The latest member of the West Coast's burgeoning Wedidit Collective to come forth with new material, Groundislava, has passed along this track from his forthcoming self-titled debut LP (artwork above). "Animal" finds the Venice-based producer staying true to his 8-bit roots to a certain extent, as he manipulates a host of bit-crushed sounds into the kind of dramatic, futuristic beat we've come to know him for over the past few months. Fortunately, Groundislava does not stop there, adding depth to the track with layer upon layer of featured vocalist Jake Weary, whose pseudo-neo-soul crooning receives its fare share of sonic tinkering. Whether bathed in reverb, pitched up and down, or side-chained beyond recognition, Weary's vocals provide a melodic wash that rests nicely on top of the tune's stony, melancholy core. Groundislava's self-titled LP is set to drop April 12. You can check the full tracklist after the jump. Read more »
With only a few weeks left before New York's Unsound Festival gets underway, we've gotten our hands on a track from dual Finland/US citizen, now Austria-based producer Tin Man, who will be making his NYC debut during the April festival. "Lost In LA," from Tin Man's recently released Perfume LP, delves into the more subdued side of retro-inspired house, pairing jazzy piano chords and programmed percussion with layers of Tin Man's own vocals as he recalls memories of his former Southern California residence. With the track spanning almost ten minutes, Tin Man keeps things moving by switching through a variety of themes that weave shades of darkness in and out of his calm, introspective narrative. NYC will have the chance to see Tin Man perform, alongside the likes of Detroit legends Octave One and burgeoning Bulgarian producer KiNK, when he performs at the Unsound edition of the Brooklyn's Bunker party on Saturday, April 9. (Details here)
Last week, when we shared the sad news that longstanding electronic label Institubes was calling it quits after eight years (though sister label Sound Pellegrino will soldier on independently), we also learned that some members of that now-defunct roster would be starting their own label. Today, we present to you Marble, the new imprint run by DJs/producers Surkin, Bobmo, and Para One (pictured above). Read more »
Next week, London's Fabric nightclub will once again be teaming up with FWD>> and Rinse FM for a giant party and, in an effort to get everyone appropriately excited in the meantime, has sent along this MP3 from one of the night's many performers, T. Williams (pictured above). Here we find the Deep Teknologi co-founder flexing some re-editing muscle as he takes a crack at Jo's jungle classic, "R Type." Staying true to most of the elements of the original, T. Williams still de-junglefies the tune a bit, replacing the customary early '90s kick-hat-snare pattern with more updated programming complete with a collection of colossal-sounding drum samples. Like most things T. Williams, this refix is dark, pounding, and intense, and we're certainly not complaining. You can see Williams along with an insanely stacked list of his UK bass cohorts at Fabric on April 1.
As part of this year's edition of Unsound Festival New York, Lenny and Lawrence Burden (a.k.a. Octave One) will join a handful of other talented DJs/producers—including Bulgarian tunesmith Kink and Finland's Tin Man—on Saturday, April 9, for an exciting night of electronic music performances at Public Assembly in Brooklyn. To properly prepare us for the occasion, the Detroit techno stalwarts have offered fans and potential festival-goers a free edit of funky dancefloor tune "The Greater Good." The Brothers Burden have simply trimmed down their original track from eight-plus minutes to a more managable four—effectively cutting down excessive measures from the production to create an even slicker, more immediate slice of pulsating dance music. We expect much of the same from Octave One's set come this April.
It may seem like XLR8R is in the midst of Numbers fever this week, with our TURRBOTAX® and Icee Hot events in NYC and SF this weekend set to cross paths with two of the imprint's flagship artists, Deadboy and Jackmaster, and now this news of a new EP from the label's multifaceted beatsmith Redinho to come next month. Read more »
When we reported on the forthcoming dates for the various Sónar festivals going on this year, it was immediately after disaster befell Japan, so we thought it likely that the festivities in Tokyo would be cancelled. It appears we were wrong. Read more »
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