Whenever the bandied-about name How to Dress Well is dropped, two specific genres—lo-fi indie and R&B, for the most part—quickly come to mind, but we still think it'd be safe to assume singer/producer Tom Krell knows a thing or two about hip-hop, as well. With this lengthy mix he recently shared on Altered Zones, the artist proves us right. Read more »
No, this is not some sort of sweet dream. Burgeoning Brooklyn synthscape artist Laurel Halo (pictured above) has in fact taken to remixing a track from the current star of our dark, sparse beat affection, Grimes. In an almost too-obvious meeting of the minds, Halo has coaxed Grimes' already lush and expansive "Heartbeats" tune further into a heavenly, enchanting world of vast pads and shimmering atmospheres. As Laurel Halo takes us above her damp, cloud-like production, we sometimes catch glimpses of a skittering kick drum or snare hit below, delayed to an indistinguishable end where it becomes intertwined with Grimes' washy (and often reversed) vocals. This airy, drifting remix has a way of taking you with it, but again, we assure you this is still not a dream, and will only become more of a reality to those fortunate enough to catch Halo at one of her upcoming performances throughout Europe, the dates of which those interested can find after the jump. Read more »
As one of the key members of Latin American label Cómeme, it's a little surprising that Diego Morales, (a.k.a. Diegors) has yet to release a solo 12". However, with the release of Sacándose Uno earlier this week, that status has officially changed. Following in the footsteps of his work with Matias Aguayo (who did an excellent podcast for XLR8R and appeared on our cover) and fitting squarely into the genre-bending sound of Cómeme, is this b-side offering "Unga." It's a tech-house affair with all the accouterments and then some: crisp hi-hats, 808 cowbells, detuned synthesizers, metallic explosions, and a low tom-sampled bassline. What sets the track apart, though, is the unintelligible-yet-charming outsider-music vocals that sound like an uncharacteristically cheerful Seth Troxler. Give the tune a listen below and be sure to pick up a copy of the "Sacándose Uno" single from your favorite distributor.
We're only a few days away from the May 10 release of Africa Hitech's debut full-length, 93 Million Miles (artwork above), but you don't have to wait until then to hear the record in full, as the good people at Warp have gone ahead and made the entire album available for your previewing pleasure. Read more »
Last summer, we posted "Linstigator," the first salvo from the UK's Disclosure, a pair of teenage brothers named Guy and Howard Lawrence. After following up that slice of melancholy 2-step with a proper single on Moshi Moshi, the boys delved back into the studio and are now ready to drop a follow-up in June. "Carnival" is taken from that new single, and while it's not a completely radical reinvention—the music is still thoroughly grounded in UK bass music—the South London duo has certainly switched it up in terms of mood, leaving behind the depressed garage vibes and experimenting with bouncing bass, playful melodies, polished synths, and sassy R&B swagger. This feelgood spirit—not to mention the uptick in production quality—suits Disclosure well, so we're excited to see how things progress in the months ahead.
These days, if you just so much as create original visuals for a music video (no matter what they are actually depicting), you'll easily grab our attention. But if you go ahead and create a miniature world based on video games, archaic clip art, VHS tapes, and cute animations, well, we'll make sure to share your work with as many people as we can. Read more »
Ever found yourself scratching your head, dumbfounded and in awe of Soul Clap's production chops? Well, friend, we're right there with you. But at least we can all take comfort in the knowledge that on May 9, a part of the magic behind the madness will be revealed. Read more »
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