This week, we’ve got new tracks from Marcus Intalex’s alter-ego, a Jean Michel Jarre-curated comp, and some old(er)-school hip-hop from the metal-faced legend in On Rotation, which compiles our expert team of merchandisers’ and editors’ favorite picks of the week.
Merchandising Manager / Denver
There’s rarely a better time for “chill out” tracks than after the hellish experience that is New Year’s Eve. Mihalis Safras’ Material Series off-shoot Tuna Recordings has only been releasing since November of last year, but their modest catalog is already spilling over with some of the finest trip-hop and electronica tracks you could hope for. Their latest from Netherlands-based Asterisms is an exploration into the brooding and meditative sound that you could call “UK future bass.” A mournful side-chained bassline and unshakeable groove will make this three-track EP a repeat listen for the “true” dubstep crowd and an flawless introduction to the genre for Material Series’ regular listeners.
Merchandising Manager / Los Angeles
Los Angeles dubstep—particularly that which has been made by artists like 12th Planet or Bare—has the perception of being huge, aggressive, and over-the-top, but try this one on for size: “No Shelter” from LA’s Mesck on Deco’s Deceast label has that deep and dynamic vibe that really does it for me. I dig this tune, love the label’s output, and am really excited for more sounds like this, especially in the unlikely place of Los Angeles.
Beatport News Editor / San Francisco
Who knew that electronic music legend and new age pioneer Jean Michel Jarre dug him some modern techno and house? Well, if this brand-new comp that he curated for InFine is any indication, he enjoys his fair share of four-to-the-floor, too. Of course it’s not all the danciest stuff you’ve ever heard, naturally—there’s plenty of windswept ambient thrown into the mix—but all the same it’s a welcome look into what electronic music’s elder statesmen keep on rotation.
General Manager of Merchandising & General Manager / Berlin
Otherwise known as drum & bass stalwart Marcus Intalex, Trevino has been delving into the murky world of bassy house and techno for over a year now. Having graced the dark halls of Berlin’s techno mecca Berghain, it seemed only fitting that his latest release feature on Berghain resident Ben Klock’s imprint. Both “Forged” and “Uptight” are definitive, clear-standing techno tracks but the secret gem on this release is “DolDrums,” where more the UK producer’s local influence shines through, whilst still retaining that Berghain aesthetic.
Merchandising Manager / Berlin
This album has been around since the mid-2000s, but it hit the digital realm last week, and remains one of my personal favorites from the mighty Metal Face Doom. It’s a concept album about food, and tracks like “Hoe Cakes” and “Rap Snitch Knishes” tip to Doom’s singular blend of bawdiness and surreal wordplay. There are so many good moments here, like the aforementioned “Cakes” and “Deep Fried Frenz,” which slice-n-dice beatboxing with vintage cartoons and silky ’80s soul samples.