Martyn is a producer most well known in the UK dub step and bass scenes for his unique blend of electronic styles, sharing elements of techno, dub step, house and drum and bass. A DC resident by way of Denmark, we have the unique privilege to host the producer and 3024 label head at the Union BBQ in a few weeks. His tracks range from dark and contemplative, to mind blowing soundscapes that are impossible to not get lost in. Take a listen to a few tracks below and make sure to catch Martyn at the Union BBQ on June 14th.
Benjamin Damage just dropped his new EP on Modeselektor’s 50 Weapons. “Up” is geared to be his next big smash, following on last year’s massive “010x.” The track is cut from the same cloth that made his LP Heliopause so successful, building a soundscape out of resampled stabs bathed in reverb and delays, that swirl and pulse, all tethered by the pounding 4/4. As soon as the kick enters, we completely at Damage’s attention and wanting more. Take a listen below.
You have your happy robots, Kraftwerk and Daft Punk, and then you have that which lurks on the periphery – the darker strict machines. That’s where Byetone and the raster-noton label’s stern German discipline come in. Byetone’s production style presents sequences of micro-noise with nanosurgical precision. Serious groove demands focused attention with no time for foolishness. A stripped aesthetic, robot costumes are wasteful. This is black t-shirt and LED panel music projected at deafening levels in a Berlin basement. Hisses and pops put you in a hard 122 bpm pocket. Obey.
Byetone’s “Morning” can be found on the Bleep:10 compilation .
Irish house heavyweights, Bicep, are gearing up to drop their next single “Circles” for Will Saul’s AUS label. “Circles” is a throwback house track with a late night warehouse vibe. It’s built around a bassline that opens and contracts, while the pounding kick and 16th note hi hats clatter on. It’s a heavy track that doesn’t mess around and manages to find a nice medium between house grooves and a raw techno feel. Take a listen:
Walker & Royce are back with a new original entitled “Doctor Saarloos,” which they just dropped today as part of the Pets Records compilation, Friends Will Carry You Home III. The track is a dark and atmospheric tech house groover with a muscular bass line, hypnotic synth line, and industrial feeling percussion. It feels like a well oiled machine guaranteed to get the deepest and darkest floors moving. The compilation is out on May 12, featuring some of the heaviest hitters in the game, among them KiNK, Danny Daze, and label heads Catz’n Dogz.
We’re lucky enough to have a pair of tickets to give away to their show tis Friday at U Street Music Hall as well, so make sure to like us on Facebook and send your name to email@example.com. As a bonus check out Walker & Royce’s recent remix of Mia Dora’s “Jezebel”