23-year-old Helsinki producer Drifter isn't exactly a newbie when it comes to crafting his style of slow, gloomy beat music, but his first-ever EP under that moniker won't be available until next week. This lovely tune comes from that self-titled debut, and exhibits the artist's penchant for wavering melodies, micro-sampled rhythmic patterns, and deeply soulful vocal samples, all of which are left with lots of breathing room to operate. We know those aren't exactly 'original' ideas, but the way Drifter applies them on "Please Stay" sounds both familiar and fresh—like Mount Kimbie and Shlohmo covering an old Portishead tune. You can grab the rest of the Drifter EP (pictured above) for free when it drops May 30 on Bandcamp.
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If you've been paying attention, chances are you've heard snippets and praise for "Dancing," the second collaboration between Zed Bias (a.k.a. XLR8R podcast veteran Madslinky) and Omar. Taking full advantage of their diverse backgrounds, the two scored high marks with last year's epically soulful garage joint "Special." Back again but this time taking on the more complicated rhythms of UK funky, "Dancing" is a certifiable summer banger that melds nostalgic Inner City-like stabs and strings with a tight soca-snare drum pattern. Riffing off the vibe, the video is a house party dance-off shot in a jerky time-lapse style. The single comes out June 27, but in the meantime you can check out the video above and check after the jump for the tracklisting and album art.
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It's putting it mildly to say that there's a lot going on in London these days. Like any hyperactive metropolis, it can sometimes be a challenge to plan your night out so as to not miss out. That being the case, might we suggest that Londoners make a point to check out Showtime, an absolutely massive stage show put on by DJ and production outfit The Heatwave. Read more »
How can you speculate on the future of something as inherently futuristic as bass music? Since its inception, the subgenre's parallel relationship with new developments in technology has always placed it at the event horizon of the soon to be. Enter Canadian producer HxdB with his upcoming compilation, Future of Bass Volume 1, which features 19 bleeding-edge tracks from the likes of up-and-comers DFRNT, Submerse & Resketch, Cedaa, and HxdB himself. Now, to get you thinking about the future, HxdB has offered up Cure's "Rerub" of his own "Mustard." Built on a blur of undulating synth pads and a funky, snare-led, stop-start rhythm, "Mustard (Cure Rereub)" drops into a deep pocket that suggests the future might not be so elusive after all. Download the cut below and check out the rest of Future of Bass Volume 1 when it drops June 27.
Nicolas Jaar should be no stranger to XLR8R readers. The NYC-based techno producer released Space is Only Noise, his excellent debut LP, back in February, and has been busy running his Clown and Sunset imprint and touring ever since. It's safe to say that fans of Jaar (pictured above) have not been left wanting, as the producer has recently been churning out a string of excellent remixes for artists like Ellen Allien and Matthew Dear. Read more »
The more-or-less-infallible R&S imprint just announced its next release, and this time we've got one of the label heads to thank. The Lostwithiel EP comes from the British production duo of Dan Foat (half of R&S' administrative driving force) and Nathan Boddy, collectively known as The Chain (yes—inspired by the Fleetwood Mac tune), and will be released on June 20. Read more »
Continuing with its recent record label endeavors, Rebel Magazine will launch its first-ever compilation series, called Heretic, which tastefully spans the realms of bass music, beat music, and other club-friendly styles—including sounds from the likes of Clicks & Whistles, Mike Gao, Abel, and more. The culture hub will celebrate the release of its first volume this Friday, May 27, with a party in Silverlake (check out details here), but before that, we bring you an early taste of the featured music with Nyx's "Letting Go." This hot-footed 2-stepper takes its time swelling to full size, and lays down its skittering groove for a while longer before it's through. It's a propulsive cut that begs a few repeat listens if only to hear the infectious "Oh, baby" sample again and again and again.
Oddly enough, it's been quite a while since we last heard from the prolific future-funk maestro Dâm-Funk, so we're pleased to see his name pop back up on our radar. It seems the artist has been hard at work on his follow-up to his sizable 2009 debut, Toeachizown. Apparently, he's also spent time working with ex-Slave frontman Steve Arrington on the singer's upcoming album for Stones Throw, Love, Peace, and Funky Beats, which we first heard about last year. Read more »
Not long ago, Amsterdam's Rush Hour imprint released an album of unheard tracks from Chicago house progenitors Virgo Four (who are also responsible for one of our latest podcasts), and will soon follow that up with a 12" single for "It's a Crime." Read more »
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