The bad news: No Soma compilation for 2009. The good news: The 2010 comp is coming out considerably sooner—and it's as good as you'd expect from the highly regarded Glaswegian label. The album features standouts from Soma's roster of the past year or so, from artists like Slam (represented here with the spare, light D'Julz remix of "Positive Education" and the richly layered Joris Voorn remix of "Ghost Song") and Silicone Soul (the Ripperton remix of "Dust Ballad II," with its great elastic bassline). 2009 might be gone, but at least some of the year's best releases haven't been forgotten. Read more »
The folks behind SF's Icee Hot party—Low Limit, Ghosts on Tape, Rollie Fingers, and yes, XLR8R's Disco Shawn—have already made waves by importing talent from the ultra-fertile UK funky-post-future-whatever scene, but now the guys are coming correct with their internet game. They've tapped Austin's Dubbel Dutch (pictured above), who happens to be headlining the next Icee Hot on Saturday, April 24, to cough up an exclusive track, an edit of Silkie's "Quasar." You can download the cut-and-paste wonky synth stormer here, or find it over on the Icee Hot Soundcloud alongside mixes from the residents and former guest DJs.
Space travel isn't a new theme for the burgeoning beat scene, but few seem as focused on exploring such inspirations as LA's Ras G (& The Afrikan Space Program). His latest bass-driven intergalactic escapade, "Breakfast Blunts," comes from the third installment of the All City label's ongoing 10" series dedicated to So Cal's head-nodders, on which he shares wax space with fellow Brainfeeder Samiyam. On "Blunts," a crunchy beat gallops along with an arsenal of distant transmissions from who knows where always floating along at its side. Ras eventually joins the company of someone who sounds a lot like Chris Tucker ranting indecipherably before taking off again to discover new sonic realms.
Vis-Ed: Aaron Huey—From Afghani Drug Raids to Oklahoma Frat Houses, This is One Photographer Who Ain't Never Scared
"It's not how many, it's how deep," says Aaron Huey. Get your mind out of the gutter—I've just asked him how many countries he's visited. It's a question he doesn't like to answer because it makes him "sound like a backpacker in Thailand"—though Huey's resume would strike fear and awe into the heart of even the most intrepid Kiwi hosteller. Read more »
It's been about a year since Brooklyn's sex-obsessed, vintage-disco tweakers In Flagranti delivered a proper single, complete with cut 'n' pasted photos of stark naked women, but a follow up to "Ex Ex Ex" is finished and prepped for release. "Through a Rabbit Hole" arrives June 14 from the duo's Codek label, and shows the relatively subdued and slow-grooving side to Sasha Crnobrnja and Alex Goor's production work. Read more »
Gomma co-owner Telonius might be more well-known for crafting electo-infused post-disco gems, but the original of "Hit Me" is more likely to find acclaim among slow-motion disco fiends who are waiting for the next Lindstrøm track to drop. With its brash bassline, bright synth harmonies, and wet percussion, the track sounds like a lost gem from those heady days of the '80s, when electro and house were taking over from disco but techno hadn't invaded the electronic landscape yet. The fun, somewhat absurd Italo-style vocals and hypnotic synth flourishes seal the deal: "Hit Me" is a throwback piece in the best sense of the term, and is just perfect enough to be placed next to Freeez or Baldelli's latest cosmic offering.
Another stand-out remix from the just-released Ghostly compilation, The Horizon Line/Ghostly By Night, Paul White's version of Mux Mool's "Wolf Tone Symphony" ups the original's hip-hop vibe quite a bit. In fact, you'd almost expect the track title to come with an "(Instrumental)" tag; the shuffling rhythm of White's reworked beat sounds is dying to be rhymed over. Only vocal samples are present, however, but White properly fills in the available space with enough melodic synth work to make up for "Symphony"'s lack of fiery cadence.
It's hard to believe that classic American house music is nearing 30 years old, even as the music continues to mutate and endure on dancefloors around the globe. Twenty years in, Strictly Rhythm has come to be synonymous with the genre. 20 Years. Remixed. stuffs two discs with the label's most iconic tracks from big names like Ultra Nate, Armand Van Helden, and Barbara Tucker, leaving new twists to a younger generation of remixers. Read more »
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