With a new album from Machinedrum just over a month away, the NYC-based producer has dropped this bonus track for the forthcoming Room(s) LP (artwork above) as a little taste of what's to come from his first full-length for Mike Paradinas' Planet Mu imprint. Along the lines of what we've come to expect from the producer in recent years, "TMPL" sees Machinedrum deftly existing between a few genres, carefully hinting at the drum programming of Chicago footwork/juke while gathering select pieces of UK bass and futuristic R&B to go alongside. About the only thing that even resembles Machinedrum's now long-ago works of ADD hip-hop beats (mostly found on the now-defunct Merck imprint) is his penchant for incredibly detailed, shape-shifting soundscapes, which serve as a curiously enjoyable contrast to his percolating take on the footwork-style drums which push "TMPL" along for almost all of its four-minute duration.
In August of last year, Hercules & Love Affair mastermind Andy Butler (pictured above) unveiled a collaborative single produced by himself and San Francisco DJ Jason Kendig, the vintage house-inspired "And I'm (So In Love With You)." That 12" was the first record to drop from Butler's Mr. INTL imprint, and set the groundwork for a fresh dance music hub with one strict rule: Nothing can sound "pre-'85 or post-'94." Mr. INTL has since remained true to its ethos—releasing stellar club-specific music like Kim Ann Foxman's "Creature" and two industrial-tinged tracks from Mark Pistel, Ben Stokes, and Jack Dangers (of Meat Beat Manifesto). We stopped Butler in the middle of his hectic schedule to pick the multifaceted artist's brain on his lovely new label, its self-imposed limitations, and, of course, its brilliant display of classic house. Read more »
Amidst the hustle and bustle of this year's MUTEK festival in Montreal, we snagged a few of our favorite artists for a quick chat about their impressions of the festival, the city, and, of course, some chatter about their music. Argentina's Chancha Vía Circuito brought something different to the MUTEK lineup this year, and here he talks about his opinion of Montreal, what it means to take part in the festival, and how he feels about his music being labeled as cumbia. Read more »
Globe-trotting, Irish-born duo Bicep has offered up a track from its new EP, which came out earlier this week on Throne of Blood. "Silk" is a throwback house tune with toned-down percussion and thick, driving 808s pulsating under a soft-square bassline reminiscent of traditional acid squelch. The song—which owes no small debt to such classic offerings as Mr. Fingers' "Can You Feel It?"—builds patiently as reverb swells to fill the silence between the syncopated rhythms. Progressing swiftly, this floor-oriented track is geared toward the early-morning crowd with its intricately modulated synth work that seems to effervesce between and behind the underlying beats. Apart from turning out top-shelf house productions, it's worth noting that the pair also helms the excellent Feel My Bicep blog. Give it a read, snag "Silk" below, and be on the lookout for the new EP.
Out of all the musical contributions Matias Aguayo has made throughout his prolific career—whether as himself, through his Cómeme imprint, or as one-half of the fabled, but short-lived, duo Closer Musik—he has always managed to inject his sophisticated productions with an undeniable element of fun and his latest EP is no different. Read more »
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This smooth take on Warrior One's "Bullring Riddim" comes from an up-and-coming pair of New Zealand brothers operating as Chaos in the CBD (pictured above). Virtually absent of anything remotely resembling the original instrumental, the duo seems to have simply lifted the track's original dancehall-flavored vocal contribution (courtesy of Serocee) and laid it on top of their own slow-brewing production. Sure, there's not much to Chaos in the CBD's instrumental, but that's because it doesn't need much. They get the chord progression just right at the onset, along with the infectious beat that gradually builds into a skittering, half-time stepper. Throw in a few tasty fills here, the occasional shaker pattern there, and some distant organ stabs throughout and you've got yourself a tasty slice of down-under beat work.
The music of young SF/LA resident Henry Laufer (a.k.a. Shlohmo) has been a constant part of XLR8R's coverage more or less since it surfaced. We reviewed his first EP, Shlomoshun Deluxe, profiled him in our Bubblin' section, and even enlisted him for a podcast, so you can imagine that we're especially pleased to tell you Laufer will at long last be releasing a proper LP this August via Friends of Friends. Read more »
Braxe and Falke, Bengalter and Homem-Christo, Augé and Rosnay. Looking back on the history of recent French house music, it seems as though the best stuff is the fruit of collaboration. Case in point, take Discodeine's (a.k.a. Pilooski and Pentile) remix of Joakim's soon-to-be-released single, "Forever Young." Heartfelt and funky, Discodeine shears off the original's wall of sound and strips it down to a Loose Joints-style workout. Joakim's sad lamentation of the passage of time is accompanied by the off-kilter oscillation of a hot-weather-tuned analog synthesizer and the uncertain tempo of a live-disco drummer. Check below to download the track, you can grab the single June 20, and keep your eyes peeled for Joakim's forthcoming album, Nothing Gold (album artwork pictured above), out September 20.
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