Eliot Taub (a.k.a. Ulysses, pictured above) has a long history as part of the NYC nightlife, becoming a prominent promoter in the late-'90s electro scene and more recently making music as one half of the NYC duo The Nuerotic Drum Band. His time spent in New York's electro-days-of-yore seem to not have left him unaffected, as the title track from his latest solo EP, Acid Reflux, is completely drenched in acid-house throwback elements (tweaked 303 lines and the customary creepy voice saying something or other about acid), which Prins Thomas keeps relatively intact for this remix. The Norwegian producer manages to masterfully expand on Ulysses' acid-synth ideas, turning the song into an almost ten-minute affair full of percussive layers, endless arpeggios, and some funky bass. After an almost four-minute intro, Thomas finally hits us with the beat, and an explosion of irresistibly tweaked and filtered 303 lines take over, riding the constantly-changing rhythmic elements below until they're stripped back one by one as the song finally comes to a halt. The Acid Reflux EP, which features this remix, its original counterpart, and two more original tracks, is out now.
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Next Friday, London's burgeoning grime label Butterz is set to host Fabric's Room 3 with sets from Terror Danjah, Swindle, Champion, Logan Sama, and label heads Elijah & Skilliam (pictured above). To help spread the word, both Elijah & Skilliam and Terror Danjah have made mini-mixes available over at Fabric's site. Read more »
Oxford band Fixers recently hooked up with its neighbourhood tunesmith Chad Valley (pictured above), resulting in this starry-eyed remix of the indie-pop outfit's "Iron Deer Dream" song. As he often does, producer Hugo Manuel cuts the vocal samples into candy-coated hooks that should keep listeners humming along while his thumping dance beats move your feet from side to side. The rest of "Iron Deer Dream (Chad Valley Remix)" is all glowing synthscapes, spacey percussion loops, bouncing basslines, and a couple of classic piano breakdowns that add a new level of sophistication to the artist's repertoire. You can check out what the original version of Fixers' number sounds like here, and pre-order a copy of that 7" here.
Hessle Audio co-founder (along with Ben UFO and Pearson Sound/Ramadanman) Kevin McAuley (a.k.a. Pangaea) has a new 12" single slated for release later this month on his own label. The "Inna Daze" b/w "Won't Hurt" single is said to find the veteran producer exploring "his own take on UK bass music." Considering Hessle Audio has been on the cusp of forward-thinking house, dubstep, and UK bass music since its inception, we can only imagine that this single will further the imprint's well-deserved reputation. Read more »
Chairman Kato is a new producer on the London bass music scene who recently joined the ranks of the Pictures Music crew—a roster that also includes the likes of Dark Sky and Seams—for his debut EP, Wildfire (pictured above). You can preview some portions of that forthcoming release here, but first we've got a full download of the second tune on Kato's debut, "No Coincidence." Of his music, the producer has said, "I knew I wanted to make something that was cohesive and not necessarily something that was going to move dancefloors," a sentiment which rings particularly true on this cut. Kato's song certainly has beats, but these are broken rhythms more closely associated with the Flying Lotus continuum than that of the UK club scene. And over those herky-jerky drum patterns, sheets of sizzling white noise compete with ghostly moans and rickety synth loops. It's certainly no coincidence this production made it onto an EP called Wildfire; Chairman Kato makes it sound like you're in the middle of one.
Yesterday, we caught wind of Brooklyn duo Games changing up the name of their, uh, game, opting to call themselves by their respective last names instead, and today we discovered that buzz-producer Joy Orbison has simplified his own moniker, too. Under the name Joy O, DJ/producer Peter O'Grady has already got a new single coming down the pipeline through the label that broke his excellent "Hyph Mngo" tune, Hotflush. Read more »
Back in January, we let you know that the Berlin-by-way-of-Holland producer 2562 had launched his own label, When In Doubt. Now, with its first release (a 10" single from the label head himself) only a few days behind it, the imprint has announced it will release a new LP from 2562 in the form of a disco-inspired concept album entitled Fever. Read more »
More than two decades after the start of Marcus Intalex's music career, the drum & bass DJ/producer and Soul:R label owner will finally release his debut full-length album via his own imprint on April 18. The 12-song LP is called 21 (named after how many years Intalex has operated under that moniker), and features collaborations with the likes of Calibre, S.P.Y., Zed Bias, and more. Read more »
It's been quite some time since we fell in love with the second LP by Buenos Aires DJ/producer Matias Aguayo, 2009's Ay Ay Ay, but we more than welcome this late-coming clip for his bouncing "Ritmo Juarez" tune. Donning a variety of festive outfits, Aguayo and multitudes of his likeness dance about on screen while colorful, hand-drawn images of city skylines, stormy weather, and Nickelodeon-esque dancefloors rapidly alternate in the background. Read more »
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