Villain, best known for his releases on London’s Singularity Recordings, and as xfive on Droid Recordings has brought his adventurous, dark, and driven sounds to Futra. The Vantage EP marks the sixth release on the Los Angeles based music and arts label. Keeping in step with Futra’s diverse releases, the title track ‘Vantage’ opens on a bass heavy, melodic tip with chordal stabs and shuffled drums. The second track ‘Evidence’ features off-kilter syncopated percussion coupled with tripped out elements that guides the listener into a much different headspace. Following is ‘Recon’, a pure four-on-the-floor banger with metallic percussion on top of a sparse grooving backbone. The last track ‘Vantage (Subterranean Dub)’ ventures into outer space with a dubbed out almost ambient rework of the title track to sooth and carry the listener away.
Supported by: Alland Byallo, Andrew Grant, Complicit, Derek Michael, DVS1, Dustmite, EEZIR, Hyperactive, Icicle, Juan Basshead, Knyphy, Kuma, Mike Gervais, N-Type, Noah Pred, Paul Mac, Pawn, Sam Supa
01 Villain – Vantage
02 Villain – Evidence
03 Villain – Recon
04 Villain – Vantage (Subterranean Dub)
Villain – Vantage EP (preview)
Futra features the debut release from Southern California artist Astroteric. A long time contributor to the stateside dance music scene via various pseudonyms and collaborations, Astroteric is now on course to blur the lines of genres with his use of low end basslines that move your soul and melodies that leave you on repeat.
Kloak (formerly known as EMU) is the new music project from Los Angeles based Eric Ulvog, a veteran DJ, producer and designer. Along with the remix of Astroteric’s “Inter”, he also has an original release forthcoming on M.U.D. recordings early 2014 featuring vocals by Ill Chill, paired with a remix by Mesck. Los Angeles locals can look forward to more music and events by Kloak in the coming year.
Minneapolis based Edge City make their debut as remixers for Astroteric’s “Vox”. Edge City is two urban allies finding refuge in the edge of the city, raised up on the early hardcore breaks and UK Garage of the 90’s rave movement, and original members of the late Steppers Alliance Crew. Paul “Easyrider” Allen comes from the world of Drum & Bass and UK Garage where he cut his teeth as a Junglist. Aaron “Bliss” Hart (Havens+Hart, Stranjjur, Mother Recordings, MEME) has a long history of house and UK Garage. Together they create a unique sound that proves to be a powerful combination of House Rhythms, Drum & Bass atmospheres, and Garage basslines.
Supported by: 12th Planet, Amine Edge, Ambivalent, Andrew Grant, Chris Luzz, EEZIR, Flinch, Hera, HxdB, Kastle, Kero, Kuma, Ortega & Tamez, Pawn, Saccao, Sam Supa, Shiftee
01 Astroteric – Inter
02 Astroteric – Vox
03 Astroteric – Inter (Kloak Remix)
04 Astroteric – Vox (Edge City Remix)
Mastered by Scott Radke @ Sonic Impact
Cover Art by Joyce Su
Astroteric – Departure EP with remixes by Edge City and Kloak (preview)
The fourth release on LA-based Futra The Search EP is deep, dark, and mesmerizing. It features three original tracks by EshOne and a big remix by Don Froth delivering his funky, high-energy sounds and signature swinging bass lines.
EshOne (Donnie Valdez) resides in both San Diego and Albuquerque pushing his vast and heavy bass music mainly through Elk Beats which he co-founded in 2011. Since his first release in 2008, he has sought out to test every boundary possible with his music whether that be through formula, tempo, or distribution. EshOne’s first Futra release contains a unique approach and style hinting at house, techno, and garage.
Originally, west coast producer Don Froth (Julian Smith) released his first installment of the 12″ Froth’n series on limited edition vinyl via surf shops. He’s since released records on London’s Phonica’s White Series, WNCL Recordings, Days of Being Wild, Funky Fella Crew and UNO NYC. His trademark swing and off-key bass lines has garnered support from tastemakers like Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs, Massive Attack (3D), Jamie XX, 2562, Headhunter, KZA, Beats in Space among others, as well as airplay on BBC Radio 1, Rinse FM, KCRW, WFMU. He has been featured in Wire Magazine, Mixmag, XLR8R, Pitchfork, Fact Mag, RA, and Juno Plus. Smith has played events state side and Europe, engineered for DJ Harvey, remixed for EMU and Kuhrye-oo, and is currently working on two EP’s due out late 2013.
Supported by: Adam Marshall, Ambivalent, Deft, DLX, FSTZ, Juan BassHead, Kloak, Kuma, Pablo Hassan, Paul Mac, Pawn, Rozi, Sam Supa, Shiftee, SPL, Steady, Taal Mala, Tim Parker
01 EshOne – The Search
02 EshOne – The Discovery
03 EshOne – The Return
04 EshOne – The Search (Don Froth remix)
Mastered by Woly in Topanga, California
Cover Art by DEREK MICHAEL
EshOne – The Search EP with Don Froth remix (preview)
The third release on Futra titled ‘Surveyor’ features original tracks by Dustmite, a collaboration between Dustmite and Rajeev Maddela, and remixes by Audio Injection and Perceptron. Futra 003 fuses hard-hitting techno, lush soundscapes, and deep dark bass lines creating a unique and exciting EP.
An amalgam of passion and practice, the music of Dustmite draws influence from nights underground in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and Berlin, and years spent professionally developing video games and virtual universes. Rhythmically diverse and unbound by style, the result is a consistently unique voice that places Dustmite amongst the emerging talents in the US.
