Preceded by a ten-second dissonant fake-out intro, this track from 19-year-old, Sydney-based up-and-comer Flume is a solid piece of soulful beat work. Acting as the title track for his recently released debut EP (artwork above), "Sleepless" moves at a steady chillwave-ish pace with no shortage of lush chords or skillfully pitched vocal glitches (chops of Anthony For Cleopatra we presume) to float alongside the irresistible bassline and head-nod-worthy drum programming. The young Australian essentially manipulates the same handful of sounds throughout the course of the tune, building up and breaking down the elements to keep things moving—and we're just fine with that. If you've got a beautiful concoction of warm, soulful tones, why mess with it too much? Sounds like Flume agrees.
Yes, it has been over a year since Matthew Dear unleashed Black City on the world, and, yes, its twisted, dark dance-pop still stands as one of the Ghostly artist's most accomplished works to date. If you needed a reminder of this fact, then this stunning, colorless video for the album's song "Slowdance," from director Charles Bergquist, should do the trick. Read more »
Hudson Mohawke has been relatively quiet on the production front since the release of his debut full-length, Butter, in late 2009. Although less than two years have passed, the musical landscape for bass music has certainly shifted, with many producers who were similarly weaned on dubstep and hip-hop moving in a more house- and techno-oriented direction. Even those who continue to dabble in hip-hop and R&B tempos seem to have migrated toward the increasingly abstract and experimental sounds being championed by the so-called beat scene and the extended Low End Theory family. So where does that leave Hudson Mohawke, the former turntablist with a penchant for crafting oddball, bass-loaded tunes that nonetheless slap hard in the club? Read more »
Richie Hawtin's Minus imprint has served as a long and fruitful home for techno veterans Magda (pictured above), Troy Pierce, and Marc Houle, but now the three DJs/producers have announced they will be investing time into their own label, Items & Things, and using it as the platform to release forthcoming projects. Read more »
The Owiny Sigoma Band came to be when a group of Kenyan musicians invited a group of London players to join in on a collaborative effort back in 2009. The resulting self-titled album, which saw its release earlier this year, has gained a considerable amount of notoriety within the world music circles and has since been followed by two rounds of remixes (the first of which featured a reworking of the tune "Wires" by Theo Parrish). Here we have Quantic's dub of the album's song "Doyoi Nyajo Nam," which hails from the latest round of remixes. The track finds the UK-born, now-Colombia-based producer bathing the traditional African sounds of the original in a pool of futuristic synths and laying down a club-friendly shuffle underneath the original percussion. This remix, along with others from Jesse Hackett and Hello Skinny, can be found on the Tafsiri Sound EP, available now in both digital and vinyl formats.
Late last year, we tipped you to the forthcoming album from Zed Bias (a.k.a. Maddslinky), Biasonic Hotsauce - Birth of the Nanocloud, on Tru Thoughts. With the September 26 release date rapidly approaching, he's announced the release of "Fairplay" b/w "Phoneline," a new double a-side single, with Jenna G lending her voice to one side and Rosco Trim making an appearance on the other. Read more »
Although San Francisco has a long-running love affair with dance music of all kinds, the city hasn't been celebrated as a hotbed of producer talent in recent years. That said, there are plenty of quality artists kicking around in XLR8R's backyard, including Roche. He's an artist that we don't know a whole lot about, other than the fact that he's affiliated with the Solos Records crew, keeps dropping well-crafted tunes in our inbox, and seems to have a real love for vintage synth sounds and classic house. "Calcine Vibration" is the latest Roche offering, a heady track with a subdued beat, swirling synths, and a subtly hypnotic sensibility that remains intact even as things get slightly more frantic in the song's second half. This Saturday, Roche will be performing a rare live set at the first-annual O.K. BBQ in San Francisco, the flyer for which has been posted after the jump. Read more »
When it comes to side-projects, boogie maestro Damon "Dam-Funk" Riddick is a man of many hats. If you're not convinced, consider his pairing with Nite Jewel, his upcoming project with Slave frontman Steve Arrington, or his Master Blazter trio, which just announced the dates for a fall tour. Read more »
It's been awhile since we've heard from Leeds producer Youandewan (pictured above, sort of), so we're happy to see that his beatmaking skills have remained intact on this remix of Swedish duo Pallers. The original version of "Come Rain, Come Sunshine"—out now on the Labrador label—is rather straight-ahead synth-pop, but Youandewan has crafted something quite different. One could say that he's Burial-ized the track, stripping out most of the original melodies and percussion and chopping the vocals into tiny, almost unrecognizable pieces. He then pairs those elements with clacking 2-step percussion and builds a new tune that's still melodic and light, albeit more suited for looking out the window on a rainy day.
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