For the first time ever in his brief but well-received musical career, Oxford's tropically inclined electro-popper Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs will bring his brightly colored dance cuts stateside for a quick tour in March. The stint kicks off in LA at the HARD festival on March 12 and ends on March 26 in San Francisco, with stops in Texas, New York, and Canada tossed in between. Read more »
You may recognize the name Lady Chann (a.k.a. Chanelle Williams) from her 2010 party anthem, "Sticky Situation" (a remix of which we posted last May), and now we see Ms. Chann returning with another party jam, "Treble To Your Bass." Here we've got the remix of her latest track courtesy of the UK's Marcus Nasty, who replaces the hyperactive synths and drum programming of the original with a dark, subdued soundscape made of deep bass, sparse piano chords, and shuffling percussion. Nasty also does away with quite a bit of the original tune's lyrics, cutting out the songs' verses entirely in favor of Lady Chann's club-friendly chorus. The Paula Abdul-esque chorus lyrics ("I'm the treble to your bass" is just another way of saying, "opposites attract," right?) only make two appearances throughout the remix, spending the rest of the time dubbed out beneath Nasty's sinister house creation. The "Treble To Your Bass" single, which contains both the original and the remix, is set to be released February 21st.
When Mr. Raoul K left his Ivory Coast home for much colder territory (Germany to be precise), it appears he brought some West African warmth along with him and has been skillfully injecting it into his tracks ever since. "The African Government" is a perfect example of Mr. Raoul K's familiarity with sun-soaked regions, one in which he manipulates traditional instruments of his former continent into a blissful deep house tune, building and looping layers of some far-off African stringed instrument into a hypnotic state of repetition. His German influences stay in the background, showing themselves less in the particular sounds utilized by the producer and more in the structure of the composition, a classic 7-plus minute techno movement full of the usual build-ups and breakdowns honed throughout the years by Europe's techno pioneers. Mr. Raoul K has been running his own imprint, Baobab, for quite some time now, but "The African Government" will be found on his first release for the Mule Musiq imprint, Introducing My World (artwork above), when it's released on May 16.
This majestic Sumsun instrumental comes from the incredible Sample Based Life Vol.1 endeavor (artwork above), which has gathered over 30 tracks from a slew of collage/tape-music/lo-fi beat producers including the likes of Dog Bite, Ackryte, and Grass Mirror, among others. The concept for the release is the brainchild of Forrest Reiff (a.k.a. Off Balance Atlas), who had the idea to share his sample sources with fellow producers and see what they came up with. Looks like he had no trouble getting his cohorts to take part, and the results of the experiment appear to be just as diverse as the list of contributors. Sample Based Life Vol.1 is available as a "name your own price" download over at the project's Bandcamp, and those who contribute $8-$10 to the cause will receive a hand-dubbed cassette of the album courtesy of Mr. Reiff himself. We suggest checking out Sumsun's sole contribution to the compilation below before fully diving into the other 31 static-drenched, blissful beats that make up Sample Based Life.
The good people over at Scion A/V have passed along this interview with Parisian beatsmith Onra. You'll find the producer discussing how he began making tracks, what his early inspirations were, and sharing some insights into the process behind his newest All-City LP, Long Distance. Onra also has some North American tour dates planned next month, which you can check out after the jump. Read more »
Berlin's veteran producer and co-founder of the Get Physical imprint, DJ T, has announced he will be releasing a new LP entitled Pleasure Principle next month. The forthcoming record finds DJ T crafting 11 tracks in which he delves "into electronic music’s legacy of authentic soul," enlisting an impressive international list of collaborators along the way, including San Francisco's Dave Aju, Toronto's James Teej, and Paris' Jaw & Ginger (Jaw being of the group dOP). Read more »
The Endless Flight imprint (one of three labels that make up the Mule Musiq family) is set to release Unknown Parts, the debut LP from burgeoning nu-disco producer Eddie C, and has passed along this cosmic disco number to introduce us to the stylings of the Canadian producer. "Dub Me Gwen" is a deep disco edit, one with a somewhat sluggish step that twists and turns as the track goes through its various movements. Eddie C kindly invites you to drift away as shuffling percussions and space-age synths are joined by chopped and dubbed disco vocals and lush horn samples, all the while keeping the consistent, thumping bass as an anchor to your galactic voyage. A trip to the stars and back indeed, and one we're hoping to do more of when Unknown Parts drops on March 28.
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So, San Francisco's post-noise-punk outfit Mi Ami is a duo now, and Daniel Martin-McCormick and Damon Palermo have also shed their guitars and drum kits, wielding synths, sequencers, and drum machines in their stead. The band's first release with its new format is the forthcoming Dolphins EP, which will drop on March 15 via Thrill Jockey. The first sounds offered from that new record come in the form of "Hard Up." On that opening cut, Mi Ami's TR-909 and Juno-106 work out a psychedelic underground dance anthem with sporadic, Devo-esque vocal bits resonating over the top of it. And on the music video (check it out after the jump), directors Amanda Brown and Ben Shearn splice together fuzzy VHS footage of a lovely '80s babe traipsing around what looks like Miami Beach and scenes of Martin-McCormick and Palermo rocking a house party with their pulsing jam. We don't know about you, but we're kind of falling in love with Mi Ami all over again. Read more »
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