Random Movement supplies us with his promo picks as he digs through his inbox and shares his top choices for week 28.
So I managed to talk the folks here at DNBVault to give me a soapbox to shout about awesome music to all of you. The tunes I’m going to be sharing with you are a snapshot of my favorite tunes I’ve received on promo for that week. The music I’ve selected here will be released within the month, if the songs haven’t been released already. (Hint: google it!) Chances are if I’m writing about a tune in this section, its because it deserves to be spoken about. You aren’t going to read a whole lot of bad reviews here. I don’t like to write about stuff that doesn’t interest me, so if a track is mentioned here, its because I like it and plan on playing it out regularly. To hell with the rating systems too… You’ll know if its a 10 out of 10 or not when you give the tunes a listen. – Random Movement
Pennygiles / Phil Tangent / ED:IT / Sevin – I’m Sorry – Integral Records
I love all these guys, big time. Seriously. Just buy the whole thing. “I’m Sorry” has been in my record bag for months and will stay there for years, and did I mention the crowd sings along every time I play it? Solid soul glow on that one. “Know A Lie” takes us to the bottom of the sea with rumbling sub-bass quirks and deep-reverberated minimalism. Lyra continues the feel with filtered vocal and melancholy pads. The EP is an intermingling of the talent of these four in such a tight combo that I have to give them a standing ovation for this release, and can only hope to see more awesome output coming from Integral for years to come.
Technimatic – Flashbulb EP – Shogun Audio
Andy & Pete continue to define their sound with the Flashbulb EP, arriving to stores everywhere in days. The title track is a half-time stepper with big atmospheres and a haunting vocal bit. “Dirty Hands” rolls on with a solid piano melody and heavy detuned baselines. “Remember You” is my favorite on the EP with a portamento’d baseline that hits the mids on the speakers in a big way. The boys bring Lucy Kitchen in for “Secret Smile”, a thick and moody roller. With those smooth synth combinations and organic instrumentation and arrangement, the duo has successfully made yet another work of art.
Incognito – Decayed EP – Proximity Recordings
This one came out of left field for me, as things often do in this genre. I hadn’t heard of these guys until this release showed up in my inbox, and after hearing the Decayed EP, I hope I haven’t slept for too long. Their sound is deep, moody and brooding with depth, and they give us a good taste of that with this EP. Smooth and mysterious melodies with big moving baselines that make me feel like I was dropped into a dark cave on an alien planet with nothing but a flashlight. I strongly suggest you guys check out all of the tunes on this EP to get a taste of what Incognito is all about.
Soligen & Type 2 / Break / Impish – So Sick EP – Fokuz Recordings Listen to the release here
Fokuz continues their relentless barrage of talent with the So Sick EP. The release starts us off with a steady-rolling remix of Soligen & Type 2’s “Can’t Go”, with Break at the controls with a smoothly-guided decent. The rest of the musical journey is handled by Impish, an up-and-coming producer I am just becoming familiar with, and I like what I hear. “So Sick” starts out chill atmospheres and slams us in the chest with cut-up breaks and angry-monster bass. “Closer” brings that old-2000-era-Calibre vibe with a modern twist. “Digital Bath” is a night driving tune, and a perfect closing track to yet another fantastic release by the imprint.
Mike is the Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of the DNB Vault who, notably, was a long time writer for the now defunct KMAG while covering music and events from Warp Tour, NOFX, Dirtyphonics and Benny Page.