Buy
Barker
Utility
Out September 6th, 2019 Buy

The experimental dance music of Berghain resident and Leisure System co-founder Sam Barker resists categorization. Based in Berlin, the producer utilizes modular synthesis and self-built mechanical instruments to project a utopian vision of functional, sensory-stimulating melodies and rhythms, minus the kick drum. Following an EP in 2018, Barker arrives at his full-length debut, Utility, titled in reference to his pragmatic approach and transhumanist philosophy. He explains, "It occurred to me that my musical decisions were often unintentionally utilitarian, following an instinct to maximize pleasure in one way or another. It's sort of unfashionable to admit, but by removing elements that have strong genre associations, this became a natural consequence." It's out on Berghain's in-house label Ostgut Ton.

Coverage on music sites Official website
Get a premiere in your inbox each week, listen to full album below.

Loading ...
    Want to be the first to know about next week's premiere? Sign up!

    Records Recently Featured on Hype Machine

    All albums are selected by our team and featured free of charge. You can see the complete list of our premieres here.



    September 10th
    Luke Temple
    Both-And
    September 10th
    Jordan Dennis
    HDMI1
    September 3rd
    Lightning Bug
    October Song
    September 3rd
    Guaxe
    Guaxe
    August 26th
    Nina Keith
    MARANASATI 19111
    August 26th
    Fire-Toolz
    Field Whispers (Int…
    August 19th
    Esther Rose
    You Made It This Fa…
    August 12th
    Maria Usbeck
    Envejeciendo
    August 5th
    YUNGMORPHEUS & Fum…
    Mazal
    July 22nd
    Lisel
    Angels on the Slope
    July 15th
    The Golden Filter
    Autonomy
    July 1st
    FĂ©licia Atkinson
    The Flower and the…

    Hype Machine has been introducing the world to new music since 2005. We track music publications and present what they discuss for easy discovery on the iPhone, Android, and the web. These album premieres are our effort to highlight new releases we enjoy.