Those fans of the so-called "beat scene" will no doubt consider Ann Arbor producer Dabrye (a.k.a. Tadd Mullinix)—the first guy to ever have a release on the city's renowned Ghostly International label—one of its forebears. This week, Pulse Radio honored the man by lacing listeners with an exclusive interview and podcast, which you can read and listen to here, respectively. Read more »
UK bass obsessive Baobinga (pictured above) has quite an impressive project ready to drop next week, a 16-track album comprised of all collaborative tracks with some of the finest dubstep/bass/UK funky producers around. Read more »
Marc Leclair (a.k.a. Akufen), the minimal techno/micro-house producer and DJ probably most associated with Montreal's early '00s flurry of activity, recently gave this interview to Resident Advisor, in which he discusses, among many things, his Horror Inc guise and his dearth of production in the last couple years. Read more »
The increasingly prolific UK producer known as Sigha will soon be able to say he's released two EPs on two labels in under a month. After dropping The Politics of Dying on May 23 via his own Our Circula Sound imprint, the artist will release a four-track record on Paul "Scuba" Rose's Hotflush Recordings, the aptly titled Sigha EP. "HF029A1" is the first of those mechanically titled original tunes, all of which feature a brand of bass-informed techno that is equally cold and precise. Maybe cold isn't the right word—the churning rhythms and rumbling electronics of Sigha's production are strangely warm and full-bodied, but there's no denying it all sounds like some kind of well-oiled machine twisting and turning its gears in order to make you dance. You can check out the artwork and tracklists for both of Sigha's new releases after the jump. Read more »
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23-year-old Helsinki producer Drifter isn't exactly a newbie when it comes to crafting his style of slow, gloomy beat music, but his first-ever EP under that moniker won't be available until next week. This lovely tune comes from that self-titled debut, and exhibits the artist's penchant for wavering melodies, micro-sampled rhythmic patterns, and deeply soulful vocal samples, all of which are left with lots of breathing room to operate. We know those aren't exactly 'original' ideas, but the way Drifter applies them on "Please Stay" sounds both familiar and fresh—like Mount Kimbie and Shlohmo covering an old Portishead tune. You can grab the rest of the Drifter EP (pictured above) for free when it drops May 30 on Bandcamp.
If you've been paying attention, chances are you've heard snippets and praise for "Dancing," the second collaboration between Zed Bias (a.k.a. XLR8R podcast veteran Madslinky) and Omar. Taking full advantage of their diverse backgrounds, the two scored high marks with last year's epically soulful garage joint "Special." Back again but this time taking on the more complicated rhythms of UK funky, "Dancing" is a certifiable summer banger that melds nostalgic Inner City-like stabs and strings with a tight soca-snare drum pattern. Riffing off the vibe, the video is a house party dance-off shot in a jerky time-lapse style. The single comes out June 27, but in the meantime you can check out the video above and check after the jump for the tracklisting and album art.
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It's putting it mildly to say that there's a lot going on in London these days. Like any hyperactive metropolis, it can sometimes be a challenge to plan your night out so as to not miss out. That being the case, might we suggest that Londoners make a point to check out Showtime, an absolutely massive stage show put on by DJ and production outfit The Heatwave. Read more »
How can you speculate on the future of something as inherently futuristic as bass music? Since its inception, the subgenre's parallel relationship with new developments in technology has always placed it at the event horizon of the soon to be. Enter Canadian producer HxdB with his upcoming compilation, Future of Bass Volume 1, which features 19 bleeding-edge tracks from the likes of up-and-comers DFRNT, Submerse & Resketch, Cedaa, and HxdB himself. Now, to get you thinking about the future, HxdB has offered up Cure's "Rerub" of his own "Mustard." Built on a blur of undulating synth pads and a funky, snare-led, stop-start rhythm, "Mustard (Cure Rereub)" drops into a deep pocket that suggests the future might not be so elusive after all. Download the cut below and check out the rest of Future of Bass Volume 1 when it drops June 27.
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