Brooklyn pair Bikini has a new 12" of remixes coming out on June 7, which features the likes of Teen Daze, CFCF, and Win Win (you may have already heard that rework here). This alternate version of "R.I.P.," which will sadly not be on the release, comes to us courtesy of one very of-the-moment songstress, Montreal-based artist Grimes (pictured above). The singer/producer gives Bikini's track a rinse of ghostly R&B melodies, broken dance grooves, and hazy soundscapes—all crammed within about three minutes of poignant dream-pop. Grimes' production may not get an official pressing, but it's certainly another quality example of why she's been commandeering a lot of blog feeds as of late. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
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Not content to stop with last year's excellent Horse Meat Disco II, disco party and DJ collective Horse Meat Disco has announced that it will be releasing Horse Meat Disco III, the third installment in its now-essential eclectic mix series, on Strut. The two-CD compilation comes complete with photos from the London-based party and liner notes by nu-disco stalwart Daniel Wang. Read more »
While having gone through a number of names, Nottingham producer/DJ duo Ursa Major (previously known as MeMeMe and Waves) seems to have finally settled on an appropriate moniker with its forthcoming debut on Trouble & Bass, the Blacklight EP. Coming from that release, "Crab Apple" showcases the talented up-and-comers as they leave familiar Trouble & Bass territory for a moody—yet ravey—musical topography. The rhythm is tropical, but not sunny; a snare-driven, steel drum-pummeled pattern hurtles the song towards a shipwreck of a breakdown. Riding the percussion is a chopped-up female vocal sample that goes off like a warning klaxon. Check out "Crab Apple" below and grab the EP on May 3.
After years spent building a name as a dubstep artist, last year Headhunter broke out in a huge way with his juke-influenced Addison Groove side project, largely thanks to the nonsensical yet undeniably infectious "Footcrab." What initially seemed like it might have been a one-off outing has exploded in recent weeks, with new Addison Groove releases dropping on both the Swamp81 and Tectonic labels. Read more »
Bristol production outfit Swarms recently released a brand-new record via the bass-lovin' LoDubs imprint, called Old Raves End. This massive jam won't be found on that release, but is nonetheless a choice example of the kinds of mysterious aural subtleties and overwhelming low-end at work in the trio's understated dubstep experiments. The eclectic percussion and bouncing riddims of "Stay Close" tumble and skitter about within its meticulously crafted and airy sonic realm—offering some of the densest and most rewarding soundscapes of its kind that we've heard in some time. You can check out all of Swarms' LP here, and watch a video for the soulful album cut "Roulette" after the jump. Read more »
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