When Oslo's Bjørn Torske released the playful and personal Feil Knapp three years ago, the boundless space-disco scene he had helped grow and nurture was more poised than ever for a masterpiece. But instead of some big, daring statement, he focused on making music that was rustic, lived-in, and human. On Kokning, he retreats farther into that mindset, showcasing his style, his quirks, and the windswept vistas of his productions. Read more »
It's funny, no matter how many times grime has been declared dead, the rough-and-ready genre keeps coming back for more. Undeterred by the scene's unfortunate detours into inter-crew beefs, clashes with law enforcement, and out-and-out hypermasculinity, young Rinse FM jocks Elijah & Skilliam are taking grime back to the days when the music was fun, the tempos were fast, and producers were king. Read more »
Last month, XLR8R debuted Hackman's remix of "Chicken Lover," a track from Bassanovva (pictured above), the new project featuring Toronto's Grahmzilla and NYC's Jubilee. Yesterday, Sinden's Grizzly label released "Chicken Lover," the duo's debut record that includes two more original productions and additional remixes from Nacho Lovers, Samo Soundboy, and Greenmoney. This remix, from Netherlands wunderkind and previous Bubblin' artist Munchi, is an example of what the young producer does best—reggaeton for the next century, building on the original's playfulness with epic, trance-like bombast.
Paris-based producer and Club Cheval affiliate Sam Tiba recently linked with South African rapper and singer Spoek Mathambo, releasing the result on shameless jump-up party label Top Billin. Sam Tiba is no stranger to marijuana-themed club music, e.g. his Club Cheval-released "Weed Barbie." At least in part, "Burning" is another expression of his undying love to the sticky icky, a tune that jumps back and forth between synth chords that alternatively sound like a nostalgic celebration of better days and a ferocious dancefloor assault, most of it aided by Spoek's unflinching vocal delivery. You can buy the instrumental version of the track from the Top Billin website and check the version with Spoek below.
Early this year, iconic vocalist/musician Gil Scott-Heron (pictured above) released I'm New Here, his first album in 13 years, on XL Recordings. Scheduled to be released over a year after that LP, We're New Here is a re-imagining of Scott-Heron's return of a record by hotly tipped producer, and member of The xx, Jamie xx. Read more »
Sound the podcast alarm! This one, ladies and gents, is deserving of everyone's undivided attention. As one of the year's most sought-after DJ/producers, Ikonika has been insanely busy in 2010—dropping the well-received Contact, Want, Love, Have record on Hyperdub, delivering a slew of excellent remixes across some of dance music's most esteemed labels, and eventually starting her own imprint with fellow DJ/producer Optimum, Hum & Buzz. Now, as sort of a cap on a year of accomplishments, the tunestress has hooked up the world with a fresh mix of club tunes, courtesy of FACT. Read more »
Now, here's a fresh slice of boogie-flavored club music that leans heavier on the vocal-pop side of the spectrum. Producer Henry Maldonado (of House 2 House and Rhythm Section fame) delivered the tune courtesy of his brand-new Native Underground project and its debut EP, Till it Hurts, which is out now on NYC's Wurst label. Maldonado's title track sparkles and shines from the get-go with filtered piano flourishes and arpeggiating synths, and doesn't waste any time introducing the bulbous bassline and solid beat of its classic-sounding dance groove. In the midst of it all, the vocals inundate the production with an almost endless string of melodies and hooks—giving "Till it Hurts" an irresistibly infectious sheen. This one has late-night disco inferno written all over it.
Where: Bellingham, WA
Twenty-year-old Simon Ho grew up in a musical household. Dad used to build guitars, his sister was an R&B fanatic, and Ho himself played drums in the school marching band. That love of percussion led his father to buy him a copy of Reason 2.5—which Ho still uses to make tunes—and when combined with his discovery of juke a few years back, Cedaa's production style was born. Read more »
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