LA beat wizard Flying Lotus has kept himself busy in 2010, touring constantly and releasing the much-lauded Cosmogramma album. Apparently, the man plans to keep grinding, as earlier today he announced the upcoming release of a new EP. Read more »
One of the exclusive free tunes featured on the Autumn Feelings sampler from London's Merok label, the remix of Rihanna's "Rude Boy" hit by Brooklyn's Blondes proves the two entities to be quite the match. The house-referencing synth hook from the original single sounds like it could've been written by the Blondes boys themselves, so when they based their jackin' remix around that melody, the results sound nothing short of predestined. And we're not too worried about Rhianna's vocal work not making the cut because they've brought in a bigger diva on the mic, Mariah Carey. Her sampled contribution, along with the cosmic synth arpeggiations and booming house beats crafted by the remixers, helps elevate the "Rude Boy" remix into levels of ecstasy rarely explored by pop or dance music of our current era. We're grateful for Blondes, Rihanna, and Miss Carey for crossing paths on this one, and working together to take us there. You can download the rest of Merok's label sampler here.
We over here at XLR8R HQ have been courting our reignited love for Chicago's awesome juke scene for a good while now, and now it appears that online electronic music retailer Bleep has caught the same love bug. If you head over to Bleep's website, you'll find its extensive investigation into the music scene of Chicago's Southside, and the residents making those strange, energetic dance tunes. Read more »
It seems not even the indie-pop songstresses that briefly grace Southern California's vast landscape can escape the rhythmic essence of that region's music scene. Like on "Home," our first peek into the much-anticipated debut album from former LA resident Glasser, Ring, the first sounds heard flesh out a rolling beat reminiscent of something from Flying Lotus' early work before the chanteuse's airy falsetto floats gently into the mix, nimbly executing vocal gymnastics in the most sublime of ways. And it's no wonder singer/songwriter Cameron Mesirow, who now keeps a Brooklyn address, called this welcoming song "Home"; once those synths commandingly charge in underneath her densely layered harmonies, you immediately get the sense that Mesirow is dreaming of returning to her own native lands (wherever those may be), or is already there, celebrating its wonders. This song couldn't excite us more for Ring's release on September 28.
Not since the days of Bobby Konders' and Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez's ragga-hip-hop hybrids of the early to mid-'90s has the US-Jamaica bashment connection seemed so energized as it does with Brooklyn producer Dre Skull's Mixpak label. Read more »
Apparently, this song is inspired by Teebs' time spent in Japan around November 2009. Expounding on that information, the producer said, "The weather was just starting to get cold [in Japan], but the sun was still out every morning around 8 a.m. ... When I came home, I made 'Personal Winter,' and instantly got sucked back into those early mornings." And you can feel that scene in his song, too; the bright guitar strums feel like rays of sunshine on your face, the thick atmosphere like your breath wafting from your mouth, and the rumble of the bass and beats like the sounds of the city surrounding you. The ability Teebs has to invoke those images within the passing moments of this brief track is just more evidence of his strengths as a creative and moving beatsmith. (via VTech)
We don't know about you guys, but we're still jammin' hard on the brilliant podcast South East London's Girl Unit just delivered to XLR8R. And it's not just because we can't wait for him to make it stateside this month, though it certainly doesn't hurt. Read more »
Excuse the potty humor, but we've been more or less shitting ourselves (rimshot!) over the debut record finally coming from Dublin's DFA mainstay, Shit Robot. We shared TBD's remix of "I Found Love" just last month, and now we are pleased to bring you the original version of that cut from From the Cradle to the Rave. Shit Robot's track is a straightforward disco-leaning burner with a host of synth timbres that all harken back to the soundtracks of late-'70s sci-fi flicks. If this is just how producer Markus Lambkin's long-awaited album gets started, we're sure to have plenty more solid dance tunes to work with come September 21.
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