Keepin’ Track #7

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Every fortnight, The Corner’s Luke Owen Smith will highlight the latest electronica releases with his new column Keepin’ Track. For the latest in the series, he focuses on tracks from Machinedrum, Deadboy, Fantastic Mr. Fox ft Denai Moore, Long Arm and Glass Animals.

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Machinedrum – aeolia

That beat! THAT BEAT! Absolutely sublime from the moustached meister. Its frenetic rhythm is completely insatiable and creates a dominating core for the more gentle and transcendental elements of the track to twirl around gracefully. The production style reminds me a little of the first Squarepusher album, though there’s more of a footwork vibe going on here.

You’ll find this track on the Bleep:10 compilation, which looks like it’s going to be incredible and is released on May 5th.

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Deadboy – Return

We’ve returned to that moment, that place, that happening; and what have we found? It’s gone – faded into the disused storage facilities of drug riddled memories. The ravers have gone home for good; the party has been foiled by the demands of reality and adulthood. We are left alone to remember the glorious nights of care-free excess and unbound human unity. This was our church. This was where we healed our hurts.

Out April 28th on Numbers.

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Fantastic Mr. Fox ft Denai Moore – On My Own

The beat is cold, reflecting the mood and moment of our helpless heroine. She finds herself bereft of answers and losing the will to continue, but just when she’s about to give up, here comes that moment of divine intervention. The heavens open and her God throws her a bone. It’s like the part in It’s a Wonderful Life when George Bailey is visited by his guardian angel – salvation is provided!

Released April 21st vis Black Acre.

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Long Arm – Sleepsafe

My heart goes out to Long Arm, who last week, due to tragic and unfortunate circumstances, lost his entire second album that he had been working on. This is the one track that survived the disaster, and its beautifully forlorn instrumentation is made all the more poignant by the knowledge that it will remain a solitary fragment. It is a song of mourning; a song to accompany the deceased music as it travels up to digital heaven.

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Glass Animals – Gooey (Gilligan Moss Remix)

You might remember that I mentioned Gilligan Moss a couple of months ago, when he seemed to be completely unknown. Well not anymore! People went nuts for this remix last week, and rightly so. The Chicagoan producer has expertly crafted the more chilled out original into a vibrant house-y affair, sampling and looping various parts of the calming vocal to excellent effect. Around the three minute mark he stretches out the track like playdough, dropping the tempo drastically before slowly building it back up. This unique kind of creativity seems to be exactly what we can expect from a truly exciting new talent on the scene.

Out now on Wolf Tone. Check out the Kingdom remix as well!

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