It was just one year after Kompakt was established in 1998 that the label began issuing it's yearly Total compilation series. Acting as a kind of global communique from its Cologne headquarters, the Total comps helped to indoctrinate an entire generation of non-12"-buying listeners to the new sound of German electronic music. And much like the label that spawned it, the Total series has managed to remain relatively consistent. The latest, Total 12, maintains this consistency, but at the expense of the experimental and innovative spirit at the heart of previous Total releases. Read more »
On August 25, blog-cum-label Discobelle will drop its latest release, a six-track EP from US artist Myrryrs (artwork above). Though it's not amongst the official remixes included on the record (tracks from Samo Soundboy, Clicks & Whistles, and Teki Latex & Bambounou), this version of "Feel U" by Ghent's Voltron (who also co-founded the excellent Silverback imprint) reps the same kind of forward-thinking club sounds, albeit with a noticeably darker edge. In all actuality, "Feel U (Voltron's Another Love Lost Remix)" sounds a whole hell of a lot like a sped-up Holy Other track, which is totally okay.
Here, we have yet another track to surface from the debut LP by 20-year-old producer Alec Koone (a.k.a. Balam Acab), the mysterious and utterly gorgeous Wander / Wonder (pictured above). The Mechanicsburg, PA native has let go of "Motion," possibly the most upbeat and brightly shimmering selection from his forthcoming record for Tri Angle. There are even parts of this tune (like the sweeping strings) reminiscent of something from a Rodgers & Hammerstein soundtrack for a classic Disney film. If that's not magical, we don't know what is. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
The two Londoners of production outfit Walls (pictured above) are just over a month away from dropping their second LP, Coracle, via the illustrious Kompakt label. Here, that record's first single, "Sunporch," gets a brooding rework from Tri Angle Records' anonymous tunesmith Holy Other, who slows the bright and airy elements of the original to a syrupy crawl.
If you'll remember back to the beginning of 2011, we weren't exactly pleased with the latest LP to come from Anti-Pop Consortium cohort Beans, End it All. And it wasn't necessarily because the music was bad, it was more that the MC and the various producers' instrumental tracks didn't mesh all that well. Before Salva heads out on a lengthy North American tour at the end of this month, the DJ/producer/Frite Nite label head has elected to try his hand at mixing his glistening, club-ready sonics with the MC's left-of-center flow. Let's just say that a few more cuts like "Blue Movie (Salva Remix)" wouldn't have hurt Beans' LP in the least bit. Tour dates are after the jump. Read more »
Today brings the debut EP from an up-and-coming producer based in Cleveland, Ohio by the name of Jason Burns. The three-track See Thru You isn't exactly as sunny as the above artwork would lead you to believe, but actually follows suit with the dark and deeply soulful "Back 2 You" cut we shared a while back. The same goes for this solid rework of Burns' title track by busy Atlanta tunesmith Distal—who, incidentally, has his own EP on the way via Grizzly, as well as a new, two-track 12" coming from Tectonic. Needless to say, we're happy to hear these two promising artists join forces on this hard-hitting and touching production.
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