Tri Angle is excited to announce the release of Reducer, the debut album from Hanz, a.k.a 25-year old producer and multi instrumentalist Brandon Juhans, on vinyl for the first time. With a penchant for the cinematic, the Georgia-born, Durham, North Carolina-based producer cuts blasted, abstract beats on post-punk textures, resulting in a sound that somehow manages to echo RZA, Rammellzee, This Heat and PIL, whilst carving out a unique identity all of his own. At a time when most hip hop production sounds as if it's stuck in preset mode, Reducer feels like a vital injection of creativity, harking back to a time in the past when no sample and no sound was off limits. Opening track, 'The History of...', a dizzying collage of broken drum machine beats, white noise shards and glitchy dub, is a good place to start in trying to epitomize the energy of the record. From there on Hanz continues to take the listener on a trip into a dark, complex headspace where haunted patois vocals, industrial drums, harps, elastic bass-lines and dystopian hip hop beats collide. It's his capability of collapsing one sound world into another almost seamlessly, whilst retaining a distinctly raw punk energy throughout that sets Hanz aside. It makes for an unpredictable and thrilling listen.In Reducer Hanz has created something wildly ambitious which, doesn't sound like much else out there in 2015. The 'Reducer' LP will be produced in limited quantities.
Solange is an American singer-songwriter, actress, model, dancer and DJ. Knowles was born and raised in Houston, TX along with her older sister Beyonce. She has released two studio albums to date: Solo Star in 2003 and Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams in 2008, which peaked at #9 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. She released the 7" vinyl single "Losing You" in 2012 which was recorded with Blood Orange (Dev Hynes) and the B-side "Sleep in the Park" was co-written by Kevin Barnes of Of Montreal. Her new 7-song EP, True, was also recorded by Blood Orange and will be released on Terrible Records. As Paste notes, "In the past, Solange dabbled with genres and moods like finger-paints; with True, she’s made some bold, inventive brushstrokes."
It seems surprising to think that Laurel Halo has actually not released any new music since 2013 single Behind The Green Door. In that time her presence and productivity doesn’t seem to have noticeably dipped, with plenty of live appearances and the like keeping her firmly in the spotlight. As a producer whose sound has morphed across her two albums and 12”s for Hyperdub, the time spent away can only be a promising sign of intriguing new wares to come. Having recently dropped a fine albums from Moritz Von Oswald Trio, DJ Sotofett, and the widely hyped Datura Mystic 12” from Tapes and Wareika Hill Sounds, Honest Jon’s has been on a winning streak of late, and the pace doesn’t seem to be slowing as we lead into autumn. Scheduled for a release later this month, the eight-track In Situ double-pack has been billed by some as a new album, although we’re yet to receive official confirmation. Halo herself, however, has announced the release as “her new record”, and in advance of that two tracks are available to stream below, showcasing a further move into unpredictable, expressive and generally intriguing realms for the Ann Arbor native.
First of two EPs with tracks from 'Beautiful Raw' full length. Includes exclusive version of 'En Garde' ft Qwazaar (one of Qwel's partners in Typical Cats) & Adeem (Maker's partner in now defunct Glue). 6 tracks total.
Olivier St.Louis (the artist formerly known as Olivier Daysoul) releases his Debut EP. Olivier was born in Washington DC of Haitian and Cameroon heritage, but spent most of his childhood studying in the remote countryside of the UK. During his youth Olivier's CD and sometimes cassette collection would range from hip hop, RnB to Garage and British rock. Olivier remained in the Uk and completed a Bio Science Degree in Oxford but couldn’t suppress his real passion for music. After graduation he began a 'Jekyll and Hyde' life. A scientist by day; recording artist by night. He went on to receive significant international attention for his work as a featured singer/songwriter back then still under the name Olivier Daysoul. He worked and toured worldwide with various artists including Oddisee, C2C, Onra and Bibio, Hudson Mohawke as such as other producers from the Warp Records family. Despite all of this, Olivier felt something was missing...A true reflection of his own voice and sound. A hiatus from feature recordings and some deep introspection found Olivier discovering his love for blues, rock and funk. Many late night guitar sessions resulted in new soundscapes. A new chapter was opening. The former 'Daysoul' moniker exchanged for his original birth name 'St.Louis'. Producing and writing all his own music and playing his own instrumentation; Olivier St.Louis was embarking on a new road. The Black Music EP coming out on Jakarta Records gives listeners both old and new a taste of Olivier's true music palate. When asked his thoughts on his artistry he states:"no punches pulled ...no compromises ... Just me.”
