Despite being somewhat of a catch-all genre descriptor, the term "dub" does evoke a certain aesthetic sense, which may explain why the work of CHLLNGR has been so easily lobbed into the category. Sure, there is an undeniable element of dub to his craft—it may even be the most prevalent underlying theme—but with the release of his debut full-length, it appears the Copenhagen-based producer is at least finding pockets of unexplored territory within the genre, if not taking strides to move beyond it. Read more »
Deep in the middle of LA beatsmith Ras G's forthcoming space opus, entitled Down 2 Earth (check the details here), you'll find this slow-swinging blip of a tune. For the most part, "Black Dusty Radio" lives up to its name with warbling, distorted transistor sounds, but a good chunk of the track is also dedicated to a smooth, cosmic groove that we wouldn't mind throwing on repeat during our next hazy afternoon laze-about. We'll be ready for the rest of Ras G's LP when Ramp drops it on July 25.
Last month we tipped you to the imminent release of "Can't Let Go" by Peach Melba, a duo comprised of Amy Douglas and John "Juan" MacLean. With the digital release out now, and a vinyl pressing due to hit shops July 26, the duo has offered up the "Dub of Dub" remix as an introduction. While "Can't Let Go" in its original incarnation resurrects the deep sound of '90s Detroit house (think Chez Damier), the "Dub of Dub" takes an entirely different approach by way of Basic Channel and some seriously cavernous dub-techno. Drenched in reverb, white noise, and echo, "Can't Let Go (Dub of Dub)" rides a precisely quantized rhythm through an immense-but-solitary aquatic environment all while still retaining an early-morning dancefloor sensibility. Here's one to play when the sun's coming up but the party's still going strong. (Via Pitchfork)
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This deep, soulful slice of blissful house comes to us from Los Angeles-based producer Urulu, who is set to release his sophomore EP, Goodbyes (artwork above), tomorrow via the Pet Food imprint. And just in time for the summer it seems, as "Been Here Before" sounds like just the right tempo for any number of warm and/or moonlit situations the coming months may bring. Maybe the laid-back bassline and crisp chords are perfect for a lazy afternoon pool party, or maybe the percolating percussion and soulful vocal samples have "late night dance bonanza" written all over them. Really, we could even see this track fitting nicely into an aimless late-night/early-morning-style road trip if the situation should arise. Either way, we're willing to endure a little trial and error to figure out exactly where "Been Here Before" is best fit, 'cause something tells us the payoff is sure to be worth it.
On this video for gritty R&B crooner How to Dress Well's "Decisions," artist Tom Krell talks a bit about the creation of his beautiful Love Remains LP, and how it compares to the forthcoming Just Once EP, which features orchestral versions of three of its songs along with one new track. He also does a live performance of EP cut "Decisions." Read more »
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