Bill Salas is a Chicago boy through and through. Sure, the producer better known as Brenmar resides in Brooklyn these days, but his tracks clearly demonstrate that the guy brought his hometown's love of hip-hop, R&B, house, and juke along with him. Over the past year, he's built a name for himself on the back of bootleg remixes of DJ Deeon, Cassie, and Aaliyah, not to mention a few of his own originals. Read more »
Washington, D.C., chill-groove electronica trio Thunderball gets a serious makeover here, courtesy of San Francisco's tropically inclined bass excavator Ghosts on Tape. However, for his re-work of "Runaway," the original of which is taken from the forthcoming 12 Mile High record to be released on Thievery Corporation's ESL label, DJ/producer Ryan Merry switches out his percussion samples and low-end rumbles for something better fitting of an illegal warehouse party circa 1993. But it's not all glowsticks and Blow Pops on this track; Ghosts on Tape toys with ethereal vocal sampling à la UK bass music's finest, drops in some classic clubby synth melodies, and flips his production halfway through for an ominous finish that's purely his own. At nearly 10 minutes, it's certainly the longest song we've heard from Merry, but it might very well be his best, too.
Among many other things, Gold Panda's first full-length, Lucky Shiner, is a veritable curveball. The young Essex-based producer had unintentionally set himself up to join the expansive beat-scene continuum with the release of his "Quitter's Raga" single in 2009, and "You," from early this year. The music world thought it had Gold Panda pegged, and happily so, until this record surfaced. Read more »
Full-length records coming from DJ/producers with a distinct focus on the dancefloor and no more than a handful of remixes and EPs under their belt are relatively few and far between, so when one surfaces—especially an album from a fresh tunesmith of notable caliber—it's best you take notice. With that in mind, next year will see the release of the debut long-player from Toronto-based musicmaker Egyptrixx, the ten-song Bible Eyes. UK bass hub Night Slugs, which also dropped his excellent The Only Way Up EP, will bring the project to fruition on February 9, but before then, we get our first taste of Bible Eyes from the heartfelt "Chrysalis Records." Named after the now-defunct imprint that once hosted luminaries like Blondie, Gang Starr, and Sinéad O'Connor, Egyptrixx's new single flaunts woozy synths and a subtle crunch within its evolved pop format—sounding not unlike the vintage media released back in the UK label's heyday. Singer Maya of Canadian band Trust threatens to steal the spotlight from the lush instrumental with her simple-yet-intimate vocal delivery, an unlikely pairing that works in subtle, affective ways. You can check out the full tracklist for Bible Eyes, and watch a slick video for album opener "Start From the Beginning," after the jump. Read more »
Brooklyn sound sculptor Dale Parsons is Parsod, a beatsmith interested in spacey soundscapes, dissected hip-hop grooves, and thoughtful bass rumblings. His first offering of that sort is a self-titled, four-track EP, from which "Parade" is taken. As the EP's lead song, "Parade" takes no time getting started. Disjointed rhythms, 8-bitty sound effects, arpeggiating synth melodies, and all kinds of floating cosmic transmissions launch into the forefront within in seconds of hitting play, and are over seemingly just as quickly. If the brief excursion perks your ears up without fully satiating your appetite for intergalactic sonics, you can find out what the rest of his blippy beat explorations sounds like over on his SoundCloud profile, where all of Parsod is available to stream.
New York's longstanding club-tune patron and Trouble & Bass label head Drop the Lime is set to take over the bombastic Bugged Out jump-off this Saturday at London's brand-new XOYO venue. Along with mixmasters Mumdance, Seiji, Raf Daddy, and more, DJ/producer Luca Venezia will be delivering an expectedly stellar selection of bass-heavy party jams, a few of which could very likely be included in this free promo mix he just sent over. Read more »
Just about two months ago, we gave you the heads up about San Antonio, TX, producer Sonora and his downloadable Siempre Fresco EP for the Austin-based party/blog/label Peligrosa. Now, we have a choice remix of one of those five tunes by the producer's friend and fellow San Antonian Mexicans With Guns (pictured above). MWG's booming rework of "Paraiso" grabs the cumbia- and reggaeton-inspired rhythms and equatorial sound palette of the original track and, after a slow build, wraps them around his own staples: eye-rattling 808 kicks, filthy low-end undulations, and a club-ready swagger. Maybe it's because of their southern roots, but this pairing of the two producers shows us that Texas may have a thing or two to teach the world about sweltering Latin party music.
The maestro of mash-ups and Pied Piper of party people, Pittsburgh's Gregg Gillis (a.k.a. Girl Talk), solidifies his role as a file-sharing philanthropist today with the release of his brand-new full-length album, which is available for a completely free download with no strings attached. Read more »
At the end of this month, on November 29, NY/LA-based production outfit Banana Clipz will release a free, self-titled EP in conjunction with Ghetto Bassquake and Bersa Discos. The DJ/producers of Banana Clipz, Oro11 (above, second from right) and Chief Boima (above, far left), formulated the project over the past three years, initially while both men resided in Oakland but continuing after Oro11 packed up and headed south for Los Angeles. Now that Boima has also bid adieu to the West Coast, the EP is essentially a snapshot of a particular time in the duo's lives, but that certainly doesn't detract from the quality of the music. The tracks won't be released for another two weeks, but Chief Boima has prepared something to tide you over in the meantime: a free mix of bass-laden, tropically infused dance music, all of which is featured on the forthcoming Banana Clipz EP. Read more »
On "No Regrets," Brooklyn/Berlin producer Night Plane (a.k.a. William Rauscher) sampled '80s R&B trio The System's "You Are In My System," although it ultimately becomes a nearly unrecognizable amidst the song's hulking synth-wash of crunch and crackle. Nearly burying the listener in atmospheric synths, Night Plane alleviates the track's weightiness with an expertly placed acoustic guitar riff that, in the context of anything but dark and growling synths, could easily be mistaken as fodder from the untouched New Age section at any number of dying record stores. Rauscher cites "balearic twilight" and "cosmic Brooklyn" as influences on his MySpace page, descriptions that, while obviously a bit silly, do seem to fit a sound that couples ancient mysticism and intergalactic sci-fi. (via Altered Zones)
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