Welcome to edition thirteen of the Crate Digging series – this is where the latest and greatest underground electronic tunes are compiled together. I try to do this weekly but sometimes it’s impossible to find five tunes good enough to feature. Thankfully, I’m really chuffed with my selections here this afternoon and can type of the feature with confidence. The pick of the bunch here is undoubtedly the outstanding work of Nuriveben.
This feature includes music from: Massane / Fried Dough / Re:um / Lugovskiy / Bjorn Gogge / Nuriveben / Billy Hammer / Haruka Salt
Nuriveben / Orenda
I start off today’s Crate Dig with Turkish-Born, UK based producer Nuriveben. His latest single Orenda fell on my lap recently and is like Onra mixed with Nicolas Jaar. The sound design on this one is first class all the way through – this guy has talent to burn. It is only his second single released, following on from his debut Stage 1 : Denial. Every element works well here as we are treated to a high-end opener to the Dig. This is right up my street and something fresh for me to get my teeth into.
Lugovskiy / Leave Me
One of my favourite little electronic labels at the moment is Clipp.Art – an Australian label focused on left-field dance tunes. One of their latest releases was this barn-storming tune from Kiev-Based producer Lugovskiy. The lads and lassies in Clipp.Art have a great taste and this is yet another solid sound to emerge from their talented roster. Leave Me is a brooding, synth-heavy electro track that has a unique, distinct energy. Been listening to this one for months.
Billy Hammer / Indigo
Billy Hammer is back again – I love this guys work – he is my go-to chill-hop producer at the moment. He was an early Soundcloud remix producer back in the boom (remixing the likes of Disclosure) and has now graduated onto his own uniquely smooth multi-instrumental productions. Using guitars, synths, violins and mandolins, he makes these fabulous, dreamy soundscapes. This is superb here!
Massane / Droplet
I’ve featured the music of French producer Massane here before. He is a really impressive new ambient electronic producer in the style of Kiasmos. He has been releasing his latest tracks via Lane 8‘s label and it’s no wonder the American has him signed up! 8’s ‘Little by Little‘ is one of my all time fave commercial electronic tracks. Massane’s new single Droplet is filled with all the right ingredients too.
Bjorn Gogge / Tom’s Tuk Tuk
Another powerful tune here from German producer Bjorn Gogge. This tune was constructed especially for his friend’s who wanted some music to accompany the footage they gathered in Asia, pre-lockdown. Gogge decided to help them and this is what came out of it. Tom’s Tuk Tuk was released recently and I’m liking it. This sounds like something that would go down well with the roof lights at the iconic Peacock Society in Paris.
Re:Um / Daybreak
Irish producer Re:Um has made a superb tune here with his latest offering titled, Daybreak. Like myself, he is an Irish fella based in London so a special mention of that has to be made. Daybreak is a chilled out tune with subtle chords and dreamy vocal snippets fluttering around too. The whole production style sounds like a more toned-down Maribou State vibe. It works and has become a song heavily played in my personal mixes on the decks at home.
Haruka Salt / Pitch ‘n Itch
Brooklyn label Toucan Sounds is proud to release the debut single from Haruka Salt, which features Fat Tony. Pitch ‘n Itch is Haruka’s first proper single and it’s a sneaky little acid banger. She has been a stalwart on the New York electronic club scene since moving to the Big Apple from Japan in 2006. She is a huge figure in the clubbing culture there – she is joined here by another influential figure, Fat Tony. He has been around for years and has worked with the likes of A$AP Rocky in the past. This is an oldschool tune that would make any dancefloor sway! Oh, I miss warehouse raves and festivals.
Fried Dough / Loop
A slow and methodical tune here from Canadian electronic psych-band Fried Dough. Their style is mystical and meandering and somewhat reminiscent of modern Nicolas Jaar productions. Loop is an impressively progressive tune that has a chunky depth and purpose to it. The track is quite dark in sound and the acidic arpeggios ripple around in a sea of intense synths in the mid-section. ‘Tis actually a wonderfully constructed piece of electronic music overall.
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