Count Counsellor is 21, 6 foot 8, 1/2 English, 1/2 Australian. The debut EP is about the his childhood – the moments that shaped him and the heroes who elevated him. It sounds nothing like house and garage, or soul and disco, but maybe a bit like all of them.
Dense with rhymes and intriguing beats, Jonwayne is Retired is fresh with purpose – an updated glimpse into the sound of the LA beatmaker and MC. Each track is an interactive playground of deep-cutting production and Jonwayne’s magnetic rap style. "Beacon" merges grainy, distorted sounds with thoughtful clarity and sharp vocals. Riddled with hooks and fire, "Minerals & Gems" feels light yet submerged. ""Dirty Dan"" is a movement-inducing flip that sways, while "Green Light (feat. Anderson Paak)" lines up the planets ahead of everyone. "30,000" closes the EP with curious synths, a minimal beat showcase that reveals Jonwayne at his low-key best. Mixed by Daddy Kev on his new SSL console at Cosmic Zoo, Jonwayne is Retired is arguably the best sounding Jonwayne record to date. Zone out with the flow, or pay attention and get inspired. Choose your adventure. Jonwayne is Retired.
Originally released in 2014 via digital only, we are giving this incredible EP a well-deserved Vinyl release. 8 vocal tracks, plus 4 exclusive instrumentals, makes this a sure-shot purchase!
Following on from their Record Store Day ‘Looped EP’ release, which featured remixes by Dauwd and Lubomyr Melnyk, Kiasmos – made up of Ólafur Arnalds and Janus Rasmussen – return with three new tracks and a remix by Tale Of Us. Recorded in various locations including Reykjavík and Berlin, the EP opens with ‘Drawn’, a four-minute percussion fuelled track with gentle piano motifs. ‘Gaunt’ features the addition of ambient synths and a drum loop, underpinned by slow-moving chords. Title track ‘Swept’ which the duo offered to fans as a surprise gift in form of a free download card at previous show dates, showcases a more club-oriented beat structure alongside Kiasmos’ signature emotive instrumentation. Closing the EP is a remix from Berlin-based duo Tale of Us who met Kiasmos in London and twist the original downbeat title track into their distinctively dark aesthetic. Pulsating hats and a driving bass loop add pace as the track builds toward an epic breakdown. Designed by Torsten Posselt at FELD, the cover image was taken by photographer Claudia Gödke.
2010 saw James Blake emerge as the leading light in a populated world of forward thinking music, expertly disposing of the commonly used dubstep rule book with the Bell Sketch 12” on Hessle Audio before teaching daytime radio a strict lesson in quality control with his R&S Records debut CMYK EP. The worlds leading tastemakers were beside themselves, showering the internet with praise, whilst in the outer reaches of the blog ether, rumours of James’ songs began to surface. The Klavierwerke EP features the first glimpse of Blakes vocal, albeit cut, pitched and intricately woven into four tracks that offer an insight into James’ futuristic soundscape. Where the R&B sampling CMYK EP aimed at the dancefloor, the Klavierwerke EP finds itself on an insular and abstract plain, in places reminiscent of Burial's emotive urban hymms while all the time maintaining the distinct originality that sets James apart from the rest. The title track, a sonic realisation of a recent Berlin escapade pays homage to Berghain, the cavernous HQ of techno, where languid pianos and James’ pitch shifted vocals collide head on with moody low frequencies. I Only Know (What I Know Now) is a contemplative piece where James’ voice is brought to the fore, casting a solemn gaze over his own re-sampled piano to create a contemporary masterpiece. “Don’t You Think I Do” follows a similar path, drawing on a side-chained lead synth and trademark piano. Tell Her Safe rounds off the EP, further affecting the vocal against a high tempo beat. The perfect follow up to the huge CMYK EP and a true representation of what’s around the corner for one of the most exciting artists to emerge in years.
