Although not a very well-known producer, S.Maharba has been consistently putting out some very good and creative instrumental hip-hop inspired electronic tracks since 2008, the year when he released his self-titled LP in only non-digital formats. It’s now 2012, and BTS has finally decided to re-release that LP digitally, which it did today.
S.Maharba’s sound is very similar to many of the more well-known downtempo and hip-hop inspired electro acts around these days such as Flying Lotus, Shlohmo, Shigeto, etc. Even though one can easily draw many similarities between S.Maharba and other artists like these, his sound retains a definite uniqueness. The feeling of being drowned in a fog of analogue fuzz, vinyl distortion, and perfectly blended samples combined with incredible hip-hop beats that S.Maharba’s music throws you into on most of his tracks is unlike anything I’ve ever heard in electronic music, and the pure joy of tracks like “Girls in Pearls” and the sci-fi-eque, futurist atmosphere on tracks like “Heels” and “Girls on the Roof” keep things very interesting while also demonstrating S.Maharba’s ability to create great tracks that don’t all just follow the same formula.
A few highlights from the self-titled LP:
Something in the Way She Moves:
Nice to Meet You:
Girls in Pearls:
In addition to his self-titled LP, S.Maharba also has an excellent EP out called “She”, and an incredible mixtape of mostly new tracks called “Up in Blood” which was only released on 60 cassettes (which sold out in under an hour) and is thus incredibly difficult to find. He has also put out a compilation of remixes, some other mixtapes, and pre-self-titled stuff which is also good, but self-titled, She, and Up in Blood definitely represent the height of his work to date in my opinion.
The Argentinian ZZK (pronounced zizek) Records is comprised of a collective of artists that are producing a new sound called “Electro Cumbia” and include names such as Chancha Via Circuito and Fauna. The resulting genre is a strange, but appealing intersection of old and new sounds. Equally striking is ZZK’s aesthetic, which combines neon colors with traditional patterns. Here is Mati Zundel’s “Señor Montecostes” (NSFV) off his debut album Amazonico Gravitante:
Light Year is an Aussie electronic producer based out of Sydney. Sweet as, mate. He rose to fame with his monstrous track “Sex Education” (at least one other WCFM DJ should recognize it…) which was played out by such greats as Boys Noize and 2ManyDJs. Here is his new track “Moderation” which combines the retro vibes of acid house and deep techno with modern production techniques. The video is a bit of all right and if you listen, good on ya.
Tiger & Woods are a mysterious electronic music production duo consisting of Larry Tiger and David Woods. (Oh wait, those names seem suspiciously fake.) They specialize in the slo-mo disco re-edit, as evidenced by their string of excellent 12″ releases on their own Editainment label.
Listen to their most epic of edits, Gin Nation. This re-edit of Music & Lights by Imagination (GET IT, GIN NATION?) is a slow grower that climaxes into blissful ecstasy.
The UK group Django Django released their self titled debut album just over a week ago and it’s already received significant praise from various critics. Whether or not you agree with the critics, the whole album is definitely worth listening to for its consistently catchy songs. Here’s Waveforms:
An electronic producer hailing from Bristol, Julio Bashmore first started producing grime and UK garage before refining his craft into beautiful, bass-heavy, Chicago house.
Here is a new track called Well Wishers from this ginger DJ. First heard on his BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix late in 2011, it will be sure to capture dancefloors like his 2010 bang0r, Battle for Middle You.