Lone is one of the most underrated (and under-appreciated) producers in the scene right now. I’ve been enamored with him since 2011 — so much so that I even remixed one of his tracks. But thankfully, his underground status (and rising appreciation from Azealia Banks) have yet to deter his insane level of output.
Levitate, his latest release, is a swirling, rave-tinged masterpiece with just the right amount of 8-bit nostalgia to keep you coming back for more. And I’m beyond stoked to hear him merging his chillwave/hip-hop roots with his newfound love for drum & bass.
In short, from the opening synth stabs of “Alpha Wheel” to the dreamy, ambient textures of “Hiraeth,” Levitate will take you on a trip you’ll never forget. I only wish it was about 60 minutes longer, but knowing Lone, he’s sure to drop a new EP next week.
Tourist, one of my favorite producers, released his first full-length record, titled U, last week and it is divine. Even better, he is giving away a download for free via BitTorrent. I’m planning on copping the vinyl when it’s back in stock, so it’s nice that I can own it for free in the meantime.
Tourist is one of those artists where I’ve always felt starved for new material. I first heard of him via his track “Together” in 2013 and I still listen to it on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis. His single, “Run,” off of the new album, is his best song since then, in my humble opinion, and the entire album is a delight. I’ve only listened to it twice so I don’t have much to say aside from that yet. You can listen here:
Justin Martin, one of San Francisco’s own, released a new album, Hello Clouds, on Dirtybird Records this week. It’s his second full length album, a whole four years after his 2012 full-length debut Ghettos & Gardens, and by far the best music he’s released so far in his career. I’ve always enjoyed his music but the new album is the work of a mature, confident artist. He’s said in interviews that he was more focused on making great music than making dancefloor bangers. That comes through clearly: the album has a feeling of patience that has been absent from his releases so far. The result is one of the best releases of 2016.
I’m just listening to it for the first time now, and haven’t processed it fully, but so far the tracks that have caught my ear are:
“Hello Clouds” feat. Femme (from Ultraista), “Odyssey” feat. Lena Cullen, “Be Mine,” “Wet Cat (Sooo WET)” feat. Dirtybird labelmates Ardalan and Kill Frenzy, “Midnight” feat. his brother Christian Martin, and the last track, “Hold Them” feat. Mohna. Sooo, like half the album. It’s really good, guys.
Justin did an interview with UKF about the album where he talks about inspiration, how the collabs came about, and just general interesting stuff. Check it out here.