Wednesday 19 February 2014

Toneden: The First Batch *(Players broken as of 2020)*

Finaly got around to sorting through the lit of promos sent to me thanks to our new 'n streamlined Toneden partnership. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the stuff we're getting is pretty varied in styles which is always good to see. I forwarded a few on to the other writers but here's a couple that caught me, after the art of course.

Dan Baldwin - Dark Forces

After covering 20 years of Warp Records it should be no surprise I like a little experimental stuff n the side, so immediately this one caught my eye. Before I even got to the track I was diggin' the visual accompaniment with me being all arty and whatnot, and the tracks fit them to a T. Take this one for example, right from the intro it was giving me Apparat-esque vibes, and I'm absolutely in love with the lush synths that get dropped in towards the mid point.

And finally something a little unexpected, reading promos can be a real drag sometimes but when they come out with saying they've already been featured on BBC Introducing you gotta give them a closer look. Reminds me of the kinda tunes I'd hear watching MTV at like 1 A.M years ago, liking it a lot.

But that's not what they got in touch with us about, no they wanted us to have a look at their follow up single! It shines a bit more on the production side than Cold and it seems like they're really finding their sound. It does get a little mainstream dance-y in parts which I'm not a massive fan of, but they're doing well for themselves and those breakdowns are still lovely. Interested to see where they take it in future.

-Claude Van Foxbat

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