San Francisco-based DJ Wool has a new single, "SF 94," due out soon via Top Billin. Described as "house music for the mature audiences," the release brings a smoother, more subdued approach to the table than much of Top Billin's party-oriented catalog. The single will feature "SF 94" along with alternate "Dirty 90's" and "Slo Mo" mixes from Wool, plus a remix from Dominique. Channeling classic piano house with its insistent chords and a buttery vocal sample, "SF 94" finds DJ Wool framing the past (in this case, his memories of a summer spent in San Francisco) through a modern lens. You can download the track below, and hear the single in its entirety on Soundcloud.
One of the more confounding new producers to surface as of late, the anonymous Patten is also responsible for one of the more intriguing electronic albums to come out this year, GLAQJO XAACSSO. Since that LP dropped in September via No Pain in Pop, we've seen one free remix EP emerge online, and now, a second has arrived. Read more »
Although he's been self-releasing music for years, the posterboy for New York's and New Jersey's re-emerging vogue-house/ballroom scene, DJ/producer MikeQ (who gave us this excellent podcast at the beginning of the year), will soon drop his first "official" single via Kingdom's still-fresh Fade to Mind imprint. Read more »
Atlanta-based producer Time Wharp recently dropped a brief beat tape/EP, called GRN (artwork above), which consists of four tracks that collectively clock in at just above five minutes. Here, we have the effort's opening (and longest) cut, a swirling mix of buzzed-out synths, gliding melodies, and looping jazz guitar samples entitled "ja$$2." It's the kind of tune that delivers a rewarding off-kilter beat to nod along to, coupled with just the right touch of pleasant reminiscence shining through its warm chords. The whole GRN EP is available to stream/download (for the nominal price of $4) over at Time Wharp's Bandcamp, or you can grab it for free via Fresh Selects.
When describing the work of Damu, the "post-everything" tag is about as succinct as one could get, and on Unity, the Manchester producer seems ready to dip his hands in everything from sleek R&B to island pop, grime, and house in order to craft his brand of glistening bass music. The resulting 12 tracks present a debut LP that is all over the map, usually landing in favorable destinations, but every now and again losing the listener along the way . Read more »
FACT Magazine recently premiered a new mix from Dusk & Blackdown, two producers at the forefront of dubstep's constantly evolving landscape. The mix, described by Blackdown as an attempt to "capture a fleeting moment of a scene in transition," serves up an hour-long offering of UK bass sounds both old and new, with selections from names like Loefah, Benga and El-B. Read more »
This past June, Copenhagen electro-pop group When Saints Go Machine released its sophomore offering, Konkylie, via !K7. The dreamy soundscapes of "Parix" is taken from that album, and is remixed here by fellow Copenhagen resident Nick Eriksen (a.k.a. Taragana Pyjarama). Eriksen's take on "Parix" retains all of the cavernous space found on the original, with vocals falling to the background to make room for an enchanting melody that seems to weave around and into itself as the song runs its course. To hear more of Taragana Pyjarama's deep and heartfelt tones, be sure to check out his self-titled debut EP, released in March.
Last week, our editor Shawn Reynaldo made a quick trip to Berlin for Berlin Music Days, a multi-day happening capped off by the Fly Bermuda Festival. Unlike many of these journalistic expeditions, which usually involve nothing but one party after another, this trip was sponsored by the German government, which meant that the itinerary included some more "official" bits of cultural exchange. Make no mistake though—Shawn went out. A lot. Here are some of the highlights of what he saw. Read more »
As we reported last month, Bubblin' Up Brighton producer Guy Andrews was supposed to release a two-track 12" for Untold's Hemlock imprint today, but that date has since been pushed back to November 21. However, you can stream the music now. Read more »
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