VIDEO: Sculpture – Polymorphic Operator

In a bit of a rush this evening (sadly), so just thought it pertinent to quickly share a killer new video from Sculpture, the same duo responsible for this audio-visual treat. Although it clocks in at a mere 100 second, the hypnotic glitch-laden Mandelbrot fractals and the nauseating drones of bass and synth certainly leave a lasting neurological impression. So without further ado check this, and have yourselves a merry little weekend:

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TRACK: Chesslo Junior – Hyroglyph

London-based electronic producer Chesslo Junior has a wide-ranging selection of tracks and projects to his name. An instrumental addition to creative label Wotnot Music  along with the likes of Deft and Sinna (among many others), Chesslo’s work veers towards the abstract and genre-bending.

It comes as great news then that Long Hum (his first ever release on vinyl) will be through DRUT - a label founded by none other than Kelpe just last year. Opening track Hyroglyph is a portent of great things as well. In it, Chesslo creates a multidimensional audio experience; industrial percussion and glowing swells swim around the ears, both disorienting and wonky. Throughout the track, you can hear subtle vox that sounds as if a lonely robot is crying out, trapped at the bottom of a deep steel-sided well. The smallest details often create the wildest imagery, it seems.

The rest of the album, from what I’ve heard in the preview (here), features meticulously composed tracks that stick true to Chesslo’s experimental tendencies — even with a standard 4/4 house tempo in place. You can pre-order Long Hum from BandCamp right away, with the vinyl due for distribution on May 5th and a digital release soon to follow on May 19th.

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VIDEO: Alphabets Heaven – Siamese Burn

Kaleidoscopic elements of sound and vision galore in this video for Siamese Burn by Alphabets Heaven.

Another member of the King Deluxe crew (this is starting to become a running joke now, honestly..), the Brighton-based producer chops together diverse samples all bound together through rich layers of fractured organic noise (think field recordings of birds and water).

Siamese Burn features deep & mellow kicks along with an unpredictable scattering of clicks and claps – common facets of Alphabets Heaven‘s work. Oscillating liquid synths fuse with the warm bass, cultivating an atmosphere of submersion.

The video is the work of Holland-based 3D visual artist Joren van Suylekom, along with Tim Kempees, John Buise and Coen Deurloo. It is a piece as deep, surreal and cavernous as the track it accompanies.

Siamese Burn is the title and opening track from Alphabet Heaven‘s second EP, released just over a year ago. To say the whole piece is intriguing would be a gross understatement; The EP overflows with an abundance of ornate sonic fragments that both massage and challenge the brain. Impressive stuff.

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SPOTLIGHT: Iglooghost

Sounds like those of Iglooghost are one of the many reasons why having ears is excellent. After discovering a rich seam of his beats on offer through a chance SoundCloud repost a few weeks back, I’ve since found myself completely hooked.

Iglooghost has released a number of tracks through forward-thinking label Error Broadcast (Shlomo, Pixelord) including his latest –a short & sweet album called Treetops that came out on Jan 27. When he isn’t producing, he’s busy graphic-designing as Seamus Mallaigh; all art for his singles and otherwise is his own. This, coupled with his multiple cassette releases, gives his work a proper DIY feel. Oh, and did I mention he’s only seventeen?

His sounds seem like they’re straight-up from the LA beat scene – BRAINFEEDER founder FlyLo has been cited as a source of influence in the past – but Iglooghost isn’t from LA. He’s from a small town in the UK called Shaftesbury, and he’s set to be the biggest thing to come out of there since that actor Robert Newton who played Bill Sykes in 1948’s Oliver Twist (thanks Wikipedia).

Iglooghost’s sunny glitch-hop tunes are lively and raw, a wicked blend of heavy hip-hop rhythms and sparkling melodies infused with a rich & crackling psychedelic glitchiness. His compositions are tight, crunchy and delicious – much like a vacuum-sealed braeburn apple. It’s so good for the soul in fact that, to keep this braeburn apple analogy going, it should definitely count towards your five-a-day. Or seven-a-day. Or twelve, whatever it is now. Anyway, check this out – the opening track is to-die-for.

