Danish four-piece When Saints Go Machine (consisting of a vocalist, drummer, and two keyboardists) is the latest act to sign to Berlin's !K7 imprint. "Fail Forever," the title track from its forthcoming EP, is an uptempo adventure into the possibilities of combining orchestrated, melancholy pop with a dance music bed. Driving from beginning to end, the song features rhythmic keyboards pulsing rapidly along with a consistent four-on-the-floor disco beat. The melancholy comes courtesy of frontman Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild's haunting, almost Arthur Russell-esque falsetto; layered with harmonies, it combines with the slow-moving bass and cellos to make for an incredibly lush track. Apparently When Saints Go Machine have been making some pretty big waves in Denmark, winning the Danish National Radio Talent Of The Year Award and opening the country's Roskilde Festival earlier this year, but even without that knowledge we'd still be looking forward to their upcoming January EP and the band's eventual LP expected later in 2011.
This track—originally by UK chanteuse Marina & the Diamonds, remixed here by San Francisco bedroom tunesmith oOoOO (pictured above)—was once a catchy, piano-led chamber-pop diddy, likely meant to simultaneously invoke feelings of love, happiness, and a touch of bewilderment with its thoughtful lyricism and upbeat ivory tickling. But producer Christopher Greenspan has made his version of "Obsessions" an ominous, bass-driven lament, as he managed to turn snippets of the original's upbeat piano melodies and vocal utterances into key elements of his brooding soundscape. As past oOoOO releases have already proven, Greenspan is deft with sampling the voices and sounds of soulful pop music for use in his own sad, spooky synth-pop compositions. It's an effective method, and now, he's just calling it a remix. (via Pitchfork)
Nearly six years after the release of his last full-length album, We Are Monster, German minimal house patron Isolée (pictured above) has finished work on his follow-up record, which will surface next year. The 11-song Well Spent Youth is scheduled to drop on January 21 courtesy of DJ Koze's Pampa Records, and will stand as DJ/producer Rajko Müller's third album under his Isolée moniker. Read more »
Do people give iPhone apps away for Christmas? Maybe they do, we don't know, but if so, we've got a pretty solid one here that you may want to give to your closest music-nerd buddy for the holidays. Our minimal man Richie Hawtin (a.k.a. Plastikman) has another nifty gadget in the works, which will be ready for you to fiddle with next month. Read more »
Barcelona producer John Talabot (pictured above) only has a handful of productions to his name, but it's hard to think of another artist who's making better slow-motion house music right now. (That's why we featured him in our Bubblin' series earlier this month.) Granted, when we say slow motion, it's not to imply that his tracks can't get a dancefloor moving, and Talabot certainly has nothing to do with the current screwed-music craze; it's just that his productions are nothing if not deliberate, slowly building from just a few bits of percussion to a euphoric, melody-filled release. The formula works to perfection on this new, nearly eight-minute-long remix of french outfit Tahiti 80. "Darlin" is the band's latest single and the original will appear on the upcoming The Past, The Present & The Possible album, set for release next February.
Featured on the forthcoming 12" release for Primary 1's "Never Know" single, this remix by UK bass excavator Submerse (pictured above) is a poignant 2-stepper rife with forlorn string sections, heartwarming pads, distant-yet-piercing synth melodies, and a mess of lovelorn vocal samples. But those are just the parts tugging on your soul; it's the all-encompassing bassline and skittering dance rhythms that carry those touching elements to the place where Submerse's production belongs—your next club mix. Score this version of "Never Know" today, but look for more remixes of Primary 1's track from The Shoes and Gucci Vump when his record drops on December 6 via Atlantic.
London native Danny Yorke (a.k.a. Altered Natives) is set to follow up his recent profile feature in XLR8R's pages with a DJ set in his city's premiere nightclub, Fabric, on December 3. He'll be joined that night by Shortstuff, Mosca, Girl Unit, and more in Room Three, while the likes of dBridge, Instra:mental, Cooly G, Joker, Plastician, and SBTRKT, among many others, take over the club's other two rooms. To give you a better idea of what kinds of sounds Yorke will be taking along with him for his set, the mixmaster hooked up a great mix of soundsystem-ready dance music. Read more »
The elusive Jatoma trio (pictured above) released its self-titled debut full-length of precious, intricately made ambient house music earlier this month via Kompakt, and here, we're treated to a remix of the album's bubbling opener, "Little Houseboat," from Copenhagen's Kenton Slash Demon. The production duo remains true to the percolating vibe of Jatoma's tune, as they leave the softly boiling synthscape to froth under the surface. However, Kenton Slash Demon opts for a more crisp dancefloor beat—and tosses in a bit of tasty percussion around the edges, too—rather than maintain the muffled pulse of the original, and it serves the track well. In fact, once things really get cooking past the three-minute mark, you might find yourself torn over which version of "Little Houseboat" ranks highest in your book.
We couldn't say it's necessarily making any comeback of sorts, but drum & bass has certainly been on the lips of the electronic music press a bit more than usual lately. With the music of Commix (pictured above) being revisited by the likes of dBridge and Instra:mental, not to mention dubstep heavy hitters like Burial, on the Re:Call to Mind remix album, the genre seems to be creeping slowly back into frame. And now, a brand-new compilation of drum & bass music is gearing up for release via dBridge's Exit Records imprint. Read more »
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