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From East African doomcore to trap influenced Bangalore bounce, these are the releases that caught our attention this week. In no particular order:
Malfnktion – No Dough (EP)
The new EP from Bangalore producer Malfnktion is an ode to the sounds and energy of his city. Across 5 tracks, the artist draws from dubstep, trap and glitch influences, working effectively in half time to create bouncing, rhythmic compositions with the attitude of bhangra and Indian dance music. The effortlessly cool Zero Pixel features chopped and screwed dholak and Bollywood voice samples to create a slick, bubbling and laidback offering that is full of flavour. No Dough is released via Exit Records, and is available for download here.
Marina Trench – Over There (EP)
Marina Trench may be fairly new to the game, but the French producer’s debut EP for Heist Recordings proves she is a talent to be reckoned with. Over There features four ridiculously funky and chic house cuts that transport you to rooftops and late summer sunsets. There is a delicious sense of style to Trench’s sound, and I’m sure that there will be countless puns involving her name and the words “deep house” for years to come. If the title track doesn’t have you serving your best Kate Moss strut, then closing track Wake Up will make sure the job is done. Download it here.
DARKSIDE – The Limit
DARKSIDE, the collaboration by electronic music artist Nicolás Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington return from hiatus with announcement of their upcoming EP, Spiral. The Limit, one of the tracks released from the upcoming collection, is a welcome return for the duo. Fusing elements of jazz, bluesy guitar riffs and Jaar’s jarring, sliding electronic psychedelia make for an intriguing and entirely syncopated five minutes, ending in a cacophony that recalls Radiohead’s more recent electronic rock experimentations. Spiral will be released via Matador Records in July, and is available for preorder here.
The latest EP from Kenyan producer Slikback features two tracks of extreme industrial doomcore and builds on his recent 30 track opuses at PAN, again crafting menacing, unnerving works of sound art that are both hypnotic and bone chilling. Quoios, the A side of the EP, is a distorted, growling monster. Beneath the buzzing electronic mess of sirens and metallic noise, a kickdrum guides the composition towards its aggressive, head banging climax. Quoios/Klout is released via ByrdOut and is available to download here.