Fresh Batch – March 2021

Hello, lovely and beautiful people!



We are cutting through the noise this month, bringing you a heaping-helping of new music!

Forget the drama, throw on your best headphones or crank up those speakers, it’s time to discover some fresh sounds….

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Flow State, by Zvrra

The recent EP, Flow State by Illinois based techno producer Zvrra brings us minimalist, driving techno that instantly puts us into the state of, well, flow promised.

The opener, the eponymous Flow State, is crisp, punchy and brittle in equal measure. We’re night-driving through a deserted strip-lighted tunnel in search of some warehouse rave that will never emerge.

Flow State II follows, taking things to an even more minimal place with subtly skittering beats and a menacing bass riff slowly-but-insistently driving us forwards.

Track 3, The Gift of Dexterity, sees a glimmer of albeit-still-quite-icy synths breaking cover over the sparse horizon. The track’s title hints at Zvrra’s ability to deftly introduce new elements to their compositions that keep us hooked whilst never breaking us out of the titular flow state we’re locked into. 

This EP’s closer, The Curse of Dexterity, flips the tone of the first three pieces, introducing a harder, more submerged soundscape with a rapid bass kick and the future-kitsch chirruping of computer systems fluttering in the background.

Zvrra’s ability to keep techno fresh and exciting whilst staying true to its minimalist hypnotic essence makes their music an essential addition to your sonic world.

Fresh Batch – February 2021

Well HELLO there readers! It certainly has been a while since we had one of these!

We are very pleased to announce the return of the FRESH BATCH – a monthly roundup of the freshest and finest sounds from the underground!

The goal of the FRESH BATCH is to provide a one-stop shop for some quality music. Too busy to browse through Bandcamp tags or thumb through your social media feeds?! We got you.

Thanks to our over 6 years of experience combing through labels, collectives, blogs, PR blasts and pure curiosity – we collect interesting and inspiring sounds every single month – trim the fat and hand deliver it…..FRESH.

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Microcosmos, by Heavenchord

True, pure dub-techno vibes brought to us by the crew at Hello Strange – this fresh full-length from Heavenchord is pulsing with fresh energy and signature mellow tone. Wandering across 7 tracks and 2 remixes, we are greeted by deep and round bass, steady rhythms and lush chords (as one would expect!). It’s quite a relaxed listen, with a very nice flow both overall and within the individual tracks. Microcosmos 3 is a favorite with a definite old school dub techno vibe sounding straight out of the early 2000’s with those echo’d hits and laid back yet excited pace.

Fresh Batch – March 11th, 2020

Boom! Selections! All over the world folks are pumping out incredible compositions and projects – as always it’s tough to keep up, but we’re doing out best! Please enjoy this selection of recently released excellence – the best of the best for whatever the reason – along with some goodies on the horizon to look forward to…


COMING SOON

3/17 – Tabernacle Takeover, by Gaddy (The Rust Music) Bass

3/20 – Beyond the Time Barrier Travelers, by Adult Human Band (Already Dead Tapes) Experimental

4/8 – Ultraviolet Radiation, by Feral (HYPNUS Records) Atmospheric Techno

4/10 – Plant Lab, by Plant Lab (Crash Symbols) Psychedelic


OUT NOW

AIR DRIVE LP, by Zwansound
Released by Girly Girl Musik
Experimental Ambient / Dreampunk / IDM

Alienomy, by Low Orbit Satellite
Self Released
Techno / Acid / Electronic

φ​-​2, by LUSTER-φ
Released by xo-archives
Experimental Techno / Longform / Electronics

ソリス博物館, by Telenights
Released by Seikomart
Ambient Vaporwave / Dreamwave / Experimental

火星情緒, by 火星情緒
Released by Illuminated Paths
Ambient Vaporwave / Eccojams / Lofi

Slow Dubs Vol.1, by Mystic Fyah
Released by INFINITA
Dub Techno / Downtempo / Ambient Dub

Filtered Artifacts III, by Coppice Halifax
Self Released
Ambient Techno / Dub Techno / Deep House

Mínimo EP, by Sacha Rush
Released by Kopoc Label
Dub Techno / Electronic / Minimal

split, by Lather/BBJr
Released by Personal Archives
Improvisation / Harsh Noise / Experimental

Jungle Boogie, by Ten Atmospheres
Released by NO PROBLEMA Tapes
New Age / Ambient / Field Recording

Amongst The Sakura Trees, by Sebastian Paul
Released by Shimmering Mood Records
Ambient / Drone / Chillout

Atmos, by Hidden Valley Logging Company
Released by Lillerne Tapes
Lo Fi / Atmospheric / Ambient


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INTENCOJ, by Nkujarks
Experimental Electronic / IDM / Dark Ambient

Fresh Batch – February 25th, 2020

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February has is coming and going at a brisk pace per-usual, but that has not stopped many producers and artists taking advantage of this strange season to push magnificent new releases. 2020 is trending with huge atmospheres and forward thinking composition, with exciting sounds coming from every direction…


