Bristol-based filmmaker Alexander Macdonald has put together a short film on music obsessives' ongoing infatuation with vinyl records—a subject we explored earlier today with the aid of Kyle Hall, Gerd Janson, and others in our Wax Estatic feature. Compiling interviews with Donga of Well Rounded, Henry Bainbridge of Dub Studio, and Chris Farrel of Idle Hands, the mini-documentary offers insight into the people who have dedicated their lives and careers to those spinning discs. Read more »
Seattle-based producer and Hush Hush's flagship artist Kid Smpl (pictured above)—who we featured as a Bubblin' Up producer at the start of the year—is set to release a 20-track, two-part remix collection in anticipation of his forthcoming Armour EP, due to drop in July. Read more »
LA-based DJ/producer Urulu has had an impressively busy 2013 so far, with the latest fruits of his labor appearing in the form of a collaborative EP alongside London duo Chaos in the CBD for the Needwant imprint. Perhaps because the man just can't help but keep churning out new tunes, Urulu has offered up "Lonely Weekend," a "re-interpretation" of the "Twenty Eight" from R&B crooner The Weeknd. Urulu thankfully strips away much of the overwrought emotion of the original track, laying down a deliciously deep and inviting production on top of which filtered snippets of "Twenty Eight" can be heard bathed in reverb and delay.
Detorit's Movement festival kicks off this Saturday, bringing a slew of renowned DJs and producers to the legendary Midwest city for a three-day celebration of dance music. In addition to the many noteworthy sets taking place as part of the festival, an array of extra events and afterparties are planned to coincide with Movement, and—fortunately—a definitive guide has appeared to help festival-goers navigate their many options. Read more »
As we announced last week, Slugabed will be dropping a free EP of new material this Friday through his own Activia Benz imprint. Before the This Is a Warning EP sees a release though, the UK producer has offered up a track from the effort, "True Born," as a preview of what's to come. This particular offering takes a space-age hip-hop approach, unleashing rolling snares and 8-bit melodies while incorporating plenty of growling, grime-indebted sub-bass which reveals the tune's origins as an edit of one of Slugabed's favorite jungle tracks.
Egyptrixx (real name David Psutka) is arguably one of the more overlooked artists to grace Night Slugs' admittedly impressive roster. While he's been a little bit quiet on the release front lately, the Toronto-based producer today dropped a brand new mix. Read more »
Guillermo Scott Herren (a.k.a. Prefuse 73)—a man who was in many ways a forefather to the current beat scene—has, along with photographer Angel Ceballos, announced the launching of the Yellow Year label, which will serve as home to an ongoing collaborative series pairing Herren with a number of equally talented producers. The label's first EP, set to arrive sometime next month, will feature Chino Hills wunderkind and Brainfeeder associate Teebs working alongside Herren. Read more »
Maybe Hyperdub's youngest upstart, 22-year-old Sam Walton, who produces simply as Walton, has been issuing 12"s and EPs for the UK label since 2011, slowly building an arsenal of stripped-down, low end-specific dancefloor cuts. But after plenty of build up, word of the Mancunian's debut long-player has arrived. Read more »
It may be hard to believe, but the past three years have seen a surprising return to service for the humble 12" record. The format which DJ culture was essentially built from is enjoying something of an in-vogue moment, as vinyl sales have reportedly risen to a 16-year highpoint of $177 million. Exactly why this has happened now is difficult to say, but it's hard not to see the renewed popularity in the recent glut of limited-edition, vinyl-oriented dance-music labels. While this is undoubtedly a good thing, it also brings a variety of latent issues to the surface. To better explore those concerns, XLR8R went looking for the opinions of a variety of people who hold the almighty 12" dear. Read more »
Yesterday, the Cascine imprint dropped the debut single (artwork above) from newly formed production pair Airbird & Napolian (a.k.a. Joel Ford of Ford & Lopatin and LA producer Ian Evans). The digital single's a-side, "In the Zone," is a breezy slice of synth-obsessed beatwork, but b-side "Special" is a much more energetic affair, one which channels French-style filter house and '80s synth-pop into a modern, slightly shuffling package. The result is somewhat reminiscent of Chaz Bundick's work as Les Sins but with an extra dose of retro gloss added on top. Airbird & Napolian's "In the Zone" single precedes the pair's forthcoming debut full-length, which is set to drop this winter via Cascine.
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