Something awesome is happening at Public Assembly in Brooklyn this Friday: The ambitious event planners behind Unsound Festival New York will host live performances by a lengthy list of excellent DJs and producers from around the globe—including Lone, Appleblim, Kink, Kode9, and, featured here, Sepalcure (pictured above). The duo of Praveen Sharma and Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) give School of Seven Bells' "Babelonia" a deep house rinse for their remix, one that relies as much on atmosphere and texture as it does overwhelming sub frequencies, upbeat dancefloor grooves, and subtly tweaked vocal melodies. We eagerly anticipate hearing more of those same kinds of smooth and bouyant sounds when Sepalcure takes the stage as part of Unsound on April 8.
First of all, yes, you are reading that headline correctly; Paula Abdul has officially made it onto XLR8R.com (she must be so excited). Secondly, the famous pop star makes a surprise appearance on the brand-new single by Finnish duo Shine 2009, "So Free" (pictured above), which was just released by the burgeoning Cascine label. Read more »
The longstanding Mute label has just taken German sound artist Apparat under its wing, announcing that it will release his fourth full-length album late this summer. This track, "Ash/Black Veil," comes from that as-yet-untitled LP, and exhibits the kind of vocal-driven, ambient pop that has come to define producer Sascha Ring's sound. Plucked string instruments skitter from left to right, broken piano melodies plink away in the distance, and a slow-growing swell of electronics rises from underneath the composition to join Ring's airy croon. More live instruments gradually fill out the remaining space in Apparat's driving single, which gives "Ash/Black Veil" an air of UK radio rock without ever feeling like a half-baked pastiche. The artist will soon be hitting the road for a tour with his full live band, the dates of which you can check out after the jump. Read more »
A veteran producer of eclectic electronic sounds and delectable dance music, John Tejada just announced that he is teaming up with another giant in the scene for his next single and album, the illustrious Kompakt label. Read more »
This mesmerizing clip for the latest tune to leak from Gang Gang Dance's forthcoming Eye Contact LP, "MindKilla," feels less like a plain ol' music video, and more like experiencing some sort of telekinetic laser light show controlled by aliens. Read more »
A couple of years ago, a small group of London-based musicians took a trip to Kenya as part of what they call a "musical exchange," and spent their time in the country living and collaborating with local musicians in Nairobi. The result of their jamming and recording sessions became the Owiny Sigoma Band, and the first release to come from that project is a two-track 12" single for the song "Wires" (pictured above), which will be released by Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label on April 16 as a part of the worldwide Record Store Day. On the b-side of that record is this remix by Detroit icon Theo Parrish, who manages to strip down the relatively simple composition to create an even sparser groove. The veteran DJ/producer utilizes only a few elements of Owiny Sigoma Band's original recording—the upbeat drumming, the infectious bassline, and the warm vocal melody—to build the framework of his track, over which he lays a subtle dose of electronics and barely noticeable audio treatments. The effect sounds something like Parrish actually conducting a live band on the spot rather than simply toying with its recordings. You can learn more about the Owiny Sigoma Band, and listen to a teaser of its forthcoming self-titled LP, after the jump. Read more »
The latest release from Sweden's Discobelle label is this collaborative effort from Berlin-based producer DJ Wool and South African leftfield electro-popper Spoek Mathambo, appropriately called Wool & Spoek. This strange video is for that record's title track, "Kult Leader," and pairs the thumping dance jam with some tense footage of man who seems to have had enough—enough of what, we can't quite tell. Read more »
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