We've been covering quite a bit coming from the Seclusiasis camp lately. Orbiting that label is Yokohama-based producer BD1982, who just last year started the Diskotopia label with fellow Seclusiasis affiliate and Japan resident Matt Lyne. Releasing material with a close kinship to Seclusiasis, Diskotopia has been rapidly making a name for itself in the realm of bass music. Take for example "Rock the Flock," the title track from the label's latest EP from recently signed London-based producer Visionist. Dancing diagonally across the hard grid of the TR-808's sequencer, "Rock The Flock" is a skittering and hypnotic bass-driven dancehall number that reaches for the future while remaining approachable in the present. The release is set to drop July 4 with remixes by Shy One, Lamin Fofana, and BD1982 himself; those of you hungry for more can check below the jump for the official video for another EP cut, "Survive." Read more »
Last week during a quick trip to Toronto for the city's 17th annual NXNE Festival, we managed to wrangle a few of our favorite artists to get their take on the city and chat about what they've been busy with musically. Here we sit down with Toronto techno kingpin and Thoughtless Music boss Noah Pred to talk about his label's NXNE showcase, the Vancouver riot, and who's hot in Toronto these days. Read more »
At this point, "bass music" has become a pretty nebulous term. And although it's a useful catch-all for today's low-end-centric musical happenings, that doesn't change the fact that an increasingly disparate array of sounds is somehow being lumped together under a single umbrella. Whether that speaks to journalistic laziness or simply that many of today's producers are cribbing notes from across the musical spectrum—in all likelihood, there is some truth in both assertions—the fact remains that the bass-music world continues to turn out interesting new permutations of dance music. Read more »
The prolific techno conglomeration known as Underground Resistance has announced that it will be remastering and reissuing songs from five of its most celebrated and hard-to-find releases: Galaxy 2 Galaxy's Hi-Tech Jazz, Dark Energy, Electronic Warfare, The Turning Point, and Interstellar Fugitives. The release will mark the end of a long-held plan to reissue classic UR material halted by the death of legendary Detroit record cutter Ron Murphy. Read more »
As husband-and-wife duo Rainbow Arabia gets set to embark on a heavy slate of summer touring—with a new expanded lineup that now includes drummer Butchy Fuego—the LA-based pair has commissioned a new remix of standout Boys and Diamonds cut "Blind." Reworking the tune is Frite Nite label head Salva (pictured above), who has infused the tropical electro-pop of the original with his own thicker percussion, some angular, stretched synths, and a hint of '80s electro flair. Singer Tiffany Preston's vocals are left largely intact, and when paired with Salva's electronic craftsmanship, comparisons to the chilly pop efforts of groups like The Knife come into play. Grab the remix below, and find Rainbow Arabia live at any of the many dates they've lined up around the globe in the months ahead, all of which are listed after the jump. (via FACT) Read more »
Fans of Zomby's mysterious bass music still have to wait until July 11 to hear the entirety of his Dedication LP for 4AD, but before then, you can get your paws on the limited-edition 7" that just dropped, as well as download one of its songs for free. Read more »
Preceded by many years of impressive singles and EPs, former Spectral regular Kate Simko has finally released her debut LP, Lights Out (digitally at least, the physical goods won't arrive until next month), and has elected to share the album's lead single, "Mind On You." A fact we hipped you to back in our review of Simko's album was that her time spent in Buenos Aires served as a great source of inspiration for this newest release, evidence of which can be found all over "Mind On You." Of course, there are the obvious elements that point clearly to South America, such as the use of hand drums and bouncing percussion, but the more poignant—albeit somewhat subtle—aspect that really feels like Buenos Aires is the uncanny warmth Simko has managed to infuse into her traditionally dark and exact techno stylings. For now, we'll have to savor the heat from this track and its album's couterparts and wait to see if this new-found inspiration comes to characterize Simko's work or just serves as a touchstone in the time-tested producer's career.
As we wait for September to bring us the seventh annual TodaysArt festival in The Hague and Brussels, the folks behind the art and music celebration saw fit to share with us the first wave of acts confirmed to perform. Read more »
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