Two of the UK's hotly tipped, bandied about, and generally 'on-fire' record labels have just joined forces on a fresh digital single featuring New York producer and TURRBOTAX® resident DJ Contakt (spoiler alert: he also works at XLR8R) and young UK club hero Melé. The two artists trade off remixes for the Grizzly x Local Action release—Contakt reformatting "Trappin" from Melé's brand-new EP, and the latter reworking the former's b-side from his recent debut single on Local Action. Here we have "Rhodophyta (Melé Remix)," a bouyant and hyperactive tune that meshes smooth synth pads, massive sub tones, bubbling electronics, and other UK dancefloor trademarks with heavily hip-hop-slanted club beats. You can check out what the other half of this great single sounds like, and download it over here for free.
Multi-national, disco-obsessed production duo In Flagranti has a brand-new full-length album brewing for this spring. Worse for Wear will feature 10 tracks of Sasa Crnobrnja's and Alex Gloor's "no-gristle, no-glory" sound, and will be released via their own Codek label on May 2. Read more »
Last month, word came down that UK producers Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka were teaming up for a collaborative single. The record doesn't actually drop until this Friday, March 11, but we've got both songs streaming right now on XLR8R.com. Read more »
Brooklyn's DJ Ayres has delivered this skittering remix for the upcoming "Blue Blouse" single from Toronto duo Torro Torro. On this remix we find Ayres taking things in a different direction than usual, leaning towards the garage/2-step side of things rather than the party-oriented, hip-hop and B-more styles he's often known for. Ayres strips back and subdues the pound-you-over-the-head house of the original, keeping the song's one-word melody (the word "you" pitched up and down) as the focus and utilizing layers of deep bass and dark piano to set the mood. Throughout the track, Ayres approaches a variety of different movements with the swagger of a seasoned remixer, manipulating the given elements in to a variety of related, yet unique sections that show the breadth of his abilities, even throwing in some surprisingly refreshing jazz piano chords in the track's closing 30 seconds. The "Blue Blouse" single (artwork above), where you'll find the original along with this and three more remixes, will be available tomorrow, March 8.
The eccentrically extroverted, enigmatically engaging, and endlessly entertaining Eskiboy (a.k.a. Wiley) has announced he will soon be releasing a follow-up record to 2009's Race Against Time, a 12-song album written and produced entirely by the artist called 100% Publishing. Read more »
Jamie xx's piano-heavy, house-leaning remix of Gil Scott-Heron's "I'll Take Care of U," from the recently released collaborative remix album, We're New Here, has received the video treatment thanks to directors Jamie James Medina and AG Rojas. The beautifully shot video presents a compelling story to accompany Scott-Heron's heartfelt lyrics as it follows a female boxer while she balances a routine of training and fighting with caring for her young son. After watching the video, make sure to check out our review of We're New Here, which is out now on Young Turks. (via Dazed Digital) Read more »
It's rather prescient that Night Slugs has chosen Egyptrixx (a.k.a. David Psutka) for the label's first proper artist album, his debut Bible Eyes. It's a full-length extension of "Liberation Front," a song where synths roll up and down like marbles in a halfpipe, leaving behind trails of dissolute low frequencies that lend it an oddly bottom-heavy quality. The album is all weighty house grooves and pseudo-tribal drums, with woozy synths coursing through its winding veins. Read more »
Cascine and Moodgadget have masterminded a remix trade between the synth-poppin' Trenton, NJ resident Teeel and Nashville's future-funk duo Jensen Sportag (artwork above). We've gotten our hands on the latter's contribution for the project, on which Jensen Sportag has managed to take the '80s pop throwback feel of the original "Ojai Valley" a little further back to the golden days of Quincy Jones production and the funkier outings of Herbie Hancock. Seamlessly bringing the retro-electro vibe into a modern, dancefloor-ready sound, the remix is lead by a shameless slap bass that glides underneath an onslaught of tasty, percolating synth lines, popping and spinning from left to right as Teeel's vocal soars in and out of earshot. Teeel's contribution to the remix trade, a blissful reworking of Sportag's "Everything Good" (the original of which we posted back in January) can be found over at the project's Soundcloud.
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