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Slam Skillet’s “Rachis” EP

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With hip-hop vocal samples and snare/hi-hat rolls aplenty, 20-year old Slam Skillet‘s “Rachis” EP seems to check all the pre-requisites of today’s electronic music production. Yet unlike most music by basement beatmakers, the first track, “Yukon,” begins with a bird-song sample that soon becomes a mainstay of this decidedly avian record. Olivier Messiaen he ain’t, but evolutionary biology major Slam Skillet – also known as Sam Stevens – has found unlikely Ableton inspiration in the outdoors.

“Yukon” continues with a filter sweep that brings in some rhythmic horn jabs and a heavily processed rap hook. With subtle but banging basslines and several funky synths used, the EP gives nod to Com Truise and the more dancefloor-ready sounds of Grenier. “Gemsbok/Chamois” stands out for its laidback Nujabes vibe, credited to the cabasa sound that keep the track shuffling along.

Stevens’ skill is in his ability to joyfully weave common and unexpected elements into a beat that makes you want to sit back, bob your head and watch the world go by. This is music made for headphones and spring days – so start vibing.

FaltyDL’s Hardcourage

FaltyDL - Hardcourage

FaltyDL, real name Drew Lustman, makes music as though he were born and bred in the U.K. bass scene. The New Haven, Conn. producer’s third album, Hardcourage, is a perfectly crafted collection of two-step-inspired tracks rippling with hi-hats and reverberating synths.

Hardcourage’s electronic mission is well punctuated with poppy vocals, as on standout track “She Sleeps,” which features the Feeder-esque croonings of Friendly Fires’ frontman Ed Macfarlane. “Straight and Arrow,” the first single from the album released last fall, exhibits a typical house vocal sample moulded into a relentless groove. This song soon melts into the subtle mastery of “Uncea,” which chugs along to a constant tambourine line punctuated with hand claps.

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Synth-wave, Scientology and Com Truise

Top Gun-esque. (Erin Flangan/treeswingers)

For the past two years, former advertising executive Seth Haley has been making synth-loaded down tempo electronic music under the memorable moniker of Com Truise. Signed to the legendary Michigan label Ghostly – home to Matthew Dear, Tycho, and Shigeto – Com Truise last year released his debut album, Galactic Melt. Haley, who began as a DJ 15 years ago, says his musical expedition is one that has gotten slower and slower. It’s been traditional spinning to drum and bass to his current brand of chilled-out, down tempo electro. We recently caught up with the unassuming funkster to talk spoonerisms and synthesizers before his set at the 2012 Sasquatch! Music Festival.

Treeswingers: How would you describe this stuff, Com Truise?

Com Truise: I call it mid-fi, synth-wave, slow-motion funk.

TS: Mid-fi. Synth-wave. Slow-motion. Funk. Okay.

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2012 Sasquatch! Music Festival: Saturday

“Hipsterrunoff doesn’t have shit on us.” (Erin Flanagan/treeswingers)

Only at Sasquatch! do festival-goers wake to the sound of mooing.

As the sun rose on Day Two, weary campers emerged from their tents in desperate search of coffee, food and music to drown out the bovines. Over at the Treeswingers camp, it took four Redbulls and the cows’ relentless racket to get us out of bed. Not even halfway through Sasquatch’s four-day marathon, we were already struggling. One glance at the show schedule, though, and we were skipping to catch our first band.

Read our reviews from Saturday below…

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