For its fifth anniversary and 50th release, Daniel Haaksman's Man Recordings label will drop a 12-track compilation, featuring new and exclusive tunes from artists the likes of Schlachthofbronx, Zombie Disco Squad, Crookers, Edu K, and here, UK tunesmith Seiji. His contribution to the celebratory release, "Basslips," is a slamming assault of bouncing house rhythms, atonal noise candy, and one consistent, diiiiirrrrty bassline. It certainly illustrates how far the Berlin-based Man Recordings has come since its beginnings as a bastion of baile funk and how it has since blossomed into a premiere outlet for the varied sounds of global bass. As Seiji's club-ready number demonstrates, the Valeu compilation is an eclectic record that any self-respecting party-starter ought to have on hand for appropriate DJ sets. If you'd like to celebrate Man Recordings' five-year anniversary further, you can listen to and download a retrospective mix that DJ Beware put together on behalf of the label, here.
On October 11, Belgian label Silverback will release a new EP from LA's hyperactive world-bass duo Nguzunguzu, called Mirage. Before that new batch of tunes drops, you can catch four of its five songs on this excellent mixtape the DJ/producers made to mark the occasion. Read more »
We don't need to tell you who DJ Shadow is, so we won't. But what we will tell you is that the legendary Bay Area DJ/producer has a couple of new tunes right now, and he's offering them up for free download. The two tracks, "Def Surrounds Us" and "I've Been Trying," come from a recent limited-edition 12" DJ Shadow strategically dropped in select stores around the US and UK with hand-drawn artwork by himself. Read more »
We've been thoroughly enjoying the beat scene's recent shift in focus toward melodic sounds, atmospheric worlds, and just downright pretty music. Teebs is one such producer waving that flag, and each track we've heard from the SoCal resident (not to mention the excellent podcast he did for us) has lifted him higher on the ever-extending totem of artists to watch from his hometown. Now, with the impending release of his debut full-length, Ardour (that's the cover up top), on October 19 via Brainfeeder, Teebs is letting loose with some of his best work. "Why Like This?" comes from the tail end of Ardour and is easily one of the most straightforward numbers on the 18-track LP. A strong hip-hop beat carries Teebs' production through analog synth melodies, the icy patter of falling change, unnameable textures in the distance, and eventually, what sounds like a live drum beat. Though the comparison may be redundant, "Why" reminds us of some of the mellower and simpler music from Flying Lotus' early years. Take that as you will, but to us, it seems like Teebs is onto something here.
Apparently, this fall's Dis-Patch Festival is Serbia's only "festival of cutting-edge music and related art," and for its ninth annual edition, a sizable lineup is set to perform. Ben Frost (pictured above), Zombie Zombie, Atom TM, Tim Hecker, Boris Hoppek, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Lawrence English, and many other local acts and special guests will convene in Belgrade to bring their music to festival-goers across two weekends, starting on October 7 and finishing on October 17. Read more »
Just in case you have yet to catch our feature on Berlin's Shed in the most recent issue of XLR8R (and if you haven't been reading a single word from the electronic music press of late), producer René Pawlowitz just released his second full-length album for Ostgut Ton, entitled The Traveller. As expected, it's a great record, as this cut from LP shows with ease and assurance. "No Way!" employs a small number of sounds—a thick rumbling, just enough samples to construct a pared-down beat, and one solid synth melody nearly sum it up—in comparison to a large amount of contemporary electronic music, distancing the inspired artist from the rest of the post-dub-tech-whatchamacallit pack. The point has been harped on, but it bears repeating: Shed's gonna do whatever Shed wants to do. Thank your lucky stars that's the case. (via Little White Earbuds)
Berlin's Radio Slave is keeping himself pretty darn busy this fall. The DJ/producer born Matt Edwards just announced he'll be mixing the fifth installment of the Strictly Rhythms mix series. Now, there's word that the prolific music maker will also be dropping a new collaborative record, incorporating his productions as The Machine with images created by designer Misha Hollenbach of Perks and Mini and a short piece from filmmakers Jigoku. Read more »
On the heels of its recently released sophomore mix album, Horse Meat Disco II (we've got a tune from that record here), London-based DJ crew Horse Meat Disco (pictured above) is jumping across the pond to give North America a taste of what its disco- and house-centric party is all about. Read more »
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