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Premiere: Utah? remixes Kid Smpl

First Listen: Kid Smpl - Blade (Utah? Remix)

We have a remix EP for Kid Smpl forthcoming featuring a strong lineup of Utah?, y y y, Eaves, and SHALT where Purple Tape Pedigree and Astral Plane artists meet Symbols. Hyponik has delivered the first listen of the Utah? remix of "Blade".

Sheffield producer Utah? is no stranger to Symbols, having released the Oxygen EP with them last year. His music injects melodic grime with a dash of rave – specifically the bassline/garage that he grew up on. He’s also got a new EP for Symbols coming later this year, so you should probably watch out for that.

While the original ‘Blade’ is a twisted club take on widescreen R&B, barely a minute and a half long, Utah?’s remix turns this fragment into a full track, somewhere between Mssingno and the glossier end of the Boxed sound. Vocal clips hang in the air like frozen echoes, while the whole thing is underpinned by a spiky bed of sub bass stalagmites. Listen to it below, and also check out Kid Smpl’s YouTube Sessions from last year.
— Hyponik


Out Now: J(ay).A.D - Asema EP (SMBL041)

J(ay).A.D - Asema EP (SMBL041)
Release Date: December 04, 2015

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01. Thinking About You
02. Nostalgia
03. Obeah
04. Spend The Night
05. Mind Sex

Over the past several years, J(ay).A.D has released several EPs touching on footwork, dubstep, grime and hip hop, approaching dance music with a wide open lens that tends to blur accepted genre lines. A Björk co-sign earlier this year jettisoned the Amsterdam-based artist into the popular consciousness and on December 4, he’ll release his most complete, idiosyncratic work to date; the Asema EP on Symbols. Raised in Suriname, J(ay).A.D is the consummate dance music outsider and despite living in Amsterdam, his music hardly ever fits in with the city’s house and techno hegemony. Asema sits almost entirely at club friendly tempos and despite hitting peak levels on tracks like “Spend The Night” and “Mind Sex”, is more comfortable hitting emotional highs and lows. 

With the rapid industrialization and subsequent cultural divide of his native Suriname in mind, the EP is very much a record of the present moment, simultaneously paranoid and hopeful, seeped in industrial dread and natural beauty. Elastic square-wave synths, bruising sub bass and meticulous percussion arrangements make up the majority of Asema, from near-weightless opener “Thinking About You” to punchy, in-your-face closer “Mind Sex”. And while many of J(ay).A.D’s contemporaries attempt to create more alien sounding music at the expense of a human element, Asema has a distinctly tactile feel to it, from the echoing, almost live-sounding percussion on “Spend The Night” to the lush synth work on “Nostalgia”. Despite J(ay).A.D coming from an outsider position, Asema is a record with the power to touch and evoke memories from any and all listeners, its essential themes transmissible to virtually any individual or culture.

Premiere: WWWINGS - Divine (SMBL040)

Lit Internet turns the restlessness of so many recent grime experimenters into an advantage, putting it at the core of the game and alternating it with a rhythmic coalescence that then becomes all the more gratifying.
— The Wire

WWWINGS is Lit Internet, Lit Daw and Lit Empty, three internet-residing producers with an ear for post-apocalyptic soundscapes and towering, wide screen club music. Isolated by geography, the three artists come together as WWWINGS, filtering a frigid combination of southern hip hop, abstract, industrial-tinged beat work and grime into their manic, all-encompassing productions. Following up likeminded releases from Kadahn, Kid Smpl and Kastle, WWWINGS join the Symbols roster with the 3000 EP (out November 13), a record as staunchly forward thinking as it is full of sonic idiosyncracies. And while WWWINGS might make music inspired by the online nexus, 3000 is certainly aimed at the club, the EP functioning as both an emotional, melodic take on 140 formats and an exercise in physicality, bringing noise and ambient tropes onto the dancefloor.

Premiere 'Divine' taken from the 3000 EP. Full EP out November 13th. Look out for a full EP sampler later this week.