There has been plenty of chatter about '90s house recently, but most of it seems to center around classic Ibiza vibes and proto-trance tunes. Given music's current obsession with the beach and so-called tropical sounds, that makes sense. On the other hand, Bob Holroyd originally released "African Drug" back in 1994, and it's being reissued despite the fact doesn't exactly conjure images of palm trees and sandy shores. Holroyd's original is highlighted by some melodic chimes and what sounds like a native drum circle, but it's without question a bit of a spooky tune. That goes double for this re-work from T.Williams (pictured above) of Deep Teknologi. You may remember him as the artist behind the first Local Action release—you can still stream the EP on our site—but on this remix, which doesn't appear on the physical release, he's gone dark and psychedelic, cranking the drums and driving the listener into a scary new psychological realm, as if dosed by a powerful shaman's mysterious, consciousness-expanding brew. The "African Drug" 12" drops on September 27, and also includes an epic Four Tet remix along with another T.Williams effort that's a lot more straight-ahead and melodic.
It's safe to assume that at this point in Martin Schmidt's and Drew Daniel's storied and long-stretching audio career, there isn't a physical object within the pair's capabilities of comprehension and travel that the duo hasn't at least considered utilizing for sound recording and subsequent application in an adventurous composition. Read more »
We were jamming this electro-flavored remix of NYC duo Holy Ghost! all weekend long. And when we say electro, we don't mean idiotic nu-rave, we mean delightful synths, vintage claps, and bright melodies, all courtesy of the mysterious RAC (a.k.a. Remix Artist Collective). Admittedly, we're a little creeped out by the RAC website, which reads like some kind of lifestyle marketing nightmare and seems to offer professional remixing services on demand. Sample quote: "We aim to maintain a style of remixing that strays from the 'club mix' archetype, creating new incarnations of songs that stem from the original structure, but expand on their genre and musical arrangement. RAC mixes typically feature a unique blend of hip-hop and electro drum samples, analog synthesizers, melodic hooks, and original performed instrumentation." Um, yikes? Can we just pretend that we never saw that? For all we know, this remix was made with the assistance of an "urban tastemaker" focus group. Sadly, it TOTALLY WORKED, cuz we're still loving this version.
During the years when minimal techno was king, much was made of the genre's similarities to avant garde and minimalist classical movements from the previous century, but often, specific affinities between the musics were referred to in hazy terms. Yet as co-founder of Kompakt and one of the indubitable kings of the minimal genre, Wolfgang Voigt is well suited to begin the discussion of these sonic similarities, which he does quite breathtakingly on Freiland Klaviermusik. Read more »
Working with the same kind of funky basslines, punching dance beats, and filter washes of the French Touch greats, 18 year-old Christoph Andersson crafted the first single from his forthcoming self-titled EP for the New Orleans-based TKVR label. The track is called "Tuxedo," and it has a sole purpose: to make you dance. Thankfully, Andersson is thoughtful in the creation of his groove-demanding tune. Not only is a strong and ecstatic melody at the front and center of "Tuxedo," the many elements that create its catchy hooks are made of lovingly sampled, cleanly chopped, and painstakingly orchestrated sounds that all work simultaneously toward the collective goal. And especially for a kid who's barely out of high school, that's no small accomplishment. The Christoph Andersson EP will be available on November 13.
Following the first Tapes mix album put together by The Rapture for !K7, the second installment of the series will be out on November 9 courtesy of London-based electronic pop duo The Big Pink. One of the fellas from that group, Milo Cordell, put together a list of 19 songs that traverse the realms of witch house, bass music, lo-fi experimentalists, and other forward-thinking genres. Read more »
B-more bass lover and Top Billin associate Al Ripken Jr. just shared a short 5-song EP of beat vignettes for free download, called Blast Off. One of our favorites from the EP is "Game Time," a slightly less hip-hop-indebted production than the accompanying four. While it still has a bit of that lazer-bass/future-blap/whatchamacallit vibe, Ripken's tune sounds inspired by more straightforward dance-music genres. The kick still bounces tenaciously and is far less frequent than a standard four-on-the-floor beat, but it's the other sounds—synth pulses sounding off in the distance, hi-hats clicking on the upbeat, and claps cracking tidily and consistently throughout—that sets "Game Time" apart from Blast Off's other audacious numbers.
At the beginning of last month, we got the strange news that bassist and electronic music mastermind Tom Jenkinson (a.k.a. Squarepusher) would be releasing an EP with Parisian label Ed Banger under a new name, Shobaleader One. That 12" dropped a couple of days ago, and now, another is in works from Jenkinson's new project. Read more »
Hamburg-based DJ/producer Tensnake was just recently the subject of an XLR8R Audiofile, and is now taking the esteemed position of mixmaster for the latest installment of Defected Records' In the House mix series. Appropriately titled Tensnake In the House, the release is two discs of 28 party-starting tunes perfectly mixed for optimum dancefloor usability. Read more »
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