Honestly, we're starting to think that the first track we heard from Leaving Records boss Matthewdavid, the bubbling and warped R&B of "Trusss," was some sort of fluke. Though not necessarily in a bad sense; it's just that since hearing that beautiful jam, the producer has gone on to make ambient, textural soundscapes ridden with tape hiss almost exclusively—the latest of which is the lengthy "11042010." The composition sounds like some of the more calming moments found in the podcast he recently did for XLR8R (easily one of our top favorites of the year), but stretched out for about a third of that mix's length. It's yet another Matthewdavid track you could easily get lost in, and when paired with his handmade video—his first—below... Well, let's just hope you've got something smokable nearby. Read more »
For some (probably most) producers/musicians/music lovers, "Me & U," the 2006 single by young R&B star Cassie, was the point at which they realized soulful pop music aimed at the masses might offer a wealth of inspiration, not to mention choice listening material. Now, about four years later, London bass hub Local Action is corralling a handful of Cassie's fans—who just happen to be tunesmiths themselves—to make a free mini-album of remixes of the starlet's tunes. Read more »
Young bass and house patron Julio Bashmore already has his plans laid out for the start of 2011: On January 10, the DJ/producer will be releasing a brand-new EP as the first record for the fledgling PMR imprint. Read more »
London's oft-reliable house and techno hub Crosstown Rebels is already gearing up for its first release of the new year with Brooklyn-based artist-turned-DJ/producer Deniz Kurtel. The relative newcomer will drop her second single for the imprint on January 31, a two-song 12" single for her brand-new "The L Word" tune. Read more »
In the past year, Dublin's All-City label has become a major player in the nebulous beat scene, both through its ongoing series of 10-inches devoted to LA producers, and also by championing like-minded artists from their own (relative) backyard. File the new release from Manchester producer Krystal Klear in the latter category, as his four-track EP, Tried for Your Love is largely an exploration of retro-futuristic outer-space funk. (We could also just call it boogie, but where's the fun in that?) But then there's this remix from Scottish beat wizard Hudson Mohawke, who more or less takes the song into an entirely new dimension. Sure, there are remnants of the original's electro-funk, but then HudMo brings in an over-the-top '90s piano-house riff... and that's just the appetizer. The main course is a long, and remarkably effective, saxophone solo that exuberantly brings the proceedings home. Giving the thumbs up to a sax solo isn't something we do often at XLR8R, so rest assured that this tune is something special.
Now, here's a pleasant surprise: St. Louis' Phaseone—a music maker who follows in the ways of bass—made XLR8R a great mix of low-end-centric tunes, and we didn't even ask for it! Obviously, the producer (born Andrew Jernigan) is a nice guy who makes pretty solid tracks (you can download one of those here), but apparently, he knows his way around a couple of turntables, too. Read more »
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Over the past 12 years, Londoner Kieran Hebden (better known as Four Tet) has forged an impressive career crafting music that is thoroughly modern yet somehow timeless, expertly mashing hip-hop, jazz, folk, techno, and house in a thoughtful blaze of abstraction. Read more »
We're still about a week from the release of Shackleton's contribution to the ongoing Fabric mix series, Fabric 55, and just to make sure you didn't forget about that stellar set of new, unreleased, and classic material by the Skull Disco co-owner, both the producer and the label have relinquished a downloadable tune from the disc. The previously unreleased "International Fires" is nearly right in the dead center of Shackelton's mix album, so it's no surprise he's knee deep in a bed of throbbing bass tones and erratic rhythms built from reverberated percussion and otherworldly vocal samples. The sparse production of the tune might give this one a quieter vibe, but if you try talking over "International Fires" in a club, your voice is likely to find itself muffled by the oppressive frequencies having their way with the airspace.
One of Berlin's overachieving musical busybodies, Jason Forrest (a.k.a. DJ Donna Summer, co-head of the Nightshifters label) just resurrected his eponymous musical endeavor for its first release in six years. The four-song Utopia EP came to fruition when Forrest was approached by Brian Miller, head of the LA-based Deathbomb Arc label, about contributing to his digital singles club, and Forrest opted to do a full EP instead, releasing it ahead of an upcoming full-length album. But don't expect any of the same raucous party music the multi-faceted tunesmith slangs from his more active outlets; this is leftfield, instrumental audio geekery through and through. As "Ciccone Youth" is the first track on Forrest's new EP, the track takes its sweet time swelling to a proper volume, as if it's slowly preparing you for the onslaught of buzzing electronics, churning rhythms, and indecipherable ear candy that's about to overcome your brain. It's a fine example of noise music with a serious taste for melody and tempo, more of which you can download for free from Forrest's Utopia EP, here.
In the dead of Canada's most brutal season, Montreal will host the nine-day Igloofest, a revelry of the world's varied DJ and producers spread across three weekends in January. The fifth edition of this annual outdoor (!) festival will go down at the Quays of the Old Port, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, and will feature the likes of Poirier, Seth Troxler, Ikonika, Kid Sister, Egyptrixx (pictured above), Carl Craig, Akufen, SBTRKT, Isolée, and many others doing all they can to keep you moving in the blistering weather. Read more »
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