It didn't take long at all for South London trio Dark Sky to rise to a place of notoriety in the bass community. It was less than a year ago that producers Tom Edwards, Matt Benyayer, and Carlo Anderson caught XLR8R's attention, and only months before then that the outfit's brand of brooding club music was first released via Black Acre and Pictures Music. This quick ascent could be attributed to any number of things: the fact that Edwards and Benyayer had worked together for years before as part of Boogaloo Crew, the fact that Dark Sky arrived seemingly knowing exactly what it wanted to sound like, the fact that the trio has released a non-stop slew of remixes and originals (not to mention DJ mixes) since its debut, the fact that the UK club scene in general is constantly on the lookout for 'the next big thing,' or the fact that Dark Sky is just damn good. Read more »
Now, here's something particularly interesting that just dropped into our inbox: Canadian hardware obsessive and synth-pop veteran Solvent has a brand-new EP ready to drop on September 6 via his recently resurrected Suction label, which he made using one very special piece of gear. Producer Jason Amm took it upon himself to craft the aptly titled RDJCS5 EP solely from the sounds of a Yamaha CS5 monosynth that was once owned by Richard D. James and actually has the liner notes from the monumental Selected Ambient Works Vol. II album etched into its bottom. "Curtains" is one of those four tracks (five if you buy the vinyl edition), and is possibly the most lighthearted of the bunch; it's immediately obvious that Solvent feels right at home writing music with even just a single piece of vintage analog hardware. If you want to learn more about the process that went into making the RDJCS5 EP, check out this in depth piece on Modyfier, here.
Yesterday, Brooklyn's Tri Angle label announced it will release the debut EP by New York-via-Kuwait resident Fatima Al Qadiri, who produces music under the name Ayshay (meaning "whatever" in Arabic). WARN-U will drop on September 26 with three tracks of the artist's strange, vocal-driven music in addition to a "Megamix" by LA global bass duo Nguzunguzu. According to the press release, this remix is a part of the larger "Megamix," which finishes out Ayshay's record. The tune tweaks with the main vocal melody from "WARN-U" and overlays some clattering beat work that could rightly be an homage to Richard D. James' AFX or The Tuss projects. In fact, the whole thing doesn't sound terribly unlike fellow acid/jungle experimentalist Venetian Snares, which is an interesting addition to Nguzunguzu's already expansive sound palette.
UK bass-lovin' badman David Kennedy (a.k.a. Pearson Sound, formerly Ramadanman) recently spoke to XLR8R scribe Andrew Ryce about the tunes he's been getting down to and playing out as of late for the most recent installment of Resident Advisor's Playing Favourites feature series. Read more »
It really should come as no surprise that most anything coming down the pipeline from burgeoning UK producer Throwing Snow has no trouble getting our attention, but add to that the fact that the man has a collaborative EP in the works with London vocalist Py (due August 1, artwork above), and we're pretty much hooked. Ahh, if only that was all to the story, then maybe we'd stop gushing, but the folks at Super have really put together a nice release here, tapping the talents of Lapalux, Rafferite, and PhOtOmachine to deliver three very different remixes of the EP's lead track, "Wallow." Here we have last remixer's take, which dips the original track's lush tones and sultry vocals into everything from floating pads, acid synths, and blistering drum machines to produce this tantalizing piece of future house.
Last week, Resident Advisor posted up a nice piece on Stockholm-based electronic music producers Axel Boman (pictured above), Kornél Kovács, and Petter, whose workspace is collectively known as Studio Barnhus. Read more »
Burgeoning Bay Area-based producer Elephant & Castle has just released a new single (artwork above) for the Plug Research imprint, and has passed along the b-side, "I Will," to help spread the word. Beginning with a series of blissfully reversed chords, E&C implements a few choice samples of incomprehensible female vocals and gently strummed guitar, gradually revealing the shape of things to come. Joined by an ever-so-slightly off-kilter drum pattern and a sparse, glistening melody, the initial layers build and mold themselves into a vast, enveloping chorus of melancholy electronics. With a slow-brewing core and a host of reversed sonic treatments, "I Will" can at times feel akin to watching a hazy film, playing backwards, in slow motion, if you're stoned. The single comes with word that the label will be issuing an Elephant & Castle LP in the not-too-distant future, but for now we're happy to savor tracks like this until that day arrives.
There's something about John "Juan" MacLean that suggests he's a man that feels he has a lot to prove. From 2010's one-take all-vinyl DJ-Kicks to 2008's piano-house smash "Happy House," his output (not to mention his interviews) over the past three years has been focused almost exclusively on building an impenetrable aura of authenticity. It's not hard to guess why either: MacLean came to DJ culture late in life after maintaining a decidedly anti-DJ stance. With his new Peach Melba project (in collaboration with vocalist Amy Douglas), MacLean has created yet another channel for beefing up his dance music authority. Read more »
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