Deep house and french funk aficionado Kartell of RocheMusique released his second EP Sapphire on January 6. A great kick-start to the new year and the rising funk scene under the house umbrella, Kartell shows how far he has come as a producer with this release by featuring current sounds that please the ear canal and chord structures that numbing-ly relaxing. The 7-track instrumental and sample-based selection has all the classic beats from house to slow-R&B influenced jams and synths that just make you jive. Howlings put out a trap-infused, ambient collection of tunes (one currently absent) that are each to be paired with accompanying videos to outline a story. Don’t forget your beach towel when you get slammed by the ocean wave of feels.
The fusion of UK producers Karma Kid and Armeria make up the newest form of deep bass, Shy Luv, with their debut remix track. Anticipatin’: Singer songwriter MØ from Denmark posted a quick megamix for her debut album “No Mythologies to Follow” to be released February 24th. With already an eclectic sound for her original works, MØ has an unbelievable following of remixes from artists such as Kilter, Joe Hertz and more which makes MØ a very sought-after artist. Next week on January 13th, french house legend Knight One will release his Swords Cry EP. Based from his initial track post of “A Second Time (feat. L’Étranger),” the selection might feature singer collaborations but no doubt will also bring the house vibes.
Artist Feature: Jon Hopkins
For unknown reasons, scoring films and working with the likes of Four Tet, Purity Ring and King Creosote didn’t do much to put Jon Hopkins on anyone’s radar. Fortunately, the first real step away from working in tandem with others landed his first catapult to recognition for a self-originated tactility and passion. From synths, door clicks and piano notes (a classically trained pianist), he makes, recreates and records almost all of his sounds – piling up to hundreds of distinct noises. Severe distortion and layering mitigates any recognition of the mundane, formulaic arrangement of those sounds. Steering away from the farouche feeling of previous albums, his most recent Immunity somehow creates a glowing warmth in the hallowing illusion of a haunting space. His intricate perfection of the organised contradiction of an organic, yet technologically futuristic ambiance gives Hopkins such appeal and nomination.
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