It's certainly been quite some time since we last heard from DFA's longstanding house revivalist Juan Maclean (save for his DJ-Kicks mix album), so it's quite reassuring to hear he's still got the knack for making vintage-inspired dancefloor burners. As this slick remix for Cosmic Kids' brand-new single for the Throne of Blood label, "Reginald's Groove" (pictured above), indicates, Maclean hasn't lost his penchant for pairing piano-driven disco-house with spacey electronics and deep basslines, and riding that wave of bouncy grooves for as long as he can. Even next to other remixes from relative newcomers Classixx and Bicep, the veteran producer sounds as fresh as ever. Let's hope we don't have to wait much longer to hear more of Maclean's excellent work.
Strictly Ballroom: After decades in the shadow of vogue dancing and culture, ballroom beats come to the fore.
Step on edgier dancefloors nowadays, and you best be prepared to come a little cunty, honey. Dip, drop, duckwalk, catwalk, hands, hands, hands: vogue dancing and ballroom culture are experiencing another moment in the media spotlight. This time, however, they're bringing the ballroom beats with them, beats that are finding their way into sets from DJs as different as Kingdom, Greg Wilson, Seth Troxler, and Nick Curly. Read more »
Just yesterday, an intimate video surfaced of San Francisco resident and rhythm experimentalist Shlohmo speaking to local videographers Yours Truly in and around his home. The wonderfully shot clip—which you can watch here or after the jump below—was also soundtracked by a fresh remix the producer made for one of his latest tunes, "Places." On this new version of the song, Shlohmo mixes his wavering vocal coos high above the jangly guitar strums, herky-jerky synth melodies, and molasses-slow beats, which all work towards giving it a more personal and oddly soulful vibe compared to its predecessor. Then things grow even more intense with distorted vocals, fuzzy atmosphere, and more percussive elements as "Places (Yours Truly Remix)" plays out, and we start to question which version of Shlohmo's song we enjoy more. It's probably a tie. Read more »
The fourth release to come from Southern California's My Hollow Drum crew/label—which, incidentally, boasts the talented beatmaker and XLR8R fave Teebs as a member—is an eight-track LP by LA producer Co.Fee, called Easy Listening (pictured above). As you might have imagined, the record is anything but, which is evidenced here by the hyped-up "Spark Plug." The song is a bit grimy and distorted, a bit ramshackle, and, truth be told, a little harsh on the ears, but those rough aesthetics suit Co.Fee's brash drum-machine beats and overblown synth tones to a T. You can check out more of the young artist's sounds when his record drops on April 12.
Germany's house- and techno-loving Traum sub-label Trapez is just over a month away from dropping its 100th release, a two-part, 17-track 12" series featuring remixes from the likes of Butch, Keno, Remerc, Italoboyz (pictured above), Worthy, Blind Minded, Lucio Aquilina, Crowdkillers, Marcus Sur, and many others. Read more »
On April 12, the excellent NY-based imprint Dutty Artz will release a limited-run 12" on behalf of Austin bass patron Dubbel Dutch. The producer's white-label record will feature two completely original productions, called "Fem Pressure" and "MadLoopz," along with three refixes of hotly tipped R&B jams by R. Kelly, Ciara, and Deborah Cox. Read more »
Southern Californian beat maestro Daedelus recently took a trip to a certain Room 205 to record a live performance for the ongoing series curated by Incase. Donning his finest Victorian garb, producer Alfred Darlington performs with his custom-made controllers a new version of his 2004 track, "Scaling Snowdon." Read more »
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