Idle Hands have been a beacon of quality in the Bristol scene for quite a few years now and this tune from Om Unit’s 2016 release is a shining example of the top notch output the label have become known for. Their record store is always a good spot for a nice dig with friendly, knowledgeable staff and the label has provided some quality musical moments over the past while from the likes of Shanti Celeste and Outboxx.
This tune was a favourite from an excellent EP and showed a bit of a different side to Om Unit who is more known in the DnB’ and dubstep scenes. Clocking in at 100 BPM, this is a great set opener or warm up track, and when played up toward the 120 range it can actually be a bit of a weapon. Reminiscent of the deeper shades of house, this is a lovely atmospheric trip that develops beautifully.
Another favourite of mine from Om Unit is this remix of Blocks & Escher, a pulsing, unique take on DnB’ that I found to be really unique and interesting. Big Upz’.
Dripping in reverb and oozing tranquility, Mikael Tobias’ recent album Absentia serves up a perfect downtime soundtrack. Released last October on Copenhagen’s Unit Shifter (all links below), Sit and Stare is one of my favourite tracks from the album.
For me, the album seems to convey this feeling of becoming completely stranded and isolated, but finds an easiness in, almost welcomes, this predicament.
Pretentious imaginary scenario aside, this is a great tune to starfish out to. Throughout the track you can hear bare trees bristling in the wind however I’m unsure whether they’re synthetic or not. Regardless, in unison with the broad soundscapes and very laidback percussion, the ordinarily creepy sounds of dead trees chattering become almost wholesome.
Mikael Tobias seems to consistently approach his music cinematically. You can watch a live performance of Meditation 1, another track from the album on his website, which I’ve linked below.
The amazing image above comes from Rebecca Burns, chosen because it captures many of the same emotions as the track. Warped and otherworldly beauty that draws the mind to wander.
This track was made for Afterhomework Paris’ 2017 Fashion Week show. A start-up fresh to the fashion game, for its most recent runout at Paris Fashion Week they invited a few friends down to collaborate. This is where MMX DELTA comes in, along with several others. Jan Melka, another artist based in Paris, produced the above artwork and it was actually by way of her Instagram page that we came upon this! (All links down below)
I don’t know a whole pile about MMX aside from the fact that his work exemplifies a lot of DIY creativity. He has a number of aliases with different musical styles ranging from techno to psychedelic-tinged rock (see his Soundcloud below). His website has a sleek, brutalist design and is semi-interactive with the user. Violent and moody but the style is seductive for all of that. You’ll find yourself clicking all it has to click, to try and figure it out.
Step On itself has a lot of personality. Shifting and ebbing drums inject this semi-ambient track with a degree of downtempo danceability. It oozes stylishness and one can hear how well suited the tune would have been to Afterhomework’s fashion week show. Colourful synth lines punctuate and shimmer throughout the track. I was completely unfamiliar with MMX DELTA previously, and to be honest I’m not sure that I know a whole lot more. Regardless, I think this one deserves a watchful eye.
Alien Rain is an all-acid project from Berlin native Milton Bradley. Acid with an attitude. Juxtaposing pumping 303 slides with a bleak atmosphere, ‘Space Age’ is a trip down the rabbit hole. The track features on Involve Records’ ‘Five Years in Love With Involve’ compilation which came out recently.
One of the best techno records I’ve heard in a while from a label who have their head switched on, definitely one to check out (Relevant links below). I’ve also added _Asstnt & Roll Dann’s ‘Chronicle of a Love Foretold’ from the comp to our upcoming best tracks of 2017 playlist which should be out fairly soon, so keep an eye out for that.
While you’re at it, Alien Rain’s self-released and self-titled series is worth looking into too. Consistently quality, at least one track from his catalogue is a great weapon to have.
This is one of Mr. Mills lesser known tracks under his Millsart alias. Here we see the Detroit pioneer go for a sound that’s much more reminiscent of the early Detroit and UR stuff which of course he had a huge part in helping create. Many people know him for his harder edged uncompromising techno sound but tunes like this show a deeper side to his productions.
I love the inviting melody and groove on this track. Think it’d work perfectly late into a set or as a warm up to get people moving a bit more too.