“We need TOTAL coverage!”
I kept repeating that line from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and my photographer, Kelly O, was clearly getting sick of it. It was 5:30 a.m. at the final day of last week's Gathering of the Juggalos, and we’d already been privy to a stabbing, a bricking, some country-bumpkin cocaine, and a guy named “Kiltman," who forgot where his penis was. Read more »
It's been nearly a year since we got into the first album by Montreal's R&B-loving Balearic tunesmith CFCF, and a couple months since his remix EP, Drifts, came out, so yeah, we're ready for more from the soulful producer. And here it is: Mr. Michael Silver has a brand-new mixtape called Slow R&B For Zellers Locations Canada-Wide, and he's giving it away for free. Read more »
“We need TOTAL coverage!”
With each passing day, it seems that the the global bass tent becomes just a bit more crowded. Baile funk. Cumbia. Champeta. Mambo de la Calle. Kuduro. Kwaito. Shangaan Electro. The genres keep coming, and one of the latest to perk up gringo ears is tribal guarachero, a sound native to Mexico, particularly Mexico City and Monterrey. Read more »
This fall is looking to be a big season for debut albums, and if there's any scene with a wealth of up-and-coming producers hungry to release their first record, it's the LA beat scene. Even though tunesmith Dibiase has been at the music-making game for over half a decade now, his debut LP, Machines Hate Me, is just now set to see the light of day. "Lumberjack" is the first track to make it off that record, and exhibits the producer working overtime on his herky-jerky, MPC-based beats rife with crackling, melodic sample work. Catch 14 other of Dibiase's rhythmic concoctions when Alpha Pup drops Machines on September 14.
Fifteen years ago, Germany's Oval caught our ears by physically damaging CDs and mining alien beauty from their skips and loops. Their classic albums, Systemisch and 94 Diskont, wrote the book on what would become "glitch" techno. The group later shrank to just frontman Markus Popp, who went on to create sublime psych-noise albums and design audio software for his Ovalprocess sound-art installation. Read more »
8-bit sampling has been done. 16-bit and 32-bit sounds are okay, but we're gonna side with Eliot Lipp on this one and say that going for the 64-bit gold was the right choice. On this exclusive one-off track from the NY producer, a piece of the soundtrack from one of the best first-person shooters of all time, GoldenEye 007 for Nintendo 64, is reworked into a slow-swaggering dance jam that wouldn't be the least bit out of place in a darkly lit nightclub scene featuring a tuxedo-clad Pierce Brosnan with some doe-eyed European knockout. Like the smokey vixen, Lipp's beat is a purely sexual beast, but those ominous synth melodies and sound effects give off the air of an insidious double agent waiting for her chance to pounce.
Any more posts like this and we might have to change our website's name to xlr8rpresentsjimmyedgar.com. But there's obviously a reason the prodigious producer keeps showing up in our webpages, so we'll happily continue with our Edgar-mania, including this excellent remix of his new album's first single by UK DJ/producers Instra:mental (pictured above). This version of "Hot, Raw, Sex" (anyone else curious about that second comma?) makes the tune less of a celebration of pulling an all-nighter with a special someone and more of an exploration into the depraved longings of an extremely lonely sociopath. Edgar's chilly production aesthetic is still intact, but Instra:mental turns the original's '80s-funk vibe on its head—transforming it into an ominous, churning bass tune propelled by skittering beat and synth work. You can catch Jimmy Edgar touring North America in support of XXX, next month.
Months after we all first heard the debut full-length from LA's The Glitch Mob, the trio of edIT, OOAH, and Boreta have put together a follow-up to Drink the Sea, appropriately titled Drink the Sea Part 2: The Mixtape. The Glitch Mob brought together the entirety of its new album with a host of chopped-and-screwed acapellas from artists like Nas, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Dr. Read more »
One of the exclusive free tunes featured on the Autumn Feelings sampler from London's Merok label, the remix of Rihanna's "Rude Boy" hit by Brooklyn's Blondes proves the two entities to be quite the match. The house-referencing synth hook from the original single sounds like it could've been written by the Blondes boys themselves, so when they based their jackin' remix around that melody, the results sound nothing short of predestined. And we're not too worried about Rhianna's vocal work not making the cut because they've brought in a bigger diva on the mic, Mariah Carey. Her sampled contribution, along with the cosmic synth arpeggiations and booming house beats crafted by the remixers, helps elevate the "Rude Boy" remix into levels of ecstasy rarely explored by pop or dance music of our current era. We're grateful for Blondes, Rihanna, and Miss Carey for crossing paths on this one, and working together to take us there. You can download the rest of Merok's label sampler here.
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