German minimalist Pantha du Prince helped make our first night at Seattle's Decibel 2010 one to remember with his headlining set of lush and enriching ambient techno. But what made the experience truly rewarding was our chance to actually sit down and talk with the producer, born Hendrik Weber, before his performance. In the green room of Neumos, amidst the chatter of a festival nearly underway, Weber spoke with us in detail about the recording of his earthy dance-music epic, this year's Black Noise, how he accidentally came across the writing of Henry David Thoreau, and why you might see him banging on a table or pint glass at his next live show. Read more »
Signed to Gilles Petereson's Brownswood label, London-based wordsmith Ghostpoet will deliver his first full-length record, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam, through that imprint come February 7, 2011. The first single to be heard from that record is the poignant "Cash and Carry Me," the video for which we're premiering today. Read more »
Toronto's brilliant house combo Azari & III follow their year's already lengthy string of remixes, originals, and the recent Indigo EP with another brand-new tune, the title track from the forthcoming Into The Night EP (released on November 22 via Scion A/V). Read more »
In case you weren't hip to the recent wave of South African-style house music, commonly referred to as Township Funk, that's been making its way throughout the clubs and parties of the dance music community the world over, there is a new compilation to get you up to speed. London's New State Music has gotten one of South Africa's top DJs, DJ QNess, to mix a 20-song compilation of what is pretty much a greatest-hits collection from the genre's recent history. Read more »
One of the world's many patrons of bass-heavy dance music, Parisian producer Mikix the Cat has a new EP coming soon thanks to his low-frequency-loving friends at NY's Trouble & Bass label. The Girls Keep on Wondering EP will drop on November 2, but we've got a bit of a preview before that, in the form of the tasteful banger "Keep on Wondering." Mikix's tune is the second of four selections on his as-yet-unreleased EP, and offers enough '90s synth stabs, heavy dancefloor rhythms, vibrating sub tones, sampled vocal hooks, and epic breakdowns/drops to stand alone as a quality single. We're not sure what else his Wondering EP will offer selectors and listeners of energetic dance music once it's out, but we're happy enough to have "Keep on Wondering" taking up a handful of minutes in our peak-hour DJ sets until then.
As Brooklyn-based producer Brian Lindgren (a.k.a. Mux Mool) heads out on his first "proper" US tour (check out those dates here), the Ghostly signee also shares a free download of this track from his recently released Wax Rose Saturday EP. Though not on the physical version of Lindgren's debut album, Skulltaste, "Lady Linda" is one of our favorites from the beatsmith, and here, Portland's Devonwho (pictured above) gives it a nod-worthy remix. The treatment stays quite true to Mux Mool's original vibe with its slow-grooving, off-kilter beats and untouched synth hook, but Devonwho's unfettered use of twinkling textures and spacey ambiance helps make the production more his own.
Following the success of their recent LP, Crooks and Lovers, London duo Mount Kimbie will be releasing a new EP on November 25 comprised of two tracks from their aforementioned record, a new version of the track "William" from their Maybes EP, and a live version of the title track from that same EP. To whet your post-dubstep appetites, Mount Kimbie has offered up a live version of the Crooks and Lovers' track "Ruby" taken from a performance at Berlin's Berghain club. Read more »
The renowned Moon Harbour label has been releasing excellent house and techno since being founded by Matthias Tanzmann back in 2000. Now the Leipzig-based label will be commemorating 10 years of their stripped-down, sometimes minimal, sometimes deep, always soulful brand of house music with a double-CD compilation. Read more »
A longstanding patron of forward-thinking bass tunes, London's Paul Dolby (a.k.a. Seiji) has yet another 12" to add to his expansive to discography, the Seiji 2: Straylight / Weedkiller single. Those tunes just dropped on the producer's eponymous record label (you can stream/buy them here), and to help ring in the imprint's second release, Seiji is giving out this free, non-record track, "Dope Fix." The song jumps, skitters, and grooves like much of Dolby's future-house numbers, albeit in a slightly more atonal fashion. There may be no proper melody in "Dope Fix," but that's the point; Seiji's production is a work focused on interlocked polyrhythms and the thick bounce that club-goers crave.
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