UK beatmaker Four Tet (a.k.a. Kieran Hebden) has recently released a couple of 12-inches for "Sing," the latest single from his impeccable There Is Love in You album. Given that the album's clubbier direction was partially inspired by time spent at London nightspots like Plastic People, it's no surprise the Hebden has selected some choice remixers from the city's vibrant post-dubstep/future-garage/someone-really-needs-to-give-it-a-proper-name-soon music scene. Read more »
Ten years into the music game and Ghostly remains as fresh and important as ever. As a sort of waypoint, the Ann Arbor-based label has put together a double-disc compilation series showcasing the past, present, and future of its ever-expanding catalog. The release, called The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night, is one disc of remixes and reinterpretations and one of new, previously unreleased tunes, which together feature the likes of Lusine, Solvent, Max Tundra, Matthew Dear, Michna, The Sight Below, and, shown here, Tycho. This moody and subdued remix of the San Francisco producer's single "Adrift" was crafted by Michigan beatsmith Shigeto, and prominently exhibits a clicking, nod-worthy beat filled with crunchy percussion set amongst loads of melodic atmosphere. The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night is available now for download, and out on CD May 4. pictured Shigeto
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This isn't necessarily Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr. Hyde, but the pairing of Mike Gnacadja's two production monikers, the tropically influenced Momma's Boy and the more house-leaning MikiX the Cat, certainly yielded some interesting results. A bouncing bass-heavy riddim carries "At Night" through its six minutes, while repetitive vocal samples and rubbery atonal synth squelches fill in the gaps. Obviously, since the track's EP is seeing release on DJ Donna Summer and Jubilee's Nightshifters label, the song is a massive dancefloor heater, and comes with extra heat from remixes by Dubbel Dutch, Act Yo Age, Søvngaer, and Supabeatz.
Maryland resident Bradford Johnson crafts space-traveling beat music on his first solo EP, M0ths, released under the name Busy. The sounds on "A Camphoraceous Elixir" (go ahead, look the word up) are not dissimilar from his west coast counterparts on the Brainfeeder label—Johnson's hip-hop tendencies provide the same sort of slapping backbone for his synthetic cosmic noise experiments. However, Busy's nine-song EP comes to us courtesy of Japanese label Circulations, and marks the arrival of a producer strong enough to get a solid East Coast/West Coast rivalry going.
Just when you thought Madlib could get no more bugged-out, along comes the first installment of his monthly Medicine Show series, a 17-track prequel to the upcoming OJ Simpson album with Guilty Simpson (no relation). Tracks like "Ode to the Ghetto," "Lucky Guy," and "Pigs" offer grimey underground hip-hop at its dusted, blunted, and drunken best—hinting at likely instant classic-status for the proper album. Read more »
Amidst collaborations with LA's Flying Lotus and Georgia Anne Muldrow, avant-hip-hop/soul singer Declaime (a.k.a. Dudley Perkins) found time to work on his latest full-length album, FONK. The prolific artist enlisted the help of the otherworldly funk-leaning beat maker Quazedelic to help bring his new record to life, a few tracks of which are available on Perkins' MySpace page now. Read more »
London duo Deep Teknologi isn't just another on-the-rise production team emerging from the city's rich talent pool—these guys are practically plotting a takeover. They've got their own club night, their own label, their own TV/video production operation, and a weekly Sunday night "show" on Ustream. It was there that "People's Choice" was created, as producers S.E.F. and T. Williams assembled a track live on the internet using feedback and suggestions from viewers. The bleepy house tune is also a precursor to the forthcoming T. Williams EP, set for release later this month on the new Local Action imprint. (via FACT)
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