Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Stefan Ringer - Blow Up

Atlanta's underground all-star, Stefan Ringer, releases his newest record on Detroit's modern sound imprint, Black Catalogue. His EP Blow Up features four tracks of utter pleasure, featuring vocals from Ryan Parks, Alexis, and Stefan Ringer himself, on stellar tracks like 'FriSatNite' and 'Body'. Stefan has had quite a few releases out this year and has made big strides in his production crafting through starting a new project as Black Suédé and having debuts as Stefan Ringer on several labels around the globe.

Blow Up, is charming and smooth in its deep soulful grooves and luring vocals, highlighting Ringer's signature soul soaked basslines and jazz inspiring arrangements. There's some real funky numbers for the dancefloor on this record. I highly recommend, it won't disappoint. Buy the EP now via bandcamp or Juno.

Previously :: DECKast #56 x Stefan Ringer

Sunday, November 22, 2015

video :: Beatsofreen - 'Slowly Rising'

Newest artist on King Deluxe going by way of Beatsofreen released a beautiful video for 'Slowly Rising', a track of his full length debut, Full Circle. The visual artist Hideki Inaba directs and repurposes the track wonderfully using colors and organic flows of space and repetition to harp the track's serenity. The gorgeous video was picked up as a Vimeo Staff Pick, check it out above and purchase Full Circle via Bandcamp today.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

preview :: Natan H - Erklingen EP

Former Chicago native but now Los Angeles based producer and sound guru Natan H preps a new EP on Amsterdam record label Taped Artifact, called Erklingen. Natan H has had successful year thus far with a debut on Finale Sessions, a single on Molten Moods, and a new EP through his collaborative project with Owen Jay for Gauss Ltd label. Consistent with his dub minimal productions and deep indebted tech-house structures, it is clear the man knows how to evolve and push his sound further with each new track he fabricates.

This new EP tells the tale of four cuts following a dub techno regiment filing in with spacey atmospherics and slick kick drum antics. While the A-side has a taste of the 303s and acid dictation, the b-side contains thought provoking cerebral dance rhythms that can be turned on at any time. Grab the full EP Friday Nov.20th and listen to previews below...

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Astro Buhloone - Forever EP

Newly established Poland music imprint, Astropical Tapes debuts its first release from Wroclaw duo, Astro Buhloone this week. The EP, Forever, is a deep soulful one with undeniable grooves and transcending rhythm/melody compositions. It features stellar remixes from 4004 (Faces / Quintessentials) & Tanzlife (Local Talk / Let's Play House) on the attractive title track, 'Forever'. Listen to snippets of the EP below and check out the space-gazing music video for 'Forever'. Keep an eye out for more stuff on Astropical Tapes in the future. Purchase the debut release on vinyl and digital over here.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Earth House Hold vs bvdub

San Francisco based prolific electronic producer, bvdub better known as Brock Van Wey took to his soundcloud yesterday to offer up two free tracks, at alluring 13 minute lengths. Available on both FLAC and MP3, Brock stresses how these two tracks, 'Withering' and 'Wishing' have both helped him in difficult times and helped him remember of the good ones. He infuses his more upbeat alias Earth House Hold with his deep rooted persona that started it all as bvdub. Both tracks are serene and thoughtful creating emotional feels throughout the mind, body, and soul in the most positive light. Download the two brilliant cuts here. Here's what Brock had to say about it all when he announced on his Facebook yesterday...

"here you go :) my sincerest wishes you all love these two tracks as much as i do. i don't think they could encompass any better all the things they were, and are, supposed to. since i made them at that time, i still listen to them nearly every day... they have rescued me... and helped me remember.

if they can do nothing else but be a part of your day, i'm happy :)

both are up in MP3 and FLAC, fully downloadable. sorry i'm not adept enough at Soundcloud to know how to put them in albums.

thanks to all for waiting so long, and keeping the faith! :)
*edit, Soundcloud just sent me an email and said they are going to disable the download feature unless i pay to upgrade to Soundcloud pro (or whatever it is). if you are unable to download it, you can do so directly here:


it is only the MP3 version, though. i will work on finding a spot for the FLAC one (it takes up a lot more bandwidth, so people are going to be less enthusiastic about hosting it;)

sorry about all that, and thanks for your understanding."

Previously :: stream :: Earth House Hold - See Through You

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pearson Sound - Freeze / Thaw Cycle

Hessel Audio co-founder, Pearson Sound self-released a killer 12" two days ago that is finally available for grabs. Freeze / Thaw Cycle are two tracks that have been long-awaited, and the type of Pearson Sound vibe everyone wants to hear more of. This release follows his stellar self-titled debut from earlier this year. While 'Thaw Cycle' uplifts with its thought pondering melody house garage aesthetic, the b-side 'Freeze Cycle' dives deep and dark into a mind-altering acid abyss. So much heat off this record. It is currently sold out on 12" but can be purchased in digital format via Pearson Sound's bandcamp. Listen up...

