In an age of oversharing, Porto, Portugal-based deep house/Afrobeat producer Arctween is taking a different approach to his career. Instead of spending hours waxing poetic on social media, he’s focusing himself on crafting music that moves the artistic needle.
We’re pleased to world premiere “Along The Way” from his upcoming double A-sided debut out April 26 on Forbidden Cuts.
His groovy vocal-driven jam packs a winning combination of funky-ass drums, bumpin’ bass and clever samples. Sounds like a summer house anthem in the making if you ask us.
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Electronic music legends Toby Marks (a.k.a. Banco de Gaia) and Andrew Heathembarked on a musical pilgrimage across England and Wales in 2018. During their trek they made field recordings. Later on, they integrated those founds sounds into meditative ambient tracks featuring piano, guitars and electronics.
The byproduct of their experimentation is Motion, a transformative collaborative full-length album that stands as a wondrous sonic document of their journey.
Today we’re thrilled to world premiere the music video for the album’s lead track, “For Stone (West), Pt. 1,” which was directed by Marks. The track was inspired by a trip to Wales, where the pair journeyed to The Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth and then plunged deep into Llechhwedd Slate Caverns.
Marks says of the video, “A key element of the track was the sound of the mine lift at an old slate mine in North Wales. The opening shot is the approach to the lift entrance then the rest is the descending track into the mine. The original footage was provided by the mine plus some other footage sourced by us.”
Toronto-based DJ/producer Nathan Barato’s sound straddles the border between house and techno. Over the span of standout releases on Hot Creations, Hottrax, Relief and Saved Records, as well as regular gigs at hotspots all over the world, Barato continues to push his sound forward.
After making his debut on Ferris Wheel with “Hood Damage” in February, Barato just released a milestone effort by way of his Past Forward album for Hot Creations. The full-length features top collaborations with Wayne Tennant, Djeuhdjoah & Lieutenant Nicholson, Lost BOUL. & NB76, Room 303, Kid Enigma and Mikey V.
This month Barato will drop his “Ghetto Drums” collab with fellow Torontonian and frequent musical cohort Carlo Lio on their Rawthentic label. And if that wasn’t enough, King Street will unleash a remix set of Barato’s 2018 stormer “It’s My Turn” featuring a re-rub by Spanish DJ/producer Piem and Ecuadorian tech-house demon Andre Salmon.
We caught up with Barato and asked him to share his five top tracks of the moment. Continue Reading →