VXO – Alcanzarme

The manifold sounds of Connecticut’s experimental musician VXO takes new shape following their earlier release “Why U Call Me” and Color Plus feature “Fade 2”: layered harmonizing vocals cross-stitched into peaking synth melodies and dirty breakbeat rhythms.

“Alcanzarme” is the second single from VXO’s self-titled EP on Vanity Press Records, out 10/20—vinyl preorders available at FIT Detroit. Album art by Ali Bonfils.

wasaaga. – pivot.

““pivot.” was done at a really interesting time in my life. It was amidst some major personal change, and this song felt like a breath of creative fresh air. After multiple failed attempts at trying to find what I wanted to pursue for my third LP, I really felt this was stepping into something new – this was the initial push to work towards the singles series. The thing I really like about singles is that they’re not dependent on a larger picture – they’re only relative to themselves. I really just wanted to create pieces of work that stood on their own and take the time to explore what specifically I wanted out of my third album. As I’m now working to finish the LP for 2019, it was exactly what I needed.” – wasaaga.

android genius and headband both contributed remixes to this single, and I love that they took complete opposite sonic approaches to a very similar groove. They simultaneously exist at opposite ends of the spectrum while also holding cohesion. This was one of my favorite remix pairings.

Quavius – To The Ville…

Lustwerk labelmate Quavius has been quietly self-releasing dusted warehouse gems from Jacksonville, Florida—recounting the vibes of steamy jimjilbangs and smoked out speakeasies with intimacy. His newest release To The Ville… is eight tracks that take you from Southside Blvd. to N. Myrtle in the earliest and latest hours, surveying foggy avenues and desolate turns with the low-beams turned off.

DECCO and Leo Stannard – Sun Comes Out

Sweedish duo DECCO and vocalist Leo Stannard team up for the tropical house track,“ Sun Comes Out.” DECCO’s peaceful sound is no stranger to us, as he’s worked with artists like Selena Gomez, and Ry X. This delicious downtempo track is the sort of track perfect for chilling with friends and watching a beautiful summer sunset.

v1984 and Zora Jones – The Zone

Another day, another release off Visceral Minds 2. Today’s offering is a galactic footwork heater from v1984 and Zora Jones that’s as hype as it is heady. Check out the visuals over at Fractal Fantasy to get into “The Zone” and keep a watch for the next installment of Visceral Minds 2—the full compilation will be available August 15th, the day the last song is revealed.

Be sure to grab tickets for Zora Jones and Sinjin Hawke’s Chicago stop at East Room on September 23rd.

Repeated Measures – Day Party (feat. Dirty Merlin)

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It’s Sunday afternoon and there’s a ketamine-fueled motorcycle rally through Compton’s industrial park. Everyone has reconciled with the narcotizing dysfunction of hyperreal politics and the music-industrial complex. Being a wallflower is no longer stigmatized, and creative expression has been absolutely devalued. Absolutely freed. Maybe this is what American Zen sounds like.