Autre Ne Veut is easily the hardest pill to swallow when it comes to the extremely nebulous indie-R&B thing. Though his nasally, often grating voice stands apart from his peers first and foremost, the music that drives the Brooklyn artist's discordant pop also requires a certain amount of patience; at first, you may need to give it the benefit of the doubt. But as we experienced with Autre Ne Veut's self-titled LP for Olde English Spelling Bee from last year, the more time one spends with his strange sounds, the more one can appreciate what he is doing. On the new four-song Body EP, a record largely about personal relationships and identity, that process is streamlined to great effect. Read more »
A young producer currently calling Ann Arbor, MI home, Jeremy Malvin makes tender, beat-centric pop tunes under the name Chrome Sparks. Some tracks on his recently self-released My <3 EP bring to mind summery sounds heard from the likes of contemporaries Toro Y Moi, Hard Mix, Star Slinger, or Blackbird Blackbird, while others seem to dive a bit deeper into the emotional pool, touching on more somber themes. "<3 & Soul" is one such cut, and juxtaposes flitting xylophone melodies with downtrodden vocal hooks, broken drum patterns, and smooth synth chords for a subtly moving effect. What makes the tune even better is that it's followed by a flipped version, called "Soul & <3," which immediately earns Malvin brownie points for making such a classy move. You can stream and download all of Chrome Sparks' My <3 EP on Bandcamp, here.
For this hot-footed track, multifaceted Brooklyn producer Slava chops up bits of Marshall Jefferson's slow-burning "Mushrooms" tune, and crafts something a lot less deep house-y and a whole lot more juke-y out of the sounds. Apparently, more trippy sounds (not to mention psychedelic GIFs ) will soon be available from the artist's gifpumper website, which is currently a work in progress. Here's to online multimedia projects! (via Altered Zones)
It's an odd pairing to say the least: mysterious 2-step kid Deadboy (pictured above) remixing iconic British pop star Paul Weller. And yet the odd couple seems to blend together ideally, which likely speaks mostly to the deft skills of the producer behind this shimmering version of "Starlite." Amongst clattering dance rhythms and dark, bouncing basslines, Weller's smoky croon is jacked up into chipmunk territory, and laid amongst dubby piano hooks. Deadboy's remix is practically void of any discernible link to its original source, which could very well be the case for the rest of the tweaked versions of "Starlite" that will drop on August 7 via Island.
The Hamburg-based Hafendisko imprint has just announced that it will be treating listeners to a digital-only comp of artists from the label's fair German city this fall. On September 9, they'll release Hamburg Elektronisch Vol. 1 - Von House Zu House, a 20-tracker featuring the likes of DJ Koze (pictured above), Stimming, Lawrence, H.O.S.H., Tensnake, and a few more that's sure to keep those chilly months warm. Check out the artwork and tracklist after the jump. Read more »
It's been a little while since the two fellows of The Count & Sinden dropped their collaborative debut LP, Mega Mega Mega, via Domino, but we suppose it's never really too late to release a remix album, especially when you've got top-shelf producers on the job. Read more »
When it comes to early-'90s house music, there are few artists who rival the influence of MK (a.k.a. Marc Kinchen, pictured above). Seminal singles such as "Burning," "Always," and "Love Changes" helped shape the sound of the era, and his remix work was even more important, as Kinchen reworked tracks from an incredibly diverse array of artists, including the Nightcrawlers, Moby, Jodeci, The B-52's, Tom Tom Club, Masters at Work, Bobby Brown, Bizarre Inc., Jodie Watley, Brandy, Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, and countless others. Read more »
Now, here's something particularly interesting that just dropped into our inbox: Canadian hardware obsessive and synth-pop veteran Solvent has a brand-new EP ready to drop on September 6 via his recently resurrected Suction label, which he made using one very special piece of gear. Producer Jason Amm took it upon himself to craft the aptly titled RDJCS5 EP solely from the sounds of a Yamaha CS5 monosynth that was once owned by Richard D. James and actually has the liner notes from the monumental Selected Ambient Works Vol. II album etched into its bottom. "Curtains" is one of those four tracks (five if you buy the vinyl edition), and is possibly the most lighthearted of the bunch; it's immediately obvious that Solvent feels right at home writing music with even just a single piece of vintage analog hardware. If you want to learn more about the process that went into making the RDJCS5 EP, check out this in depth piece on Modyfier, here.
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