The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. Ben Westbeech is a man of many talents, as the UK producer, DJ, and singer has adeptly moved between styles, sounds, and genres over the past several years. Fresh off the release of a new album, There's More to Life Than This, he put together this chart for us, which he simply described as, "tunes that are and will always be in my box!" Read more »
Classic Detroit techno seems to be enjoying a healthy revival through the productions of a new breed of UK-based producers. Hardly a form of nostalgia worship, this new music takes the sound palette of Detroit techno and then combines it with the aesthetics of dubstep and UK funky. For example, take Zoltan's recent remix of "D-Transition," a new track on Graphics' latest EP, Wiping the Eye, out October 3 on the brand-new Granholme imprint. A case study in the Detroit-UK crossover, Zoltan's remix substitutes in a menacing Cybotron bassline, droney sawtooth leads, and a crisp, hi-hat-dominated drum pattern for the original's pounding UK funky rhythm. It's not a total overhaul, as Zoltan retains a clean production aesthetic and peppers the track with a chopped-up take on the original's vocal hook. Speaking of Graphics originals, you might also want to check "Fine Yarn," which we posted for download last month.
Gerry Read might only be 19 years old, but that doesn't stop him from making timeless dance music. The UK producer already has two releases under his belt (one of which XLR8R reviewed recently) and he's just announced "We Are" b/w "Narry" (artwork above), his third, and the second in a planned trilogy for the Fourth Wave label. Read more »
Torkelsen is both the production moniker and surname of Kristian Torkelsen, a 22-year-old artist and self-proclaimed "crate digger" living in Fredrikstad, Norway. Following a split 7" the tunesmith recently dropped with South Carolina beatmaker Hard Mix via Norwegian imprint Sellout!, Torkelsen is set to release his first album in the beginning of next year. "Lavkarbovår" is a cut from that forthcoming self-titled LP, and shows off the type of jazzy, smoothly off-kilter beatscapes the producer is so fond of creating.
There are some obvious similarities that pop out when comparing Coracle with last year's self-titled debut LP from Walls. First, there's the uncannily similar artwork—a swirling mess of reds, purples, and blues. Then, there's the fact that both releases have a tracklist of exactly the same length, comprised of a mere eight songs (although this LP does run about 10 minutes longer). And let's not forget that both Walls and this, the duo's sophomore LP, represent some of the more adventurously uncharacteristic outings on the venerable Kompakt imprint. But most of all, there's the music, and even that really hasn't changed much, as Alessio Natalizia (perhaps better known as Banjo or Freakout) and Sam Willis are still using their collaborative project to explore the possibilities of richly melodic, indie-tinged techno. The only major difference is that this time around, it all seems even better. Read more »
Yesterday, London-based DJ/producer Rohan Walder (a.k.a. Randomer, pictured above) dropped a fresh 12" via Super, a record that features four original productions from the up-and-coming artist. Though "Somebody" is a joint production that Randomer did with his occasional collaborator Fife, it still boasts the kind of skipping dancefloor beats and revelatory synth melodies that make his solo work so enjoyable. You can check out Walder's new Obtuse EP here.
The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. When it comes to old-school NY house and garage, it's hard to think of someone more influential than MK, who remixed everyone in the '90s and is responsible for an impossibly long list of big tunes. After spending the past few years focusing on production for the likes Will Smith and Pitbull (no joke), MK has been moving back toward the dancefloor and DJing lately, and here he's put together a list of 10 of his current favorites. Read more »
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