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 »
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 »
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 »
We've already gone ahead and posted the two tracks ("Carnival" and "I Love...That You Know") found on Transparent's recently released 7" from the young London duo of brothers Disclosure, so why not a remix as well? It doesn't hurt that this particular rework comes courtesy of another up-and-coming UK duo, Colo (pictured above), which effectively massages the super-smooth skitterings of the original tune into a mellow, beat-friendly slice of moderate bliss complete with hissy samples and dusty percussion. Fortunately, the pair also have the common sense to keep the deliciously chopped-up R&B hooks from Discloure's song basically intact, as it would be hard to imagine how any version of "I Love...That You Know" could be complete without them.
The story of James Blake is a considerably fabled one given how relatively short his career has been so far. And with a string of heralded releases for some of the most forward-thinking labels today to his name, Blake is set to return with two new tracks which appear to move away from the work of his polarizing debut LP and find him once again mining heavy, bass-laden productions. Read more »
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