Monday, October 12, 2015

Brown Irvin on Motion Ward

Newly established Los Angeles record label, Motion Ward, founded by rwd.fm 'No Secrets' radio host and Blankstairs affiliate, Jesse Sappell aka Moiety; preps the imprint's launch at the end of the month.  The label's first release comes from well-known Compton based producer AshTreJenkin's under his new moniker Brown Irvin.

This new project debuts his recent sound experiment with dance-oriented rhythms and grooves. With a heavy influence from Moodymann and other credible deep dance honchos, AshTreJinkin's flips the script and shows his versatility in a new branch of sound and production than what he's been known for. Tone/Bay Fog is an instant hook as it begins with 'Tone', an easing melody on the mind, building with every mechanical repeat. Grounding itself throughout with claps and high-hats it moves forward on a bassline that is instantly gratifying. Stream the A-side below and pre-order the full release on bandcamp, it will be available on limited edition cassette and digital October 27th.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

heavy rotation :: Beat Detectives - Climate Change

Minneapolis/Brooklyn trio, Beat Detectives recently debuted their first release on vinyl format through Not Not Fun entitled, Climate Change. The group previously has had a slew of tapes on 1080p, 100% Silk, Night People, Where To Now, and Moon Glyph. They've built up their rep and finally got a much deserved full-length on wax. Their sound is very raw and gritty emitting a post-punk grain with an east-coast hiss.

Climate Change includes 14 tracks of burgeoning lo-fi drum friction compromised in a techno, house, funk manner. Sprawling vocals and almost unidentifiable lyrics accompanied by heavy mind-melting beats and 8-bit filters, this album will definitely heat you up and cool you off. While 'Something Temporary' will lock you in a darkwave daze, 'Somethin's Rippin' will get you moving, and 'Napoleon Hat' will chill you out wanting more. Consistent throughout, these Beat Detectives cats are on to something special and unique. Highly recommend this one. Purchase the entire album now on all formats over here.

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

preview :: Aleks - Different Stories EP

L.A. based record label, Hesperian Sound Division recently came out with their third release, featuring Haarlem/Netherlands based producer, Aleks. His debut EP, Different Stories, contains four submersed dub-techno cadences for the thought ponderers and body movers. Its got a mysterious aura and a hypnotic nature that you can't help but to fall for. Highly recommend this one, purchase it now on 12"/digital via Juno.

Co-founder of HSD, Nick Tillman will be coming on That's Deck via EMS Radio this coming Monday, October 5th. Catch his special guest session on the show between 9PM-11PM PST tonight.

Also :: Check out Aleks' most recent ambient charged mix for Shimmering Mood Records...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

stream :: Newbody - Telephone

Favorite L.A. duo, Newbody has a new EP out called Telephone, through their very own imprint, Newbody Records. This 3-track release is probably their most vocal and soulful yet! With Jonathan Roshad on the instrumental and Roberto Ramone on the lyrics, this dynamic pair is continually taking new stabs at a hybrid of sounds that fabricate their dubby, funky signature garage vibe. Definitely one of a kind coming out of Los Angeles at the moment.

The title track, 'Telephone' will definitely have you feeling some type of way. Intricately organized aquatic garage rhythms and soulful R&B scats, this cut is all hype and more in the best possible way. Both 'Why' and 'D.G.A.D.' take a more moody approach but still hold true to duo's slick basslines and two-step house feels. Purchase the EP via Traxsource and listen below...

Previously :: stream :: Newbody - Think EP

Thursday, October 1, 2015

DECKast #60 x Aria Rostami

Hailing from San Francisco and most well known for his recent work on Spring Theory Records, Aria Rostami has been pushing his sound into new territories consistently over the past several years. Ranging from experimental avant-garde pop to otherworldly broken beat instrumentals, Rostami explores and captures a new sound for his newest album on Audiobulb entitled, Sibbe (Sibby). The entire album took him a course of three years to create but he has secretly been ideating for the past seven years, searching for the true meaning to make this album come to fruition.

Focusing on information and the technology that proliferates information and cultural identity today, Aria carefully constructs an emotionally charged 7-track album, breaking down cultural barriers, and highlighting the method of creating art for art's sake and not being bound by the social norms of commercialism.

Rostami does a fine job of conveying these complex issues through organic soundscapes using a culmination of field recordings,  a Piano, Turkish Tar, Synthesizer, Vocals, Glockenspiel, Violin, and Melodica and the DAW / Renoise. Each track is carefully composed reaching serene climaxes and almost brash uncomfortable lows. It very much sums up the chaos of today's fast moving society and the disregard for the beauty of art-form. Rostami's ambient compositions blossom the truth and reality of it all and gives the listener a listening environment to ponder, explore, and think deeply. Purchase Sibbe here and listen to select tracks from the album below.