Perceptron is the latest moniker of Los Angeles artist Villain and co-founder of London based Singularity Recordings. The Perceptron sound takes the dark, genre bending style of Villain, and combines it with the raw dance floor techno of his Live/DJ project xfive. Perceptron started Feedforward in 2012 as an outlet for productions that convey a certain gritty dancefloor aesthetic that are sure to stay interesting.
Audio Injection has many successful releases on Monoid, Stimulus, and Droid Recordings. He’s been associated with Droid Behavior since 2003, earning his place as a resident and regular producer on the label. In 2011, he began ‘Truncate’ focusing on the deeper, darker, raw side of techno. His Truncate releases have support from Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann, Chris Liebing, Speedy J, and Luke Slater. With releases on Droid, CLR, Electric Deluxe, Sleaze and more, he continues to shape his sound of creating mind bending techno.
Supported by: DVS1, Drumcell, Dustin Zahn, Plastician, Grenier, SPL, DISTAL, Andrew Grant, Mike Gervais, Blank Code, Qzen, Kero, Annie Hall, Kuma, Don Froth, Incyde, EshOne
01 Dustmite – Voide
02 Dustmite – Supervoid
03 Dustmite & Rajeev Maddela – Jackfruit
04 Dustmite – Surveyor
05 Dustmite – Voide (Perceptron Remix)
06 Dustmite – Surveyor (Audio Injection Remix)
Mastered @ Black Monolith Studio by Steve Loss
Dustmite – Surveyor EP with remixes by Audio Injection and Perceptron (preview)
Hot off the press is Futra 002, crafted by Drew Peterson, aka DLX (Doctor Lazarus X). In 2008, DLX made an international breakthrough with his heavy and spacious track from the SMOG “Matter of Fact” EP, most notably recognized by “Breakage’s Relatively Speaking Remix”. Although Drew is an original member of the Los Angeles SMOG crew, known for their low frequency dubstep basslines, he’ll be releasing original techno and electronica tracks with Futra. He’s not stopping there either, a slew of remixes and originals of varying tempos will soon be rattling bass-bins, proving that he has no limits within genre boundaries.
Supported by: Photek, Ambivalent, DVS1, Dustin Zahn, Audio Injection, SALVA, XI, DISTAL, Andrew Grant, Jon Hester, Noah Pred, Shiftee, Dave Q, Sam Supa, Taal Mala, PAWN, Deco
The EP’s title track SKYLANDER has a striking chord and melody that grab your attention from the start. This is DLX’s first techno production ever, but you would never guess this since he seems to be a natural at creating music in any genre.
Heavy synths, drawn out deep bass lines, and layers of acid sounds make this track unique to DLX and to SKYLANDER. More than being dance floor focused this electronica style track brings you on a journey.
“SKYLANDER (Mike Gervais remix)”
Mike Gervais’ beating techno style is perfectly balanced with contagious and funky rhythms in his first remix for Futra. Mike is no stranger to production, having released music with Truncate, Reloading Records, and From 0-1. With dedication and an urge to redraw the boundaries of his craft, he’s earned a reputation as a hard working and highly technical artist bringing him to the forefront of North American techno. He also runs SYSTEM, one of the hottest techno nights in Minneapolis. Mike Gervais commands your attention with his hard hitting bass lines making this EP very dynamic. This is the warehouse banger of SKYLANDER. Brace yourself!
“SKYLANDER (Ian Lehman remix)”
Deep and slowed down, SKYLANDER closes with Ian Lehman’s take on the original. Ian has been producing EDM since the age of 13, and eventually co-founded Abiotic Recordings in 2001 with Dustin Zahn. Ian continues to make music constantly, producing in a variety of styles including techno, hardcore, and ambient. No matter what genre he’s producing, Ian’s distinguishable dark, dubby, and complex sound is prominent. His depth and texture can surely be felt in this remix. Try not to get lost, as this ambient, cinematic, layered track has a primal grasp that strengthens every second until it completely pulls you in.
Cover Art by JOYCE SU
DLX – Skylander EP with remixes by Mike Gervais and Ian Lehman (preview)
Futra 001 is by Los Angeles bass producer EEZIR. Originally from Milwaukee, Eric Hanson cut his teeth in the legendary 90’s Midwest electronic music scene. Moving to Los Angeles in 1999, EEZIR has performed for Friendly Integration, SMOG, and Droid Behavior. His productions on the Lone Lifter EP greatly contrast in mood and style; you will find classic acid sounds, heavy bass lines, and dreamy and gritty melodies. XI is originally from Toronto and recently relocated to the music hotbed of Berlin. With releases on labels such as Orca, Lo Dubs, and Immerse; he is quickly gaining a reputation for crafting bass music that maintains a respect for the past, while hinting at the future of electronic music.
Supported by: Mary Ann Hobbs, Jimmy Edgar, Dave Q, Sam Supa, Drumcell, Audio Injection, Ghosts On Tape, Noah Pred, Kastle, XLR8R, Kuru, Pawn, Deco
The EP’s title track Lone Lifter has a positive vibe with an added dose of intensity and pace. The track is funky, catchy, and commanding, and has all the right elements in becoming a warehouse classic.
The EP’s powerful acid track has a feeling of driving down a curvy, mountain road. The way you rise and fall, twist and turn, the unknown factor of what lies ahead. EEZIR, who grew up in the Midwest, brings you a flavor of those classic acid sounds.
The contrasting moods from mellow and ethereal to snarling and aggressive bring an intensity and IDM flavor to the EP. Just as your view can be shifted by an unexpected event in life, this track represents that moment that leads to a new view.
“Lone Lifter (XI remix)”
Funky, slowed down, and deep is where XI takes the original Lone Lifter title track. His rendition has funkier house and garage swinging beats with dreamy and playful tones.
EEZIR – Lone Lifter EP with XI remix (preview)