UK bass-lovin' badman David Kennedy (a.k.a. Pearson Sound, formerly Ramadanman) recently spoke to XLR8R scribe Andrew Ryce about the tunes he's been getting down to and playing out as of late for the most recent installment of Resident Advisor's Playing Favourites feature series. Read more »
Yesterday, Brooklyn's Tri Angle label announced it will release the debut EP by New York-via-Kuwait resident Fatima Al Qadiri, who produces music under the name Ayshay (meaning "whatever" in Arabic). WARN-U will drop on September 26 with three tracks of the artist's strange, vocal-driven music in addition to a "Megamix" by LA global bass duo Nguzunguzu. According to the press release, this remix is a part of the larger "Megamix," which finishes out Ayshay's record. The tune tweaks with the main vocal melody from "WARN-U" and overlays some clattering beat work that could rightly be an homage to Richard D. James' AFX or The Tuss projects. In fact, the whole thing doesn't sound terribly unlike fellow acid/jungle experimentalist Venetian Snares, which is an interesting addition to Nguzunguzu's already expansive sound palette.
It really should come as no surprise that most anything coming down the pipeline from burgeoning UK producer Throwing Snow has no trouble getting our attention, but add to that the fact that the man has a collaborative EP in the works with London vocalist Py (due August 1, artwork above), and we're pretty much hooked. Ahh, if only that was all to the story, then maybe we'd stop gushing, but the folks at Super have really put together a nice release here, tapping the talents of Lapalux, Rafferite, and PhOtOmachine to deliver three very different remixes of the EP's lead track, "Wallow." Here we have last remixer's take, which dips the original track's lush tones and sultry vocals into everything from floating pads, acid synths, and blistering drum machines to produce this tantalizing piece of future house.
Last week, Resident Advisor posted up a nice piece on Stockholm-based electronic music producers Axel Boman (pictured above), Kornél Kovács, and Petter, whose workspace is collectively known as Studio Barnhus. Read more »
Burgeoning Bay Area-based producer Elephant & Castle has just released a new single (artwork above) for the Plug Research imprint, and has passed along the b-side, "I Will," to help spread the word. Beginning with a series of blissfully reversed chords, E&C implements a few choice samples of incomprehensible female vocals and gently strummed guitar, gradually revealing the shape of things to come. Joined by an ever-so-slightly off-kilter drum pattern and a sparse, glistening melody, the initial layers build and mold themselves into a vast, enveloping chorus of melancholy electronics. With a slow-brewing core and a host of reversed sonic treatments, "I Will" can at times feel akin to watching a hazy film, playing backwards, in slow motion, if you're stoned. The single comes with word that the label will be issuing an Elephant & Castle LP in the not-too-distant future, but for now we're happy to savor tracks like this until that day arrives.
There's something about John "Juan" MacLean that suggests he's a man that feels he has a lot to prove. From 2010's one-take all-vinyl DJ-Kicks to 2008's piano-house smash "Happy House," his output (not to mention his interviews) over the past three years has been focused almost exclusively on building an impenetrable aura of authenticity. It's not hard to guess why either: MacLean came to DJ culture late in life after maintaining a decidedly anti-DJ stance. With his new Peach Melba project (in collaboration with vocalist Amy Douglas), MacLean has created yet another channel for beefing up his dance music authority. Read more »
Manchester-based DJ/producer Krystal Klear may not exactly be a regular on XLR8R, but there's no denying we're fans of his classically minded house and boogie productions. So, it should go without saying that we're pleased to see him take the reins on the latest installment of FACT's mix series. Read more »
The Items and Things imprint (collectively run by techno stalwarts Magda, Troy Pierce, and Marc Houle) is set to release a new EP of "disco-tech, techno, and nu-disco with an almost industrial underpinning" today from DJ/producer Danny Benedettini. "Chillers" is one of the least disco-tinged tracks Tell Me Quietly (artwork above) has to offer, finding the newly Berlin-based producer folding a decent amount of deep, minimal tech-house stylings into the seven-plus-minute excursion. Throughout, the tune's steady, pulsating rhythm is accentuated by a handful of clever surprises including some delightful tom rolls and a host of lazer-sounding synths that pop and sizzle around every other corner.
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