Although Denver may not have the most renowned reputation as a haven for electronic music producers, it's hard to argue that the city has been producing some unique sonic adventurers as of late, including one Drew Englander, who has been crafting his brand of hybrid electro-pop under the name R E A L M A G I C in Colorado's capitol city for a few years now. Here we have the cleverly titled "Crip Tics," one of two tracks available as a free single from the Heart Music imprint, and on it we find Englander running through a smattering of ideas with a string of dusty, sun-drenched melodies to hold it all together. Complete with blistering, pseudo-IDM drums, Englander's own vocal manipulations, and even a bit of playful wobble, "Crip Tics" is a nice primer to his hybrid approach, which seems to incorporate a bit of everything from Leaving Records-style tape music, blissful chillwave, and any number of club-friendly, bass-centric stylings. After taking a listen to the track below you can head here to grab a free download of "No Things Left," the other track to be had on on R E A L M A G I C's new single.
Brooklyn-based producer Travis Stewart has never been content to sit still artistically. In the decade-plus time he's spent carving his own niche out of the amorphous realm of electronic dance music, the prolific artist has jumped from label to label to label, dropping loads of releases that all flirt with an array of disparate genres and yet sound inextricably linked in production style and quality. Whether making music as Neon Black, Machinedrum, or with Praveen Sharma as part of the Hotflush-signed Sepalcure, Stewart is constantly evolving, expanding his sonic palette to include elements of house, techno, juke, electro, ambient, hip-hop, IDM, and beyond. Now, years after he released the last proper Machinedrum LP, the glitchy Want to 1 2?, Stewart returns with a brand-new solo album for Planet Mu called Room(s), and it's no surprise that it sounds unlike anything he's done before. Read more »
No matter how many times people say that grime is dead, it's pretty clear at this point that there's no killing Wiley. The man is a seemingly endless source of conversation-starting antics, whether he's beefing with rivals, dumping huge chunks of unreleased material online, delivering stream-of-consciousness diatribes from Jamaica via UStream, or unveiling incredibly bizarre online advertisements. That said, the amount of water-cooler chatter devoted to his actual music, as opposed to his larger-than-life personality, has undoubtedly declined in recent years. Read more »
Today, London-based tunesmith Jim Coles (a.k.a. Om Unit) inaugurates his very own label, Cosmic Bridge, with the release of its first record, a collaborative 12" from Kromestar and the founding producer himself. "Merkabah (Moresounds Dub)" won't be on that single, but properly represents the spacious, dubby style of bass music and experimental techno you can expect from the musical pairing. Download this bonus track here, and check out a preview of the "Solar Cycle" b/w "Merkabah" release after the jump. (via Dummy) Read more »
We honestly don't know how he does it, but Wiley could very well be the hardest-working MC around. After a brief sabbatical following 2009's Race Against Time, the eccentric UK grime icon released 100% Publishing (which was quickly followed by announcing the forthcoming Evolve or Be Extinct EP), a fresh mixtape he made with DJ Whoo Kid, and just today, a whole other album, called Chill Out Zone. Read more »
Considering his role as one of the later members in the legendary Funk Brothers Motown backing band and the string of hits to his name (including the classic song "Scorpio", which has been sampled countless times in the hip-hop world over the years), any XLR8R readers who fancy themselves decent crate diggers (and we imagine that's a lot of you) should be familiar with the work of Dennis Coffey. Earlier in the year, the Detroit guitarist saw his first album since the mid '80s released through the Strut imprint, and now the self-titled effort is starting to turn up some remixes, like this one from fellow Michigan resident Shigeto (pictured above). As one might expect, Shigeto carefully molds "All Your Goodies Are Gone" into a slow-brewing piece of soulful downtempo, choosing to use Coffey's original guitar work in lush spurts of backwards movement and, fortunately, keeping Mayer Hawthorne's vocal contributions to an unobtrusive minimum. A free remix collection of Coffey's album, including additional reimaginings from the likes of Dabrye, Recloose, 14KT, Nick Speed, and more is said to be on its way soon.
When we first received word about Tropics' Mouves EP a month or so ago, it came with a brief note that he would eventually be following up that release with a proper full-length. Now, before the EP even hits the streets, Planet Mu has announced that Tropics' debut LP will see a release in only a few shorts months on September 20. Read more »
Sometimes it's a bit baffling how inexhaustible the sounds of the '80s can still seem 30 or so years after they took place. Like on the appropriately titled "Palm Coast Freeway" by the Cambridge/Tokyo-based Greeen Linez project, where funky slap-n-pop basslines groove along with big Dâm-Funk-esque drum-machine beats, soulful Rhodes tickles, new-age flirtations, and an inherently blistering Balearic vibe. It sounds like how Miami pool parties look, or how cruising in a white Chrysler LeBaron convertible on a summer night feels. Inadvertently proving our point, Greeen Linez made a video for its smooth tune out of (shocker!) archived VHS footage, which you can check out after the jump. And if you're down with these kinds of slick sounds, make sure to look for the outfit's forthcoming five-track EP, which will be released on July 25 via Diskotopia. Read more »
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