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New Life by Dawit Eklund

By Madison Bloom

Dawit Eklund, one of Washington D.C.’s stalwart producers, makes music that is the stuff of basement rave glory. A staple of the city’s electronic label and collective 1432 R, Eklund excels at making seemingly effortless beats that reveal more details with each listen. On “New Life,” the first single from Eklund’s forthcoming Corona EP, he crafts a pitch-perfect tribute to sweaty mornings on the dancefloor.

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Lies Are Chic by Dawit Eklund

By Philip Sherburne

Surly sounds are rarely as invigorating—or even liberating—as they are on “Lies Are Chic”, the quick-stepping, shadow-boxing new jam from Dawit Eklund, co-founder of Washington, D.C.’s 1432 R. It’s all in that gnarly square-wave bassline, which doesn’t even sound like notes so much as an ellipsis made of snarls, or a string of pearls the color (and texture) of a bruise. The snapping, shuffling sense of movement—steer clear of those snares unless you want to get hurt—faintly recall the turn-of-the-millennium West London broken beat of labels like 2000 Black. It makes sense: that, too, was a vision of funk at once joyous and intractable.

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