"XL Recordings have been returning to their rave roots with a set of EPs from the likes of Powell, Mumdance & Novelist, and Special Request coming in quick succession. Their latest club-minded release is a double EP from Zomby. Recorded in part on new hardware at XL’s studio, the two Let’s Jam EPs illustrate the enigmatic producer’s diversity and continued urge to push his sound into new territories. The first EP sees Zomby channel his energy into rude, raw club belters, including hard-hitting peak-time house cuts, abstract downtempo jams, and dank acid melters, while the second features experimental, emotional grime and dubstep-inspired tracks, need we say it's a massive recommendation this one." - Bleep
Detroit’s Red Pill released his solo Mello Music debut album “Look What This World Did To Us” earlier this year. The record was striking because of it’s straight-forward, intellectually broken, Bukowski-like realism. The photos were serious, brooding, and the lyrics were heavy and genuine. Enter the Day Drunk EP. Red Pill starts on top of a clock-ticking, mind-mesmerizing, introductory track from UK producer Paul White. After a philosopher-king monologue, the Zen Buddhist meditative chant begins – “Don’t work, just party - you’ll be alright. Don’t try so hard. Just live your life.” But Pill never leaves you insightfully dumb, with lines like “I think we need a new religion / wound up, bound up in submission / getting lost in the mission / false definitions/ be causing derision / all these people talkin’ competition / all these people talkin’ is division…” And then the record gets green lit. You may recognize the next Alex Goose-produced track from Silicon Valley. Red Pill lays hardworking slacker ambition bare in one dumb, drunk, punch over the energetic beat. The song is as ludicrously lavish as Scorsese’s “Wolf Of Wall Street.” The album moves into happy-hour heartstrings unfurling with a song for those who’d rather stay inside, those who, “outside of their mind, don’t know what’s real.” This is for those who can never fall asleep without a helper, “a little gin and seltzer,” as Red Pill puts it. Blu joins the 3 o’clock session, laying bars over an Oddisee-produced, rainy kitchen window thought piece. But, like any good rap savior, Red Pill pulls us back up from the depths with Exile’s upbeat “Porn & Milk.” The Day Drunk EP is a record to wash away the feeling when your cash is gone. Today, Red Pill is on some “love life” shit. Bottoms up. Day Drunk begins now.
Music can be both armor and ammunition. It can help surmount obstacles, heal wounds, or offer invincibility. On rare occasions, records can encompass all these distinct ideas. That s where the producers in LA s Glitch Mob exist in that timeless space where infectious anthems elicit maximum emotion. Piece of the Indestructible represents a continuation of the story from their sophomore album, last year s Love, Death, and Immortality. Piece of the Indestructible, offers the requisite concussive bass, foundation-rattling drums, and soul-liquefying synths while revealing the versatility of edIT (Edward Ma), Boreta (Justin Boreta) and Ooah (Josh Mayer). The entirety of the new EP was written at the group's respective home studios. The process was spontaneous and raw. The product is pure energy. This deluxe edition vinyl EP includes a gold & black splatter one-sided 10" vinyl with etching, gold foil printed sleeve housed in a special PVC jacket, and a digital download of the EP.
Gravel is an attempt to capture the contradictory thoughts that trip up your head at 3 a.m. Gravel is the soundtrack to sleepless nights spent ruminating on both right and wrong decisions. Gravel is the new Anticon EP from Djavan Santos, better known as D33J. Upon first listen, its aquatic textures, faded neon haze, and blend of 808 drums and lo-fi desk claps, might recall D33J’s fellow Weditit Collective family, Ryan Hemsworth and Shlohmo. But closer listening reveals that D33J’s experiments yield a unique alchemy. This experiment from necessity led to the record’s particularly intimate vibe. It’s only light is the one emanating from lit spliffs and the LED glow of the computer screen. It boasts a weird digital rawness destined to feel vintage in some far-off future. But don’t pigeonhole D33J as just another bedroom producer with low Serotonin levels. Gravel’s gestation merely occurred during a period of great flux. Raised in Los Angeles, the 22-year old graduated from Hamilton High’s Music program (Baths, Syd the Kid, Groundislava) and San Francisco Art Institute before making Gravel. He studied experimental audio and visual design and applied the theories and emotion to his record—most of it recorded over just one month. The finished result is not just only aesthetically cohesive record, but also one that bristles with the uneasy feeling of living in a compressed space. This is Gravel broken to bits—an attempt to find organic light in unnatural darkness. A familiar feeling that feels somehow foreign. This is the album that you want to hear as you attempt to drift off to sleep.
