Ostinato – Memory Loss [LP]

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Ostinato’s Memory Loss is nine tracks of nonstop action. The Australian producer crafts his latest LP using a blend of juke elements, house, and bass sensibilities. He employs droning backdrops, quickly paced drumwork, button mashing blips and synth leads that sound like they’re powering up a space vessel into warp drive. Listen to this one and take a trip down memory lane…in the fast lane.

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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. 

Noyce – Moment’s Good [EP]

When should you start listening to this EP? This moment’s good. Actually, this one folks…you should download immediately. Noyce, UK producer, released Moment’s Good on Oct. 10th and it’s his second release this year that I’ve fallen in love with. And, now he’s someone that’ll be on my radar forever. His previous oddly-titled release Shmank set the tone for what he’s all about: downtempo electronic music with all the subtle percussive wonders and guitar meanderings, shakers, and bells you could ask for. Moment’s Good is all that goodness refined.It’s Sunday Records’ first release. Sunday Records is spearheaded by Marinate frequent Ta-ku and its mission statement is this, “AN INDEPENDENT COLLECTIVE & LABEL FROM PERTH, AUSTRALIA. MERELY A PLATFORM TO UNEARTH TALENTED FAMILY AND FRIENDS.” It’s good to have talented friends, am I right? Check this EP out right now.    

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ViLLΛGE – “Dive”

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

I actually just had to stop everything I was doing and write up this post. Yesterday was a GREAT day for music. I was on Soundcloud for all of 7 minutes and had already stumbled across not one, but two amazing tracks that simply must be shared.

I’ll begin with “Dive” by ViLLΛGE, which is an incredible remix of Usher’s single by the same title. As much as I hate to admit it, I have always had a soft spot for Usher. However, “Dive” was never a favorite of mine. ViLLΛGE must have seen something the rest of us did not in this single and he did a simply stunning job of chopping up the vocals to create a haunting and almost heart-wrenching rendition of the top 40 hit.

ViLLΛGE first caught my attention when he released “Takeover” about 6 months ago, which subsequently became one of my summer anthems and even made it’s way to the Colortones mix I did for my friends at multidisciplinary design studio, Colorcubic (www.colorcubic.com) – coming soon. ViLLΛGE has this intrinsic knack for reworking tracks into completely fantastic and totally additive bangers. “Takeover” won my heart with it’s contagious energy and perfectly placed vocal samples, and became my ideal summer party jam.

ViLLΛGE’s “Dive” is not so light-hearted, but just as brilliant. It begins with hollow, echoey vocals laid over minimal beats, with a heavy bass and perfect kick. Sprinkled with immaculately placed silences, beautiful vocal layering, driving synths and that signature two-step beat, you almost forget that this started out as an over-produced top 40 R&B jam. ViLLΛGE really created something from nothing here and with his consistently stellar production chops, he injected a new depth and emotion into a song that was previously just mediocre. It is now one of those tracks that has me closing my eyes and nodding my head at my desk, and I can guarantee that this it will be in heavy rotation for months to come.

ViLLΛGE – “Dive”

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

I actually just had to stop everything I was doing and write up this post. Yesterday was a GREAT day for music. I was on Soundcloud for all of 7 minutes and had already stumbled across not one, but two amazing tracks that simply must be shared.

I’ll begin with “Dive” by ViLLΛGE, which is an incredible remix of Usher’s single by the same title. As much as I hate to admit it, I have always had a soft spot for Usher. However, “Dive” was never a favorite of mine. ViLLΛGE must have seen something the rest of us did not in this single and he did a simply stunning job of chopping up the vocals to create a haunting and almost heart-wrenching rendition of the top 40 hit.

ViLLΛGE first caught my attention when he released “Takeover” about 6 months ago, which subsequently became one of my summer anthems and even made it’s way to the Colortones mix I did for my friends at multidisciplinary design studio, Colorcubic (www.colorcubic.com) – coming soon. ViLLΛGE has this intrinsic knack for reworking tracks into completely fantastic and totally additive bangers. “Takeover” won my heart with it’s contagious energy and perfectly placed vocal samples, and became my ideal summer party jam.

ViLLΛGE’s “Dive” is not so light-hearted, but just as brilliant. It begins with hollow, echoey vocals laid over minimal beats, with a heavy bass and perfect kick. Sprinkled with immaculately placed silences, beautiful vocal layering, driving synths and that signature two-step beat, you almost forget that this started out as an over-produced top 40 R&B jam. ViLLΛGE really created something from nothing here and with his consistently stellar production chops, he injected a new depth and emotion into a song that was previously just mediocre. It is now one of those tracks that has me closing my eyes and nodding my head at my desk, and I can guarantee that this it will be in heavy rotation for months to come.

Flume – “Holdin On”

By: Rosaleen Gallagher

The second track I fell in love with yesterday is by a young Australian producer who goes by Flume. Flume’s tracks and remixes generally tend to be more on the fun side, with happy electro beats and lots of reverb. In his typical fun-loving fashion, Flume’s new track, “Holdin’ On”, brings that same high energy, feel-good vibe to the table, but this time, with less of an electro feel and more of a revamped, almost gospel-sounding motown style. 

Flume’s production style on this track actually reminds me lot of Gramatik, who is the creator of the Street Bangerz beat tapes and a hip-hop beat maker that I absolutely adore. The style is relatively simple, without the complex layering and soundscapes that I am typically attracted to, but as a hip-hop beat junkie, I immediately responded to the soulful sample punctuated by each energetically charged beat. And hey, I can’t hate on that passionate, organic sound. The only thing that would make this better is if the vocals were actually sampled from vinyl and had that signature analog warmth and crackle. 

This track is just meant to be fun and get you up out of your seat. And, it works. A perfect party maker, this will no doubt make the cut for your weekend pre-funk, pre-game playlist.