Let's start with the bad news. The new Maceo Plex video is another one of those found-footage collages that we've all seen a million times in recent years. The good news is that this one stars an octopus and mixes in vintage clips of a scientist and some pin-up girls. Read more »
Admittedly, XLR8R lost some interest in Toro Y Moi (pictured above) when Chaz Bundick decided to take his project out of the bedroom and create something resembling the output of an actual band. (How dare he!) Nevertheless, we're digging this edit put together by NYC DJ/producer M A N I K, who has taken Bundick's "All Alone," a track from the just-released Freaking Out EP, and spruced it up for the dancefloor. Stretching out the original song's R&B vibes, M A N I K has put a bouncy, filter-disco spin on the tune, creating something that sounds like Daft Punk relaxing by the pool at a summertime BBQ.
Uruguayan tastemaker label International Feel is celebrating its two-year anniversary in a unique fashion: by releasing an iOS application. Straightforwardly titled Remiix International Feel, the app draws from Brian Eno's concept of generative music to create an interactive remix experience. Read more »
Until recently, it seemed that Hotflush label boss Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba) was content to quietly put together a solid 2011, dropping the "Loss" b/w "Futureunknown" single (as SCB) and the Dance for Me EP (as Spectr). Apparently, quiet wasn't actually part of the plan, as the last six weeks have seen Rose unveiling an effort to finish the year in a much grander fashion, including the release of another SCB single, a forthcoming DJ-Kicks mix, and a much-hyped new Scuba single, "Adrenalin," which came out earlier this week. The latter has particularly caught our attention with its clear nods to '80s-era electro, funk, and freestyle, so we asked Rose to put together a list of five tracks that influenced the making of the record and tell us a little bit about each one. Read more »
Toddla T's latest album, Watch Me Dance, is an exercise in forward-thinking nostalgia. The young UK producer dropped 11 tracks that touch upon a variety of Jamaican-influenced dance music, from dancehall to grime. Now, a month after the album's release, he's prepped "Streets So Warm," the third single from the album, which features four divergent takes on the track courtesy of Zed Bias, Ross Orton & Pipes, and Serial Killaz. As a teaser, we've been slipped Zed Bias' "Old Skool Remix," a version that takes the original's stoned dancehall groove and layers it on top of a quick-footed 2-step rhythm accented by '80s arcade noises. "Streets So Warm" comes out October 17, and this week Toddla T is wrapping up the last leg of his North American tour with Roska. Check below to see if they're playing near you. Read more »
There's a definite thread of playfulness that runs through Jamie Jones' work. The London-based DJ and producer has exploded in popularity off the strength of oddball dance cuts like "911" (which sampled an infamous stoned police call) and "Whiff it Yawl" (which creatively appropriated a line from the Dazz Band). With such a strange—yet funky—discography behind him, it seems appropriate that Fabric 59, his entry in the venerable mix series, would sound the way that it does: eclectic while still retaining a cohesive dancefloor aesthetic. Read more »
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