The Wagon Repair artist stable isn't the first place one would expect to find Jules Chaz. The label is home to techno dudes (and dudettes) like Mathew Jonson, Seth Troxler, and Dinky, to name a few, yet the Canadian imprint is still about to release the debut album from this one-time jazz percussionist and Cobblestone Jazz affiliate from Victoria, British Columbia. As it turns out, Toppings is the first-ever instrumental hip-hop album to be released on Wagon Repair, and it shares a lot more sonically with like-minded West Coast beatmakers several hundred miles to the south in Los Angeles than it does with the music being turned out by his Canadian techno brethren. "Blak Lodge" gets extra bonus points for its liberal sampling of the Twin Peaks theme, as Chaz expertly slices up those somber tones over some just-bumping-enough beats and a smattering of tweaky psychedelic synths. Toppings will be released on September 14.
Two Detroit natives and hip-hop veterans, MC Invincible and producer Waajeed, have joined forces on a fresh, new single, called "Detroit Summer." The collaborative work is a sequel to the duo's previous effort, "Detroit Winter," and will be released by Emergence, Invincible's own label, on 7" and digital download prior to Invincible & Waajeed's forthcoming full-length record dropping in 2011. Read more »
"My DJing has changed a lot from when I was younger. I don't play as much… sorry! I'm playing football on the PlayStation," slurs the anonymous Actress as he tries to give an interview while simultaneously punting a digital ball across a digital field from his home in South London. Read more »
We were already excited about Jimmy Edgar's forthcoming album, XXX, but after hearing this Machinedrum remix of first single "Hot, Raw, Sex," we can go ahead and upgrade our status to 'positively giddy.' The original version is perfect for cooly surveying the club and scoping the dancefloor, but the remix offers something a little more manic and fun. The NY-based producer does import the silky '80s funk vibes and shimmering synths from Edgar's original, but he employs them alongside a nimbly skittering house beat and a wonky, darting bassline. The Hot, Raw, Sex single is available now. XXX will be released digitally on July 27 and physically on September 14.
Shadowy London-based producer Klaus has finally announced the release of Tusk his debut EP on R&S. Klaus has definitely taken his time, considering the titular track first appeared on Mount Kimbie's XLR8R podcast last September, and since then his few releases have been remixes for the duo. With Tusk, Klaus sets out on his own with four darkly atmospheric electronic explorations. Read more »
American techno maven Matthew Dear is getting ready to release his third full-length, Black City, and while the press materials make reference to the album's "imaginary metropolis peopled by desperate cases, lovelorn souls, and amoral motives," few people really know what the music actually sounds like. "Soil to Seed" is the first track to be unveiled, and it only offers a limited preview, as the song barely cracks the two-minute mark. Sure, it's ostensibly techno, but Dear seems to have continued his drift toward organic sounds—the drums and guitars certainly sound real, and his voice sounds like an actual human being. It's definitely not a rager, but Dear seems to reserve those tendencies for his Audion alias anyways. One might say that "Soil to Seed" is more of a tease than a proper taste, but it's got us interested enough to give Black City a thorough listen.
Jesu is one of the few outfits that can justifiably lay claim to both metal and shoegaze simultaneously, which certainly speaks volumes about the versatility put forth by bandleader Justin K. Broadrick. Prior to Jesu, the multi-faceted UK musician had been a part of the metal scene for years, and now, we find him working solo and busily producing under a new moniker, Pale Sketcher. Taken from the new project's forthcoming debut album, Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed, "Plans That Fade (Faded Dub)" is a tranquilly brooding composition focused on thick washes of filtered synths, subtle bass rumblings, and a slow-paced drum-machine beat. Broadrick's reverberated voice floats in, around, and throughout the ominous track, and showcases a falsetto croon most wouldn't initially expect from a veteran metalhead. Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed will be released August 24.
While lots of folks have only recently been turned on to cumbia and other Latin rhythms, guys like Will Holland (a.k.a. Quantic) have spent years digging through dusty crates of Central and South American vinyl, constantly in search of fresh beats and breaks. Yet Holland is more than just an old-school enthusiast, as he's fronted countless projects with different artists, musicians, and aims, including his most recent dub-minded effort, Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno, and its Dog with a Rope album. Read more »
Lone (a.k.a. Matt Cutler), the Nottingham-based abstract beat crafter best known for his 2008 opus, Lemurian, has just announced the launch of his own label, Magic Wire Recordings, and the release of his new single, "Pineapple Crush" b/w "Angel Brain," which is expected to arrive August 16. Read more »
Now here's something that takes the whole played-out "face melting" thing to a new level. Low Limit, who doubles as one half of Lazer Sword, produced this track a while back before it was included on the inaugural Numbers release, The Golden Handshake EP, and now it's been given a fiery (literally speaking) music video courtesy of The No Problem. Read more »
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