It has been a while since we last heard from Doctor Jeep, but we're glad to see the young East Coast producer once again, this time with a slick reworking of arty indie-pop group Blind Benny in hand. Grabbing our attention right from the start, Doctor Jeep begins the remix in dark, futuristic R&B territory, matching a rolling kick pattern with pitched-up vocal snippets and a massive-sounding set of organ chords. Then as the initial build-up reaches its apex, the floor drops out from under us, and we fall directly into a propulsive hybrid of UK-influenced house and rave-inspired electro. Doctor Jeep's remix serves as the closing number for Blind Benny's recently released Lucid EP (artwork above), which also features a sampling of other remixes from several up-and-coming producers.
Back in July, news broke that Australian outfit HTRK would be releasing a new album, Work (work, work), via the always-reliable Ghostly label on September 6. And although everyone still needs to wait until next week to get their hands on the tunes (at least legitimately), the entire full-length is streaming here on XLR8R.com. Read more »
After following up his polarizing debut LP with a starkly minimal single for Untold's Hemlock imprint, James Blake has announced a new EP which appears to find the wunderkind/indie darling again exploring the slow, vocal-oriented songs which defined his self-titled album. Read more »
Kompakt's Total 12 hit the streets a few weeks back, and the venerable German imprint has elected to offer up this track from label co-founder Michael Mayer as a nice little reminder of its existence. It's not hard to hear how this brooding slice of techno fits into the twelve-year-old series, although it is a bit of a twist on the more melodically epic fare Mayer has shown himself to be more than competent at crafting throughout his career. Instead, "That's What I Told Sanchez" combs through a variety of found sounds, slightly off space-age noises, and an almost tribal vocal sample, pulling it all together to create a deep, borderline menacing techno excursion that sits neatly between cuts from Matias Aguayo, GusGus, Superpitcher, Gui Boratto, and the rest of the Total 12 roster.
While we all wait patiently for our vinyl copies of How to Dress Well's Just Once EP to arrive, let's indulge in this gorgeously reworked version of lo-fi crooner Tom Krell's "Suicide Dream 2" by Tri Angle rostermate Holy Other. The producer's slow-burning remix builds ever so slowly from just a sole voice surrounded by ghostly shards of sound to one of his patently syrupy, brooding beatscapes—finally culminating in an understated climax that features what could be one of the most sublimely simple piano melodies we've heard in some time. Would you expect any less from a pair of the strongest artists of the past two years? (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
A track from AraabMuzik's excellent Electronic Dream LP finally sees a proper video treatment as part of Pitchfork's somewhat strange Surveillance series, which captures security-style footage of indie artists performing tunes while in ultra-modern hotel rooms. Read more »
Now, here's something that's, oh, maybe 100% different from anything we've ever heard released by the bass-hungry rave-fiends at Kid606's Tigerbeat6 label: a plinky, melodic electro-pop number from UK solo artist Magic Panda. The title track from his Days Are Numbered EP (which drops on September 12, and is pictured above) is both shimmering and dark, austere and emotive, organic and digitalized, and it's those kinds of sonic contradictions that make it so enjoyable to listen to. There's also a colorful little video for "Days Are Numbered," which you can check out after the jump. Read more »
Lapalux, the solo endeavor of Essex-based producer Stuart Howard, may only be a few years old now, but the 22-year-old artist has long been hard at work carving his own niche into the somewhat oversaturated world of beat-centric electronic music. As Howard puts it, "I used various aliases and genres, but none of it really stuck. Read more »
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