Jon Hopkins and Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet) appear to have a sweet little exchange going on lately. Hopkins recently give Four Tet's "Angel Echoes," from this year's beautiful There Is Love in You album, a good overhaul, and now Mr. Hebden has applied his subtle beats and bubbling melodies to the former's Insides track, "Vessel." The tune starts out a bit darker than most Four Tet productions, but evolves into something more recognizable about a minute and a half in. Under his quietly shuffling dance beat, a fast-paced synth melody percolates monotonously while bits of piano, strings, and tastefully warped samples begin to rise to the surface. It takes longer than seven minutes for Hebden's remix to finish its course, but the time spent going full-circle (and back again) is time well spent, thanks to the song's meticulous orchestration. The song appears on Hopkins' new Remixes 12", which also features a Nathan Fake re-working of his song "Wire." Jon Hopkins and Four Tet are also on tour together now. Check out those dates here.
The man responsible for one of last year's biggest house tunes, "Hey Hey," Dennis Ferrer just followed up his massive single with—whaddaya know—an EP of remixes. The six-song release, which hit the UK back in May, is out now in the US via the recently independent Strictly Rhythm label. Read more »
Many months after the release of its fourth full-length album, UK geek-pop group Hot Chip (pictured above) has announced a forthcoming EP of remixes, appropriately called We Have Remixes. The four-song disc contains reinterpretations from producers Todd Edwards, Caribou, Osborne, and Hot City, each working with a separate tune from One Life Stand. Read more »
Back in May, the folks at Stones Throw dropped another posthumous release from the late, great J. Dilla, an EP that features—along with the actual music—two Serato control records and two donut slipmats. Three of Donut Shop's six tracks are instrumentals of tunes lifted from recent releases, and the other three—including this tune, "Sycamore"—are unreleased productions hand-selected by J.Rocc from Dilla's archives. Not much can be said about a Dilla beat that isn't hip-hop common knowledge, even with a fresh track. The dirty shuffle of the producer's drum-machine rhythms and thick bass-synth funk are paired with a bit of MPC noodling for another gritty classic. And as per usual with the legend's work, "Sycamore" doesn't need the help of an MC to keep things interesting through its two and a half minutes. You can download all of Donut Shop for free if you sign up for Stones Throw's newsletter, here. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
There's a special rush one gets driving down the freeway en route to a club or concert on a Saturday night. White and red brake lights blink and glow in traffic, wind rushes by, and fluorescently lit buildings create a halo above the city. You arrive at the spot energized and ready to plunge into music. Oriol Singhji's debut for Planet Mu, Night and Day, takes you on that journey from twilight through sunrise on an album well suited for automobile excursions. Read more »
The Oberlin-based collegiate pair in Teengirl Fantasy have been bubblin' on the XLR8R radar for about a year now (remember this song?), and with good merit. Logan Takahashi and Nick Weiss spent a good amount of time pilfering the sounds and ideas of classic house and techno before bringing them all together in their old-school-referencing dance jams, and the duo's forthcoming debut for True Panther, 7AM, is the proper culmination of Teengirl Fantasy's hotly tipped efforts. "Cheaters" is the first track to be shared from the album, and it's a poignant number built of a thumping house beat, some warbling synth pads, a slow-driving bassline, and one hell of a soulful vocal track that serves as the focal point of Teengirl Fantasy's awesome tune while also sounding totally unhinged from it. 7AM will be released September 14.
French disco-centric live act The Aikiu—which boasts Cedric Pilooski, the DJ/producer partially behind the Dirty label and one of our more recent podcasts, as one third of its ranks—just released its debut single, "Just Can't Sleep," along with remixes from Azari & III, Clement Meyer, and here, Egyptrixx. For his treatment of the song, the Canadian producer exchanged the live instrumentation for some rubbery percussion, bouncing bass synths, and an all-around more sinister aesthetic than The Aikiu's original tune. Now that we think about it, Egyptrixx ditched everything but snippets of the vocal from "Just Can't Sleep," which worked out wonderfully, thanks to the excellent future-house production he meshed them with.
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