Party Guy Records wants to make sure everyone knows that not all low-end-dedicated club music comes from the UK, and it does so in spades on its latest release, a compilation of talented US producers called Future Sounds of North America (you can listen to it here and grab it for keeps here). Though his own production work doesn't make it into the tracklist, Pacific Northwesterner and XLR8R-approved Bubblin' tunesmith Cedaa was asked to give one of the compilation's tracks a remix, and the juke-loving youngster delivered quite a doozy. His take on Clicks & Whistles' "When I Feel" more or less retains the same sonic palette of the original—overwhelming bass frequencies, a thinly sliced vocal sample, and a soothing din of a synth melody—within the re-work, but utilizes the sounds in a far more frantic way. Cedaa spends the whole time with his influences split between the music of UK nightclubs and Chi-Town's underground footwork parties, though he never sounds divided. In fact, it seems more like the producer has found an untrodden path smack-dab between those well-traveled roads.
Back in October, UK grime godfather Wiley offered up yet another musical freebie in the form of the Prodigal Entertainment-produced "It's Wiley," a gift he brought back from his well-Ustream-documented trip to Jamaica. Read more »
Out today from the Banana Clipz project, made up of Bersa Discos' Oro11 and Ghetto Bassquake's Chief Boima, is the duo's entirely free, seven-track self-titled EP. Inspired in part by the two artists' love of cumbia and coupé decalé respectively, the EP hardly consists of just those two genres alone, but instead taps into a long, rich history of Latin American, African, and Caribbean musical cross-pollination. In addition to the Los Rakas-featured "Afro Latino" we posted last week, the EP features other standouts like "Push Am," a slow-burning coupé decalé rhythm that supports ripe synth lines and a wanton bassline. Check the rest of the tracklist below and download the whole EP here. Read more »
It's funny, no matter how many times grime has been declared dead, the rough-and-ready genre keeps coming back for more. Undeterred by the scene's unfortunate detours into inter-crew beefs, clashes with law enforcement, and out-and-out hypermasculinity, young Rinse FM jocks Elijah & Skilliam are taking grime back to the days when the music was fun, the tempos were fast, and producers were king. Read more »
When Oslo's Bjørn Torske released the playful and personal Feil Knapp three years ago, the boundless space-disco scene he had helped grow and nurture was more poised than ever for a masterpiece. But instead of some big, daring statement, he focused on making music that was rustic, lived-in, and human. On Kokning, he retreats farther into that mindset, showcasing his style, his quirks, and the windswept vistas of his productions. Read more »
Last month, XLR8R debuted Hackman's remix of "Chicken Lover," a track from Bassanovva (pictured above), the new project featuring Toronto's Grahmzilla and NYC's Jubilee. Yesterday, Sinden's Grizzly label released "Chicken Lover," the duo's debut record that includes two more original productions and additional remixes from Nacho Lovers, Samo Soundboy, and Greenmoney. This remix, from Netherlands wunderkind and previous Bubblin' artist Munchi, is an example of what the young producer does best—reggaeton for the next century, building on the original's playfulness with epic, trance-like bombast.
Paris-based producer and Club Cheval affiliate Sam Tiba recently linked with South African rapper and singer Spoek Mathambo, releasing the result on shameless jump-up party label Top Billin. Sam Tiba is no stranger to marijuana-themed club music, e.g. his Club Cheval-released "Weed Barbie." At least in part, "Burning" is another expression of his undying love to the sticky icky, a tune that jumps back and forth between synth chords that alternatively sound like a nostalgic celebration of better days and a ferocious dancefloor assault, most of it aided by Spoek's unflinching vocal delivery. You can buy the instrumental version of the track from the Top Billin website and check the version with Spoek below.
Early this year, iconic vocalist/musician Gil Scott-Heron (pictured above) released I'm New Here, his first album in 13 years, on XL Recordings. Scheduled to be released over a year after that LP, We're New Here is a re-imagining of Scott-Heron's return of a record by hotly tipped producer, and member of The xx, Jamie xx. Read more »
Sound the podcast alarm! This one, ladies and gents, is deserving of everyone's undivided attention. As one of the year's most sought-after DJ/producers, Ikonika has been insanely busy in 2010—dropping the well-received Contact, Want, Love, Have record on Hyperdub, delivering a slew of excellent remixes across some of dance music's most esteemed labels, and eventually starting her own imprint with fellow DJ/producer Optimum, Hum & Buzz. Now, as sort of a cap on a year of accomplishments, the tunestress has hooked up the world with a fresh mix of club tunes, courtesy of FACT. Read more »
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