Respite [Audio Plants]

Russian imprint Audio Plants offer up a superb selection of beats from the fringes of 160 and 170BPM electronica, taking in influences from ambient and downtempo on a wide variety of sonic excursions. Highlights come on the bleak atmospherics of Torn’s Believers, the soaring melodies of Thankee & Urban Trip’s The Absyss and the ominous autonomic microfunk of Hidden Element’s How Can I Trust You, but the standout track is the manic 160BPM garage infused beats of Drillcut’s Snow Walk. Check out the clips below and grab this one from your favourite digital outlet now!

Impish & Vasilisa – Haze [Burelom]

From Russia with love; Audio Plants Recordings bring us a new sub label in the form of Burelom (pronounced ‘boorelom’). Their first release comes with two great collabs, with Impish & Vasilisa teaming up on vocal-led techstep roller Haze while Hidden Element, Liquid Break and Kiyomi explore deeper territory with the ambient drumfunk of I See The Light.

Watch out for this one dropping on vinyl from Jan 27th.

Hidden Element & Liquid Break – Lifeforms EP [Translation]

US label Translation brings us a lovely slice of deep liquid from Ukrainian duo Hidden Element and live drummer Liquid Break. Taking a few leaves out of Seba’s book of song-writing but adding a live drummer to the mix, W.H.O.O.A. dishes up sweeping synths, twinkling keys and an intricate yet laid-back beat, while Watch Me ups the pace a wee bit and adds some jazzier influences to the tone.

Elsewhere Hidden Element go it alone, serving up a distinctly trap influenced dark skanker in the form of Hot Pants and a nice slice of melody driven dubstep on Musiq. Have a listen for yourself and watch out for the beats dropping via all good digital outlets from September 30th!