Mancunian producer D/R/U/G/S' sound is difficult to pigeonhole in terms of genre, yet one can definitely pin point some recurring themes. For one he does not shy away from the buzzier side of synth textures, which are often complimented by deep ambient pads. He also places a lot of emphasis on melodies and manages to deliver unique manipulations of vocal snippets, a trick that many electronic producers resort to these days yet fail to do so creatively. All of the above holds up on the three track EP that he is offering up for free in exchange for your e-mail (fill in the widget below for your own copy). Opening track "Hemisphere" is a definite highlight and the froggy bassline could easily be the inspiration for the EP's title. Also noteworthy is the third track, "Ring of Endless Light" that sounds a bit like something FSOL would have produced in 2012. If you're interested in catching D/R/U/G/S and you reside in the UK, check out the details of his tour with Delphic here. Listen to our download the Amphibian EP below:
Thursday, August 30, 2012
While the Purple Don's debut LP The Vision as a whole was not much to write home about, Joker's signature take on dubstep remains on the radar of must fans of the genre and continues to impress on the few releases, alt takes and remixes since. The latest track to surface on his soundcloud "Old Era" (to be released on his own imprint Kapsize) is no exception. The arpeggiated blips, a harsh bassline, reminiscent of Squarepusher textures but obviously more sequenced, combined with his efficient dubstep drum patterns are everything we loved about Joker and more, not to mention the artwork is pretty amazing (and purple) too. Preview the track below:
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Back from hiding, Red Cup contributor and Athens based producer mis-bit has offered up one of his latest tracks for our casual release output Rec'd Up. With influences ranging from the Tri Angle roster to the tense atmosphere in Athens, Greece mis-bit delivers a dark and pensive ghost-hop number entitled "Over//Under" which you can listen to or download below:
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
We'd like to start off with a gigantic thank you to the folks over at Onomatopoeia for basically taking over Red Cup for a while since we've been gone. You might not have noticed, but some of us have been on vacation while our like-minded friends and co-contributors from 'poeia have been making sure you haven't missed anything worthwhile during these slow months in the world of electronic music. What you definitely shouldn't have missed is the Perestroika "Very Very Dangerous" EP co-presented by our two blogs and available for free download.
Now to get to the matter at hand, Onomatopoeia already posted this surprise full album stream of Holy Other's Held LP which will be releasing soon, yet as true Tri Angle Records completionists we thought we'd post it here too for our archives. We'll be honest with you: we've pre-ordered the record and we suffer from a severe case of vinyl fetishism so we won't actually listen to it until we're putting a needle on its grooves. Our expectations are so high, it's arrival will be an event over at Red Cup. Perhaps those of you without such hang ups can tell us what it's like?
Friday, August 10, 2012
Apparently Balam Acab made this remix of "Helios" over a year ago for José Padilla & Kirsty Keatch but it only just came out today via a video. The sound of this one is liquid, you’ll see what I mean once you press play. On a side note apparently combining these three artists essentially equals what I hear as Purity Ring!
Monday, August 6, 2012
Onomatopoeia and Red Cup present, Perestroika - The Very Very Dangerous EP. Chambaland and I like to switch it up and give ourselves a little challenge now and again so for our latest batch of Mashup’s we had a strict recipe to follow. Our ingredients? One shared acapella for two different instrumentals, all mixed together for two unique dishes. Check out “Danger City” below and then head over to our friends at Onomatopoeia to hear the exclusive flipside, “Danger Phone!”
Perestroika - "Danger City": 4:21
Busta Rhymes - "Dangerous" Vs. M83 - "Midnight City"Perestroika is Jediak & Chambaland Recorded August 4, 2012 in LIC, NY 105 BPM Key Bm
Art by Jediak