Now that we've officially entered the final month of the year, the inevitability of certain holiday events is closer than ever. And no matter whether you dread or look forward to the ensuing December festivities, there is one thing we can all agree is beyond awesome this time of year: Rinse FM's and FWD>>>'s Boxing Day celebration, which gathers every Rinse DJ and puts them on display in London's legendary Fabric nightclub. One such DJ is Funk Butcher, who—along with the likes of Brackles, Skream, Oneman, Scratcha, and more—will be dropping a number of quality tunes like this one on December 26. "Techno Babble" exists a little more on the techy side of Funk Butcher's usual style (especially the almost two-minute breakdown in the middle), but it still has more than enough bouncing UK vibes to stay true to his moniker. For the full list of DJs set to perform at the Boxing Day celebration and all the essential details, head here.
Those crazy car manufacturers over at Scion A/V are at it again, releasing free collections of music to the anxiously awaiting masses. Their latest digital offering: a five-track EP from UK dubstep figureheads and Magnetic Man co-conspirators Skream and Benga. Read more »
The Los Angeles-based company Eskuché—who are, we should say, first and foremost manufacturers of high-end headphones—have been dabbling in the art of music-inspired short films for some time now and, more importantly, its most recent visual project features a brand-new cut from Throne of Blood associates Populette. The New York duo offered up a seductive slice of space-age disco in "Lasers Are Forever," the title track of a recently released EP that appropriately serves here as the theme for the short film's opening dance number, which in turn features a choreographed assembly of helmeted female dancers grooving in unison. After downloading Populette's bouncing cut of sparkling disco house below, you can peep the aforementioned short film which, among other things, features some abstract symbolism, retro-futurism, plenty of references to classic cult flick THX1138, and (warning for those of you at work) a briefly topless protagonist after the jump. Read more »
With 2011 quickly drawing to a close, the onslaught of "Best Of" lists is already well underway (don't worry, XLR8R's contributions will begin popping up next week), and although it's unlikely that Om Unit (a.k.a. Jim Coles) is going to be pulling down a ton of accolades, that has less to do with the quality of his output, and more to do with the fact that the London producer has kept a relatively low profile while having himself a very solid year. Read more »
Will Saul's and Fin Greenall's UK imprint Aus dropped its latest release yesterday, a 12" EP by Berlin producer Lee Jones that boasts a handful of original tunes alongside remixes from George FitzGerald and Midland. "Moment (Alt Mix)" is one of four tracks exclusive to the digital release of The Moose Mingles EP, and exhibits the kind of thumping techno that's paired with just the right amount of skewed soul and lush synth work throughout Jones' new record.
It's been almost two years since Marco Niemerski (a.k.a. Tensnake) released his critically acclaimed, chart-topping single "Coma Cat" on Permanent Vacation. Since that time, the record's been picked up by Defected, earning Niemerski a wave of attention that's seen him tour the world. Yet, despite this, Niemerski's subsequent releases, such as this year's "Something About You," haven't lived up to the hype that he's attracted. Seemingly in a bid to get back on the horse, Niemerski's latest single, "Need Your Lovin" (on Permanent Vacation), revisits his "Coma Cat" period by way of a re-release of that single's strongest b-side with an all-new remix by mysterious duo Tiger & Woods. Read more »
From the first deep, emotive chord that signals the beginning of "Like You," you know you're in for a treat. From there, Georgia-based producer RekChampa weaves a textured tale of moody 2-step for the next five minutes, layering hyper-detailed percussion and skillful R&B chop over some sticky synths. Then the real prize of "Like You" hits at about the 2:15 mark, where a far too short-lived, but entirely appropriate, vibraphone melody manages to peak through RekChampa's bed of haziness. If you're like us, and this tune has piqued your interest, you'll be happy to hear that the artist recently dropped an EP of similarly enjoyable tunes for the Two Circles imprint entitled Pocket the Rest (artwork above), which is available for purchase here.
Just today, Pitchfork shared a fresh tune from up-and-coming UK artist Gang Colours that is apparently lifted from his forthcoming debut LP for Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label. The album is called The Keychain Collection, and is due for release on February 27. "On Compton Bay" is a fine example of the sparse, percolating rhythms and undulating melodies the producer is keen to craft, and has effectively reminded us why we've been following Gang Colours' work from the start.
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