New York acid-house/techno don Abe Duque has been around for what's now verging on two decades, so it's certainly about time the veteran DJ/producer is now releasing a double-album showcasing both his live mixing prowess and his repertoire of old-school acid tunes. The first disc, entitled Live, is a recreation of Duque's early DJ sets at New York's Limelight club for his Abuse Industries nights, which helped launch the tunesmith into his current position of musical notoriety. Read more »
LA boy/girl outfit Kisses (pictured above) are a precious couple of singers and music-makers who rely on the simple ideas of '80s pop and the beachfront stylings of Balearic disco to color in their heartwarming, immediately lovable songs. The duo's latest single, "People Can Do the Most Amazing Things," will be released August 2 along with this remix from Saint Etienne co-producer Pete Wiggs. For his version, Wiggs switches out Kisses' original upbeat, post-punk-referencing instrumentation for a colder vibe composed completely of electronic elements. The result sounds something like a lost b-side from Matthew Dear's Asa Breed album, and even a bit like a Hot Chip number circa The Warning. But regardless of who the remix reminds us of, Wiggs' re-work is a great production, and provides a perfect counterpoint to Kisses' more buoyant original.
Last month, Amsterdam's Rush Hour label/distributor put out four records of fresh and re-released techno and house tunes. The releases include Rick Wilhite's Vibes New & Rare Music Part D, four tracks taken from Anthony 'Shake' Shakir's Frictionalism compilation and thrown onto a 12", the fifth installment of Rush Hour's House of Trax series, which includes songs from Gwendolyn and and Z-Factor, and a white-label 12" for Dexter's Junofest EP. Read more »
It's always a tricky proposition when well-respected DJs decide to make a foray into production after years of simply spinning records for throngs of appreciative clubbers. After all, selecting tunes is a much different proposition than making them. NY's Eamon Harkin is one such case, as the Northern Ireland native has been lighting up Big Apple dancefloors for years and throws well-respected parties such as Sunday Best and Mister Saturday Night. Apart from his success behind the decks, Harkin has increasingly been stepping up his production efforts, both as a solo artist and as one-half of Harkin & Raney, a partnership with Brooklyn's Steve Raney (a.k.a. Oneauff). Next week, the duo is releasing the Word to the Wise EP on The Rapture's Throne of Blood label and, if the title track is any indication, the boys have cooked up a delicious aural brew that happily invokes classic house while employing techno precision and just a touch of disco bump.
Minus acolyte and DJ Magda was recently featured on Resident Advisor with a quick Q&A—which covers topics like her upcoming debut album and DJ techniques—and a solid podcast she's calling "a fun summer mix." And the simple description is apt, as upbeat, outdoor-party-friendly tracks from the likes of Lindstrom, Black Devil Disco Club, Tussle, and ESG are evenly distributed among classic club-ready favorites from across the board of danceable genres, and mixed in Magda's tasteful Read more »
Two Detroit natives and hip-hop veterans, MC Invincible and producer Waajeed, have joined forces on a fresh, new single, called "Detroit Summer." The collaborative work is a sequel to the duo's previous effort, "Detroit Winter," and will be released by Emergence, Invincible's own label, on 7" and digital download prior to Invincible & Waajeed's forthcoming full-length record dropping in 2011. Read more »
The Wagon Repair artist stable isn't the first place one would expect to find Jules Chaz. The label is home to techno dudes (and dudettes) like Mathew Jonson, Seth Troxler, and Dinky, to name a few, yet the Canadian imprint is still about to release the debut album from this one-time jazz percussionist and Cobblestone Jazz affiliate from Victoria, British Columbia. As it turns out, Toppings is the first-ever instrumental hip-hop album to be released on Wagon Repair, and it shares a lot more sonically with like-minded West Coast beatmakers several hundred miles to the south in Los Angeles than it does with the music being turned out by his Canadian techno brethren. "Blak Lodge" gets extra bonus points for its liberal sampling of the Twin Peaks theme, as Chaz expertly slices up those somber tones over some just-bumping-enough beats and a smattering of tweaky psychedelic synths. Toppings will be released on September 14.
"My DJing has changed a lot from when I was younger. I don't play as much… sorry! I'm playing football on the PlayStation," slurs the anonymous Actress as he tries to give an interview while simultaneously punting a digital ball across a digital field from his home in South London. Read more »
We were already excited about Jimmy Edgar's forthcoming album, XXX, but after hearing this Machinedrum remix of first single "Hot, Raw, Sex," we can go ahead and upgrade our status to 'positively giddy.' The original version is perfect for cooly surveying the club and scoping the dancefloor, but the remix offers something a little more manic and fun. The NY-based producer does import the silky '80s funk vibes and shimmering synths from Edgar's original, but he employs them alongside a nimbly skittering house beat and a wonky, darting bassline. The Hot, Raw, Sex single is available now. XXX will be released digitally on July 27 and physically on September 14.
Shadowy London-based producer Klaus has finally announced the release of Tusk his debut EP on R&S. Klaus has definitely taken his time, considering the titular track first appeared on Mount Kimbie's XLR8R podcast last September, and since then his few releases have been remixes for the duo. With Tusk, Klaus sets out on his own with four darkly atmospheric electronic explorations. Read more »
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