One of our favorite French DJ/producers working at the forefront of club music right now is young party starter Canblaster, who's already delivered an outstanding podcast to XLR8R, and continues to wow us fresh releases, like his Clockworks EP for Nightshifters. Once again, the artist born Cédric Steffens has dropped a stellar mix of soundsystem gems, this time for Fool's Gold's own podcast series. Read more »
Another artist in Bristol's fine crop of bass wranglers is producer Sebastian Gainsbrough (a.k.a. Vessel), who drops his first release via Throwing Snow's fresh imprint, Left_Blank. The Nylon Sunset EP is a four-track affair, boasting three forward-thinking jams and a remix of the title track by fellow Bristol basscase Peverelist. One of Vessel's original tracks is the angular "Ton," which we have for you here. The artist layers his finely crafted sounds with an ear that belies his short resume; a plethora of percussive elements skitter and fly from one ear to the other, synth and sample fragments work out sparse melodies, obscured field recordings fill in rhythmic gaps, and tastefully massive sub-bass tones swell underneath it all. We can only imagine what sounds the rest of Vessel's record will hold when it drops on May 23.
With the release date of his debut LP, Galactic Melt, rapidly approaching, maverick producer Com Truise has leaked album cut "Cathode Girls" to whet our appetites. Maintaining consistency with his previous nostalgia-drenched output, "Cathode Girls" nevertheless reveals that, though Com Truise has a footing in the past, his aim is for the future. The track modulates between two distinct moods: the first, a noodly new-wave synthesizer jam; and the second, a laid-back and blunt-wrapped ode to '80s electro-soul. The song begins as a disorganized mess of limp analog synthesizer stabs but then slowly congeals around a chorused-out bassline cribbed off Peter Hook. Then, switching modes, a gritty Zapp & Roger synth-bass drops in with a Linndrum rhythm that wouldn't sound out of place being bumped from the trunk of a pimped-out '88 LeSabre. Download "Cathode Girls" below and pick up Galactic Melt on July 5. (via FADER)
The 48 hours of Teutonic madness officially known as the Berlin Festival has announced its 2011 return, slated for September 9 and 10, with a preliminary lineup that includes a solid roster of forward-thinking artists. Read more »
Who doesn't like a good party? Nobody, that's who! Especially not Resident Advisor, who will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year by throwing not one, but 10 parties in 10 locations around the globe. Each party is set to contain a solid roster of supporting artists, plus one secret headliner. Already, the list of announced names is looking pretty enticing. Read more »
The sunny, outdoor, Montreal-based weekly event known to techno revelers as Piknic Electronik has just announced its 2011 schedule. Visitors to the annual MUTEK festival will know the Piknic as one of MUTEK's most highly anticipated events of the week, as crowds gather in Parc Jean-Drapeau, on an island in the St. Lawrence River, to catch the likes of Wighnomy Brothers, Ricardo Villalobos, Richie Hawtin, and tons of others over the last eight years. Read more »
Atlanta-based Drew Briggs (a.k.a. Divine Interface) is getting set to release his first EP, Color Ways, on June 13. "Folklore" is one of the EP's five offerings, and it's a slow, bouncy, house tune driven by a haunting, reverberated vocal. The song twists and turns as the beat drops into half-time while the vocal delays pan and swirl, making room for the found-sound percussion to pull the song through. We're hoping that the rest of this bass-fueled EP similarly showcases Briggs ability to manipulate samples, noise, and space.
They spent years watching Aliens, Akira, Blade Runner, and Tron movies in the video shop, and hundreds of nights out exploring hardcore and jungle warehouse raves. Then there were countless days surviving England's bitterly cold weather and absorbing sunny '80s synth pop. Maybe it was buying their first studio gear or meeting drum & bass innovator Darren "dBridge" White at London club The End that fueled their dreams. These moments and a million others forged Alex Green and Damon Kirkham's friendship, and led the duo to form Instra:mental and define a new path for UK bass music. Read more »
London-based Opit Records recently released a self-titled, five-track EP from London-based duo Jack Wyllie and Duncan Bellamy (a.k.a. Circle Traps). Included in the EP is a remix from label owner and one-time Bubblin' artist Subeena (pictured above), who has cooked up her own version of the track "Bo! Symbol." It's a cavernous, techy rework laced with droning, metallic, washed-out percussion and fluttery horns that build into a soothing Rhodes-esque melody before dropping back into the dark atmosphere from which they began. Grab the remix below and check out the full release here.
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