In time for your weekend pre-funking needs comes a new mix from Contakt, who admittedly is an XLR8R employee but also happens to be an all-around-awesome DJ/producer. (He's actually getting set to release the next record from London imprint Local Action.) As one of the residents of New York's monthly future bass night TURRBOTAX®—which will be welcoming Kyle Hall, Shortstuff, and up-and-coming New York producer Laurel Halo on November 26—Contakt plays host to many of the US' and UK's best underground producers, so we're taking a sec to give him some shine. His latest mix, Fall Back, features a melange of new and unreleased tracks, some from previous TURRBOTAX® guests like Brenmar and Optimum, along with one of Contakt's own productions at the end. Read more »
A handful of weeks ago we filled you in on Paris beatmaker Fulgeance's new EP for Musique Large, and now we bring you Fulgeance in his Souleance incarnation, a project with partner Soulist. Souleance marks another foray into hip-hop sampling styles and drum kits, this time with an ear towards funk and more whimsical melody. The two will release an EP on November 22 called Soupape on First Word and we have the track "Passarinho" here for download. The song features chopped vocals worthy of a 9th Wonder comparison and Fulgeance's signature organ melodies that give the track extra warmth and personality.
This February, Sub Pop will release Mogwai's seventh full-length album, cryptically titled Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. The record's debut single, "Rano Pano," is available for free download on Sub Pop's website, for the cost of your email address, and a 7" of the single will be available January 18. You can grab the track and check out the LP's cover art and tracklist below. Read more »
The kind of injured electro-soul that Hot Chip's Joe Goddard seems to create while barely batting an eyelash is another ideal soundscape to pair with Ghostpoet's own lovelorn essence. On this remix for Dels' (picture above) new single, "Trumpalump," the well-matched pair have a go at recreating the bombastic number in their own images. While Ghostpoet switches out Dels' flow for his own take on the personal verbiage, Goddard works out a somber, head-nodding beat with some touching Rhodes flourishes, a lulling bass melody, and a few ethereal harmonies that rise and fall in either ear. He sings the chorus, too, and it sounds just as heartfelt as anything he's done with his main musical outlet. We certainly wouldn't mind hearing more from this great collaboration.
Back in March of this year, Swedish duo The Knife released its incredible score for the opera Tomorrow In a Year, a musical collaboration with Mt. Sims and Planningtorock. Now comes news that one of the standout tracks of the score, "Seeds," is set to be released as a 12" with remixes from Ghostly International's Portable (a.k.a. Bodycode) and Intacto label head Shinedoe. Read more »
Brighton's ongoing skweee-loving club night Donky Pitch just established itself as a record label, too, with the release of its first 12", Slugabed's and Ghost Mutt's Donky Stomp EP. On that split release is this crunchy remix of the title track by Spanish producer Mwëslee. The hyped-up rework of the roaring tune by Slugabed (pictured above) is infused with a heaping share of incandescent synth melodies and ear-slapping crunk beats à la Hudson Mohawke, Rustie, and the rest of that young Scottish bunch—sounding like the theme song for a hip-hop DJ who doubles as a superhero by night.
Just the other day on Sinden's radio show for the Kiss station, the DJ/producer hosted the proud fathers of a brand-new debut album, Lando Kal and Low Limit (a.k.a. Lazer Sword, pictured above). Essentially, the broadcast is split into two halves; the first part has Sinden running things with some tracks from Bullion, LV, and Ikonika, among others, and the latter half features Lazer Sword behind the decks. Read more »
Mohawk General Store: The Founder of Generic Man and Generic Surplus Keeps it Vintage and Home-Friendly at his Silver Lake Shop
Urban planners will tell you there's a few ways to combat urban sprawl. For Kevin Carney and his wife, Bo, the owners of LA's Mohawk General Store, that means locating themselves next to other like-minded shops and getting people out of their cars and onto their feet. Read more »
The good people of Sacramento-based Lefse Records have made available a track from the second edition of their ongoing Way Slow series, a "cover" of Soul For Real's "Being With You" from St. Louis-based producer Phaseone. The track is more of an instrumental reinterpretation than a cover, taking the song's original chord progression and vocal melody to new and more interesting territory. "Being With You" seems to be in no rush, slowly building on its laid-back R&B vibe for almost three minutes before kicking in with an assault of thick, layered synth pads and smooth, gliding melodies. Expect vocal chops, shuffling percussion fills, and plenty of slow head-nodding from this one. Phaseone's contribution to the Way Slow series, which also features a "cover" of Keith Sweat's "Right & Wrong," will be available December 14.
We had no idea it was even around back then, but according to noise artist Tim Hecker, rave died sometime during 1972. Well, that's the title of his forthcoming new record, anyway. On Valentine's Day next year, the Canadian ambient producer will release Ravedeath, 1972 via Chicago's Kranky label. Read more »
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