As if the release of his stellar DJ-Kicks mix compilation wasn't enough to satiate fans of Motor City Drum Ensemble, the German producer has lined up an all-star remix package for "L.O.V.E.," the only new original MCDE production on the album. Read more »
Bay Area blog-cum-label Mapzzz—which is, incidentally, co-run by XLR8R scribe Glenn Jackson—just released a new batch of tunes as part of its ongoing series of free EPs, this time from RaveDeep (a.k.a. Dave Reep, the man also behind Elephant & Castle). The prolific Oakland-based producer starts off his three-song Mapzzz EP12 with the woozy sparkle of "Wonders," a bass-heavy track that straddles the line between amorphous ambient music and loosely crafted house. Reep goes on to further explore eclectic genre pairings throughout the rest of his EP, all of which you can grab as a free download here.
If we've learned one thing lately, it's that UK pop duo Alpines has great taste in remixers. First, we heard a shimmering version of "Cocoon" from London's xxxy, and now we have deep, pulsating remix of the same tune by Maya Jane Coles (pictured above), who produces this one under the moniker Nocturnal Sunshine. The UK tunesmith mixes a dash of dark techno vibes into her dubwise track for a slick production that skirts simple categorization at nearly every turn.
For a 22-year-old, Briton Chris Ward, the lone soul behind Tropics, has absorbed his fair share of music made before he was even thought of. On Mouves, his second EP, a four-tracker for Planet Mu, Ward's brand of gauzy, post-rocky electronic pop looks clearly in the direction of vintage Factory Records—"Celebrate" lightly mimics Durutti Column's gorgeous guitar runs, while the title track harks back to The Wake's gentle, but synth-heavy post-punk vibes. Read more »
Right around the same time we got the surprising news that Zomby had signed with 4AD for the release of his excellent Dedication album, we were also informed that the prince of purple, Joker, had penned a deal with the imprint as well. Now, we get the first details of what will soon come from that exciting pairing. Read more »
Taken from his soon-to-be-released EP, One Hunned, "Guardian" finds Montreal beatsmith Lunice layering NES-era videogame melodies and the tiniest of vocal snippets over some laid-back, clap-heavy hip-hop beats. It's a bit of a slow burner, the kind of track that's less for the club and more for fondly remembering marathon childhood Nintendo sessions and the struggle to reach the next level while your mom was periodically yelling at you to put down the controller and finish your homework. Good times. The six-track One Hunned EP will drop on August 16. (via FADER)
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