The Unearthed Sounds crew members have compiled their weekly picks containing collectively, in no particular order, our favourite tracks/releases of the week. Check back every week for our in-house selections!
As 2019 winds to a close, Polish producer Satl delivers a statement of intent with hisThe North Quarter debut release on Amsterdam boutique label. Consisting of 9 tracks his “Things We Can’t See” project draws from a varied palette of influences includingJazz, R&B and Dub Techno to stunning effect.
The Rotterdam resident possesses a refinement and depth beyond his years, making him one of the leading lights in a new generation of Drum & Bass producers and on “ThingsWe Can't See”, a coming of age of sorts, he truly manages to rise above himself. With work on a follow up already underway this is just the beginning of his relationship withThe North Quarter.
Our last release (across both formats) of 2019 is a vinyl release with an artist we’ve sung high praises for earlier this year. Hailing from the Czech Republic, WZ is an artist with many talents - talents we demonstrated with his FKOF Records debut on FKOFd038.
As we said at the time, David sent us a batch of material over the summer and we (for the first time in our ~10year history) signed a digital and vinyl release without too much thought. Here he is, with his debut vinyl release, across three anthemic original mixes. And, for the first time ever, we welcome the mighty Ishan Sound to FatKidOnFire with the sort of firepower only the Young Echo artist can bring. This is FKOFv003...
a1. WZ - Headcleaner (Original Mix)
a2. WZ - Know That (Original Mix)
b1. WZ - Dossier (Original Mix)
b2. WZ - Headcleaner (Ishan Sound remix)
ASC - Clear Skies / Nimbus [Handstamped White Label 12"]
I recently discovered a bunch of atmospheric drum & bass I had written around 2006-2008 on an old backup drive that I thought was long gone. Upon discovering the contents, I found a group of tracks that I had totally forgot about, so it almost felt like hearing them for the first time. Clear Skies was due to be released on vinyl around 2007 (I think?), but for reasons I cannot recall, it never happened. Instantly, the thought of putting this out on vinyl came to me and here we are. I felt that out of this specific batch of tracks, Nimbus was the one that complimented Clear Skies the most, which is also a nice dichotomy between having a clear sky and having one full of nimbus clouds. This marks the fourth white label release for the series, and something that might open the way for more releases in a similar vein. - ASC
a1. ASC - Clear Skies
b1. ASC - Nimbus
Madcap - Out of Reach // Sunshine Dub [Yellow 10" Vinyl]
A meditation on the current political climate in the United States, “Raise” sits somewhere between 90s techno, NY house, and the hybridized warehouse bangers of the future. Urgent vocals call out to “raise your voice and speak” while hard-hitting drums, booming bass, and an elastic acid line coincide to illustrate the paramount importance of addressing societal complexities and working to enact tangible change. Plus it bangs.
“Anxiety” takes on an ever- present aspect of modern life. With distressed-yet-proud vocals, crunchy drums, icy synth stabs, and swinging hats, this track fuses Chicago and NY house influences into a claustrophobic yet contagious anthem. Simply put, “Anxiety” captures a paradoxical feeling that is all too familiar in 2019.
After the huge success of his debut collaborative LP with Pessimist, Karim Maas presents 'Blakk Rainbow EP' for The Stone Tapes. Blurring the lines between genres, this release again proves that Karim Maas is one of the most interesting figures to emerge in modern electronic music. Never one-dimensional, the release traverses back & forth from the foreboding noise of 'Into Eternity' all the way to the meditative spiritualism of 'Saturn Return' and everywhere between. 'Blakk Rainbow' encapsulates Karim Maas' own signature sound while perfectly fitting into the ethos of The Stone Tapes.