Big Boi (Outkast) and Phantogram have teamed up for their debut release as Big Grams. The seven-track EP features guest appearances from Run the Jewels and Skrillex. Big Grams has been teased for months, leading up to the trio unveiling the project with a performance at Epic Records' Epic Fest at the end of August. Previously, Phantogram's Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel contributed to several tracks on Big Boi's 2012 album Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors.
Houston-based producer Rabit, affiliated with the Janus crew, releases his Baptizm EP on Tri Angle. Much like his label-mates, Rabit’s sound orbits around a universe of harsh and heady noises rearranged into beguiling new forms. Cuts like Bloody Eye evoke both the crushing intensity of Evian Christ (fellow Tri Angle alumni) with the footwork pandemonium of the Teklife crew. While his sound is seemingly based on a diet of street dance music, there is a grandeur to the peaks reached on tracks like Imp and Hex which transcends sidewalk sparring. Having already picked up cosigns from Mumdance and Logos, this EP proves it is Rabit’s time to step up to the pulpit.
In 2014, ‘Damsel in Distress’ a free mixtape album created by 23 year old J’Kerian Morgan, aka Lotic, garnered universal praise from all who heard it. Consisting of all original material and mind-warping edits of smash hits like ‘Drunk in Love’ by Beyoncé, the mixtape was lauded as an ‘important turning point’ in regards to where electronic music could go next. ‘Heterocetera’ is Lotic’s first official release since the unveiling of ‘Damsel in Distress’ and marks the producer’s debut on Tri Angle. This is the sound of tomorrow, today.
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This new twelve song vinyl-only album by TEEBS represents a collection of ideas from 2014-2015 that was previously spread out between his works both in the visual world and through music label Brainfeeder. "AV - ESTR OUTTAKES/REMIXES" [HNR49] contains music heretofore released only on cassette format in 2014, plus new songs recorded circa creation of his "ESTARA" album, and three remixes that came about organically during that time from Co.fee, Odd Nosdam & Hominidæ. The album serves as a recap of two of TEEBS most extensive projects to date in the form of unreleased or virtually unheard music. Only a strict 750qty 12" vinyl records will be available for sale (no digital format will be released), with 400qty of classic heavy black wax, plus another 350qty pressed on striking red translucent vinyl. Each album is housed in a hand-screenprinted cardboard record jacket featuring new art by TEEBS.
An artist of considerable range, Chet Faker — the name taken by Melbourne-raised, Brooklyn-based Nick Murphy — writes, performs and records all of his own music, giving it a warm, intimate feel with a solid groove structure. Hailing from Melbourne’s tight-knit disco and house music scene and taking elements from his acoustic past, Chet Faker has carved out a unique style that fuses personal stories of love and loss with an electronica soul that reaches far beyond his homeland. Chet Fakers' 2012 EP Thinking In Textures served as his first release for Downtown Records and is home to the gorgeously penned single "Terms and Conditions" and his popular cover of the Blackstreet classic "No Diggity."
