San Francisco's Scott Hansen is a man of many talents. Although he's arguably best known for the stunning design work he does under the name ISO50, he also produces stunning, slow-motion dance music as Tycho. According to Pitchfork, Hansen will be releasing a new Tycho album, Dive, on November 15. "Hours" is taken from the forthcoming full-length, and sounds like the aural equivalent of a sunset at the beach. Let's just say the above photo is incredibly appropriate for the overall vibe of the music. The song is just plain pretty, yet smartly avoids twee territory with its thick bassline and organic drum sounds. More like this one please. The artwork and complete tracklist for Dive is available after the jump. Read more »
Particularly in the faddish realm of electronic dance music, 20 years is a long time for a label to maintain relevancy. Against the odds stands Glasgow's Soma Records, which has managed to maintain a consistently steady course with a number of heavy-hitting and era-defining releases under its belt. Read more »
Granted, the entire notion of "witch house" was pretty fucking lame from the get-go, but the news that Deftones frontman Chino Moreno has launched a new project called ††† (pronounced "Crosses") is pretty much the genre's death knell, right? Read more »
LA beat hub Friends of Friends has unveiled another installment of its Pop Massacre compilation series, in which beat- and bass-oriented producers rework a pop song of their choice. The 15-track second volume includes efforts from a range of artists, including Shlohmo, LOL Boys, Jonwayne, Mexicans with Guns, Chico Mann, Devonwho, and others, and finds the likes of everyone from The Beatles to Rihanna to Waka Flocka Flame getting the remix treatment. The compilation, available for free download here, features plenty of gems, but this track from LA-based producer (and former Bubblin' subject) Salva is a definite highlight. Tackling the 2006 Pharrell and Snoop Dogg collaboration "That Girl," Salva transforms the laid-back summertime hip-hop of the original into a hyperactive juke tune full of sped-up lyrical snippets and intense synth stabs.
One of our favorite non-producing DJs, Ben UFO, is set to man the controls for the next disc in Rinse's mix series. Naturally, Rinse 16: Ben UFO, whose tracklist you'll find after the jump, relies heavily on the bassy, housey side of things, featuring the likes of Bok Bok, Boddika, and the recently departed Aaron-Carl. Read more »
Earlier this year, New Zealander Lucky Paul released The Slow Ground EP via the eclectic Somethinksounds imprint. At the time, the now-Berlin-based artist didn't have a huge profile, but the release of the EP and a subsequent remix single on New York's Wolf + Lamb label have quickly changed things. Somethinksounds is getting set to repress the EP, so they've relinquished this new version of "Demon Spawn" to help spread the word. While the original track was a lurching, off-kilter slice of futuristic boogie-funk, here Lucky Paul has refashioned the song into something more suitable for the four-on-the-floor set. The soulful vocals have been kept largely intact, but they now lay alongside some silky filtered synths and ride smoothly over a steady techno pulse. It's unclear whether Lucky Paul always had these kinds of dancefloor inclinations at his disposal or whether he was inspired after hearing his music transformed by the Wolf + Lamb crew, but we'd like to go ahead and put in a vote for him to keep experimenting with these kinds of club-friendly rhythms.
The history of Detroit music is littered with artists who have been called legendary, but there is really no denying the crucial role Mike Huckaby has played in the Motor City's dance scene. Over the past two decades, the man has been in the thick of it as a DJ, producer, record store clerk (at the now-defunct Record Time), and instructor (as part the city's Youthville program). Read more »
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