The Owiny Sigoma Band came to be when a group of Kenyan musicians invited a group of London players to join in on a collaborative effort back in 2009. The resulting self-titled album, which saw its release earlier this year, has gained a considerable amount of notoriety within the world music circles and has since been followed by two rounds of remixes (the first of which featured a reworking of the tune "Wires" by Theo Parrish). Here we have Quantic's dub of the album's song "Doyoi Nyajo Nam," which hails from the latest round of remixes. The track finds the UK-born, now-Colombia-based producer bathing the traditional African sounds of the original in a pool of futuristic synths and laying down a club-friendly shuffle underneath the original percussion. This remix, along with others from Jesse Hackett and Hello Skinny, can be found on the Tafsiri Sound EP, available now in both digital and vinyl formats.
Late last year, we tipped you to the forthcoming album from Zed Bias (a.k.a. Maddslinky), Biasonic Hotsauce - Birth of the Nanocloud, on Tru Thoughts. With the September 26 release date rapidly approaching, he's announced the release of "Fairplay" b/w "Phoneline," a new double a-side single, with Jenna G lending her voice to one side and Rosco Trim making an appearance on the other. Read more »
Although San Francisco has a long-running love affair with dance music of all kinds, the city hasn't been celebrated as a hotbed of producer talent in recent years. That said, there are plenty of quality artists kicking around in XLR8R's backyard, including Roche. He's an artist that we don't know a whole lot about, other than the fact that he's affiliated with the Solos Records crew, keeps dropping well-crafted tunes in our inbox, and seems to have a real love for vintage synth sounds and classic house. "Calcine Vibration" is the latest Roche offering, a heady track with a subdued beat, swirling synths, and a subtly hypnotic sensibility that remains intact even as things get slightly more frantic in the song's second half. This Saturday, Roche will be performing a rare live set at the first-annual O.K. BBQ in San Francisco, the flyer for which has been posted after the jump. Read more »
When it comes to side-projects, boogie maestro Damon "Dam-Funk" Riddick is a man of many hats. If you're not convinced, consider his pairing with Nite Jewel, his upcoming project with Slave frontman Steve Arrington, or his Master Blazter trio, which just announced the dates for a fall tour. Read more »
It's been awhile since we've heard from Leeds producer Youandewan (pictured above, sort of), so we're happy to see that his beatmaking skills have remained intact on this remix of Swedish duo Pallers. The original version of "Come Rain, Come Sunshine"—out now on the Labrador label—is rather straight-ahead synth-pop, but Youandewan has crafted something quite different. One could say that he's Burial-ized the track, stripping out most of the original melodies and percussion and chopping the vocals into tiny, almost unrecognizable pieces. He then pairs those elements with clacking 2-step percussion and builds a new tune that's still melodic and light, albeit more suited for looking out the window on a rainy day.
A few weeks back we were given the rare opportunity of a sit-down with progressive house legend John Digweed, and so we figured, what the hell—more than enough time has passed since the '90s Ibiza trance revolution, and why not check in with one of its biggest names? Here, we chat with him about his marathon sets, his lessons learned on the road, and his stint as an actor. Read more »
You may not have heard of Berlin's Leisure System yet, but if its upcoming release schedule is any gauge, you will pretty soon. Going strong for three years at Berlin superclub Berghain, Leisure System is Berlin's premiere party for leftfield dance music. Marking the anniversary of their third year, the party is will be hosting a blow-out celebration on September 16 that will take over both Berghein and Panorama Bar with a lineup that includes Space Dimension Controller, Jackmaster, Venetian Snares, Africa Hi-Tech, and many others. (Check the flyer after the jump for all the details.) In addition, Leisure System is expanding into a fully functioning label with releases already scheduled by the likes of Pixelord, Eprom, Sam Barker, and Lando Kal. To prepare us for the coming flood, they've passed along "Iron and Cream Part 2," an exclusive track from the sessions that produced Pixelord's Iron and Cream EP, the label's just-dropped first release. Functioning as a floaty, 8-bit extension of the maudlin "Iron and Cream," Pixelord ventures into a middle ground between the soulful side of post-dubstep UK bass music and the complex leftfield beatsmithery of LA. Read more »
Montreal natives Drew Kim and Brendan Neal make up the fresh-faced production duo Grown Folk, an outfit counted among the growing group of house enthusiasts interested in reviving the genre's classic vibes with a heavy focus on its dreamier sounds. But unlike contemporaries Teengirl Fantasy or Blondes, Grown Folk's music is a touch more conservative, and to its benefit. The three songs that make up the Droptop EP are less sprawling and amorphous, and instead offer precise grooves infused with soulful sounds unencumbered by the shroud of delay and reverb. Read more »
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