Ital Tek – Discontinuum (Alternative Version)

I hate to admit that I still haven’t heard that new Ital Tek album on Planet Mu, despite spreading the word about it whenever I can. You can of course listen to the snippets to get a pretty good idea what it sounds like, and it’s definitely on my shopping list for November. In the meantime, you can download another outtake, the alternative version of Discontinuum.

(via YSK)

Ital Tek – Glacial Momentum

I’ve been a huge fan of Ital Tek ever since I came across his Massive Error EP back in 2009. As you might know, his new album will be out on Planet Mu late next month. To make the wait worthwhile, he posted this track that didn’t make it on the record.

Also, you can listen to snippets from the new album which goes by the name of Nebula Dance. Loving the warm sounds and I’m looking much forward to receiving my copy after it drops on October 22, 2012.

Ital Tek – Ulysses

Almost forgot posting this one, it’s a new track from Brighton’s Ital Tek. He has just released a new EP on his own Atom River imprint and this track almost made it on the release.

Instead it has become a free download for you to grab. If you like it, make sure to get the digital Whip It Up EP from Boomkat, Bleep and the likes.

Ital Tek – Babel VIP

The original version has been one of my favourites on Ital Tek’s fantastic Midnight Colour album from last year. As of today, the Brighton based producer is giving away a VIP mix of the same track.

You can download over on his SoundCloud page (leace a comment.) If you’re unfamiliar with his music, here are a couple more tracks – and make sure to get your hands on that album!

2010: One Last Look

We’re already halfway through the first month of 2011, so you probably don’t want to hear about my favourites of 2010 – and I usually don’t either. Still there are two reasons for this post. First, the previous year had an amazing output of great new music. And secondly, I took it kinda slow last year, writing not many reviews or other special features. So let me take one last look at 2010.

Before we start, I want to point out I don’t list these in any particular order, but I created these categories.

I. The Unquestionables

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Four Tet – There Is Love In You (Domino)
The year started with the release of Four Tet‘s fifth solo album There Is Love In You, in my opinion his best to date. That is probably because it both works on headphones and the dancefloor. Accompanied by remixes from Joy Orbison, Floating Points, Mosca, Caribou and Jon Hopkins, it should have been hard to miss the album. The overall quality made it clear instantly: this would remain a top spot by the end of the year.

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Actress – Splazsh (Honest Jon’s)
Alright, if I had to pick just one favourite I’d have to go for the second album by Werk Disc founder Darren J. Cunninham, better known as Actress. Released in May, Splaszh leaves me with all kinds of weird feelings. It’s sinister and depressing at times, and it puts me in a state of hunger or sleeplessness. I can’t really figure it out , but I keep listening to it over and over again.

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Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma (Warp)
There is a whole generation now inspired by the music of Flying Lotus and 2010 saw quite some good attempts to stay in his vicinity. But with Cosmogramma Steve Ellison not only raised the bar, he changed the entire game. He could’ve continued just making beat instrumentals or work with any MC he likes. Instead he chose to make his music broader and richer on all sides. It’s maybe not as easy to get into, but once you’re there you know it was worth it.

II. The Unexpected

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Gonjasufi – A Sufi and A Killer (Warp)
One might argue that sampling a bunch of old records and having a guy sing over them can hardly make a good record these days, I give you that point! Still, Gonjasufi’s debut on Warp has been on rotation for months. It kinda came out of nowhere and it’s the first Gaslamp Killer production that really got me. A great choice of samples and fitting vocals are the simplest ingredients imaginable, but they work terribly well.

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Lone – Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Magic Wire)
Already the fourth album by Matt Cutler, but the first to be released on his own Magic Wire label. It’s a rather mellow dance album with strong links to late 80s/early 90s house music. However, the overall sound benefits from modern production techniques, so you won’t end up with a set of bleeding ears. Instead you will use the repeat function.

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Teebs – Ardour (Brainfeeder)
The debut album by Los Angeles based Teebs had a perfect timing, for me anyway. At the time I was making my own experiences with the wonders of Northern winter. The bells, harps and other wonderful twinkles on the album seemed to be the perfect soundtrack while walking through snowed in European cities. Probably my favourite Brainfeeder release to date.

III. The Underrated

Ital Tek - Midnight Colour

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Ital Tek – Midnight Colour (Planet Mu)
There were probably a handful of albums that hit into a similar vein as Ital Tek‘s second album Midnight Colour. Ultimately, it was its melodic nature that made the difference to other strong records in the field – say Scuba’s Triangulation or F’s Energy Distortion. The album was also accompanied by a fine set of remixes by Ikonika and FaltyDL.

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Sotu the Traveller – Left (self-released)
Probably the most overlooked record of the year, partly due to the bad timing (summer holidays) and for being self-released. To me it was a great relieve to hear the record, as I was suffering from an overdose of dark gritty beat albums. Along came Sotu the Traveller to deliver a super smooth record, stroking your ears at every minute. You can buy Left for a fair price at Sotu’s Bandcamp, where you’ll also find remixes by Daisuke Tanabe, Dynooo and Portformat.

