With the second solo album from London vocalist/producer Ben Westbeech a little less than a month away, the remixes for the LP's chosen single, "Something For the Weekend" (peep the video here), have come flooding in from the likes of Gerry Read, Lee Foss & Robert James, The Revenge, Joey Negro, Westbeech's own Breach alias, and this one from UK badman Roska (pictured above). Reducing Westbeech's vocal contribution to a few key phrases and one essential "uhh," Roska spins the disco-house vibes of the original into menacing dancefloor gold with enough distorted drums, funky percussion, and screaming, siren-like synths to do some serious damage. (via FACT)
Sure, it's a little strange that this Afrobeat-meets-Latin-rhythms style track is in fact a combination of efforts by artists hailing from LA (Rainbow Arabia, pictured above) and NYC (Atropolis). But who wants to waste time analyzing this seeming contradiction when the results are this irresistible? Not us, and apparently not the husband-and-wife duo of Rainbow Arabia, who are busy as ever with a slew of upcoming Japanese/European tour dates (which you can check after the jump) and a new 7" single for "Boys and Diamonds" (from their recent LP of the same title) coming out on Kompakt this week, a record which will feature another reworking of the track from South Carolina resident Hard Mix. Read more »
Last year, LA beatsmith Asura (a.k.a. Ryan York) splashed onto the music scene with a string of well-received singles and, Asura, his debut full length. Not content with just a big entrance, the Topanga Canyon resident is currently hard at work on a proper follow-up and a collaborative album with Ana Caravelle. Considering such a busy workload, it's a pleasant surprise that York has announced the imminent release of If I Am This Forest, a brand-new EP to be released on Non Projects. As a teaser, he's offered up the title track, which features a wild combination of haunting vocals, organic atmospherics, and shambling 8-bit rhythm synthesis. If I Am This Forest will see release September 13, and pre-orders for the limited-edition vinyl pressing are currently being taken on Non Projects' website. The perpetually curious can check out the album art and tracklisting after the jump. Read more »
It's putting it lightly to say that Sherard Ingram has an impressive resume. Famously kicking off his career with a residency at a motorcycle bar in Detroit (with Moodymann of all people), Ingram later went on to be Drexciya's tour DJ, DJ Stingray. Read more »
Forgive us for stating the obvious, but London-based grime MC Wiley is exhaustingly prolific. With last month's just-dropped album, 100% Publishing, in the bag, he's now going into full-on promo mode for his next LP—previously announced as an EP—Evolve or Be Extinct. The lead single is called "Link Up," and Wiley has offered up the "Alex D Remix" of the track as a way of whetting our appetites. Taking the original song's detuned bassline and replacing it with a fuzzy, overdriven synth-bass, Alex D's remix turns the track out, doing the party-rap vocals justice with an overhaul that's simultaneously stripped down and amped up. "Link Up" is out now. Evolve or Be Extinct drops later this summer.
One of the most alluring aspects of the anonymous UK production outfit Gescom is the stylistic freedom the group exhibits from one release to the next. This is likely due to the constantly shifting personnel responsible for the project's 16-plus-year-spanning discography, a roster that has been known to include Sean Booth and Rob Brown of Autechre. Nevertheless, despite the fluidity of Gescom's sound and cast of producers, there's always been a disjointed, hip-hop-indebted framework tying it all together. Four years after the release of its last record, the acid-tinged A1 - D1 EP, that inherent style is apparent as ever on the new, five-track Skull Snap EP, although it's been skewed this time with samples of horns, strings, and other live instrumentation. Read more »
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