Considering his role as one of the later members in the legendary Funk Brothers Motown backing band and the string of hits to his name (including the classic song "Scorpio", which has been sampled countless times in the hip-hop world over the years), any XLR8R readers who fancy themselves decent crate diggers (and we imagine that's a lot of you) should be familiar with the work of Dennis Coffey. Earlier in the year, the Detroit guitarist saw his first album since the mid '80s released through the Strut imprint, and now the self-titled effort is starting to turn up some remixes, like this one from fellow Michigan resident Shigeto (pictured above). As one might expect, Shigeto carefully molds "All Your Goodies Are Gone" into a slow-brewing piece of soulful downtempo, choosing to use Coffey's original guitar work in lush spurts of backwards movement and, fortunately, keeping Mayer Hawthorne's vocal contributions to an unobtrusive minimum. A free remix collection of Coffey's album, including additional reimaginings from the likes of Dabrye, Recloose, 14KT, Nick Speed, and more is said to be on its way soon.
We honestly don't know how he does it, but Wiley could very well be the hardest-working MC around. After a brief sabbatical following 2009's Race Against Time, the eccentric UK grime icon released 100% Publishing (which was quickly followed by announcing the forthcoming Evolve or Be Extinct EP), a fresh mixtape he made with DJ Whoo Kid, and just today, a whole other album, called Chill Out Zone. Read more »
When we first received word about Tropics' Mouves EP a month or so ago, it came with a brief note that he would eventually be following up that release with a proper full-length. Now, before the EP even hits the streets, Planet Mu has announced that Tropics' debut LP will see a release in only a few shorts months on September 20. Read more »
Sometimes it's a bit baffling how inexhaustible the sounds of the '80s can still seem 30 or so years after they took place. Like on the appropriately titled "Palm Coast Freeway" by the Cambridge/Tokyo-based Greeen Linez project, where funky slap-n-pop basslines groove along with big Dâm-Funk-esque drum-machine beats, soulful Rhodes tickles, new-age flirtations, and an inherently blistering Balearic vibe. It sounds like how Miami pool parties look, or how cruising in a white Chrysler LeBaron convertible on a summer night feels. Inadvertently proving our point, Greeen Linez made a video for its smooth tune out of (shocker!) archived VHS footage, which you can check out after the jump. And if you're down with these kinds of slick sounds, make sure to look for the outfit's forthcoming five-track EP, which will be released on July 25 via Diskotopia. Read more »
Ben Westbeech Announces New Album Featuring Productions from Motor City Drum Ensemble, Midland, and More
Just when you thought we couldn't come up with any more downloads from Montreal's preeminent purveyor of icy dream-pop, this little gem surfaced just before it was too late. In our defense, this take on Grimes's "Crystal Ball" from Babe Rainbow—another Canadian producer of somehow simultaneously dark-yet-sparkling tunes—is really good, we promise. Mellowing the tune out quite a bit, it almost sounds like Babe Rainbow (pictured above) shoved the entire original track into a Casio keyboard before chopping up Grimes' pixie-ish (not the band, the mythical creature) vocals and piling layers of glorious noise atop the delicately percolating toms and claps. Just as enchanting as the original, but in an entirely new fashion—what more could you ask for? (via FADER)
Even for a respected artist and pioneer of electronic music, mixing original productions with spoken-word poetry can prove problematic. Such is the case with Drums Between the Bells, Brian Eno’s collaborative album with poet Rick Holland and his second release for the Warp imprint. Read more »
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