Following last year's Flashed EP, Detroit techno enthusiast and Berlin-based producer Jon Gaiser (or just Gaiser) released a new single yesterday on Minus. The two-song digital EP contains the slow-building techno soundscape of "Static Level" and the dubby excursion "Zebra Talk," both produced with the pristine sound quality and eclectic micro-sampling expected from Gaiser's growing list of work. Read more »
You've really got to hand it to the women populating our world's clubs. Whether it's MCs spouting off their stream-of-conscious nonsense or DJs dropping one booty jam after the other, females are constantly being corralled onto the dancefloor with demands of what to do with their various body parts. Some such requests go unrequited, to be sure, but if you're a girl and you're on the dancefloor when MaddJazz's "Pop Dat Pussay" drops, you're going to have a hard time refusing the track's suggestions of how to treat your nether regions. Though not on his forthcoming Mind of a MaddMan EP, the Ghetto Division cohort (who helped hook us up with their Chicago-centric podcast for XLR8R a few months back) delivers booming bass thumps, pristine synth stabs, and simple percussive elements on this track, which work perfectly alongside the hyperactive, traffic-directing vocal sample—effectively coercing the ladies of the world to 'shake what they mamma's gave 'em' with some of Chicago's finest ghetto-house.
It's hard not to root for young Martin Kemp. Aside from the fact that he makes amazing tunes and is also a top-notch DJ—remember that ridiculously excellent podcast from late last year?—he's also a bit of an underdog. Even Shortstuff and his big brother Brackles, who run the Blunted Robots label they all call home, enjoy poking a little fun at Kemp the younger. Yet all the teasing aside, Martin Kemp is a truly innovative producer, whose liberal use of tropical percussion gives his brand of UK funky/house/garage/whatever-you-call-it an infectiously distinctive feel. Next Tuesday, Blunted Robots will be issuing its fourth record, which contains two more pieces of shuffling Martin Kemp magic. Read more »
Throughout the month of July in Denver, Colorado, as part of the Biennial of the Americas celebration, The Nature of Things will exhibit musicians, artists, and speakers from across North, South, and Central America sharing their music and experiences at the culturally rich festival. Read more »
From Leeds, Jamie Grind is another producer from the growing crop of forward-thinking post-dubstep/future-garage/whatchamacallit tunesmiths honing the fresh style to a finely tuned, soulful point. Grind has a new split EP with Irish beatmaker Gon, which is out now on Infrasonics, but "Keep Wondering" won't be found on infra12003. This exclusive tune starts out flexing a slow-bubbling vibe with a mellow synth melody underfoot and filtered synth-washes undulating overhead, but it's quickly reformatted into a solid club track with a heavily percussive groove, a couple of disembodied vocal loops, some synthetic string stabs, and, of course, a whole lot of low-end. It may not have a proper release yet, but "Wondering" stands as an excellent companion piece to Grind's other three tracks featured on the new EP.
The XLR8R podcast series is full of mixes from artists whose work we appreciate, but it definitely skews toward up-and-comers rather than grizzled veterans. Yet when a certified legend like Todd Edwards offers to put together an exclusive mix for us, we're happy to put the hunt for this week's 'greatest thing ever' on pause and retreat into fanboy mode. Read more »
Over a year after Deastro's last full-length album, Moondagger, comes a brand new 11-track EP, entitled Mind Altar. Well, technically it's an eight-song release with three "bonus tracks," but this sparkling, spacey jam comes from the original meat of the EP. "Get Frostied" sounds as chilly as its name implies; synths cascade like snowfall, snares crack like frozen tree limbs, and the whole thing sounds like it's amplified through an ice-covered cave on the planet Hoth. The Detroit-based producer may snag his inspiration for the crunchy, pop-friendly sounds from the blistering cold winters he's endured in his hometown, but the results are certainly otherworldly.
Win Tickets to The Creators Project in NY with Neon Indian, Gang Gang Dance, Salem, Lemonade, and More
This Saturday at Milk Studios in NYC, a new entity known as The Creators Project will be launching its first of five global conferences, which will go on to include events in London, Sao Paulo, Seoul, and Beijing. For the inaugural Stateside jump-off, Vice and Intel have brought together quite the ensemble of musical performers, DJs, artists, and filmmakers. Read more »
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