Set to arrive next on the freshly launched Seven Villas label is Proximity, a five-track EP from Barcelona-based producer Pablo Sanchez. Leading the charge is "Broken Blues," a patient and methodical expedition into the more sunburnt ends of house. Spanning over six minutes, the track lurches forward, its interlocked layers of shakers, hats, rolling snares, and light percussion pushing the track's momentum ahead as rich synth patterns gradually fill out the proceedings. Sanchez's Proximity EP is set to arrive on October 6; in the meantime, "Borken Bells" can be downloaded below while a video for the record's title track can be viewed after the jump. Read more »
Following the release of its Silent Ascent LP earlier this year, Barcelona-based pair Downliners Sekt (pictured above) have enlisted a number of similarly adventurous outfits to rework tracks from the album for a forthcoming remix package. Set to appear alongside remixes from patten, Chevel, and others, NYC duo Blondes' contribution to that effort is now streaming in full. Read more »
Berlin-based house enthusiasts Alan Mathias and Etienne Dauta have been tapped for the next release on local imprint Finest Hour. Producing under the moniker Arcasenal, the duo looks set to have a busy 2014, with a pair of forthcoming 12"s already lined up for release via Jus Ed's Underground Quality and Boards, a sub-label of Fred P's Soul People imprint. Read more »
20 Questions: Flying Lotus Talks Collaboration, Close Calls at the Border, and the Best Advice He's Ever Received
Writing about Flying Lotus for XLR8R's readership is like introducing the Pope to a Catholic church—everyone already knows just about anything that could be said on the guy's behalf, and they would much rather see what he has to say, anyway. The Californian producer born Steven Ellison has appeared in our pages since his debut album, 1983, dropped in 2006, and even graced our cover two years later, when the seminal Los Angeles arrived via Warp. Then came the proliferation of the "beat scene," followed by the game-changing Cosmogramma, the jazzy Until the Quiet Comes, and now the latest Flying Lotus opus, You're Dead!, is imminent. Suffice it to say that we've all gotten to know Ellison very well over the years, but what's another 20 questions among friends? We took some time to meet up and chat with the busy artist in Warp's sunny Brooklyn office, and managed to uncover even more Flying Lotus facts and anecdotes. In our conversation, he told us about why he likes to make fun of people, the one time he got busted for weed while touring, what Herbie Hancock's house is like, five movies he wants us all to see, and whole lot more. Read more »
Though known more on this side of the pond for its label efforts, Donky Pitch actually began as a Brighton club night in the summer of 2009. Now, the Donky Pitch crew is marking its five years of existence with, well, Five, a free compilation gathering some of the label's past highlights in addition to a number of unreleased tracks including the Lockah production featured here. On "Unrealable," the former Bubblin' Up artist crafts a beat heavily steeped in retro vibes, its neon-striped chords and active layers of drum-machine percussion making this one sound like a futuristic—and even a bit sinister—outtake from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack (not that we're complaining at all about that fact). In addition to housing Lockah's "Unrealable" effort, Donky Pitch's new comp also counts tracks from The Range, Slugabed, Ghost Mutt, ARP 101, Starfoxxx, and Tokyo Hands to its name; all of which can be grabbed as a name-your-price download here. In addition, the label will be celebrating its five years with a "birthday" party in London this Saturday, the details of which can be found here.
Pacific Rhythm opened shop last year with the aim to "provide our local environs with deeply sourced and deeply felt records, [and] to throw a party here and there." Now, the Vancouver record outlet has announced plans to launch its own label, and shared details of its inaugural EP. Read more »
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