A new name emerging on the dubstep/bass/club scene in British Columbia, Victoria resident Monolithium (pictured above) is quickly gaining the attention of fans and critics alike, thanks in part to his small but solid web presence, his Sub|Division party, and his burgeoning affiliations with the Error Broadcast label. The producer has a noted affinity for Ricardo Villalobos, and displays his affection in full form with this "recrunk" of the techno auteur's "Easy Lee" tune. Monolithium's new version of that modern classic mostly toys with the vocoder vocals—wrapping the robotic melody in broken, hip-hop-flavored dubstep rhythms and darkly emotive synthscapes. We have no idea whether or not Villalobos would be a fan of this bootleg version of his track, but if nothing else, it's a well-crafted tribute that's sure to please dance music fans across the board.
French label Fool House will release the self-titled debut EP (pictured above) from Danish duo Taragana Pyjarama, a dreamy micro-techno outfit in the vein of The Field or Gold Panda, on March 28, but we get to have one of those four tracks today. "Ocean" is as vibrant and colorful as its namesake, and maybe even just as calming, too. Though its energy and tempo are high, and its array of looping audio bytes and lovingly fragmented melodies are seemingly incalculable, the elements of the production all work together to build a serene world of sound that's as intimate and immersive as taking a dip in the nearest warm body of water. If this track is any indication of things to come, not to mention the rest of Taragana Pyjarama's EP and everything else we've heard from the pair, you can count us as 'highly anticipating' what comes next. (via Pitchfork)
Multi-national, disco-obsessed production duo In Flagranti has a brand-new full-length album brewing for this spring. Worse for Wear will feature 10 tracks of Sasa Crnobrnja's and Alex Gloor's "no-gristle, no-glory" sound, and will be released via their own Codek label on May 2. Read more »
Two of the UK's hotly tipped, bandied about, and generally 'on-fire' record labels have just joined forces on a fresh digital single featuring New York producer and TURRBOTAX® resident DJ Contakt (spoiler alert: he also works at XLR8R) and young UK club hero Melé. The two artists trade off remixes for the Grizzly x Local Action release—Contakt reformatting "Trappin" from Melé's brand-new EP, and the latter reworking the former's b-side from his recent debut single on Local Action. Here we have "Rhodophyta (Melé Remix)," a bouyant and hyperactive tune that meshes smooth synth pads, massive sub tones, bubbling electronics, and other UK dancefloor trademarks with heavily hip-hop-slanted club beats. You can check out what the other half of this great single sounds like, and download it over here for free.
Last month, word came down that UK producers Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka were teaming up for a collaborative single. The record doesn't actually drop until this Friday, March 11, but we've got both songs streaming right now on XLR8R.com. Read more »
Brooklyn's DJ Ayres has delivered this skittering remix for the upcoming "Blue Blouse" single from Toronto duo Torro Torro. On this remix we find Ayres taking things in a different direction than usual, leaning towards the garage/2-step side of things rather than the party-oriented, hip-hop and B-more styles he's often known for. Ayres strips back and subdues the pound-you-over-the-head house of the original, keeping the song's one-word melody (the word "you" pitched up and down) as the focus and utilizing layers of deep bass and dark piano to set the mood. Throughout the track, Ayres approaches a variety of different movements with the swagger of a seasoned remixer, manipulating the given elements in to a variety of related, yet unique sections that show the breadth of his abilities, even throwing in some surprisingly refreshing jazz piano chords in the track's closing 30 seconds. The "Blue Blouse" single (artwork above), where you'll find the original along with this and three more remixes, will be available tomorrow, March 8.
The eccentrically extroverted, enigmatically engaging, and endlessly entertaining Eskiboy (a.k.a. Wiley) has announced he will soon be releasing a follow-up record to 2009's Race Against Time, a 12-song album written and produced entirely by the artist called 100% Publishing. Read more »
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