100% Silk seems to have found just the right balance between adventurous disco-tinged house tunes and slightly retro-oriented dance music with a series of impressive releases from the likes of Ital, Magic Touch (both of whom we had chat with each other for a recent feature), Maria Minerva, Innergaze, Cuticle, and more—marking the label's first year of output. Now you can add Octo Octa, the alias of one Michael Morrison, to the list with his recent "Let Me See You" four-track maxi-single (artwork above). Here, we have "I'm Trying," a cut from that record's second side, which presents a crisp take on classic house sensibilities and, in the end, may prove to be one of 100% Silk's most sweat-inducing tracks. With it's chopped vocals, ever-evolving synth blurps, and rolling bassline, it's certainly hard to resist the urge to move. But throw in the sly use of a classic break (think cardboard battles in the park), and Octo Octa pretty much has us shaking from head to toe. The 12" maxi-single is unfortunately already sold out in its physical form, but can still be copped digitally. (via Altered Zones)
Always one to come out of left field, August Darnell's (a.k.a. Kid Creole) I Wake Up Screaming is his first album in six years, and easily one of his best since the early '80s. Full of references to his long musical career and a complete revival of the sound that made early Kid Creole & The Coconuts records so appealing, I Wake Up Screaming contains the kind of fun, Caribbean-influenced madness that only Darnell can deliver. Read more »
New Orleans-by-way-of-San Francisco producer Jim-E Stack (pictured above) passed along this syrupy bootleg of ASAP Rocky's recent Southern-styled homage to all things purple (and intoxicating), appropriately titled "Purple Swag." From the onset, we step into much more futuristic territory than the original, thanks to a handful of slippery chords and club-appropriate drums of the modern garage/2-step ilk. Deftly burying the Harlem rapper's words below his own slow-motion futurism, Stack weaves in and out of a verse and two choruses before ostensibly leaving ASAP Rocky behind, and breaking us off with almost a minute of gloriously sleek garage before the track is out. While waiting for Jim-E Stack's debut EP to drop via the Good Years imprint, this bootleg and his "Lemme" tune will have to whet our bass-hungry appetites.
The up-and-coming LA-based duo of Jerome Potter (of LOL Boys fame) and Samo Sound Boy (who we recently profiled in our Bubblin' Up feature), DJ Dodger Stadium, may not yet have a proper release under its collective belt (we have to wait until the Body High imprint drops that on October 4), but the pair did just drop an excellent DJ set for DIS Magazine. Read more »
The Beatport sales charts are often dominated by the latest international club smashes, but its vault of music runs deep and covers a wide variety of artists and sounds, which is why XLR8R has been asked to curate a special two-week series of Beatport charts by some of our favorite DJs and producers. New Jersey garage godfather Todd Edwards is known for the litany of classics he's created over the years, but here he's assembled a list of some of his favorite new dancefloor weapons. Read more »
Monkeytown, the burgeoning imprint helmed by German bass-bringers Modeselektor, is set to drop the Next2Last LP (pictured above), a double-disc collection of originals by San Diego, CA artist—not to mention WeDidItCollective acolyte—eLan and remixes of his productions from the likes of Modeselektor, Cosmin TRG, Lazer Sword, and more. Read more »
Have you ever sat around wondering how to improve Carly Simon's 1982 single "Why"? No? Neither have we. Yet British producer Pinemartin seems to have been thinking along those lines when he covered the classic song for his recent free EP, Come Around Again, Again. It's a high bar to meet, but Pinemartin manages to excel by creating a nostalgic chillwave homage with all the right hallmarks. He strips out the vocals and lets the track envelope the listener through a barrage of warm analog synthesis. The Come Around Again, Again EP is out now, and available for free download on Bandcamp, here.
Newcastle-based producer Rain Dog is the latest up-and-comer to be tapped by what has become one of the most consistently good labels for (almost) free music, the DFRNT-run Cut imprint (also responsible for releases from Essáy, Great Skies, and more). "One to Love" falls somewhere within the blissed-out realm of post-dubstep beats, but also harbors some echoes of the mellow dub found years ago on Pole's now-defunct ~scape label. This gloriously peaceful endeavor can be found alongside three similarly lush pieces of detailed beat work on the See Hear EP (artwork above), available here as a "name your price" download.
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