Minnesota's preeminent purveyor of retro-tinged bliss pop, John Maus, has dropped a video for "Believer," the closing track from his forthcoming full-length, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves. The heavenly, vastly expansive tune is matched by a similarly dense layering of abstract and psychedelic images to stunning effect. And for those seeking more Maus-related video, we've dug up an XLR8R TV episode from the 2008 vaults, which features the weirdo-pop craftsman waxing philosophical on his music, lyrics, and the like. Read more »
This slice of sleek, contemplative techno from veteran producer Santiago Salazar comes to us as part of the Soul Aid Project , a project that gives away music in hopes of soliciting donations to help the currently devastated country of Japan and its community of musicians. The Underground Resistance affiliate takes this one pretty far out on a late-night tip, leaving only a bouncing bassline and skipping tech-house beat to hold down the groove amongst the tune's more ethereal elements. The track showcases a slightly different side of the LA-based producer than the last time Little White Earbuds delivered one of Salazar's top-notch beats for free, but we're just as happy to pass it along. (via Little White Earbuds)
From Ghent, the production trio known as Voltron just might be on its way towards completely taking over the world's dancefloors. In addition to the club-lovin' outfit's own hyped-up tunes, these three Belgians are also the masterminds behind the up-and-coming Silverback imprint, which releases similar bass-dedicated jams from the likes of UK tunesmith Damu and LA-based duo Nguzunguzu. "Don't Stop" comes from Voltron's just-released Freshmen EP (pictured above), and finds the three-piece kicking off its release in deep, soulful fashion. Straightforward house rhythms, rubbery synth hooks, tweaked vocal snippets, and a focus on all things tastefully uptempo rule this production, which is paired with remixes from XXXY, J. Dixon, Nguzunguzu, and more on the release's tracklist. You can hear all of those tunes, along with a few handpicked extras, on Voltron's brand-new Freshmen Mix, below. Read more »
Last year, we scooped the entire Coachella blogosphere with Mephedrone (a.k.a. Meow), Benzo Fury, and P90X Insanity lunges. Now we're back with twice the scoops, including trending fashions such as cowboy hats that turn up on the sides, old men "gurning their facking balls off," and Leftfield. Plus: new drugs, new celebs (without pictures), and the right way to eat a nine-dollar kale salad. This is the Coachella they didn't want you to see.
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In conjunction with Polish party starters Loud & Clear, Leeds-based DJ/producer Jamie Grind (pictured above) sent over this bubblin' remix of the title track from Hackman's More Than Ever EP for Ramp. Grind's version bumps, slides, and wiggles around much like the original "More Than Ever," albeit with a bit of futuristic sheen opposed to Hackman's analog-heavy production. We also get a bit more of the pitched-up vocal samples in this remix, which gives it just a slightly extra touch of soul (not to mention we're suckers for warped R&B croons, regardless).
Here's a fresh remix of Taragana Pyjarama's lovely "Ocean" by a fellow Danish lover of deep house and ambient sounds, named Paxton Fettel (pictured above). The producer calls his reimagining of the micro-techno track the "Coastal Sunset Remix," which nicely encapsulates the warm melodic hues, breezy field recordings, and Balearic dance rhythms he created for the piece. While the original "Ocean" seemed to evoke the size and majesty of its namesake, Fettel interprets more of what it's like to be next to the ocean, enjoying its climate and scenery in any number of celebratory ways, into the vibe of his track.
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