It goes without saying that for the past 10 years, Jay Haze has been one of the most interesting and engaging techno producers around, dealing with sounds as diverse as new classical, African and Latin American musics, and, of course, the minimal house genre. His dynamism and enthusiasm will be sorely missed, as Love = Evolution will be his final album, and will also mark the shutdown of his Tuning Spork and Contexterrior imprints. Read more »
Bristol's Rob Smith (a.k.a. RSD) delivers this remix from Reggae Roast's recently released Righteous EP (artwork above). The London-based label has made a name for itself connecting the dots between traditional reggae music and the exploding styles of the UK bass scene, and this, its fifth release, is set to continue that reputation. The organ and horns of the original track (featuring the production of Evergreen, Landlord, and Ruckspin) are replaced with their dubbed-out counterparts, letting MC Danman's uplifting lyrics take the lead when present. As the track progresses, it seems to float like a lazy river, the beat acting as the constant rhythmic anchor of the remix while Smith manages to bathe almost every element, save the kick drum and bass, in gloriously vast delay and reverb trails. The Righteous EP features this remix as well as the original, a dub from Nucleus Roots, and another remix courtesy of Dark Arx. It is available now in both 12" vinyl and digital format.
From the onset, this MP3 clears up two pieces of information we weren't 100% sure about until today—first of all, Haddaway is still alive (really could have guessed either way on that one), and secondly, the electronic music community is in the midst of fully embracing it's guilty-pleasure past. Here we have a remix from Dutch producer Legowelt, who sends Wolfram's original track soaring to the heights of its Euro-disco potential. Haddaway delivers a trademark vocal performance that could easily have fit into any of his '90s hits but also feels appropriate amongst the lazery arpeggios and pulsating drums of this more modern (albeit retro-inspired) production. The original "Thing Called Love" can be found on Wolfram's forthcoming LP, which features collaborations with the likes of Holy Ghost!, Hercules and Love Affair, and Patrick Cowley-associated disco singer Paul Parker. (via Discobelle)
In the realm of hot mixes, Oneman's reputation certainly proceeds him. Hailed as a DJ's DJ (not to say he doesn't also know how to rock the regular non-DJ folk too), Oneman has become a celebrated Rinse FM jock and unleashed a barrage of killer mixes along the way, including the closing chapter of last year's XLR8R podcast series with an impressive set. Read more »
The Modeselektor-run 50Weapons imprint (a sub-label of the duo's other imprint, Monkeytown) has announced the release of its ninth single, a collaborative effort between two burgeoning UK producers, Benjamin Damage and Doc Daneeka. Read more »
Coming off two excellent releases for the renowned Traum Schallplatten imprint, Holland-based prodcuer Pascal Terstappen (a.k.a. Applescal) has a new EP set for release on the same label that first debuted his music back in 2007, Manual Music. "De Brigade," taken from Terstappen's forthcoming EP which sports the extremely serious title 5 Songs, a Pizza, and Some Marshmallows Please, finds the young producer crafting bubbly, house-infused techno in which a simple, distorted line is repeated and manipulated amongst pitched toms that bounce around like perfectly quantized basketballs falling onto a gym floor. Not too much progresses throughout the course of the track, as Terstappen decides to stick with the solid groove, throwing in some tasteful breakdowns and just the right amount of percussion to keep things moving smoothly along. 5 Songs, a Pizza, and Some Marshmallows Please will be available February 21.
Let's take a break from tweeting what we think about the new Radiohead album and watching that strangely uninteresting music video that came along with it, and put our focus onto something that actually looks awesome—namely, this music video from up-and-coming UK producer Star Slinger. "Mornin'," a bouncing track with a sunny disposition taken from the tunesmith's Volume 1 beat tape, is paired with appropriately bright and colorful images tweaked into psychedelic realms by director Alan Jensen. Read more »
When it rains, it pours, right? The adage certainly rings true with LA tape- and rhythm-experimentalist Matthewdavid, as he follows up the announcement of the International EP for Brainfeeder with word of his forthcoming debut LP for the same label, entitled Outmind. Read more »
Last year, we premiered an excellent production by young Pacific Northwest producer Cedaa, who remixed Clicks & Whistles' song from a compilation put together by Party Guy Records. Now, more of the Future Sounds of North America record is being treated to remixes, our favorite of which we're premiering today (listen to all of them here). Martin Kemp (pictured above) of the Blunted Robots clan gives Norrit's "N Gbekinho" a healthy dose of UK flavor with some patently shuffling house rhythms, oversized bass tones, and otherworldly soundscapes. The producer certainly reformats the track to fit his own club-friendly style, but maintains many of Norrit's original samples—namely, the eerie flute melody that slowly bores into your skull throughout the six-minute tune. And make sure to catch more of Martin Kemp's musical magic when visits Boston this coming Monday and NYC's TURRBOTAX® the following Friday.
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