Of course now that I got started, I could go on an mention the albums by Ikonika, Caribou or Shackleton’s Fabric 55. But then I’m quite happy with my selection and I already told you I take it kinda slow these days.

Ital Tek – Moment in Blue (FaltyDL Remix)

I always loved the asian mood of the original, which is probably my favourite on Ital Tek’s Midnight Colour album, now FaltyDL has uploaded his remix of the song to his SoundCloud.

You have probably heard this one already, it was released shortly after the album. If you want to get physical on this, get the 12-inch from Planet Mu, it comes with a remix by Ikonika on the flipside. Digital releases are also available!

Ital Tek – Finally

The last Ital Tek album Midnight Colour is still on heavy rotation over here, but I can’t get rid off the feeling that it’s been widely overlooked. So here’s a free treat from the Brighton based producer, go ahead download and share it with a friend.

Let me also remind you of this other free tune Arashiyama and the rest of Ital Tek’s music on his SoundCloud page.

Robot Koch vs Boxcutter – Cloud City (Ital Tek Remix)

A remix by Ital Tek of the yet-to-be-released Songs For Trees And Cyborgs album by Robot Koch. While there’s no news on remixes yet, the actual album will drop on October 1st, 2010 on Project Mooncircle.

The album features collaborations with 1000names, Doshy, RQM, Graciela Maria and Boxcutter, a preview from the latter is available on SoundCloud.

Ital Tek – Satellite (Extended Version)

Taken off his Midnight Colour album, Brighton’s Ital Tek is giving away an extended version of the track “Satellite.”

You can download the track for free, but make sure to leave Alan a comment on his SoundCloud page. If you’re in or around Cardiff today, make sure to drop by at the Cardiff Arts Institute!

Ital Tek – Midnight Colour

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Just when I started to grow a little tired of “bass music”, Brighton’s Ital Tek came to deliver his second album on Planet Mu. After only a few tracks, my tiredness was gone and replaced with sheer excitement.

Don’t let that booming sound at the very beginning irritate you, this is not another dubstep album, it’s a rich piece of work of many different facets, brought to life by its beautiful melodies.01. Neon Arc
02. Talis
03. Moonbow
04. Babel
05. Satellite
06. Subgiant
07. Black And White
08. Strangelove V.I.P.
09. Moment In Blue
10. Heliopause
11. Midnight Colour
12. Infinite
13. Restless Tundra (feat. Anneka)

The first track is the only track I disapprove of, maybe just an unlucky choice for an opener, as it’s quite bold compared to the subtle array of tracks that follow. From there on, Midnight Colour constantly builds up, every new track seems to outclass its predecessor. Moonbow and Babel pick up the same bleepy sounds I loved on the Massive Error EP already, but these were made for the head – not the dancefloor. Next up is Satellite, a beatless ambient piece carrying the same melancholic vibe as IDM masters Boards of Canada on their Geogaddi album.

More on the techy side of dubstep are the tracks Subgiant and Strangelove V.I.P., they might as well have been taken from a random Apple Pips record. Whenever I listen to Moment In Blue, I can’t help but think of a futuristic Asian scenario, it’s probably my favourite track on the album. Alongside Black And White, it’s one of the tracks that I love for the same reasons as the music of Nosaj Thing and some of his LA contemporaries.

It might take a couple of listens to notice this, but once you’ve reached the only vocal track, Restless Tundra, it feels like you’ve reached the top of the mountain, the climax of the album. (Would be nice to have one final track for the way back down.)

Definitely among my favourite albums this year and I already feel it has much overlooked!

Midnight Colour has already been in stores for three weeks, you can get the 2-LP, CD from Juno or directly from the label, Planet Mu. Also available is a 12-inch with remixes from FaltyDL and Ikonika.

Ital Tek – Arashiyama

To celebrate his 1000th follower on Facebook, Brighton’s Ital Tek is giving away a free track for you to download. While there’s no info whether this will see a proper release, the included cover-artwork suggests it might come out on Atom River.

Take this as teaser to his forthcoming album Midnight Colour on Planet Mu. There’s also a remix from Skream & Benga floating around, hopefully coming soon to a record store near you.

Ital Tek – Summer Mini Mix

With his Massive Error EP, Ital Tek delivered one of my favourite releases this year. Today, I got his recent summer mixtape to share with you.01. DFRNT – Tripped (Ital Tek Remix)
02. Horsepower – When You Hold Me
03. Untold – Sweat
04. Falty DL – To New York
05. Squarepusher – My Red Hot Car
06. Zomby – Liquid Dancehall
07. Ital Tek – 8bit Sky
08. Headhunter & F – Dedale
09. Boxcutter – Sidereal Day
10. Dizzee Rascal feat. D double E – Give U More
11. Ital Tek – Pins

As this is so mini, you might also want to get your hands on his Bun-E Mixtape – if you havn’t already.