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This weeks new releases: IM:LTD, Samurai Music

Pennygiles & Phil Tangent - Stories Untold / We Don't Talk Anymore [IM:LTD]

Pennygiles and Phil Tangent have a nice little super combo going on here with their newest release on IM:LTD.

The single starts with Pennygiles' 'Stories Untold'. The track starts with some hazy pads and continues with a crunchy bassline. There are no big flips or tricks on it, but it works just as it is. Kind of reminds me of the hypnotic style of Big Bud. If you like the track, also make sure to check out Ebony Queen out on Rubik Records.

The second track is by Phil Tangent and it's also his second release on IM:LTD. 'We Don't Talk Anymore' combines two fairly important things you might find in a dnb track. The tune is a good piece of sound engineering, featuring a really punchy kick drum and a nice floating bassline. This is one of those tracks you can have on repeat for a good while and still keep on rocking.

IMLTD1213 is available as digital download on all good online musical data dealers.

Homemade Weapons - Kintaro EP [Samurai Music]

Here’s an interesting release from Samurai Music. Samurai Music has taken their sound back to the deeper end with this release from the Seattle based Homemade Weapons.

With the five tracks on this EP, Homemade Weapons invite you for a journey through an assassination, a dark alley with someone definitely following you, a battle of swords, to deep nightmares and finally back for some more chasing on the dark alley.

For people madly in love with Japanese art like the style of Hokusai, the release is available as a snow white 12" with an awesome cover art.

NZ024 is out now as a digital download and a 12" vinyl.

Releases of Interest: Gerwin, Frederic Robinson, Daat and more..

There's been some good new tunes released again lately, so we thought it was time to write a little post about some recent good stuff that has been in heavy rotation in the Science Hki loudspeakers and headphones, this time from labels like IM:ltd, Blu Mar Ten Music and Detuned Transmissions

Gerwin - Soul Truth / Lying Portraits remixes [IM:LTD]

It's probably not a big surprise that a French label gladly releases the music of French producers. And this IM:Ltd release is no exception.

The A side of this 12" is a remix of 'Soul Truth' by the Brazilian artist Bungle. This is a true banger. In fact, I almost thought this would have been a remix by Break, but little did I know! Be as it may, this is a really nice remix of a really good track. Basically what Bungle has done here is he's taken a somewhat non-standard dnb tune and turned it into a dancefloor oriented track in a sense that it's a lot more straight forward than the original, which I would say is more of an experimental type of a track. This remix by Bungle still works well on any type of occasions.

On the flip side a remix of a track by Gerwin, Nuage & 2SHY. This Zero T remix of 'Lying Portaits' is again some nice work, since Zero T has taken out most of 2SHY's vocals, which really changes the track quite a bit. Otherwise the overall feel of the track is quite similar, only a bit more direct. The B side is probably still a bit more of a remake while the Bungle remix on the A side I would concider as a remix. I think it would be fair to say that the release's main purpose is to bring these two tunes to the dancefloor audiences. And that's not a bad cause!

IMLTD1212 is out today, October 21st (vinyl & digital).

Frederic Robinson - Mixed Signals LP [Blu Mar Ten Music]

Here's the debut album of a German artist by the name Frederic Robinson. We had an artist feature of him on our last radio show for a good reason.

Frederic Robinson is a master of combining acoustic elements and sound design with drum & bass. His music has a very light touch to it, when in fact the tracks are all of high production quality. Blu Mar Ten isn't the first one to represent Robinson, but I think they have really hit a gold mine by giving him free hands to create a piece of art and release it to the public.

The LP features tracks with a heavy cinematic touch, tracks with contemporary classical music feel and tunes with minimal dnb qualities. The glue holding it all together is a style of using real instruments and actually recording his piano samples himself, putting a lot of time into mic positioning and such matters. Those things that you probably wouldn't spend too much time with when working purely in a computer oriented studio environment.

This time I'm not picking up any tracks in particular. Instead, I urge you to give the album a listen and make up your own mind whether or not it suits you. It does suit me and I'm pretty sure I will have this on heavy rotation.

Daat & Dominic Ridgway - 1999 / Crashes [Detuned Transmissions]

Detuned Transmission is a Canadian electronic music label formed by Jason Os and Joe Mnemonic who together also form a production duo which goes by the name Daat. Its first single was released on clear vinyl last month, but the digital files weren't released until 14h of October.

And what a nice release it is. 1999 is a dark, stripped and technoish little number with a pulsating bassline and post-apocalyptic scifi vibe. Crashes is the more mellow one of the tracks, with synth melodies and pads that remind you of some good old intelligent drum'n'bass.


L 33 & Response

OK folks, name of the game is "looming tracks". These two fairly new releases possess something more than just the elements that combine them, a trait that makes me go "yessssss" everytime it happens. Both are built as steady rollers with a modern touch that strips the excess mess, relying heavily on the bass levels and the eerie atmospherics created by that very same "less is more" attitude.

L 33 - All I want [Avantgarde]

'All I want' by L 33 gives you this metallic sounding, erratic and distinctive bass pattern and big floating subs backing it up heavily. Dry percussions offer the basses even more room to go really into your head, surgical would probably be the right word.

Response - Creep [Ingredients]

'Creep' by Response starts with a stab sound at the first beat and continues the merciless grinding the whole plus six minute lenght. This is one of those tracks that sounds better the longer you play them, gathering some more momentum every bar with its 'phantom audio-esque' bass and really pounding one note subs. Bonus points given on that 'there's no light without darkness'-sample, this one is definitely a keeper.

Words by Axu, St. Laurent & Trisector

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