There aren’t too many well-known Mid-Western producers out there, but we’ve got one just for you. Representing Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ackryte is bringing it up in the beginnings of 2013 with his most recent EP, Lifted Transmissions. Ackryte has developed his own distinct sounds of jazzy swings and bumpin’ blues that frequent his tracks. Unlike most downtempo beat producers, he avoids the obvious groove-loop path. Instead, he takes the black diamond hill approach of creating progressive beats while pushing the comfort levels of the typical beat. Within Lifted Transmissions, you’ll find a generous amount of soothing piano backed with eclectic electronic effects and synths, fusing easy-listening beats with forward-thinking style.