. His latest drop ‘Dark Hour’ continues his overall downtempo vibe.
Signed to underground dub label Deep Heads, known for a library of other tasty releases from label head Zed Bias, Walker released his debut album Augmented 7 last year. The album incorporated elements of dub, reggae, and downtempo all tied to a jazz tone. Take a listen to the collaboration with soul singer Segilola below.
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.
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.
This LP has been in the making for so long & I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. I can't wait for u to hear it. Thanks @FoFMusic
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.