In a small detour from his work as a solo producer, San Francisco producer Dave Aju adopted a group of similarly talented musicians and vocalists to join him as the Sol Percussion Ensemble. The group convened on two tracks, "Flexa" and "Vibra," for a new EP called Two Tone. Both songs are their own kind of warped techno-and-jazz-inspired musique concrète, each with its own focus on a single percussion instrument. Read more »
Gyptian's "Hold Yuh" is arguably the biggest dancehall tune of 2010, so the recent rash of reworks isn't exactly surprising. A few weeks back we posted a bumping tropical bass version courtesy of Los Rakas and Uproot Andy, and now we've got our mitts on this Major Lazer remix. It appears that Diplo and Switch have taken the song's infectious piano melodies and run them through the Robin S. "Show Me Love" machine. The result definitely skews toward the heyday of girls in bicycle shorts shaking it on MTV's The Grind, not that we're mad at that. Speaking of mad, Diplo was a little perturbed by our recent commentary on his collaboration with Tiësto. Can we just hug it out dude? Don't you see? We like you, we really like you! (via Pitchfork)
After 16 years of broadcasting illegally as a pirate radio station, London's Rinse FM has finally secured an FM radio license. For those of you thinking it will change the forward-thinking station's style or format, the crew announced in their press release, "the license will allow us to continue our mission, broadcasting in the pirate format that we and our listeners know and love." Read more »
James Blake: The Mount Kimbie Collaborator and Self-Professed Joni Mitchell Fan Ushers in Dubstep's R&B-Drenched Sub-Strain.
London duo Allez-Allez are getting ready to release the Hideous Racket EP later this month, so they slid us this "Weird Science" remix as a little teaser. While the original version—the video for which stars the freakiest mannequins ever—is fueled by filtered guitar tones and pulsing keys over a slow-motion disco beat, Wesley Matsell takes things in an even spacier direction. One of the stable of melodically minded acts on James Holden's Border Community label, Matsell makes the melodies extra bright, leaning hard on some wonderfully warm, arpeggiating synths. It's a trippy journey we're more than happy to take.
Although it's been quite some time since trance resembled anything even somewhat creatively viable, James Holden has never been the average trance artist. Even when he burst onto to the scene in 1999 at age 19, his music contained a more thoughtful, melodic approach than that of his big-room counterparts. Read more »
Some kids hit the library for the summer reading challenge, but not you, you budding young music producer. Read more »
Seattle duo Splatinum consists of a couple of goofballs (Andrew Luck and Adam Houghton) who love 8-bit sounds, big bass, and crunked-up vibes. As such, it's entirely fitting that the latest Splatinum EP is entitled Love for Those Hustlers. The six-track release is not only stuffed with bouncing blap, stinging synths, and loads of classic party raps, it's also available for free download. Despite its not-so-clever title, "Vadonna's Magina" won us over with its fuzzy low-end, sharp percussion, acid tweaks, and liberal use of Lil Jon vocal samples.
The folks at Ninja Tune dropped us a line to share the new video for "The Music Scene," the title track from NYC hip-hop producer Blockhead's album from late last year. The clip features some really excellent psychedelic animation—think Dr. Seuss—courtesy of Anthony Schepperd, but we must admit that it does bring to mind a video from our younger days. Read more »
Leaving Records boss and Southern California beat-scene impresario matthewdavid is a man of many talents, many of which revolve around discovering and promoting other like-minded artists. But he also makes his own tunes, like this unreleased gem, "Trusss," that surfaced online earlier in the week. Has anyone coined the term "beach funk" yet? This might be it. Imagine if Aphex Twin's famous "Windowlicker" didn't scare the living shit out of everyone... that's kind of what "Trusss" sounds like. Regardless, we approve. (via Pitchfork via Friendship Bracelet)
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