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. 

Charles Murdoch – “Chips” & “Chains” [Free DL]

Australian producer Charles Murdoch continues to make these phenomenal downtempo jams and give them away for free. If he was a car salesman his name would be ‘Crazy Charlie’ for his unbelievably generous spirit. “…Practically giving these away for FREE. That’s right, for free….” He’s not offering up lemons either (like some seedy salesman might), but chilled out house/hip-hop blends that could easily be packaged and sold. If you’re all about getting good music at no cost to you there is no doubt that you should be following his Soundcloud. In a world where nothing is free, ya’ll better fucking enjoy this shit—you can’t get anything for free that’s this dope.

St. Eden – IHTDW / ONNN [EP]

Well, what do we have here? It’s just…Kiwi producer St. Eden not only bringing that downtempo steez, but also making some nasty hip-hop inspired beats. No big deal. IHTDW / ONNN features a couple sub bass tracks—it’s a thumping kick drum away from UK garage territory. It’s an A-side—B-side release, but without that half-baked, half-assed B-side vibe. If you’re unfamiliar with the New Zealand-native, Eden, is a self-proclaimed “bedroom” producer with “Aspirations to be on your iPod.” [via] Not the loftiest goals, but hell, listen to this release and give the man what he wants. Download this one.

Kondra Kasma – Topham [EP]

Looking for some ambient stargazer music? Well, Charleston, SC producer Kondra Kasma offers up some filtered, telescopic tunes for space explorers and hip-hop fanatics alike. Topham, an eight track kaleidoscopic journey, sounds like it’s pinging off some distant satellite directly to your speakers. “Ambidexter” chugs past white dwarfs, zig-zags through meteorite fields and zooms off into the vast unknown of the universe. It’s some lo-fi, fuzzy, trickling synth, downtempo, hi-hat riding music of the stars. Kasma says about Topham, “Lush atmospheres / transportation to completely new worlds of sound… lofi to hifi and everything in between….. tis wonderful… and free.” [via] Tis the truth. This is some solid transportation music.     

Noyce – Shmank [Album]

Been fairly busy lately—so busy that I’ve been sleeping on some fantastic stuff. One of those ‘fantastic’ releases happens to be Noyce‘s Shmank. What’s a shmank? According to Urban Dictionary (which is more accurate if you’re of the 21st century & an internet fiend) shmank means, “To wipe your hands under your crotch and sweaty testicles, then slap someone.” [via] Let’s contextualize: Noyce, UK producer, is offering up some sweaty, crotchety beats that’ll smack you in the face. Sounds about right. At nine tracks deep the album finds itself clicking and clapping its way through the roughly 23 minute runtime. Odd synths and expansive samples fill up the remaining airspace. It’s a gorgeous downtempo electronic beats album with enough sting to please hip-hop heads as well. You better shmank yourself if you don’t like Shmank.

Smoke Room – Caramelism [Album]

Looking for some downtempo electronic tunage? Plenty of big bass, sliced vocals and echoed/delayed ambiance? If that’s your speed Smoke Room’s Caramelism is what you’re looking for. Smoke Room is Kyle XY Y. of Minneapolis who creates driving, smoky beats (no pun intended, I mean is that even that punny anyway?) “Frowning & Smiling” is an upbeat track with some cool dancing leads and background vocals that drone & howl. I can dig it. Press play and zone out to these tracks.

Karoshi – “Walking In Fields” [Free DL]

The ‘CUTE, SMART, & SEXY’ East to West hipped me to Karoshi, who, are awesome. Despite their single’s cover looking like a fingerprint lollipop, “Walking In Fields,” is a gloriously glitchy, marvelously malfunctioned and delicate release. It’s delicate in the way that if the track were a concrete object it’d be a type of see-through lingerie. The vocals are silky, sexy. The drums are stitched, but tearaway. The blips and beeps are fragile and fleeting. The electro-piano lines are hot and bothered. The whole track makes my ears sweat and I’m pretty sure the wallpaper is peeling off of the walls. And, I’m certain that’s the normal reaction. This is dope.

Give yourself a Valentine’s Day treat: http://karoshi.bandcamp.com