As the post-rock legends in Mogwai continue to riddle their once pristine discography with album after album of bombastic mediocrity, a vacant slot has opened in the music world—one that begs to be filled by tasteful musicians as interested in subtlety and nuance as they are grit and distortion. Certainly a prime candidate to fill such a void is the Irish duo Solar Bears (pictured above), and the more we hear from the instrumental outfit, the more they seem to lead the pack. This remix of "Clears Throat," a tune originally by Denton, Texas-based FUR, speaks more to the Bears' soft side, as they layer pattering rhythms, warbling synth ambiance, moody bass tones, and preciously plucked guitar notes to craft a touching soundscape that'll likely entrance you while it tugs ever so softly at your heartstrings.
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Hype Williams is not the electronic side-project of the well-known music video director of the same name but actually a mysteriously elusive "Anglo-Russian" duo that has been building a reputation with their brand of lo-fi dub/avant-pop/beat music over the last year. Now the duo has officially announced that a new LP, One Nation, will be released March 15 via the Hippos In Tanks imprint. Read more »
Leave it to Warp's flagship beatsmith Flying Lotus to not only help revolutionize the music we listen to, but also how we obtain the music we listen to. With a brand-new web app called Trigger, fans of FlyLo can download what are called the Cosmogramma Alt Takes, but there's a catch: You have to prove you actually purchased the Cosmogramma album. Read more »
Brooklyn-based avant hip-hopper Kotchy (pictured above) is getting set to release his latest album, Two, on February 1. Back in November, he gave us a sneak peek in the form of a trippy video for album opener "Sometimes I Get Down." Now the song has been remixed by Irish-born, NYC-based producer Mike Slott, who has basically extracted almost all of Kotchy's distinctive flow. Gone are the laid-back talk-raps and noodling acoustic guitar loop, as Slott has picked up the tempo and assembled a playful little number full of swirling keys, melodic whimsy, and bouncy, chopped-up beats. Think of it as the original's hyperactive younger brother.
Coming soon on DJ/producer Robert Hood's own label, M-Plant, is a two-song 12" record featuring both the Detroit techno veteran (pictured above) and UK producer James Ruskin. While Ruskin delivers a solid remix of the lead single from Hood's Omega LP, "Alpha," the label head offers a brand-new track of ominous, hypnotic dance music, simply called "The Family." Read more »
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David Kennedy seems perfectly positioned for the new millennium. His recollection of the 20th century is a bit vague. The future is far away and up for grabs. His professional creative trajectory, which began rather suddenly in the mid-'00s when he stumbled upon a low-pressure sound community growing in London, is all happening in the present. Read more »
Taken from World Family Vol. 1, the recently released inaugural edition of a new compilation series from Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label, "Summer Badness" is a soulful slow jam from the minds of Puerto Rican producer Chuck Maurice and London-based DJ/producer Simbad (who also happens to be the compilation's co-curator along with Lefto). The pair of music makers lay down a couple of sample-heavy grooves—made mostly of horn loops, disembodied "ooh"s, a syrupy bassline, and a solid hip-hop beat—to carry most of their tune, and occasionally brighten the corners of their somber tune with flurries of astral synth melodies and other twinkling sonics. It's certainly a fitting cut to close out the 27-song, two-disc compilation, as "Summer Badness" prompts one to close their eyes, sway back and forth, and imagine that beat-lovers around the world are all doing the same.
In this first issue of 2011, the young David Kennedy (a.k.a. Ramadanman and Pearson Sound) leads London's still-burgeoning, post-funky bass scene into 2011, with the likes of fellow UK natives Lone and Elijah & Skilliam, who follow close in tow, also featured. Read more »
Here, Britain's Baconhead has a go at reformatting one of the latest bits of laptop-born, glitch-flavored beat work from Tigerbeat6 stalwart Cex, "Secret Monog." The UK duo, made up of producers Ebola and Autobee, sequesters handfuls of the track's pristine audio, applying them to a head-knocking bass tune that boasts as much funky club swagger as it does glistening sonic austerity. You can nab more versions of Cex's "Secret Monog," as well as other remixes of his jams and a couple original tunes, when Tigerbeat6 drops the Megamuse EP on January 25. But if you can't wait that long, preview the whole thing here. (You might as well keep a look out for the forthcoming Cex full-length, Tiny Creature, while you're at it.)
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