Are you tired of pitch-shifted vocals yet? Yeah, neither are we, which makes songs like "Just for Me" by Manchester's xxxy even easier to enjoy. Taken from his recently released Every Step Forward EP, which you can purchase here, the song rolls along on a clap-heavy 2-step beat while crunchy synths fill out the aural experience. xxxy first caught our attention on Fabric's Elevator Music compilation at the start of 2010; songs like this one, not to mention his recent FACT mix (which is sadly no longer available), show that the young producer is living up to his promise.
Before dropping his latest 12" for the UK's Saigon label on October 11, London-based DJ/producer Jeremy Duffy (a.k.a. Duffstep) sent over this unreleased track for us to share. "Over" is a shuffling dancefloor tune rife with loads of stabbing synth melodies, big filter washes, impenetrable atmosphere, and whole lot of the UK club scene's silky soul. The upbeat song's melodies may weigh in a bit heavy on the trance-y side of things, but Duffstep's production balances those hypnotic vibes with his buoyant, bubbling bassline and a certain subtlety and panache to his sound wrangling that eliminates the possibility of any regrettable trance-related cliches. Trancestep, anyone?
For the fifth year of bringing its massive celebration of electronic dance music to a European locale, the Detroit-based Movement Festival will do more than turn out Torino, Italy's varied music venues and clubs between October 28 and 31—it will also release a three-disc compilation that looks back at the music and producers that made the past four festivals what they were. Read more »
A man of many monikers, Sasu Ripatti (a.k.a. Luomo a.k.a. Vladislav Delay a.k.a. Sistol a.k.a. Yung Patti a.k.a. Sasu F. Baby) is following up his latest release under the name Sistol, On the Bright Side (out now), with a large number of remixes and reworks of the album's glitchy, techno-leaning tunes. Hotflush label head and DJ/producer Paul Rose (a.k.a. Scuba, pictured above) took Ripatti's production and reformatted it to fit the dubby, ethereal, post-genre soundscapes he is wont to create. And whaddaya know—it's great. Soulful vocal melody blips, tantalizing vinyl crackles, filtered synths, smashing kicks, popping snares, and a strong undercurrent of bass all power Scuba's remix as it slowly builds from its disparate elements into an energetic whole ready to take over your favorite soundsystem's subwoofers. Scuba shares disc space on Sistol's handful of remix collections with FaltyDL, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Redshape, among others, which are also out now on Halo Cyan/Phthalo.
When writing about music, we often use the word "bounce" or "bouncing" to help describe the plethora of dance beats that make their way through the XLR8R office's many sets of ears. But were you to look up those words in some sort of online dictionary where music provided definitions, this rework of Sticky and Natalie Storm's "Look Pon Me" tune by el padre del moombahton, Dave Nada, would be there, waiting for you to hit the play button. Nada's thick groove is infectious to start, but once those vocals drop into the mix, things are taken to a whole new level of bounce; drop this track in your next DJ set and there won't be a still body in the room. Taking a break from producing the upcoming Nadastrom album with frequent partner in crime, Matt Nordstrom, the duo has embraced slower tempos and put together a new collection of moombahton remixes, edits, and reworks, calling it the Rum & Coke EP. Those six tracks are available now for free download, here.
For the latest installment of its ongoing podcast series, Glaswegian label Numbers posted a live mix by UK DJ/producer Deadboy from a performance in Barcelona this past June. The excellent DJ set finds the mixmaster working his crowd with a tasteful bunch of garage, bass, and house tunes, though an actual list of the tracks isn't available. Read more »
In Norwegian, Bjørn Torske's name translates to "Bear Cod." The title for his forthcoming fourth album, the follow up to 2007's Feil Knapp, Kokning, refers to a particular process of preparing dinner in northern Norway: set the potatoes to boil, go catch a fish in the sea, bring it back to make the meal. Read more »
A decade has passed since !!!'s debut album took a snapshot of the sweat, noise, and antsy groove those guys hashed out in overcrowded parties and basements across the sleepy state capital of Sacramento. Fortunately, Strange Weather, Isn't It? proves they won't be doomed as quaint hipster schlock from the "dance punk" movement of yore.
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