LA beat hub Friends of Friends has unveiled another installment of its Pop Massacre compilation series, in which beat- and bass-oriented producers rework a pop song of their choice. The 15-track second volume includes efforts from a range of artists, including Shlohmo, LOL Boys, Jonwayne, Mexicans with Guns, Chico Mann, Devonwho, and others, and finds the likes of everyone from The Beatles to Rihanna to Waka Flocka Flame getting the remix treatment. The compilation, available for free download here, features plenty of gems, but this track from LA-based producer (and former Bubblin' subject) Salva is a definite highlight. Tackling the 2006 Pharrell and Snoop Dogg collaboration "That Girl," Salva transforms the laid-back summertime hip-hop of the original into a hyperactive juke tune full of sped-up lyrical snippets and intense synth stabs.
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One of our favorite non-producing DJs, Ben UFO, is set to man the controls for the next disc in Rinse's mix series. Naturally, Rinse 16: Ben UFO, whose tracklist you'll find after the jump, relies heavily on the bassy, housey side of things, featuring the likes of Bok Bok, Boddika, and the recently departed Aaron-Carl. Read more »
Earlier this year, New Zealander Lucky Paul released The Slow Ground EP via the eclectic Somethinksounds imprint. At the time, the now-Berlin-based artist didn't have a huge profile, but the release of the EP and a subsequent remix single on New York's Wolf + Lamb label have quickly changed things. Somethinksounds is getting set to repress the EP, so they've relinquished this new version of "Demon Spawn" to help spread the word. While the original track was a lurching, off-kilter slice of futuristic boogie-funk, here Lucky Paul has refashioned the song into something more suitable for the four-on-the-floor set. The soulful vocals have been kept largely intact, but they now lay alongside some silky filtered synths and ride smoothly over a steady techno pulse. It's unclear whether Lucky Paul always had these kinds of dancefloor inclinations at his disposal or whether he was inspired after hearing his music transformed by the Wolf + Lamb crew, but we'd like to go ahead and put in a vote for him to keep experimenting with these kinds of club-friendly rhythms.
The history of Detroit music is littered with artists who have been called legendary, but there is really no denying the crucial role Mike Huckaby has played in the Motor City's dance scene. Over the past two decades, the man has been in the thick of it as a DJ, producer, record store clerk (at the now-defunct Record Time), and instructor (as part the city's Youthville program). Read more »
Southern California's Rebel imprint—which also doubles as a pretty decent blog—continues to turn out thoughtful, bass-oriented releases, all of which are available for free download. The latest comes right from Rebel's own backyard, courtesy of Orange County beatmaker Zeadron (a.k.a. Jack Heffron). His When I Fall EP dropped yesterday, and the morose title track quickly caught our ears with its loosely assembled piano samples, ghostly vocal pieces, and scattershot percussion. Things do perk up significantly when some thick synth melodies are introduced about halfway through the proceedings, but the song's overall vibe lies somewhere between "glorious chillout" and "wistful melancholy." Give it a listen below, and then head here to grab the entire three-song EP, which includes remixes of "When I Fall" from Hungary’s Headshotboyz and Chicago-based producer Savile.
With an ever-growing crop of producers carrying the torch for the LA beat scene, there seems to be no shortage of gritty boom-bap making its way into the world these days. Now one of the scene's longstanding—and considerably more unique—members, Ras G, has returned with a new album which finds him continuing to craft the kind of stoney, hiss-laden space beats he's been turning out all along. Read more »
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