Mapzzz’s own head honcho, Glenn Jackson, has an EP on its way next month for NY’s Ceremony imprint and has revealed the forthcoming record’s first single, “Save.” With over five minutes of juicy piano loops and swirling space, it’s a mellow piece of house, but one that still comes a bit bouncier than the tunes he first offered on his Mapzzz EP way back in 2011. Take a listen to “Save” below and keep an eye out for Jackson’s Morning Swim EP, dropping February 5.
We missed this free one when it was first posted just before 2012 came to a close, but fortunately the Detroit wunderkind himself, Kyle Hall, re-uploaded it for all to enjoy/download, even tagging it with the gear he used to make the tune: “Juno 106, Nord Lead 2, Roland SP 404, Akai MPC 1000, Zoom R24, and Boss RV-5.” You can stream “Untitled” below and pick up the DL for free here.
Usually, we’re not too keen on shortened, preview-style streams of records, but we are willing to make exceptions, and in the case of Leon Vynehall’s forthcoming Rosalind EP and Russian producer Nphonix’s upcoming record for the Audio Culture label—an exception has been made. But, for good reason of course, as this pair of EPs are shaping up to get 2013 off to a great start.
Leon Vynehall - Rosalind EP (Well Rounded, February 5)
Nphonix – Tactix Ep (Audio Culture, Late January)
We really don’t know anything more about Recycle Culture than the fact that this EP is magical. Earlier today, In Transit found its way onto the always keen No Fear of Pop blog and then, shortly thereafter, into our hearts—it’s four pieces of lush new-age-meets-ambient-meets-“Moments in Love”-esque-electro-pop hitting just the right spot.
Seattle’s DJAO has been on our radar for a minute—his soupy, introverted tracks luring us into the depths of his releases for the likes of Portland’s Dropping Gems and his hometown imprint Car Crash Set. That’s why it’s nice to see this rising tunesmith taking the lead spot on Friends of Friends’ forthcoming Show Me the Future compilation, which alongside DJAO’s “Time to Stop Waiting,” features tunes from Kid Smpl, Octo Octa, Dreams, and a handful of other producers. You can stream AO’s dreamy contribution below and head here to read up on the rest of the tracklist before the collection drops January 15.
Over the course of 2012, Toronto’s Nautiluss stood out as one of the most consistently impressive producers amongst the intersecting worlds of techno, house, and bass, penning two excellent EPs for the Turbo imprint (αlpha and Habitat) alongside a stream of ace remixes and one-offs. “Zero Gravity” represents the man’s first official 2013 outing and, after a few spins, appears to be one of his most enticing tracks, full to the brim with rich chords, sparkling arpeggios, and an inescapable amount of bass-heavy drive. The tune is set to appear alongside tracks from fellow Toronto residents Kevin McPhee and Gingy on Dovercourt, a forthcoming compilation EP for Martyn’s 3024 label.
Usually, we’re not ones to go praising the likes of folks you should already know, and/or probably are used to endlessly hearing about, such as the inimitable electronic music living legend that is Four Tet. Still, just in case you happened to miss this go down live on the world-wide webs yesterday, or somehow haven’t been able to fit in a listen yet today, we felt the need to remind you that it is certainly worth the 42:04 minutes of your day it requires. DON’T SLEEP! Some of the most inspiring electronic music of the day is just a click away…
Dam Mantle is a producer we’ve closely watched over the past two years, his blend of downtrodden electronics yielding introspective, post-whatever concoctions that have continually caught our attention. Now, the man has doubled-up on releases for the month of October, dropping his excellent debut full-length, Brothers Fowl, and letting loose this split EP with the new-to-us trio Lover’s Rights. Although Mantle’s half of the EP is noticeably more to our taste, the pair of outfits do compliment each other rather nicely, making for a quite enjoyable and well-balanced four-track effort. (via Dummy)
The Canadian wunderkind/chillwave survivor Teen Daze is set to drop his second full-length of the year, The Inner Mansions, this November and has let loose another spell-binding tune to spread the word. “Spirit” is bathed in tranquility—its combination of swirling pads, chopped melodies, and gorgeous guitars making for a truly peaceful listening experience. Really, it’s just a beautiful song and one we hope will come with plenty more similarly inviting pieces when the man’s album drops November 19. (via Abeano)
The Georgia-based up-and-comer Rekchampa quietly dropped a new EP this week, collecting a few of his recent SoundCloud highlights with some brand new tunes for a solid five-track effort deemed the Self-Serve EP. Alongside the heavenly “Collapsin” (a tune we featured here on Mapzzz a few months back), Champa shows he still knows his way around moody chords, skittering drums, and even a bit of funky swing on the EP, with the closing “Loft” standing as the standout track in our eyes. You can stream the whole record below and pick it up for the agreeable price of $4 over on the man’s Bandcamp.
- Mapzzz EP19 – Pale Blue Dot
- Video: Archie Pelago – Subway Gothic
- Stream: No Pain in Pop – The Bedroom Club II
- Stream: New Tracks from Asura
- Stream: Glenn Jackson – Morning Swim
- Stream: M. Sage – Fuji Station: Confines of Time
- Stream: Jacques Greene – Quicksand
- MP3: Grizzly Bear – Gun Shy (Lindstrøm Remix)
- Stream: Ghibli – Vespers
- Stream: Todd Terje and Lindstrøm – Lanzarote
Friends and Places of Interest
- All Shook Down
- The Bay Bridged
- Boiler Room
- Control Voltage
- Cruel Rhythm
- Ears of the Beholder
- East to West
- Flashlight Tag
- Glo-Fi Must Die
- Juno Plus
- Live For the Funk
- Lost Lost Lost
- No Fear of Pop
- Resident Advisor
- Second Sight
- Speaker Snacks
- Stadiums and Shrines