Review: With his historic contribution to global culture "Harlem Shake" hanging over him, Baauer steps up with a new EP that shows off his talents across a wider spectrum of production duties. "One Touch" gets into a steamy R&B groove complete with vocals from no less than AlunaGeorge and Rae Sremmurd, before "Floreana" flips the script with a delirious, tropical inflected club cut. "Boog" works in some earthy Latin samples around a primal drum beat arrangement that speaks more to Baauer's reputation for attention-grabbing bass music, while "Swoopin" ramps the energy up with a thoroughly modern twist up of dubstep hype and trap swagger.
Review: LuckyMe continue their efforts to uncover the producers existing between the genre gaps with the debut release proper from Baauer, who has already appeared on a recent Mad Decent compilation as well as providing party starting remixes for Flosstradamus and B.YRSLF's Obey City. Providing the perfect taster for interested parties, "Dum Dum" is a short but sweet combination of slick trap rhythms, mangled vocals and sub filled with low-end grunt.
Review: It's here, the man behind that track "Harlem Shake", now throws us a full length on Glasgow based imprint LuckyMe, but he's matured a lot since that infamous track. The trap poster boy explores a varied selection of beats and feats on Aa, we particularly enjoyed the collaborations on here such as the full frontal assault of "Day Ones" feat Novelist and Leikeli47, the sombre yet sexy street sound of "Way From Me" featuring Tirzah, the exotic bass heavy swagger of Temple featuring the return of MIA with G DRAGON and "Kung Fu" featuring Pusha T & Future's street knowledge: speaking some truth proper!
Review: Lank-haired Norse producer Magnus August Hoiberg, better known as Cashmere Cat, signs to the LuckyMe label having made his name through Brussels imprint Pelican Fly and a raft of Jersey Club style remixes of LDR, 2 Chainz and Jeremih. A union with the revered Edinburgh label makes perfect sense given the mutated forms of hip hop/club hybridism pioneered by LuckyMe over recent years and Cashmere Cat's Wedding Bells EP represents a fine debut. As opening track "With Me" suggests, Hoiberg has an innate talent for snaking club rhythms and delicate melodic, almost poppy touches, whilst "Wedding Bells" is reminiscent of the sort of music Jim Blake was making under the Harmonimix guise. Expect to hear this everywhere!
Review: Always guaranteed to release something fascinating, bleeding-edge and entirely riveting, LuckyMe come up trumps with this quite startling new ten-tracker from little-know Viennese producer Cid Rim. A jazz drummer - proved from the beautiful building cacophony of opener "Amuse-Ta-Guelle" - and a producer who matches the intensity of Rustie, HudMo and Machinedrum, Cid Rim really knocks it out of the park with stunning post-jazz laptop madness and shimmering melodies as on "A Fall Four Two" or the delirious juke of "Danger Ranger". A quite exceptional release indeed.
Review: Vienna's Cid Rim is an interesting new talent - a jazz drummer turned electronic producer. Here he follows his recent 'Micro' album with what's best described as a maxi single. "Fade" is an upbeat digi-fountain of fizz synth loveliness, "Animus: Anima" is the sound of crystalline electronic rain drops, the urgent "Mute City" takes things in a dancier direction, "Red Ocean" is like a cross between Led Zeppelin and Nathan Fake and finally "Extend Ranges" provides the release with a beatless coda.
Extend Ranges (Autre Ne Veut remix) - (3:10) 134 BPM
Mute City (Joseph Marinetti remix) - (3:52) 67 BPM
Review: Viennese drummer-turned-electronic musician, Cid Rim, has only just dropped his latest EP, Mute City, but here he's following it up with some new mixes of two of the single's lead tracks. "Extend Ranges" gets two new reworks with Mike Slott going all light, shiny and melodic, while Autre Ne Veut takes a more subdued RnB route, with slo-mo trap(ish) beats and contorted vocal samples, the moody atmospherics of which make for an EP highlight. Meanwhile "Mute City" gets taken to Detroit for some thoroughly warm deepness by Joseph Marinetti.
Review: Following Jacques Greene's superlative entrance into the art of releasing music last year for Night Slugs and Luckyme, the Montreal resident serves further notice of his clear talent with another drop for the Glaswegian crew. "Another Girl" has been a staple of the Greene DJ set for a while now and it finally arrives - expertly teasing out warm tones of bubbling melodies and heart yearning vocals over some typically next level beat programming. In less words: A certified anthem! Just to make a good thing that little bit better, Luckyme throw in remixes of Greene's last release from UR legend Mark Flash and Rinse uber talent Braiden as well as digital only refixes from Koreless, the Glaswegian whose been branded the new Joy Orbison, and Machinedrum. Big tip.
Review: Back on LuckyMe for another round of R&B tinged beats from the next dimension, at this point Montreal's Jacques Greene is certainly a dab hand at matching forward-thinking production with accessible pop tropes. "No Excuse" centres on a heartfelt vocal hook, but all around it fall chunky found sound beats while winsome synths warble overhead. "Feel What" places its own vocal sample in a more distant reverb chamber, letting the snap of the broken beat drums take to the fore of the mix. "Night Tracking" is the more obviously club ready cut with its discernible house thrust, but even then the bewitching melodies spell out a more reflective purpose to this EP.
After Life After Party (Suicideyear remix) - (4:06) 86 BPM
After Life After Party (Sei A remix) - (6:12) 62 BPM
Review: Montreal's premier plush-stepper Jacques Greene is once again shoring his melodic tones up on LuckyMe island. This time around, "After Life After Party" takes you on a soaring, somewhat melancholic trip through rich swathes of yearning synth lines, making for a more reflective dancefloor moment that loses none of the punch and swagger. "1 4 Me" turns its focus inwards, using straining R&B vocal licks to offset the winsome chords for a truly autumnal slice of stepped club tackle. Suicideyear drop a slick and sugar-sweet electro take on "After Life After Party", while Sei A's version represents a more subtle and snaking kind of tech house confection rich with textures and tweaked-out sound effects.
Review: This terrific new EP from Inkke (who helms the label's monthly Rinse FM show) is inpsired by his time living between Glasgow and New York. With previous EPs on Red Bull Studio, Local Action and FWDK Mixtape, the producer known as Russell Paterson to his Mum serves up some impressive modern bass perspectives on the Lil Plasma EP. From the wonky offworld futurism of the title track, the hyperaware and stuttering groove of "Rome" (that's sure heavy enough on the low end) and the smacked out/spooky pulsations of "Incense" proving that Paterson is one of the most exciting talents in UK music at present.
Review: Although Canadian producer Jacques Greene lives far away from the UK, his music has been picked up by all the big players of the future bass sound, and aside from his extensive material for the Lucky Me imprint, he has appeared on covered and much respected stables such as Night Slugs and Jon Convex's 3024. He's back on the former this week with a one-track hybrid blaster, a tune by the name of "You Can't Deny". There is a four-to-the-floor best somewhere in its depths, but the track is propelled forwards by a thick, morphing bassline that shifts back and forth from electro house to garage. It's nothing but a summer anthem.