Austin's Insect Records is getting ready to release a massive compilation of forward-looking funk and soul tracks made by over 20 producers from around the globe, and this sample-heavy jam is its flagship offering. "Didn't Wanna DJ" is LA beatmaker P.U.D.G.E.'s contibution to Starship 27 Vol. 2: Lift Off, which is squeezed in between tunes from the likes of Dibia$e, House Shoes, Devonwho, Dâm-Funk, B. Bravo, and Ras G, among many others. The boom-slapping tune steadily rides a few psychedelic samples—lifted from an obscure Indian record no doubt—for the entirety of its nearly three-minute runtime, with just enough space left in the mix for aggro bass tones, warbling space noise, and the occasional drop of silence. You can check out the artwork and full tracklist for Starship 27 Vol. 2 below, before it drops on March 29. Read more »
Now that we're into, oh, maybe the 653rd installment of Asthamtic Kitty's ongoing Library Music series, things are starting to get a bit more interesting—conceptually speaking. (It's actually only up to the 13th volume, but that's still a lot of library music.) Musician/producer Leb Laze (who moonlights as Prefuse 73's live keyboardist) ran into some problems with his MPC-2000 when working on the tracks for his forthcoming installment; it began to "uncontrollably spit out all of the sounds that are loaded in it in their unedited, raw form, over and over and over." Taking the opportunity as a chance to make proverbial lemonade, Leb Laze harnessed the sampler's sound vomit, turning its randomness into what will be released as Music For Troubled Machinery on March 29. "Toxic Knock (A)" comes from that offering, and sounds almost exactly like the artist described it: Underneath the swelling synth tones, lilting low-bit atmospheres, and smooth electronic grooves, a piece of music-making gear teetering on its last leg writhes and wriggles in a frantic dance of uncontrolled sound bytes. But the way Leb Laze handles the music, you'd have no idea anything was going wrong in the track without some previous explanation.
Late last year we shared with you a collaborative remix by Joe Goddard of Hot Chip and burgeoning UK MC Ghostpoet of "Trumpalump," originally by another newcomer to the MC game, Kieren Dickins (a.k.a. Dels). Now, months and months after that first taste, the growing artist has given us news of the release of his debut LP on May 24 via Big Dada. Read more »
House veteran and head of the Objektivity imprint, Dennis Ferrer, has announced that he will be joining forces with NYC's Martinez Brothers to form a new crew that will exist under the name NeuWave Renegades. Read more »
Before the physical release of a new EP from Gold Panda, called Marriage (pictured above), via Ghostly on April 6 (it's out digitally now), the UK's creator of emotive, techno-influenced soundscapes is offering those five tracks to be heard in full. Read more »
The cover photo for Berlin producer Moritz Friedrich's album Mosaik depicts a scene that looks like a drug-addicted teenager's messy bedroom. Picture a pile of junk littered with toy figures, a Casio keyboard taped to a shotgun handle, white Mickey Mouse gloves, glue, balloons, candles, and cables. The image is an apt metaphor for Siriusmo's manic energy and playful ideas. Mosaik bursts with dramatic mood shifts and youthful sturm und drang manifest as clubby techno, glitchy hip-hop, and whomping dubstep tracks. Read more »
Berlin aural auteur Lucy is about to release his latest, a full-length concept album built on the sounds of deep techno grooves and thick layers of noise. Entitled Wordplay for Working Bees, the album is coming out on March 4 via Stroboscopic Artefacts, and this entrancing six minutes of ominous sound is one of its 11 tracks. "Gas" crawls out slowly from the primordial goop of producer Luca Mortellaro's creative psyche, into a chrome-lined incubation chamber warmed by distorted dissonance and thought-engulfing sub frequencies, before developing into a fully formed, dark minimal-techno track for the dystopic future. At only four cuts in, it's part of a decidedly strong start to Lucy's LP, the whole of which can be heard on his Soundcloud profile, here.
The UK club-tune specialists in DJ/production outfit Hot City have another hotly tipped EP on its way down the pipeline, an offering of four original tracks called Go Bang. The Moshi Moshi label will release the music, which has been described as an "epic mix up of UK funky with big basslines and deep grooves," on April 4. Read more »
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