Born in the Bay Area, raised in England, and currently living in Los Angeles, Beatnick Dee is a producer as well as a record & sample dealer. His discography includes work with Vinnie Paz, Blu, Thes One (of People Under The Stairs), Ras Kass, Pheo, Army of the Pharaohs, Cali Agents, LMNO, and Infamous Mobb. He is also one third of Drumset Music Works, a production collective with Twiz The Beat Pro and Jaisu. Having grown up in England, Nick was exposed to a variety of musical genres from a young age when his father began taking him to Glastonbury Festival. Out of all the musical styles at the festival, it was Hip-Hop music that really caught Nick's ear, leading to his first experimentation with beatmaking. After years of accumulating knowledge in records, gear, sampling, and production techniques, he began collaborating with other Hip-Hop artists, making a name for himself and solidifying his trademark sound. It was after a visit to LA, as an intern at Tres Records, that his mind was made up — he had to make a permanent move. Only 6 months later, in December of 2011, the move was official — Beatnick Dee was now a Los Angeles-based hip-hop producer. It was this relocation which led to the evolution of his debut album, Creative Medicine. His move to Los Angeles allowed him to collaborate with talented, buzzing artists and well known rappers. These collabs as well as his full emersion into the melting pot of his new city allowed the amalgam of influences and musical styles to come together to create his debut album, Creative Medicine. At 12 tracks in length, Beatnick Dee carefully matches each beat to the unique voice of the artist, all the while creating a singular work that can't be fully appreciated without being heard in its entirety. His connection to the artist Cashus King (fka Co$$) had been established while he was still in England, but his move to LA only cemented their musical bond, as evidenced by Cashus' features on the album with Burning Clouds and Ketchup & Mustard. The latter is reminiscent of a classic-style LA anthem but with a sonically futuristic twist. With an affinity for 80's music, this first single brings an uplifting funk groove with spacey synths. On Never Looked Back, Big Twins (Infamous Mobb) and his signature gutter voice are featured, a soulful ode to NY rap at its grimiest. Luxurious Rain, featuring UTB Life$tyle’s Pheo, emits a more modern Hip-Hop influence. The versatile producer brings cosmic synths, strong 808’s and rapid hi-hats, mixing abstract, trippy samples into a unique track for the rapper. With more melodic arrangements like Be Free, featuring Denitia and Sene, and This Ain’t a Love Song with Yung Miss, Beatnick Dee displays his capabilities to produce beyond the Hip-Hop genre. Thicker Than Blood, the last track to be recorded for the album, is really where Creative Medicine comes full circle. Featuring Thes One of People Under The Stairs, Beatnick Dee finished his album with the artist that influenced him as a teenager to start producing in the first place. A solid set of songs seamlessly flowing through various moods and voices while still remaining cohesive, the project is a rich tapestry of sounds and styles that showcase Beatnick Dee's own creative medicine. A stand out set and one to watch. EP - Selecting some key songs from his debut full length release. The Creative Medicine EP version packs in 3 vocal songs, with the accompanying 3 instrumentals as well as 3 exclusive unreleased bonus beats made between 2011-2013.
Raleigh, NC's Kooley High return with their latest EP, Heights. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One’s collaborative album Tuxedo gets remixed by Kaytranada (Warp Records), Battlecat (legendary West Coast DJ) & Jean Tonique (France).
Custom packaging includes 12” smiley face picture disc, plastic LP jacket, custom printed obi-insert and free digital download card. The Sad Clown Bad Dub series is back, except this time happy? Originally released as a limited promo CD only, Atmosphere’s The Fun EP (Happy Clown Bad Dub 8) is re-packaged and reformatted on vinyl for the first time ever in this 12” smiley face picture disc. Featuring 8 tracks from Slug and Ant, including bonus track “Pretty Broad” as well as alternate versions of "Say Hey There" and "Panic Attack" off of the critically acclaimed 2005 release You Can’t Imagine How Much Fun We’re Having. Packaging includes plastic LP jacket, custom obi-insert, and a free digital download card. Quantities are limited, and this will not be available again!
A surprise for some, but also a perfect fit, Chicago Footwork don DJ Rashad releases his Hyperdub debut after long period of admiration and support from Hyperdub artists, in DJ sets and on the Hyperdub radio show on Rinse FM. These four tracks show DJ Rashad at his unpredictable best. The EP opens with the sorrowful R&B vocal cut up of 'Rollin'. It's half time drums and layered, pitch shifted vocals give way to double time 808 kicks and hi hat rushes, building up to tense arpeggiated tones. 'Let It Go' does something else entirely different; with a nod to past UK Jungle and hardcore but gradually mutating into footwork's present, it opens with a perfect recall of early jungle's mix of 160 amen breaks, euphoric diva wails and surging, ravey strings before the drums pull away, leaving a carpet of bass tones and firing 808's, the euphoria of the track kept moving over hectic drums and a frantic piano melody. 'Drums Please' featuring DJ Manny, adds a tough rush of rolling, martial snares to the morse code of clattering toms, sweet Detroit techno chords, and a siren-like tune that breaks out into the upper register, somewhere between melody and noise. 'Broken Hearted' is more familiar territory for Rashad, this time featuring long time partner DJ Spinn. Vocal lines and synths layered and chopped to gorgeous effect with half words left echoing and punctuating the stop start rhythm of the track. The launch party for the Rollin EP is on 8th March in Fabric Room One. DJ Rashad plays alongside Kode9, Ikonika, Scratcha DVA, Cooly G, Terror Danjah and Walton on the night.