Philly production duo Golden Ages (pictured above) delivers this blown-out treatment of "Swimmer's Ear," taken from lo-fi ambient outfit Viernes' debut album, Sinister Devices. Theirs is a remix that assaults you from the get-go with high-register vocal "aahs," muffled drum-machine beats, and something that sounds like a bassline bouncing in the middle of it all. It doesn't let up its distorted audio attack once throughout its run time—coming across like Wolf Eyes or Nurse With Wound giving a go at radio-ready dance music. Sinister Devices is available now.
Damn! If this remix of Zero 7's "Ghost sYMBOL" by UK DJ/producer Julio Bashmore (pictured above) is anything, it is goddamn dirty. And not like "don't bring 'em 'round your grandma" dirty, but rather, "soaked in crunchy bass and ass-moving rhythms" dirty. Nearly every sound Bashmore utilizes in his track crackles with the fuzz of distortion, and yet somehow manages to remain utterly pristine in its sound quality. Truthfully, this shuffling banger of a tune couldn't be further from the vibe of the original track, but it's a welcome addition to Zero 7's forthcoming Best Of release, Record, alongside other remixes from Fred Falke, Carl Craig, Motor City Drum Ensemble, and more. (Editor's Note: Unbeknownst to us, the initial version we received for this download was a corrupted file. We now have the correct version of Bashmore's remix, which finds the talented producer flexing his usual bass-heavy production style. It's certainly not distorted, but will undoubtedly still get you down and dirty with its thick, rhythmic slap.)
A little over a week ago, we reported on the sad news of New York hang-out hotspot BKLYN Yard closing its doors suddenly due to lease issues. We were under the impression that Sunday Best, the ongoing series of daytime music events held every Sunday this summer in NY, would have to relocate, but apparently that is not so. Read more »
Given the rash of post-punk soundalikes that have littered the musical landscape over the past decade, we're certainly pretty skeptical when it comes to bands sporting angular guitar melodies, funk-influenced basslines, and dancefloor-friendly beats. Yet we do like Foals, an Oxford-based quintet that recently released its sophomore album, Total Life Forever. We also like the band's taste in remixers, as they've enlisted UK 2-step champion Deadboy to put his touch on "Spanish Sahara." Injecting the pensive song with some gently skittering percussion and some mild synth stabs, Deadboy punches up the track just enough to get our heads nodding and toes tapping.
Berlin's Krake Festival to Feature Plaid, Cristian Vogel, Bogdan Raczynski, Radioactive Man, and Many More
As we get further into the summer months, we also travel deeper into festival season, and no one loves their mass gatherings like the dance-music-obsessed folks spread throughout Europe. Now, we can add this four-day extravaganza to the mix, Berlin's Krake Festival. Read more »
The UK's dubstep (or is it post-dubstep? can someone please name this genre already?) scene is absolutely bursting with quality music at the moment, and XLR8R is loving every minute of it. The latest slice of low-end heaven to catch our attention is the Lipsmacker EP from Al Tourettes & Appleblim. Read more »
Producer Joakim Dyrdahl (a.k.a. diskJokke) is hard at work getting people excited for the release of his second full-length, En Fin Tid. He's been remixing all over the place, including "Ev Vill Hest" from fellow Norse musicians Casiokids and now a new jam from Coldplay side-project Apparatjik. The busy music maker also just shared a mix of acid-tinged Bealeric beachfront tunes for utilization at your next summery extravaganza, as well as a remix of his own tune, En Fin Tid's "1987," by Banjo or Freakout. Read more »
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