Throughout the month of July in Denver, Colorado, as part of the Biennial of the Americas celebration, The Nature of Things will exhibit musicians, artists, and speakers from across North, South, and Central America sharing their music and experiences at the culturally rich festival. Read more »
It's hard not to root for young Martin Kemp. Aside from the fact that he makes amazing tunes and is also a top-notch DJ—remember that ridiculously excellent podcast from late last year?—he's also a bit of an underdog. Even Shortstuff and his big brother Brackles, who run the Blunted Robots label they all call home, enjoy poking a little fun at Kemp the younger. Yet all the teasing aside, Martin Kemp is a truly innovative producer, whose liberal use of tropical percussion gives his brand of UK funky/house/garage/whatever-you-call-it an infectiously distinctive feel. Next Tuesday, Blunted Robots will be issuing its fourth record, which contains two more pieces of shuffling Martin Kemp magic. Read more »
From Leeds, Jamie Grind is another producer from the growing crop of forward-thinking post-dubstep/future-garage/whatchamacallit tunesmiths honing the fresh style to a finely tuned, soulful point. Grind has a new split EP with Irish beatmaker Gon, which is out now on Infrasonics, but "Keep Wondering" won't be found on infra12003. This exclusive tune starts out flexing a slow-bubbling vibe with a mellow synth melody underfoot and filtered synth-washes undulating overhead, but it's quickly reformatted into a solid club track with a heavily percussive groove, a couple of disembodied vocal loops, some synthetic string stabs, and, of course, a whole lot of low-end. It may not have a proper release yet, but "Wondering" stands as an excellent companion piece to Grind's other three tracks featured on the new EP.
The XLR8R podcast series is full of mixes from artists whose work we appreciate, but it definitely skews toward up-and-comers rather than grizzled veterans. Yet when a certified legend like Todd Edwards offers to put together an exclusive mix for us, we're happy to put the hunt for this week's 'greatest thing ever' on pause and retreat into fanboy mode. Read more »
Over a year after Deastro's last full-length album, Moondagger, comes a brand new 11-track EP, entitled Mind Altar. Well, technically it's an eight-song release with three "bonus tracks," but this sparkling, spacey jam comes from the original meat of the EP. "Get Frostied" sounds as chilly as its name implies; synths cascade like snowfall, snares crack like frozen tree limbs, and the whole thing sounds like it's amplified through an ice-covered cave on the planet Hoth. The Detroit-based producer may snag his inspiration for the crunchy, pop-friendly sounds from the blistering cold winters he's endured in his hometown, but the results are certainly otherworldly.
Win Tickets to The Creators Project in NY with Neon Indian, Gang Gang Dance, Salem, Lemonade, and More
This Saturday at Milk Studios in NYC, a new entity known as The Creators Project will be launching its first of five global conferences, which will go on to include events in London, Sao Paulo, Seoul, and Beijing. For the inaugural Stateside jump-off, Vice and Intel have brought together quite the ensemble of musical performers, DJs, artists, and filmmakers. Read more »
One of the many uncredited Fischerspooner ensemble members, Michael Cheever is Le Chev, and this is his remix of Lemonade's (pictured above) "Lifted," which originally appeared on the band's Pure Moods EP. The song already dripped with bright, syrupy emotion, but this rework commissioned for the recently released single—which also features remixes from Shortstuff, Hackman, Ghosts on Tape, and others—is absolutely soaked in lovelorn poignance. Le Chev's track is a slow-grooving number rooted in many of the ideas pushed by future-boogie producers like Onra and Devonwho. But around the three-minute mark, his version hits a higher level of heartfelt-chest-beating, singing-with-your-eyes-closed, pleading-to-the-unknown-with-every-bit-of-your-soul balladry usually reserved for our favorite R&B classics. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
We caught a short post over on FACT about UK house/garridge veteran Todd Edwards Tweeting about giving away all of his out-of-print remixes from over the years through his SoundCloud account. Read more »
Brooklyn trio These Are Powers has certainly changed a lot over the years. While the band was once known for angular guitar squall and dense post-punk percussion, "Anything Above Nothing" finds them adeptly combining a galloping, almost tribal drum beat with catchy R&B melodies. And frontwoman Anna Barrie's singing... it's actually, like, sweet and pleasant, albeit with just enough sass to keep things interesting. With percussionist Bill Salas (a.k.a. XLR8R fave Brenmar) taking a greater role in the group's production and recording, we're excited to see where These Are Powers' new direction leads. However, we'll probably have to wait until later in the summer to hear more, as the trio is about to embark on a European tour for most of July. Peep the dates at the band's myspace page.
Yesterday, the highly touted, noisy guitar- and distortion-pedal enthusiasts of New York's A Place to Bury Strangers dropped a brand-new EP, called I Lived My Life to Stand in the Shadow of Your Heart, via Mute. The five-track release features one original song from APTBS, "Girlfriend," along with the title track, which is originally on the band's last full-length album, Exploding Head. Read more »
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