Going strong for over two years now, A Club Called Rhonda has fully acquainted LA club goers with the antics of an anthropomorphic discotheque. The monthly revelry of "polysexual hard partying" has gained more notice outside of its SoCal home with the launch of the Rhonda International label and its first single, B.C. X Delivery's "Return to Me." Now, Rhonda is leaving the nurturing bosom of Silverlake's El Cid to spread the madness with tour dates in four US cities. Read more »
Swedish house producer Linus Eklow (a.k.a. Style of Eye) should be fairly well known to XLR8R readers due to his prolific and generally solid output. Responsible for dropping some serious heat on labels like Dirtybird and Fool's Gold, Style of Eye keeps up the pace with his recently released Wet/Dry EP for Sound Pellegrino, a label that likely owes its creation largely to the artist's influence. In celebration of that release, Eklow has offered up Zombie Disco Squad's remix of "Dry." While the original version boasts an over-the-top acid-house-meets-electro-house sound, the Zombie Disco Squad remix takes the track into more classic territory—resulting in a tune that sounds more like '90s-era Strictly Rhythm singles in contrast to the original's "Rollin' and Scratchin" similarities. Layering samples from "Dry" over a swinging four-on-the-floor, Zombie Disco Squad cleverly works in and around the wild rave vibes of the original, and creates peaks that rise high into euphoria and drop down into the deep.
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Specializing in a sound that combines aspects of Kate Bush and Fleetwood Mac, Canadian pop duo New Look have been getting a lot of attention recently. The group, comprised of Sara Ruba and Adam Pavao, recently released the video for its upcoming single, "The Ballad," and now, in anticipation of that release, the pair has also offered up a remix by youthful UK bass producer Koreless. Taking the original's retro sensibilities and throwing them into a blender along with a heavy dose of vocoder effects, Koreless diverges towards an ambiance that combines aspects of the soulfully unintelligible vocals of James Blake with touches of Bjork and The Knife. Keep your eyes peeled for "The Ballad" single, which is out digitally on June 27.
In the age of guaranteed album leaks, music streaming services, and flash-in-the-pan blog hype, EPs are no longer just precursors to something bigger, merely a teaser of what's to come. These smaller releases can very much be the "main event," if you will, and should be treated as such. That said, the follow-up release to Chad Valley's debut, a well-received, self-titled EP, is yet another summery extended-player, but one which fully exhibits the range of producer Hugo Manuel's synth-pop capabilities. Read more »
Maybe Com Truise's New Jersey bedroom also serves as a time machine or transporter of sorts to an alternate universe where the '80s were less marked by Scarface-style mountains of cocaine and more by blunted synth explorations—but probably not. Still, the mystery remains as to how the Princeton-based designer/producer can tap into such a vivid world where harrowing Twin Peaks-esque synths can harmoniously exist alongside rich electro bass tones, über-compressed drum machines, and an unabashedly '80s sheen. Perhaps the clues lie in his forthcoming LP, Galatic Melt (artwork above), from which this cut comes to us. After the scrambled intro sample, "Brokendate" unfolds into a mid-tempo chug that carries the track through a dense jungle of analog synths and bubbling arpeggios resulting in an intriguing slice from Com Truise's debut album. Galactic Melt is available for purchase now in digital format, and will drop physically on July 5.
London-based French artist Franz Kirmann will soon self-release a full-length album under his given name, called Random Access Memories. This lush production, "Little Baby Eyes," falls near the end of that LP's 11-song tracklist, and finds the producer hard at work crafting airy, poignant melodies and textural atmospheres to shroud his slow-bouncing rhythms. The music certainly has a chilled-out, Board of Canada vibe to it, but sounds a lot more like other artists inspired by the Scottish duo, such as Tycho or Ulrich Schnauss. You can hear how the rest of Kirmann's album stacks up when it drops on June 18.
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