|Cars Go Boom (Lunice remix)||Cars Go Boom|| |
|Drop That B||Odd Furniture - EP|| |
|Hard Drive||Odd Furniture - EP|| |
|BBQ||Odd Furniture - EP|| |
|40 Karats ft. Zackey Force Funk||Complex Housing|| |
|Get A Life||Odd Furniture - EP|| |
|Komodo||Yellobone - EP|| |
|Policy||Surreal Estate: Compiled & Mixed by Ana Sia|| |
|Rest In 3-Piece||Odd Furniture - EP|| |
|Soldier of Fortune (Orignal)||Hearts of Bass - I Love Japan Vol.01|| |
The primary alias of Nottingham, England native Matt Cutler, Lone debuted in 2007 with a CD-R, Everything Is Changing Colour. A series of 2008 and 2009 releases -- Lemurian (Dealmaker), Cluster Dreams (Dealmaker), Ecstasy & Friends (Werk Discs), and Joyreel (Werk Discs) -- positioned Cutler's project as something of a midpoint between admitted inspirations Madlib and Boards of Canada, as the producer combined abstract hip-hop beats with wistful, dreamlike textures and melodies. While some tracks -- or sections of some tracks -- had dancefloor appeal, Cutler flipped a switch in 2010. The A-sides "Pineapple Crush" (Magic Wire) and "Once in a While" (Werk Discs), along with the full-length Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Magic Wire), retained the evocative feel of his earlier work while incorporating his affinity for early-'90s hardcore, house, and rave. The deeply indebted yet unique sound carried through the six-track Echolocations EP (R&S), then took a bit of a goofball turn on "All Those Weird Things," both of which were released in 2011. "Crystal Gardens 1991" previewed Galaxy Garden, a 2012 album for R&S. Cutler has produced a handful of singles with Andy Hemsley as Kids in Tracksuits, and has released an album as Kona Triangle.
Andy Kellman, Rovi
Like fellow dubstep producer Burial, Zomby was initially a walking enigma -- no information about his real name was known, nor were there photos of him with his face revealed. But where the former cultivated an anonymous profile common to so many electronic music knob-twiddlers, Zomby was, in a way, dubstep's own version of virtuoso guitarist Buckethead. His first official picture displayed him in ninja clothing, with a cardboard Eye of Providence covering his visage -- an image he joked about procuring from a Google Images search. Nevertheless, his old-school rave-inflected take on dubstep garnered a cult following in electronic music circles, which only increased with the release of his 2008 debut album, Where Were U in 92?. The jittery One Foot Ahead of the Other EP was released the following year. He then signed to 4AD, where he released 2011's melodically rich Dedication.
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Drew Lustman's releases as FaltyDL encompass IDM, drum'n'bass, hardcore techno, house, garage, and dubstep without playing any one of them straight up. Full of abstractions and abrupt changes, the majority of his output was nonetheless intended for active dancefloors. The New York-based producer debuted FaltyDL in 2007 but gained serious traction in 2009 with a pair of singles on Ramp, as well as an EP and an album -- titled Love Is a Liability -- for Planet Mu. More short-form releases on Rush Hour, Planet Mu, Ramp, and Swamp81 were issued across 2010 and 2011. You Stand Uncertain, a second album, was also released on Planet Mu. In 2013 he moved to the Ninja Tune label for the album Hardcourage, which featured guest vocals from Friendly Fires singer Ed Macfarlane.
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Of the many aliases attributed to Orlando, FL-based artist Travis Stewart (aka Syndrone, tstewart) Machine Drum is handily the most well-known. Although initially conceived as an outlet for Stewart's drill'n'bass meanderings, Machine Drum's first public release was a hazy, skittering melange that owed more to hip-hop and ambient than early Squarepusher. Indeed, the bursting "Izey Rael" would prove to be the template for Machine Drum's ensuing long-player. Recorded during the summer of 2000 through to early 2001 on location in Hickory, NY, and eventually released on Merck, the brilliant Now You Know would eventually be released to underground acclaim, firmly establishing the 19-year-old Stewart as one of IDM's brightest hopes.
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In 2007, during their stint as lecturers at the Red Bull Music Academy (a series of workshops offered by the soft drink company, coupling seminars on dance music with club events), Australia natives and music industry veterans Steve Spacek (Spacek, Black Pocket) and Mark Pritchard (Global Communication, Troubleman, Harmonic 33) teamed up to form a new ragga-influenced electronic project called Africa Hitech. Their debut EP, Hitecherous, was released on Warp Records in 2010. Their debut full-length album, 93 Million Miles, was released on that same label in May 2011.
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Lazer Sword are a San Francisco-based production duo that combine hip-hop, electro, and dubstep for a quirky kind of dance music that works just as well in the headphones as it does at the club. Formed by Antaeus Roy (aka Lando Kal) and Bryant Rutledge (aka Low Limit), Lazer Sword began by playing wild, eclectic DJ sets and uploading their sample-heavy, head-nodding beats on the Internet. By way of the Web they joined a loosely affiliated set of producers creating slaptop beats, blap, and turbo crunk, one of which was the Megasoid crew from Montreal. In 2008, Megasoid featured the duo on a couple of their "Speed Knots" mixtapes. Then, a year later, the Lazer Sword track Gucci Sweatshirt saw official release on 12 courtesy of Innovative Leisure. The label released the duo's Shot in the Nite single in 2010 with the Nintendo-loving cut Koopa Boss Mode on the flipside before releasing the Lazer Sword full-length debut. By the time their second, more sophisticated album Memory arrived in 2012 on Modeselektor's Monkeytown imprint, Roy was living in Berlin and Rutledge had moved to Los Angeles.
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Sepalcure are a garage/dubstep duo featuring Praveen Sharma (aka Praveen, Braille) and Travis Stewart (aka Syndrone, Machine Drum). Sharma and Stewart debuted in 2010 on the Hotflush label, home to releases by Mount Kimbie and Joy Orbison, with the four-track Love Pressure EP. The lead track was the highlight, based on scuffy percussion, texture washes, and alternately emotive and goofy cut-up vocal samples. Several months after another exceptional and atmospheric four-track Hotflush 12 (issued in January 2011), the duo released a self-titled album.
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An adventurous dubstep artist who incorporates dub, techno, and other genres into his bass-heavy music, U.K. producer Jack Dunning originally believed his project Untold would work in the world of drum'n'bass. He began working on his own productions after attending the popular Metalheadz nights at London's Blue Note in the mid- to late '90s, but perfectionism took over. Untold's jungle tracks would remain unreleased as Dunning continued to tinker with and refine the beats, but one night at the Digital Mystikz crew's DMZ party in Brixton turned him on to dubstep and, suddenly, Untold jumped genres and got serious. After years in the making, Untold became official in 2008 when the track "Yukon" landed on Hemlock Recordings, the label Dunning co-founded with Andy Spencer. The label gave future dubstep star James Blake his first official release when Hemlock issued "Air and Lack Thereof" in 2009, then Blake would remix Untold's "Stop What You're Doing" later that same year. In 2012 Untold showcased the label by mixing the compilation Hemlock Recordings Chapter One.
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