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.

Kirk Knight – Young Ones

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Image via Pro Era Records

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 Special  to 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 – 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.

Ash Walker Music – Dark Hour

Image courtesy the artist

Ash Walker is right: ‘They do not now yet.’

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.

Hear more Ash Walker on Soundcloud


PS. Walker’s music also sounds a bit like Smith & Mighty who released this dub-infused bombtune back in 1995.

 

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

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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.