COMING SOON

3/9 – Skin to Skin, by Sabriel’s Orb (Inner Islands) Ambient

3/13 – The Devil Defeated, by Darko The Super & Steel Tipped Dove (U Don’t Deserve This Beautiful Art) Hip Hop

4/24 – Hexose, by Sunken Foal (Coundersunk) Electronica


OUT NOW

Legacy Media, by Unaired Sitcom
Released by DMT Tapes FL
Alternative Vaporwave / Nostalgia / Ambient

Endless, by Zuwe
Released by Seikomart
Ambient / Electronic / Naturewave

Peachy, by Abdersta and Azuresands大麻
Released by power_lunch corporation
Vaporwave / Future Funk / Plunderphonics

12 Parsec, by Dott Santafeo
Released by Kopoc Label
Dub Techno / Electronic / Ambient

A Serene Sky and Clear Air / $T∆3IL
by Dublock / Trium Circulorum
Released by Trium Circulorum
Dub Techno / Atmospheric / Bass

Enigma, by Ovoid
Released by The Rust Music
Bass / Downtempo / Psychedelic Dubstep

AMBIENCE TOOLS II (50:02), Varvarkt, WHAT NOW BECOMES
Released by Sleep Is Commercial
Dub Techno / Deep House / Ambient Techno

Each Of Us Was Several, by Various Identities
Released by Engram Recordings
Experimental Ambient / Dream Pop / Improvisational 

Virtual Ballet, by Sent Down Girl
Released by No Problema Tapes
Experimental / Soundscape / Sound Collage

SHAM, by Kid Mania
Released by Girly Girl Musik
Broken Transmission / Experimental / Sound Collage

‘Oumuamua, by shnozberry fields
Released by BOGUS // COLLECTIVE
Experimental / Post-Internet / Eccojams


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The Void, by Awze
Electronic / Future Bass / Downtempo

another effect, by 2D

Delicious techno deconstruction presented to us by the gang over at Engram Recordings – we have another effect by 2D. Lush and contemplative, 2D takes the listener softly by the hand, leading us through a vibrant yet subtle jungle of sound. Lots of ideas woven together, chillhop grooves, resonating synthetic noodling, techno concepts dismantled and reconstructed into almost a pastiche of modern experimental electronics.

I found myself listening to this one over-and-over again, with repeat listens only deepening my respect and enjoyment. Land Scape 2 and Fiona are hands-down my favorite tracks from the record. Though it is only 7 tracks long – shy a long player but a bit beefy for an EP – the tracks are thick and substantial, hovering around 5 minutes a piece. The combination is actually perfect, I found myself replaying the entire record several times after listening through.

You can download the record now at Name Your Own Price via Engram Recordings Bandcamp page.

forest, by Lan°

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forest is a new EP of live electronic jams by Argentinian producer Lan° – consisting of 3 energetic IDM tracks bursting with flavor!

I found myself beginning my own bedroom dance party as I played through forest several times. My interest was caught by the collage of sound being built – with clear inspirations from braindance, downtempo, chillout and acid electronics – all fused together in quite satisfying compositions! Lazy Jam might be my favorite, though it’s really hard to choose…

There is a beautiful energy to the project – something subtle and joyful, at points I found myself grinning from ear to ear, bouncing along with the 808’s and bubbling synths. It honestly sounds like some kind of long-lost B Sides from Squarepusher after he took a couple doses of mushrooms and watched Saturday morning cartoons!

You can download the project now via Bandcamp. I am looking forward to hearing more from this producer in the future, so show some support! ✨

Cornflower and Camelia, by Thomas Carmody & Altone

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New dub-techno sounds from Lithuanian label Cold Tear Records , home to some favorites like Vytis, Joergmueller, Slownoise and Heavenchord, we have a nice and mellow 4-track EP collaborative effort from Thomas Carmody & Altone – Cornflower and Camelia. It’s a tight and pleasant collection of tracks with lots of atmospheric play and subtle sound evolution. Hearty in length, the producers don’t rush the movement – building around slow and steady changes. Repeat listens will only leave you more satisfied than before.

Lion Cuts, by CDX

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Impressive in scale and bold in execution, Lion Cuts is the latest full-length by multifaceted producer Tim Thornton (CDX, Tiger Village), brought to us by Doom Trip Records out of LA. Tight and diverse, like an expertly curated charcuterie platter, and it’s equally delicious!

CDX reaches into the massive pool of electronic history, swirling it around and emerging with an inspired and unique collection of tracks. At any moment you could pinpoint genres being mashed and merged – acid bass churning over chillhop beats, all mingling with massive synthwave atmospheres. Have no fear of over-complexity or pretentious un-listenability – Lion Cuts manages to be pleasantly easy to digest from start to finish. Even as CDX peppers in dissonance and experiments in structure and noise, it all serves to a larger experience of bubbly energy and sonic excitement.

Twenty Two II is one of my favorites, easily getting stuck in my head for hours at a time. Rose Gold Relationship Goals is another that really stays with me, the groove is so satisfying I want to hit repeat and keep the party going.

The record is available via Doom Trip Records digitally and on Cassette (Limit to 100 copies).

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