For the sake of "keeping it real," as the kids say, we'll admit that we're a little late on posting this. "Snow & Taxis" first made the round a few weeks ago, when Gold Panda and the folks at Ghostly made it available as a free download—in exchange for your email address. Although you're still welcome to head here and donate your email in order to keep up with all the latest in Gold Panda happenings, we've been given the green light to post the track free and clear. And after a single listen, you'll probably be wondering why we weren't clamoring to post it sooner. Maybe its the name—Gold Panda just screams "bedroom chillwave toss-off" or "middling indie band," doesn't it?—but we certainly didn't expect tastefully crafted techno chimes married with a galloping UK funky beat. The Essex, UK artist has a debut full-length, Lucky Shiner, set to drop on October 12; at least now we'll know better to sleep on its creator's sparkling gems.
Yeah, you read that right. This is a new track from Model 500, and XLR8R is offering it for free download. For the unfamiliar—shame on you—Model 500 is, these days, a collaboration between a few Detroit legends, including Juan Atkins (a.k.a. the guy who created techno), Underground Resistance's "Mad" Mike Banks, and producer Mark Taylor. Next month, the group will be releasing its first single in more than a decade, "OFI." Last week, we previewed the record's title track, and now we've got the string-laden b-side, "Huesca." Even with the long delay between releases, it appears that Atkins & Co. haven't lost their touch, as the song is a throbbing slice of warehouse-ready techno, complete with soaring melodies, chunky synths, and sweaty low-end.
This weekend, London will be getting wild with its annual Notting Hill Carnival, a celebration of all things Caribbean. UK outfit Greenmoney is certainly getting into the spirit, as the duo has released a pair of new Carnival tracks, including this re-work of Busy Signal's "Picantie," which the guys have given their unique UK funky-meets-dancehall treatment. They've also—shocker—added in a heavy dose of bass, as many producers these days tend to do, not that we're complaining. They've also offered up a blend of Suncycle feat. Tony Matterhorn's "Ride It," which you can download here, and if that's still not enough Greenmoney for your liking, check out their recent Gold Ru$h EP, which came out on Fool's Gold.
Parisian tunesmith Manaré finishes out his recently released Quiet Riot EP with this hyperactive, UK funky-ish club tune, "Blitzkrieg Riddim." The booming production is an extremely clean, well-made track whose pristine sounds were tailor-made for the world's dancefloors and the brilliant soundsystems that power them; this isn't headphone music. Manaré's bass tones are full and bone-shaking, and his melodies cut like gems through every thickly layered sound effect; each sound on "Blitzkrieg" hits with a biting punch, forcing the listener to pay attention. You'll find that the rest of the producer's new release, which includes three original tunes and remixes from folks like L-Vis 1990 and French Fries, follows suit. You can preview the Quiet Riot EP here.
It seems like the sounds coming from Bristol's purple dubstep scene are working their way stateside. From the Battle Hues EP by Vermont's Guttstar (out now on a new label also based in Burlington, VT, Party Guy), Kastle's remix of "Not Money or Show" injects the original's sound with an extra dose of soulful hip-hop and R&B influence, effectively changing its aura to a royal hue. The Pittsburgh-based producer (pictured above) piles melody upon melody to help characterize his remix, and does so with a handful of buzzing synth tones, some low-rent piano samples, and a bassline you can feel more than you can hear. You can check out more of the Battle Hues EP, which includes another remix by Dev79, on the Party Guy website, here.
This previously unreleased slice of street bass heat from Philly native Starkey premiered the other day on FACT, and we just couldn't resist sharing it with our readers as well. "Gasping for Air in this Void" is introduced with a sample-based orchestral melody that sounds like it was lifted from one of hip-hop's strongest beatsmiths, but is quickly traded out for Starkey's trademarks: dirty bass synths, razor-sharp beat work, and intergalactic noise. The producer's hot new tune switches between a slow-grooving shuffle that could soundtrack a head-nodder's wet dream and a grimy breakdown that Three 6 Mafia ought to consider for its next mixtape—all before Starkey finishes "Void" off with skittering hi-hats and staccato synth melodies riding a booming 808 off into the distance.
Berlin-based house and techno label Ostgut Ton is nearly half a decade old. In that time, the imprint has dropped releases for the likes of Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, Shed, and Scuba, among many others. Those well-regarded releases helped solidify its place in the world of dance music, a position equally bolstered by Ostgut Ton's Berghain/Panorama Bar affiliations. Read more »
DJ Spoko is a South African DJ/producer who came up under the tutelage of Shangaan Electro mastermind Nozinja, and, consequently, mentored DJ Mujava, eventually helping produce the massive "Township Funk" song. Lately, he's been working on a new style of dance music he's calling bacardi house, and this track is one of his latest experiments. "Mzansi," which is a local slang term used to refer to South Africa, is a sharp, bouncing kwaito mover produced with a distinct ear for old-school synth and drum machine sounds. Whether the effect is inadvertent or not, DJ Spoko's track invokes the spirit of another time when simple production techniques paired with a strong groove were all you needed for a good tune. He forgoes the plug-in-obsessed production tactics of most contemporary electronic music, aiming for a stripped down, straightforward, hardware-based house aesthetic, which effectively bolsters the soul of "Mzansi" more than any glossed-over computerized sound ever could. (via Altered Zones)
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