Glass Swords, the debut full-length from Glaswegian producer Rustie, is many things, but it's not subtle. If certain albums are exercises in restraint, this LP is essentially the polar opposite of that. No matter how the album is ultimately viewed and judged, nobody will be saying that Rustie didn't really go for it. It's bombastic, it's vibrant, it's neon, it takes an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach, and it's also stunningly good. Read more »
Self-described as a "post-experimental lazer-funk party-music space ship," Purple & Green (pictured above) is comprised of Portland's Adam Forkner (a.k.a. White Rainbow) and Justin Leon Johnson, two dance music patrons of the highest order. This "club mix" by Emotion II Emotion pares down the spacey sounds and implements a straightforward piano-house sound that skips and bounces in all the right ways while the song's soulful vocal performance is showcased front and center. You can check out all of Purple & Green's "Right Here" 12" here.
Anonymous UK tunesmith Patten just recently dropped the mystifying GLAQJO XAACSSO LP, effectively marking his place in the world of leftfield electronic music. Not long after that record's release, we're treated to a free EP of remixes, called JLAGQO CSOAAXS, from which this tune is taken. C Powers turns the original "Fire Dream," a blown-out and bass-heavy jam, into a slice of dusty techno. You can listen to and download the rest of the free EP after the jump. Read more »
Heaps of praise have been dolloped upon Salva in the past year, but few have pointed out that the guy is an absolute hustler. Fresh off the release of the Surreal Estate compilation he curated for his own Frite Nite imprint, Salva has announced Yellobone, a new, five-track EP. Read more »
Just before the excellent Rinse FM crew/radio station celebrates its 17th birthday this Saturday, October 8 in Brixton, DJ/producer Geeneus and MC cohort Ms. Dynamite share this massive tune as a free download. "Get Low" boasts a rude and punchy riddim atop of which the seasoned vocalist lays her commanding flow. Go ahead and put this tune right on top of your reasons to get excited about Rinse's forthcoming blow out. (via Guardian)
In the interest of full disclosure, we ended up talking with Kyle Hall for a little more than five minutes—actually, a lot more—but by the time we finally pinned down the future of Detroit before his Friday show at this year's Decibel festival, he clearly had a lot on his mind. Between touring the world, starting a regular night in his hometown, dropping a new, single-sided 7" on his Wild Oats imprint from DC newcomer Jay Simon (the release party for which is happening in Detroit next Saturday), Hall was eager to talk to us about where he's been, and better yet, where he's going. Read more »
The handle of Brussels-based producer Jona has appeared on its fair share of imprints over the years, most notably with releases for German label Get Physical and Carl Craig's Planet E. Monday, October 10 is set to bring his first outing for the Airdrop imprint with the release of his latest EP, Perceptions (artwork above), so to help spread the word, Jona's gone ahead and shared this cut from the five-track endeavor. Similar to the Grandmaster Flash track of the same name only in title (and perhaps tempo), "The Message" is a shimmering piece of instrumental disco house of the most dance-worthy sort, complete with a a seemingly neverending array of retro-tinged synths and the kind of completely solid groove you'd expect from a veteran with a discography such as his.
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