Poland-based duo Marek Bogdanski (who heads the Superfly Studio imprint) and Lukasz Rodziewicz (a.k.a Dreadsquad) have teamed up with Lady Chann, a name synonymous with dancehall party vibes, for the recently released "Island Lovin'" single. Along with the original tune, the record comes with a host of remixes—including this one from San Francisco's Kush Arora, who transforms the tropical feel-good vibe of "Island Lovin'" into a dark, pumping excursion through the disparate territories of dirty dancehall and skittering house. Where as Dreadsquad's initial production is the kind of soca party jam you'd expect to hear during the more sunlit hours of the day, Kush Arora's take is most surely a late-night, twirling-lights, got-a-few-drinks-in-you kind of endeavor, one which comes complete with ominous bass, minor-chord piano stabs, and a fair share of relentless percussion.
A slew of remixes for Holy Other's (pictured above) downtrodden R&B cut "Touch" hit the internet at the end of last week in conjunction with the physical release of that mysterious producer's With U EP for Tri Angle. So, we guess that would make those downloadable freebies just about middle-aged in internet years, which is actually fitting; the reworked productions need just a bit more time to grow on you than the darkly infectious original tune. Belgian tunesmith Cupp Cave's interpretation is a fine example. The woozy lurch of "Touch (Cupp Cave Remix)" is just about as engagingly mesmerizing as it gets, but it's the subtleties that simmer below the analog hiss and slowly bubble up from underneath the surface that require a handful of spins to fully appreciate. You can grab more remixes from the likes of Matthewdavid and Blood Diamonds over on Pitchfork.
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Swedish house producer Linus Eklow (a.k.a. Style of Eye) should be fairly well known to XLR8R readers due to his prolific and generally solid output. Responsible for dropping some serious heat on labels like Dirtybird and Fool's Gold, Style of Eye keeps up the pace with his recently released Wet/Dry EP for Sound Pellegrino, a label that likely owes its creation largely to the artist's influence. In celebration of that release, Eklow has offered up Zombie Disco Squad's remix of "Dry." While the original version boasts an over-the-top acid-house-meets-electro-house sound, the Zombie Disco Squad remix takes the track into more classic territory—resulting in a tune that sounds more like '90s-era Strictly Rhythm singles in contrast to the original's "Rollin' and Scratchin" similarities. Layering samples from "Dry" over a swinging four-on-the-floor, Zombie Disco Squad cleverly works in and around the wild rave vibes of the original, and creates peaks that rise high into euphoria and drop down into the deep.
Going strong for over two years now, A Club Called Rhonda has fully acquainted LA club goers with the antics of an anthropomorphic discotheque. The monthly revelry of "polysexual hard partying" has gained more notice outside of its SoCal home with the launch of the Rhonda International label and its first single, B.C. X Delivery's "Return to Me." Now, Rhonda is leaving the nurturing bosom of Silverlake's El Cid to spread the madness with tour dates in four US cities. Read more »
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