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Download: Brenmar "Back Beating"

This internet exclusive comes to us courtesy of Brooklyn's Brenmar and a snippet of what sounds like fellow New Yorker Beyonce. The diva's sampled voice provides the track with a repetitive—but not tiresome—hook that proclaims the song title over a buoyant house rhythm and bulbous bassline. The meat of "Back Beating" is eventually joined with an elastic lead synth and some melodic stabs, making for a tune that is quite solid in its altogether straightforwardness and not-so-flashy aesthetic. Take this one to the club with you while you wait for Brenmar's upcoming four-song EP—which includes remixes from Ikonika & Optimum and DJ Rashad—to be released in late October on Discobelle

Average: 7.3 (26 votes)
 
 

Listen to the New EP From ZZK's Frikstailers

The latest addition to ZZK's growing stable of cumbia futurists is Argentina's Frikstailers (pronounced "freak stylers"). The duo has already put together a mixtape for its new label, and just today, released the four-song Bicho de Luz EP. Frikstailers will soon be heading to North America to kick off a quick tour of the States with label mate El G. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/07/2010

Download: Lazer Sword "Batman"

The first single to be heard from multinational duo Lazer Sword's debut, self-titled LP (out on November 2) is "Batman," a steadily grooving and intricately made production that seems to host about a hard drive's worth of percussive micro-samples, dissonant synth tones, and cosmic sound effects. And for one of the first times in Low Limit's and Lando Kal's collaborative career, the production duo uses vocal work that isn't rap. A soulful female vocalist croons some indecipherable passages, a ghostly "ooooh" wafts in the background, and a talkbox eventually makes its way onto the scene proclaiming "I can't help myself" something something. To be fair, it doesn't matter quite what it's saying, but instead how it's saying it. If "Batman" is evidence of the growth of Lazer Sword's sound, it's apparent that you can no longer group LL and LK in with the generic glitch-hop, lazer-bass, or related beat scenes that have grown slowly into ubiquity. The soulful tendencies of post-dubstep, UK funky, and wonky bass have infiltrated the duo's palette and helped transform its work into something else entirely. Catch more Lazer Sword tunes, including remixes from Nguzunguzu and Rustie, when the Batman 12" comes out soon on Innovative Leisure. (via FADER

Average: 8.3 (66 votes)
 
 

Podcast 159: Sepalcure

The UK gets most of the shine for the whole post-dubstep/future-garage/whatever-the-hell-it's-called-this-week scene, but a few US artists have been making some noise over on this side of the pond. One such act is Sepalcure, the Brooklyn-based duo of Travis Stewart (a.k.a. Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma. Read more » 

Review: So Percussion & Matmos Treasure State

Label: Cantaloupe

It's safe to assume that at this point in Martin Schmidt's and Drew Daniel's storied and long-stretching audio career, there isn't a physical object within the pair's capabilities of comprehension and travel that the duo hasn't at least considered utilizing for sound recording and subsequent application in an adventurous composition. Read more » 

Download: Bob Holroyd "African Drug (T.Williams Keye Mix)"

First Listen
Label: Phonica

There has been plenty of chatter about '90s house recently, but most of it seems to center around classic Ibiza vibes and proto-trance tunes. Given music's current obsession with the beach and so-called tropical sounds, that makes sense. On the other hand, Bob Holroyd originally released "African Drug" back in 1994, and it's being reissued despite the fact doesn't exactly conjure images of palm trees and sandy shores. Holroyd's original is highlighted by some melodic chimes and what sounds like a native drum circle, but it's without question a bit of a spooky tune. That goes double for this re-work from T.Williams (pictured above) of Deep Teknologi. You may remember him as the artist behind the first Local Action release—you can still stream the EP on our site—but on this remix, which doesn't appear on the physical release, he's gone dark and psychedelic, cranking the drums and driving the listener into a scary new psychological realm, as if dosed by a powerful shaman's mysterious, consciousness-expanding brew. The "African Drug" 12" drops on September 27, and also includes an epic Four Tet remix along with another T.Williams effort that's a lot more straight-ahead and melodic. 

Average: 8 (30 votes)
 
 

Download: Holy Ghost! "Static on the Wire (RAC Remix)"

We were jamming this electro-flavored remix of NYC duo Holy Ghost! all weekend long. And when we say electro, we don't mean idiotic nu-rave, we mean delightful synths, vintage claps, and bright melodies, all courtesy of the mysterious RAC (a.k.a. Remix Artist Collective). Admittedly, we're a little creeped out by the RAC website, which reads like some kind of lifestyle marketing nightmare and seems to offer professional remixing services on demand. Sample quote: "We aim to maintain a style of remixing that strays from the 'club mix' archetype, creating new incarnations of songs that stem from the original structure, but expand on their genre and musical arrangement. RAC mixes typically feature a unique blend of hip-hop and electro drum samples, analog synthesizers, melodic hooks, and original performed instrumentation." Um, yikes? Can we just pretend that we never saw that? For all we know, this remix was made with the assistance of an "urban tastemaker" focus group. Sadly, it TOTALLY WORKED, cuz we're still loving this version. 

Average: 7.6 (40 votes)
 
 

Benji B to Replace Mary Anne Hobbs on BBC1 Program

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Benji B is moving to BBC Radio 1 to host the Thursday 2 a.m.-4 a.m. slot, replacing Mary Anne Hobbs, who's been with the Beeb for 14 years. Read more » 

  • Filed under: news
  • 09/03/2010

Review: Wolfgang Voigt Freiland Klaviermusik

Label: Profan

During the years when minimal techno was king, much was made of the genre's similarities to avant garde and minimalist classical movements from the previous century, but often, specific affinities between the musics were referred to in hazy terms. Yet as co-founder of Kompakt and one of the indubitable kings of the minimal genre, Wolfgang Voigt is well suited to begin the discussion of these sonic similarities, which he does quite breathtakingly on Freiland Klaviermusik. Read more » 

  • Filed under: review
  • 09/03/2010

Download: Christoph Andersson "Tuxedo"

Label: TKVR

Working with the same kind of funky basslines, punching dance beats, and filter washes of the French Touch greats, 18 year-old Christoph Andersson crafted the first single from his forthcoming self-titled EP for the New Orleans-based TKVR label. The track is called "Tuxedo," and it has a sole purpose: to make you dance. Thankfully, Andersson is thoughtful in the creation of his groove-demanding tune. Not only is a strong and ecstatic melody at the front and center of "Tuxedo," the many elements that create its catchy hooks are made of lovingly sampled, cleanly chopped, and painstakingly orchestrated sounds that all work simultaneously toward the collective goal. And especially for a kid who's barely out of high school, that's no small accomplishment. The Christoph Andersson EP will be available on November 13. 

Average: 8.3 (91 votes)
 
 

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