And we’re back—with another week of On Rotation, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Merchandising Manager / Denver
It’s a rare delight when you come across a new label free of gimmicks or trends, and since Goldmin Music’s first release less than six months ago, that seems to be their ethos. Starting off the new year right, Lemakuhlar drop their 30-minute mini-album with a warm analog richness and soulful groove that easily rivals some of today’s top deep-house producers.
Merchandising Manager / Los Angeles
In a strange bit of randomness, last Saturday I met the Swedish producer Teknian at a internet radio show I was doing. This kid just loves music—from drum & bass to dubstep to house and anywhere in between. His Sonic EP came out on Sunday and has been killing the charts, and it shows a lot of versatility for producing music across the spectrum.
Beatport News Editor / San Francisco
50 Weapons had one heckuva 2012. As one of Berlin’s most impressive new labels, the guys behind it (um, that’d be Modeselektor) brought us new jams from Addison Groove, Shed, Bambounou, and plenty more. And guess what? They got the equally great Benjamin Damage (pictured above) to collect the label’s offerings for this awesome 12-track compilation.
General Manager of Merchandising & General Manager / Berlin
It was pleasing to hear that Burial’s latest record was indeed a greater departure from his earlier work. The two tracks combine for a total of around 25 minutes and emulate more characteristics of Brian Eno than, say, earlier grime influences. Both “Truant” and “Rough Sleeper” have a more creative and unpredictable song structure, with a greater use of synths and original vocal parts. This ends up coming across as a more artistic body of work than anything else before.