Listen to YK’s Driving New Track “AQUARIUS”

“AQUARIUS” is a new sample heavy jam from young British producer YK. The spastic two-minute track plays out like a sped-up train ride–stuttering at stops along the way and then running at an incredible pace when it gets moving. The Brit typically crafts upbeat, dub sounds with a keen ear for adding percussive elements and manipulating vocal samples. “AQUARIUS” will appeal to folks who listen to Clams Casino as well as people with ears. 

Ziga Murko – “mr. Morti (himself)”

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Practically anyone can make something complicated. It just took me 15+ steps to finish making this grilled cheese sandwich. (Which was delicious.) But, to make something complicated simple, that’s what separates good artists from great ones. Ziga Murko, a Slovenian “trombonist, composer, producer,” does this with his chill, organic beat “mr.Morti (himself).” [via] The track dips its feet in trip-hop, Nightmares On Wax territory, but stays very much in the realm of jazz music. This track isn’t much different than Jeremy Sutton’s ‘Mr. Morti’–an expression of self, raw and improvised. There’s a lot to like here, give this one a listen.

MR•CARMACK – “insomnity (again)”

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By: Belinda Cai

Honolulu’s MR•CARMACK is a true master of trap, a genre emerging from Southern hip-hop that features 808 drum machines, screwed samples, synthesizers, strings and an assortment of effects. “insomnity (again)” exhibits all of the most recognizable components of trap, with an experimental and unearthly edge. “insomnity (again)” and MR•CARMACK’s other tracks are ideal to both dance to or chill out to, depending on the listener’s mood.

MR•CARMACK knows how to build delightful, synth-y and stirring tension with “insomnity (again).” The vocal sample cooing, “Where are you going now?” is otherworldly and sublime, easy on the ears in contrast to the progressively noisy industrial clatter happening in the background. After the initial bubble of suspense, MR•CARMACK releases the build with a climactic drop at about a minute in; this instantly and irrevocably hooks the listener.

Kenja – “Tryna See” [Free DL]

Tryna See

By: Belinda Cai

Kenja is SoCal fresh, producing music that is reminiscent of an evening drive down Pacific Coast Highway—peaceful and chill yet exhilarating. The drive then turns into a night out in downtown Los Angeles full of blurry lights, colorful glimpses and good vibes. It is pure electronica at its finest, interlacing addicting beats with ambient samples.

The free download, “Tryna See” is a prime example of a track jam-packed with electro beats. It has a drum loop complete with intermittent clicking and spacey sound effects. The song is comparable to taking a nighttime walk along the beach and gazing up at an endless maze of stars. “It’s like we’ve all just woken up one morning. Is it a dream? Is it a nightmare? What’s been going on? We’re all just trying to make the next day a bit better.”

WINTER WINDS vol. 1 (Compilation by SVNSET WAVES)

TWOS - Blur (WINTžR WINDS vol. 1 // Dec. 28)

Today, Dec. 28th 2013, isn’t just another maddeningly slow day after the holidays and before the new year is upon us. It’s the day Texas-based blog SVNSET WΛVES drops their final seasonally-themed compilation tape of 2013. The 15-track collection features original joints from young, talented producers wwebss, TWOS, XED, Kruisemode, Fluss (to name a few) and several other beatmakers who tap into hip-hop, bass and R&B influences to craft electronic jams.

Atlanta’s XED, 19 year-old producer and FL Studio master, comes through with his contribution “Actions”. It’s a smashing hip-hop jawn. It begins with the backdrop of a city soundscape that dissolves away and in its place he employs splashes of vocal pads and banging bass lines. It’s damn good. Actually, this whole compilation is damn good. Give this one a listen; guaranteed you’ll be replaying a lot of these tracks.

Sampha – “Too Much” (Soft Glas Remix)

Sampha˚Too Much (Soft Glas Remix)

By: Belinda Cai

UK electro singer-songwriter Sampha may be best known for his collaborative works with artists Drake and SBTRKT, but he’s also making waves as a standalone musician. “Too Much” is a soulful piano-driven tune with soft, tender crooning. It may be slow and poignant, but it’s powerful in its vocal prowess and moving melody.

Soft Glas takes this heartfelt R&B original and gives it a full-on celestial makeover. His starry remix features droning beats and vocal distortion on repeat in the background. The only lyrics, “Don’t think about it too much,” reverberate like powerful echoes in an empty hallway. You’ll want to turn the speakers up for full effect when it comes to this dreamy, electronic remix that takes Sampha to a whole new level.

Izzy Bizu – “White Tiger” (Stikz Remix) [FREE DL]

IZZY BIZU - WHITE TIGER [RESTIKZ]Earlier this year 19 year-old Brit Izzy Bizu put out an infectious (as in catchy, not achoo catchy) track entitled, “White Tiger”. It’s simply her vocals (some gorgeous vocals) paired with an upbeat, stomping piano beat. It’s on the same level as Sampha’s “Indecision” as far as tear jerkingly beautiful tracks are concerned.

Austrian producer Stikz must agree with me. He says, “lovely tune by izzy bizu. [sic] had this song in my head for days, so i decided to chop it up a little and see what i can do with it.” [via] He’s being modest of course, turning her piano heavy rendition into a bass heavy, synth trickling, head-nodding jam. He splashes a little vocal stab here. Adds some whining leads there. And, *poof* magic. You’ll want to snag this one.

Hear the original “White Tiger” after the jump.

Duke Hugh // Marinate Mix

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Duke Hugh, hip-hop producer/musician/alcoholic, is a master of flipping soul samples and turning them into golden-era-esque beats. It’s awesome. I had to ask for a Marinate Mix. He says, “When I got home I got the decks and some vinyl out and just went with the flow hope you like it, it’s a lot of different stuff.” His mix is 40 minutes of chilled-out hip-hop jams from Common’s “Interlude #3” to funky favorites like, Tom Browne’s “Come for the Ride”. Do yourself a favor…kick off your shoes, pour a drink and soak in this

More: www.soundcloud.com/dukehugh

Curated by: www.marinatemedia.com

Artwork: wupgfx.tumblr.com

Paddy Fred – “Laminate” Feat. LP

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Paddy Fred is a producer who makes some beautiful soulful electronic music. And, he’s a cool guy. He’s from New Zealand, a country known for its gorgeous landscapes…sprawling mountain areas, low hanging clouds and lush vegetation. “Laminate”, a single from his latest EP Laminate, sounds like he’s preserving/laminating that image into a 3-minute soundwave. The Kiwi producer teams up with Lisa Preston and it’s a journey to all things chill and right with the world. (Plus, check out that awesome artwork by Marinate’s own Paul Smith.) Dope. If you want to kick back and take a quick vacation to the Oceanic then listen to this.

shak. – “Maybe, U” [MM Premiere]

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I first encountered shak.‘s music through this fantastic remix collection of his which no longer exists online, sorry folks. He flipped Jeremih, Drake, and made it all his own—driving, downtempo, dark versions. (I’m lucky I got a DL in!) Marinate has the pleasure of premiering his newest creation. He says, “it’s different from my other work,” but that’s not a bad thing. shak. is a young producer from the Netherlands who on “Maybe, U” makes hazy, foggy sounds—employing slick clicks, splashes of guitar and a burping synth backdrop. This track is SOOOO GOOOOD. I don’t know, maybe you should listen to it. Maybe you should listen to it 500 times like I have.