Simply put, Ben UFO (a.k.a. Ben Thomson) is a DJ. Sure, his rise to prominence during the past few years is tied in part to his role as one of the founders of the consistently impressive Hessle Audio label, but most of the praise sent his way can be traced back to one simple fact: the London-based artist is an impeccable selector. As such, it comes as no surprise that Rinse: 16, his first official mix CD, offers a musical journey of the highest quality. Read more »
In recent weeks, the blogosphere has been alight with praise for Austin's Sleep ∞ Over and the dreamy soundscapes that populate her new album, Forever. Along with the praise has, of course, come a bevy of remixes (see here, here, here, and here), most of them tackling "Casual Diamond" or "Romantic Streams," the two standout tracks from the record. For those growing weary of the same sort of airy remix sound, this may be a better option, as bass-exploring LA duo Nguzunguzu (pictured above) takes Sleep ∞ Over's dreamy synth-pop, pitches up the vocals, strips away the instrumental layers, and adds off-kilter percussion until the song is nearly unrecognizable. [via Dis]
German producer Call Super, who shared his track "Timora" with us a couple of months back, has updated the classic "Gabriel" from Chicago house legend Roy Davis Jr. His remix keeps the rolling bassline, but tweaks the original's sound into something darker and stranger by pushing the vocals into the background while adding shimmering synthesizers, acid squelches, and more complex percussion.
2011 is shaping to be a big year for globetrotting DJ/producer Maceo Plex. He's already got an EP out on Crosstown Rebels, a single coming via No. 19 Music, and now, he's announced that he's starting up his own imprint and releasing another EP. Read more »
Before Irish imprint Hsuan drops a fresh EP by label head Arianna (available exclusively through Boomkat) on October 17, we're treated to this edit of "So Real" by roster mate Kuei. Over drifty synth tones and disemboided vocal snippets, the multitasking artist drops a bit of rhythmic madness on his footwork-indebted rework. We noticed this one has been floating around the web for a little while now, but were smitten enough with "So Real (Arianna's Juke Edit)" to give it a proper home as a free download.
Veteran experimental producer Markus Popp (a.k.a. Oval) has a new multimedia album on the way via German imprint Shitkatapult. Entitled OvalDNA and originally conceived as something that would be released before last year's O—which happened to be the first Oval LP in nearly a decade—the record has been expanded into a two-part release. Read more »
Fledgling imprint No Stranger to Danger will drop its second release, a three-song EP by fellow Londoners Essi & Blocks, later this month, but today, the music hub is sharing that record's title track for free download. "Down" is a fine example of the rhythmically challenging and sonically vibrant music the young UK duo produces, which is apparently created on what they call "a very cheap set up." Hear more of what we're talking about by listening to the rest of Essi & Blocks' EP after the jump. Read more »
Although the goings-on of the various members of the venerable Night Slugs crew are frequently documented on XLR8R, it's been awhile since one of its artists put together an exclusive mix for our podcast series. Jam City (a.k.a. Jack Latham) is one of the youngest members of the Night Slugs stable, yet the London-based producer has already made quite a ripple in the bass-music pool with his Waterworx and Magic Drops EPs, not to mention his refix of Endgames' "Ecstasy." He's currently putting the finishing touches on his much-anticipated debut album, which is slated for release in early 2012, but took a break from that to assemble this podcast. Read more »
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