Aria was kind enough to contribute the newest mix in our DECKast series, and also took the time to have a thought-provoking Q&A session with me that you can read after the jump. His almost hour long DECKast, is sedative and meditative in every which way, featuring the esoteric sounds of Actress to the shoegaze madness of Chasms. Listen and download it here...

Tracklist ::
1. Can - Millionenspiel
2. James Holden - The Caterpillar's Intervention
3. Aria Rostami - Nostradaminica (Odd Shapes Remix)
4. Actress - Our
5. Chasms - Riser
6. The Seatbelts - Space Lion
7. Aria Rostami - Vietnamoses
8. Floating Points - Sais
9. Isao Tomita - Preludes Book 1 No. 8 The Girl With The Flaxen Hair
10. Aria Rostami - Streetlights As Fairgrounds (Saine Remix)

Click 'Read More' for my Q&A with Aria Rostami...

Thursday, September 17, 2015

event :: Fine Time - Sep. 18th & 19th

Looking for something to do in Los Angeles this weekend? Fine Time has got you covered. The good people that run the awesome Fine Time party are going hard this weekend with a two-day underground frenzy featuring some artists and DJs that would be a shame to miss if you like to get-down.

Friday - September 18th, you can catch the sounds and selections from London based Mumdance, lethal NYC duo Teengirl Fantasy doing things live, as well as Mexico City's DJ Smurphy. Tahl K on the warm-up duties as per usual. This one will be real fun. You can RSVP for location and discounted early entry over here.

Saturday - September 19th, Fine Time brings Club Time to life again with SF's finest electronic technician Matrixxman, L.I.E.S. affiliate Gunnar Haslam, and Lobster Theremin's Rawaat. It's going to be a raw gritty body banging sweat show with a dosage of house and techno for the elite heads that like party until the early AM. RSVP for location and discounted entry before midnight over at Restless Nites or grab your pre-sales over here.

Previously :: Galcher Lustwerk & Nautiluss in the West Coast

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

preview :: VA - Straight From The Wherehouse Vol.1

Tijuana based record label, Vicario LTD, has recently transitioned from being a digital-based to now a vinyl only imprint, ran by Soul of Hex. The label's first 12" compilation entitled, Straight From The Wherehouse Vol.1, features works from 4004, Cromie, Sebastien Vorhaus, Nachtbraker, Urulu, and Frits Wentink. Four tracks of timeless house made for the warehouse floors from four solid talents on that West-Coast >> European connection.

The A-side features a first time collaboration between Cromie and Vicario LTD curators 4004 and Sebastien Vorhaus for 'The Add Dimension', an instant sweeper with all types of bouncy goodness that will instantly start a party in any equation. Nachtbraker brings the tropical grooves on 'Who's Your Dede' while Urulu brings the chilled laid-back grooves on 'Cool Chris' at the start of the B-side. Amsterdam based Frits Wentink closes out the record with 'Angela Saliva', which might just be my most favorite off the release, as he features a wobbly pitched melody on a slick bassline giving you a jacking beat that you can't help but fall in love with.

Purchase the compilation over here and catch Vicario LTD's launch party this weekend in Tijuana at the awesome WhereHouse venue. The two day affair will feature sets from Glenn Astro, Max Graef, Urulu, Cromie, and many more! Find out more info here.

Previously :: Cromie on That's Deck radio show

video :: King Midas Sound / Fennesz - 'Lighthouse (Version)'

London dub outfit, King Midas Sound, led by Kevin Martin (The Bug) is set to release a full length LP entitled, Edition 1, on Ninja Tune featuring Austrian guitarist and sound artist Christian Fennesz. The unique album collaboration will be the first installment of four editions to come in the next several years, where Martin, Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi will collaborate with a different artist on each edition. This is super exciting as they the delve deep into the art of collaboration, something that they are definitely not strangers to.

Pitchfork recently premiered their official video for 'Lighthouse (Version)' that was directed & shot on 16mm film by Paul Clipson. Clipson reimagines the track visually blending light shapes and collaging drifting imagery in a sporadically serene manner, perfect for the sonic soundscape KMS and Fennesz have constructed. Check it out below. Also check out their second single 'Waves', to get a further tease into what this first edition is going to be all about. Expect this and more.

Edition 1 is out on Ninja Tune September 18th - For tracklist and pre-order it here. You can stream the whole album now via Crack Magazine.

Monday, September 7, 2015

download :: Nite-Funk - 'Can You Read Me?'

Dam-Funk celebrates his second full length on Stone Throw Records with a free download featuring fellow L.A. funk collaborator Nite Jewel, fabricating the very deep and enlightening cut, 'Can You Read Me ?'. Dam-Funk's new album, Invite The Light, features work from Ariel Pink, Snoop Dogg, Computer Jay, Nite Jewel, Jane Jupiter, Q-Tip, and many more. It's fantastic in every way. Modern funk into the future and beyond. Take a listen. Purchase the whole thing via MP3/CD/Vinyl over here.