As far as kitschy trends in electronic music go, the wave of R&B and R&B-inspired tracks percolating through house and bass music lately has certainly spawned its share of cringe-worthy moments. That said, when Austin-based DJ and producer Dubbel Dutch (pictured above) is the one giving contemporary R&B the remix treatment, we're pretty much happy to let this fad continue ad infinitum. This rework of last year's "Lay It Down" from pop star Lloyd slams some bass-filled reggaeton behind the sensual crooning, releasing the restrained foreplay of the original into an all-out bump and grind. Look out for a new Dubbel Dutch EP, Hymn, which is set to drop soon on Mixpak, the Dre Skull-helmed label to which he recently signed. Ahead of that, Europeans can catch him in the flesh over the next week or so, as he's currently on tour across the pond. The tour dates can be found after the jump. (via FADER) Read more »
This piece of herky-jerky beat music arrives courtesy of Canadian tunesmith Monolithium and the brand-new Swift, Thanks music blog, which is curated by Error Broadcast boss Sven Swift. Early next month, Swift will drop a free compilation of unreleased tunes, including productions from Groundislava, Pixelord, and other newcomers, with this spacey soul jam claiming the second spot on the tracklist. Look for Monolithium taking these sounds to the West Coast with performances throughout November.
For those looking for a blissful, visionary experience without ingesting narcotics of questionable legality, the video for Nguzunguzu's "Water Bass Power (Timesup Sand Mix)" is a healthy alternative that may even surprise those with the best iTunes visualizer plug-ins. Read more »
XLR8R recently set up an extended conversation between Martyn and Modeselektor, as both acts released new full-length albums within the past few weeks. As it turned out, the boys had so much to say that it quickly seemed impossible to significantly cut down the transcript, so we elected to run the discussion more or less in full throughout the week. Read more »
You know those times when you're listening to the radio and a hot hip-hop track comes on, only the MC is terrible? You think to yourself, "This beat is so dope, if only I had the instrumental." After listening to this rework of "Neva Get Caught," originally crafted by Southern duo Clicks & Whistles, we're guessing that DC producers Starks & Nacey have definitely encountered this problem. The duo's take on "Neva Get Caught" is a significant departure from the warbling synths and juke-inspired percussion of the original version, instead sounding like the kind of beat someone like Rick Ross or T.I. would rap over. It's a potent offering, one that features thick blasts of low end, rolling drum-machine percussion, a catchy synth melody, and only snippets of actual lyrics. The "Neva Get Caught" b/w "Raw Passion" single (pictured above), which also features remixes from Tittsworth, Deathface, DJ Ayres, Subvader, and Unsub, is out now.
Carl Madison Burgin, who produces under the name Sahy Uhns and runs the LA-based Proximal label, surfaced a bit late in the beat-centric "lazer bass" scene, which is to say we only became familiar with his work and that of his rostermates a couple of years ago. That shouldn't come off as derogatory as it may sound; it's just that genres can live and die within that relatively small amount of time. That said, on his debut LP, An Intolerant Disdain of Underlings, Burgin successfully updates the tried-and-true (but tired, too) "space blap" sound with a bit of extra crunch, aggression, and even some sonic subtleties—making for a more interesting listen than expected. Read more »
It seems like half the electronic-music world is in the Netherlands this week for the annual Amsterdam Dance Event, including the crew from Boiler Room. The London-based online DJ hub has featured some pretty impressive guests as of late—even Thom Yorke recently rolled though to do a mix—but today's event just might have the biggest "wow" factor of them all, as techno legend Richie Hawtin is heading up a special takeover with some compatriots from his own Minus label. Read more »
Back in August, we posted the video for "Superfluid," a precursor to the latest release from UK skweee hub Donky Pitch. That EP, the six-track The Trick, is now available, and Donky Pitch has let slip another tune to help spread the word. "123" is an interesting number, as Helsinki-based producer V.C. crafts a smoothed-out, '80s funk-influenced song with low-key percussion. The track lives and dies with its wonky synths, which cooly crest and fall over the course of more than four serene and vaguely psychedelic minutes.
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