Oh and if that wasn’t enough for you, have a goosey gander at this remix he did - a supercharged kaleidoscopic re-visioning of Wiley‘s original grimetastic track Flying, filled with his signature electronic goodness – and quality visuals to match, courtesy of RUFFMERCY.

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Check out this exclusive interview & mix combo he did for Province too, if you fancy a wee bit more reading/listening/what-have-you.

TRACK: Julien Mier – Vanished

Sharing another track from a King Deluxe artist might seem like a lazy option having featured them so many times in the past, but today it was simply unavoidable. In Julien Mier‘s latest, a previously unreleased single called Vanished, he creates cosmic panoramas through bright minimalist sound.

As you listen, it takes you on a transcendental journey through time and space. Twinkling arpeggios of crystalline synth weave in and out of one other, gently bound together with dulcet beats. No element of the track overpowers it’s neighbours; each sound is complimentary to everything adjacent, creating a remarkable piece of music that has, admittedly, been on repeat for a long, long time.

Vanished is a delicate and scintillating track that further strengthens Mier’s distinction as a beat-crafting artisan. Little else needs to be said really – his music really does speak for itself…

Here’s a little bit I wrote about Julien Mier‘s video for Super Tropic Tramp last November too.

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REVIEW: Eric Rigo – Flight of the Birds EP

It’s been just over two months since last I shared the work of Eric Rigo. His work flits between styles – some tracks are warm progressive house, others exude a serene ambience – and his latest dual EP release further exhibits this diversity of sound. While ‘Boarding Pass‘ offers deliciously smooth housiness, ‘Flight of the Birds‘ showcases Rigo’s producing prowess in equal measure and, being in a particularly chill mood, it is the latter of which I shall write.

The opening piece, at eighty seconds in length, is a brief introduction to the rest of the EP. It gradually weaves together a tapestry of gossamer-fine synths, creating a base layer for Rigo to splash sound upon throughout his next track.

Flight of the Birds, as its name would suggest, is a buoyant and uplifting piece. The little details placed throughout lend it real depth; small spots of glitchy white noise and intangible percussive echoes pan from speaker to speaker. These elements are fastidiously placed amidst blissful crescendo, which in turn is punctuated by the powerful reverberations of a single snare drum.

The final track is a remix from Ukrainian producer Owen Ear, based in Donetsk. He imbues the original with his textural downtempo style, beginning with blue tones that gradually warm as piano is introduced alongside string synths. These swell to bind the core elements of the track together with muted rhythms in the second half until, like the track before it, the music gradually fades into nothingness.

‘Flight of the Birds EP‘ is a succinct dose of serenity and therein lies the problem of many EPs – as soon as you’re settling down to enjoy the soothing ambient sounds, it’s all over. Brevity aside, Rigo’s latest is a beautiful listen that is nothing short of captivating. The EP is available from Beatport through Silk Sofa Music – the chilled/ambient/experimental division of netlabel Silk Sofa who, on a slight tangent, celebrated their sixth birthday in January.

You can steam the EP in full below too. Enjoy losing yourself in its elegant tranquility, albeit for a brief twinkle in the skies of time.

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TRACK: Direct – Sonder

If you like your bass comparable to being ensconced in a twelve tog duvet made from the finest Egyptian cotton and packed with eiderdown, well… you’re in for a treat.

This latest track from US producer Direct is a feast for the ears, with sumptuously arranged sounds both intense and contemplative. The piece opens with light and gentle drones, small soundbites of human noise acting as a poignant nod to the track’s namesake ‘Sonder - the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

Partway through, Sonder transforms into a seriously smooth piece of future-garage, featuring a creamy combination of kicks and snare drum punctuated with intricate percussive crunches. The track trails off in the same way it begins, as cyclical in nature as the hectic lives to which the title alludes.

Direct is the moniker of Joseph Lyncheski, currently based in Orlando, FL who releases his work through independent label Monstercat (Mr FijiWiji, CoMa, Rameses B). His most recent EP, Wanna Know You, dropped just over three weeks ago and is available on Beatport — though if you’re feeling particularly stingy you can just stream it in lower quality from his SoundCloud page (social/music links below).

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