When we tagged young UK producer Submerse as a Bubblin' artist earlier this year, we mentioned his move toward harder, bass-driven sounds—and although this unreleased track, "Your All Mine," isn't a raucous banger, it certainly drives. The tune finds Submerse masterfully taking soft string-synth pads, gentle trumpet sounds, lilting piano melodies, and sultry contemporary R&B vocals and laying them over seemingly incongruous hard-edged drum patterns, a heavy kick, and a solid bassline to create a piece of catchy, almost romantic 2-step.
This week saw the long-awaited release of The Vision, the long-awaited debut album from UK producer—and former XLR8R cover boy—Joker. Then today, just a few days removed from the LP's official release, Joker decided to make instrumental versions of all the album cuts available for free download. Read more »
Even with a close listen to Cedaa's recent XLR8R podcast, you still may not have picked up that you were hearing the vocal stylings of Outkast's Big Boi towards the end of the mix. The rework of "Unhappy"—whose initial release on Speakerboxxx/The Love Below was largely overshadowed by mega-hits like "Hey Yeah" and "The Way You Move"—comes courtesy of Canadian remix guru Deebs (pictured above), who edits the mainstream rap track into a piece of dreamy, boundary-pushing hip-hop.
Somehow, Pictureplane is slowly becoming the Anthony Bourdain of the art-weirdo underground. His last video for "Negative Slave" featured footage of the globetrotting Denver artist atop an ancient Mexican pyramid, while this latest clip was largely shot during a recent tour in Russia. Read more »
London-based producer and ManMakeMusic head honcho George FitzGerald is set to release another EP this year on Scuba's Hotflush imprint. The three-song EP, Shackled, sees FitzGerald continuing to combine the emotive aspects of UK garage and soulful house with dubstep and techno. The release comes out on December 5, but the title track was already featured on Scuba's recent DJ Kicks mix. Check out the artwork and tracklist after the jump. Read more »
On "Girl Song," one of five tracks from UK producer Slackk's forthcoming She's A Vector EP, the grime-loving beatmaker cross-pollinates the track with garage and Chicago-house influences and a Motown-indebted vocal sample. The EP, which comes out November 14 via the Tokyo-based Diskotopia imprint, sees Slackk (a.k.a. Paul Lynch) fusing his influences together to create another chapter of edgy "eski-house" rhythms. Check out the EP artwork and full tracklisting after the jump. Read more »
UK producer Cooly G (a.k.a. Merissa Campbell) is an interesting figure. At this point, she's almost inextricably tied to UK funky, even though her sound has always been weirder and more sultry than that of her big-tune-chasing counterparts. When her Dub Organizer EPs began to surface in 2008 and 2009, the low-slung house rhythms and sultry vibes easily made Cooly G one of the most exciting new artists in the UK scene. (After all, we did put her on the cover of XLR8R and made her a centerpiece of our first big UK funky feature.) Yet as the last two years have gone by, the flow of new Cooly G tunes has slowed significantly, leaving many to wonder if the producer still has the proverbial "it." With the release of new single "Landscapes" b/w "It's Serious," it appears that the answer, at least for now, is a pretty solid yes. Read more »
With two records coming out next week on Darkestral, Boddika (a.k.a. Al Bleek a.k.a. Alex Green) will also be unveiling two new monikers to match the pair of releases. Although he's already one half of Instra:mental, Boddika will be teaming up with Darkestral label boss Drkstr to form another twosome, Transportation AAD, which has tracks on both of the upcoming records. Boddika's other new handle is Grey Goo, under which he'll be spilling out dark and cinematic tracks on the second release. Preview both 12"s after the jump. (via FACT) Read more »
The b-side to OneAuff's recently released Heavy Heady EP is a slice of heavenly disco house that follows in the spaced-out tradition of Norwegian producers Todd Terje and Lindstrom. "Knits" is built around an old-school organ stab and bongo rhythms and the track rises and falls as layers of synth and rolling bass come and go. Brooklyn-based producer OneAuff (a.k.a. Steve Raney) has previously released material on Throne of Blood with collaborator Eamon Harkin as Harkin & Raney and has several remixes and a digital-only releases under his belt, but Heavy Heady just might be his most complete and fully realized record to date. In addition to "Knits," the EP also contains the title track and remixes by Nick Chacona and Tuff City Kids.
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