Brooklyn rapper and purveyor of ratchet artistry Mr. MFN eXquire has recently released an anticipated single, “Illest Ni–az Breathin”, as he prepares to release his upcoming mixtape Kismet due out next month. The single apparently has been a crowd favorite for about a year now at his live performances but hasn’t come to be released properly until last week due to sample clearance issues, and you will probably be able to pick out what exactly was problematic after listening to the original. Along with the bonus instrumental and acapella versions, the singe is bundled with three remixes, one of which—spotlighted here—comes courtesy of LuckyMe mate and Astro Nautico boss Obey City. While the original might seem intrusive from the assertive subject matter alone, the horror-scored beat that backs it only makes it colder, but this emotion is converted by the Brooklyn producer. If the “oh!’ stamp proves to be unrecognizable to you, the sunraying synth that washes over the song points to a style triumphantly inhabited by Obey and is the sole element, aside from slight vocal pitch alteration, that makes eXquire seems less pushy.
To much of our dismay, this two track EP will be the last product from the young, once burgeoning Bordeaux-stationed house constructor D.Fine. Reasons for his indefinite hiatus haven’t been explained, but he does leave us with something special and highly reminiscent of his former outputs. Both the opening track “All The Same” and title track “No Language” creep past the six-minute mark and combine house standards in a way in which we have come to expect from Mr. Fine. For now you can stream below. Don’t forget to catch up on the man’s amounted work to this point by paying a visit to his Soundcloud page.
The man Markus Garcia, whom we all know as the former half of LOL Boys, has been intermittently but surely making proper noise by himself under his solo heartbeat(s) moniker. Chi-house presents as a prominent influence in a handful of his tunes, but maybe a little less evidently on his recent remix of “That Girl” by Innershades. Garcia’s mix is slightly reined back compared to the original, the latter sounding off with a higher tempo and a nearer acid line. This remix is stream only, which you can do so below.
A month off from the release of his Key Lime EP, Connecticut’s Lars Probert a.k.a. Color Plus has offered up a new track. “Pulp” it seems further marks Probert’s progression from a style of unambiguous, experimental bass to a style more geared for floor sensibility. Similar to the majority of the aforementioned project, the new track contains somewhat of an airy texture stemming from vocal abstraction, but still drives for movement via garage/2-step rhythms and drum fills. We can only hope for a near, full release of this type joints, but enjoy this one for now.
“Is It True?” has been the most recent opportunity to peek into the sound operations of the Phoenix-based artist Myrrys. On last year’s EP I’m a State of Mind for Body High, the producer brought pretty happening tracks—including the rinsed ones like “Nimh” and “Phantom Doze”—all appearing with high energy but not necessarily based on high tempos, a contrary element when comparing Myrrys to his label mates and their floor-geared releases on the same label. This cut off of his upcoming EP Southside Horror, once again on BH, is turned down, for lack of a better term. While considering the hardhearted title of the project, let’s see if the rest of the EP is this light or will contain a little more damaging music when it’s released on May 28.
While we’re on the subject of Body High, you can go here for a new mix from label boss Samo Sound Boy in which he encompasses the utmost essential of club tunes.
If you were able to get your hands on the limited edition blue cassette tape version for the release of The Range’s recent Seneca EP, then you already have Keyboard Kid’s remix of opening track “PS 3”. Luckily, the hosting label Donky Pitch has graciously liberated the Based World co-pilot’s version for free. The Seattle-stationed beatmaker, who’s affiliation with Lil B and his movement as a producer is second to none and who’s consistent output we’ve come to recognize as (in a good way) almost unmanageable at this point, turns the original drum line workout of “PS 3” into an equally undeniable track. KK is heard turning down the tempo a tad and choosing the original piano keys as an accessible target for his chopping knack. Stream and download the remix below.
L.A. label/collective The Melt’s year-inaugurating compilation released earlier in March was really something of a wrap up of some of the most exciting up and coming producers stationed in the States, featuring artists such as C.Z., Color Plus, Obey City and Djemba Djemba, whom most of you readers should be acquainted with by now—beside Melt residents. And you’d have to figure that success on the label defining compilation would mean a surprising following release, which newly added member to the crew Queen Leaf’s debut certainly is. The title track is an awe-inspiring, six and a half minute journey, propelled by precise percussion, at-points grimy synths, mesmerizing textures, and equally mesmeric vocal chops. Depending, it’s definitely a mover, but with a spacious attitude that has the potential to shift gear for a heady listen. “Self Play” and “I Tried” are similarly natured, to no discouragement. Download the EP here, for free if you choose so.
For the third installment of the Night Slugs mixtape series, London producer Girl Unit has taken the duty with about 40 minutes of perfectly woven material, some of which we’ve been jamming to already and other tunes that have yet to be released. Somewhat expectedly, but definitely not to our dismissal, NSMIX003 plays through with Jersey club, with a classic from DJ Booman and the Transit Anthem from J Heat that hasn’t ceased to big, ballroom, and of course the techno/club mishmashes from Girl Unit’s label mates. However much similar the track list looks to the two preceding it, this mix is a little less rigid-sounding, and it is sandwiched by the synth-swathed opener that is the new Ikonika and the “Body Party” instrumental. You can stream and download the mix for free below.
The Bicep boys and celebrated English techno duo Simian Mobile Disco have met minds for the collaborative new single “Sacrifice”. Seeing a release on June 24th via Delicacies, the near 9-minute track is a conspiring one that, upon hearing, is easy to demarcate which team brought what to the table in terms of elements. Around the two and a half minute mark is when the techno mover reaches the beginning stages of its glory, sounding off with a riveting analogue line on top of an incessant 4×4. Really, the combined 4 producers offer up something that you’d be stupid not like.
So a bunch of people have been taking a crack at the footwork thing this year, but it’s Chicago where you must seek the origins of the genre as well as the producers who continue to create it most fruitfully. Enter Dj Earl, the 22 year old dancer-turned-producer who’s already garnered support from the windy city pop with only a few releases, as well as notable inclusion to the Dj Rashad and Dj Spinn-lead Teklife collective, of which the current state of footwork music in Chicago is represented most prevalently by. The tracks on his latest Ambient EP are clocked at 160, making them choice battleground anthems, but his house-leaning use of soul samples and devilish synthesizers on some tracks make also for a heady listen. What will tire first, the neck or the foot?