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.
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.
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.
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…
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
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
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…
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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).