Earlier this summer we offered readers an exclusive listen to Paris beatmaker Onra's debut album Long Distance, released on All City Records. Onra is now starting the fall season with a tour of North America, bouncing from coast-to-coast as freely as his future-funk sounds. Read more »
Forging the way in the breakbeat and hardcore scenes of the '90's, 4hero's Mark "Marc Mac" Claire and Dennis "Dego" McFarlane haven't been content to lay dormant in these years, continuing to release records that explore the sounds of nu jazz, soul, and hip-hop. Read more »
Long Island band Twin Sister is set to release a 7" re-issue of "All Around And Away We Go," a slinking, airy pop number that showcases the group's Chan Marshall-esque lead singer, Andrea Estrella. On board to promote the record is London's D/R/U/G/S, a UK duo that has previously made a name for itself with a minimal, vocal-edit style of house music. This remix takes Estrella's sinewy vocals and chops them into ethereal glimpses over a stuttering club beat, before eventually dissolving into a re-imagination of the original more in line with Twin Sister's usual ambience.
NYC dance-party ensemble !!!'s new video is part gardening adventure, part love story, part dream sequence, part adventure in the illusion of a continuous shot, and part X-rated claymation. There's also a lot of people busting through giant pieces of paper with the band's ubiquitous exclamation-point logo on them. Read more »
It's completely apparent, both from the wealth of sonic textures in his beat work and the loads of experimental sounds he recently gave away for free download on his Disk Collection, that LA sound artist matthewdavid is a lover of fuzzy, organic, shapeshifting, inexplicable soundscapes. With nothing more than a brief, nonsensical quote to accompany it ("Who has not felt Outmind falling from the sky, half-speed?"), the Leaving Records honcho offered up "Outmind" for download on his label's website. The track is categorized under "ambient/collage," and really, not much more else can be said about it. The sonic scientist made an aural landscape that feels like being underground and underwater, and all you can do is lay still, listening to the muffled rumblings pass by.
There's not a lot of information out there about Clive Tanaka. He's from Hokkaido, Japan. He makes music both alone and with the help of his "orquesta." (That's Spanish for orchestra.) He's just unveiled Jet Set Siempre 1º, a cassette-only release with two parts, "For Dance" and "For Romance." As for the music, it doesn't really fit in with any particular scene, but it sure is delightful. Read more »
Earlier this year, Space Dimension Controller (a.k.a. Jack Hamill) caught our attention and wound up in our Bubblin' section, but now the youthful Irish weirdo is getting ready to release a new EP, Temporary Thrillz, via the ridiculously on-fire R&S imprint. Read more »
This energetic bass number is the product of a remix trade off between Montreal's Ango (pictured above) and San Francisco's Salva. The Bay Area-based beatsmith tweaked the elements of his Canadian neighbor's "Part Time" track into something a bit funkier, a bit more upbeat, and a bit more ready to make an appearance in your next peak-hour DJ set. Salva's bubbling future-house remix shows a new side to his production work—one full of the kind of squelchy bass notes, frigid synth tones, alien textures, and skittering dance rhythms you'd catch coming from UK tune hubs such as Night Slugs or Blunted Robots. Now, we're left wondering what the other side of this exchange will yield.
At this rate, Belgium's R&S label is likely to release a record of some sort for just about every one of XLR8R's favorite producers. Next in line is the forthcoming new 12" by Hemlock label head and bass music champion Jack Dunning (a.k.a. Untold), which follows Numbers' recent release of his "Myth" collaboration with UK funky star Roska. Read more »
Did the boys of Studio make some kind of nefarious deal with the devil? Not to imply that these Swedes spend their free time worshiping Satan, but their music always sounds so damn good. It's like the perfect mix of new-wave pop, laid-back disco, and Balearic beach vibes—all of these things might be familiar tropes in 2010, but Studio have been turning out music like this for years now. And thankfully, they show no signs of altering their sonic formula. Take this remix of UK crooner Joe Worricker—the original "Bobby Blue" comes off like a low-rent Antony, but Studio's Dan Lissvik (operating under the more simple Lissvik moniker and pictured above) has transformed the song into a slightly dubby piece of tropical disco-pop heaven. Keep it coming, guys, and while you're at it, maybe release another album... please?
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