Well, today is just a day of long-awaited singles, isn't it? Adding his own work into the mix is the elusive Zomby, who makes good on his recent signing to 4AD with a track from the forthcoming Dedication LP (which is apparently "a dedication to someone much loved and missed") that features indie/electronic music mainstay Panda Bear handling the vocal duties. Truthfully, if you know what new Zomby tracks sound like, and you know what Panda Bear's voice sounds like, you'll know exactly what "Things Fall Apart" sounds like: Skittering garage rhythms, bleepy-bloopy synth sounds, over-sized bass tones, and cavernous croons abound. We'll hear what else Zomby's new full-length has to offer when it drops on July 11. (via FACT)
Nostalgia—will it ever go out of fashion? It seems as though we've been caught in a simulacrum of one decade or another since the '90s ended. Yet, within the process of simulating is the power for restructuring the past into something fresh. Eclectically influenced Bristol-based producer Hyetal, for instance, takes more than a handful of nostalgic sources and blends them together to paradoxically invoke a past that never was. Read more »
South London DJ/producer SBTRKT has finally announced that he will add a full-length album to his growing list of singles and EPs. The oft-reliable Young Turks imprint is slated to drop the artist's self-titled LP (pictured above), which is said to be "bursting with fresh ideas, and yet [sounding] immediately familiar," on June 28. Before then, we get a taste of that highly anticipated release with its inaugural single, "Wildfire." The bubbling, soulful tune features the sultry voice of Little Dragon frontwoman Yukimi Nagano, who transforms this track from just a deep and funky dancefloor burner into a next-level pop song surpassing just about anything you'll catch on the radio these days. Grab it here, and then check out the tracklist for SBTRKT, which also includes vocal contributions from Sampha, Jessie Ware, and others, after the jump. Read more »
There are only a few situations where we'll post a track that features slam poetry-esque vocals so prominently in the mix, and a new Carl Craig (pictured above) remix is one of them. This chunk of Afro-centric deep house comes to us from the forthcoming mix CD Mad Styles and Crazy Visions 2, a session compiled by house veteran and Masters of Work alum Louie Vega. Beginning with a solitary chord stab and distant percussion, Craig methodically adds subtle elements as the empowering vocals of Boddhi Satva's original run their course from verse to chorus and back again. The track seems almost at a standstill for the first three minutes, never even approaching a climax until Craig begins to hint at what's to come with a tantalizing tambourine. Then the full drums hit with a giant kick and shuffling hi-hat pattern which, like most things from the Planet E label head, is impossible to resist. Mad Styles and Crazy Visions 2, a long overdue follow-up to Vega's first volume which appeared back in '98, is set to be released June 6.
UK funky fan, bass music obsessive, and club tune champion Lil Silva has finally readied a follow-up EP to last year's Night Skanker record for Night Slugs, a four-song release for the burgeoning Good Years label, called Patience. That EP (a couple tracks from which we've already heard as part of Lil Silva's XLR8R podcast) drops on vinyl and digital formats this coming Monday, but we can listen to the whole thing now, thanks to FACT. Read more »
Another artist in Bristol's fine crop of bass wranglers is producer Sebastian Gainsbrough (a.k.a. Vessel), who drops his first release via Throwing Snow's fresh imprint, Left_Blank. The Nylon Sunset EP is a four-track affair, boasting three forward-thinking jams and a remix of the title track by fellow Bristol basscase Peverelist. One of Vessel's original tracks is the angular "Ton," which we have for you here. The artist layers his finely crafted sounds with an ear that belies his short resume; a plethora of percussive elements skitter and fly from one ear to the other, synth and sample fragments work out sparse melodies, obscured field recordings fill in rhythmic gaps, and tastefully massive sub-bass tones swell underneath it all. We can only imagine what sounds the rest of Vessel's record will hold when it drops on May 23.
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