Today, UK funky don Roska dropped a free remix via his Twitter account, and it's just far too good to not repost ourselves. The DJ/producer hijacks the many hyperactive vocal stems from the updated version of 2004 grime hit "Pow" by Lethal Bizzle (pictured above), and lays them over a particularly rude riddim chock full of sinister bass tones, cracking snares, light-footed percussion loops, and bubbling sound effects. Roska's whole production bounces and wiggles about at a deceptively quick pace, as it simultaneously sports elements running at full-throttle and half-time tempos, an ideal tune to drop at either end of the BPM spectrum.
Now, let's be honest: This is basically just a novelty, but an enjoyable one nonetheless. Last weekend at LA's monthly beat scene get-together, Low End Theory, Radiohead frontman and recent Burial and Four Tet collaborator Thom Yorke dropped an impromptu DJ set, and someone just happened to catch some excellent footage of the affair. Read more »
Today, Jean-René Etienne and Emile Shahidi, heads of French electronic imprint Institubes, announced that their nearly eight-year-old record label—that worked with artists the likes of Para One, Zombie Disco Squad, Harvard Bass, Midnight Juggernauts, Surkin, and Das Glow, among others—will no longer be releasing music. Read more »
The man behind hotly tipped electronic outfits Sepalcure, Neon Black, Syndrone, and Machinedrum, Travis Stewart, is about to launch a tour under the latter of those monikers, which kicks off this Friday, March 18, in Berlin and ends on April 2 in Paris. Read more »
Since the early '90s, Luke Vibert has been an institution of the UK's experimental dance music scene, holding his own alongside fellow veteran heavy-hitters like Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, and μ-Ziq. The prolific artist has delivered an almost non-stop stream of quality singles, EPs, and LPs—under a variety of handles, including Plug, Wagon Christ, and his given name—during his nearly two-decade-long career, the latest of which dropped this past Monday via Ninja Tune. With the new Wagon Christ LP, called Toomorrow, out now, we decided to have a little e-chat with Vibert. He told us about the first electronic track he ever made, why he loves "UK hardcore rap" so much, and what he really thinks about Kid606. Read more »
Forthcoming on Eliot Lipp's Old Tacoma label is a fresh EP of old-school-indebted jams from Brooklyn's Mike Bubbles. His record, Bubble Works, features six tracks of boogie- and G-funk-flavored dancefloor music, and "Inspek Ya Dekz" is easily one of the strongest of the batch. For this tune, Bubbles takes no time diving right into a slick, massive groove, and employs a veritable cornucopia of organic percussive sounds and smooth synth lines to keep your body swaying in between the boom and smack of the solid beat. The whole thing radiates late '80s/early '90s authenticity—making it more than apparent that the producer knows the work of his sonic forefathers inside and out. You can hear more of Bubbles' music when Bubble Works drops next week, and check out a video for his "Groovin 4 Tha Sistaz" number below. Read more »
Primate, the debut album to come from Berlin-based sound artist Tommy Four Seven (out at the end of this month via CLR), takes an interesting and relatively fresh approach to the well-traversed genre of techno. The up-and-coming producer forwent the usual course of re-working drum samples and handmade synth tones to flesh out his compositions, and instead created his own library of sounds, which was built from field recordings made throughout his daily life and intricately crafted vocal melodies. Here, we have the vaguely dystopic video for one such piece, called "G." Read more »
Apparently, a couple years ago, DJ Aphrodite nabbed a few samples from "At Your Best (You Are Love)" by R&B starlet Aaliyah, and tossed them into the mix of a new jungle tune he was producing. That track became "Let Me Know (Aphrodite Jungle Remix)," a song which was just recently re-worked ever so slightly by Brooklyn leftfield crooner Laurel Halo. It seems like the burgeoning artist just layered on some floating synth pads and other swirling soundscapes to the low-end-heavy rave jam for her edit. It may not be the biggest of changes ever made to a track, but it nonetheless adds a deeper vibe to an already standout piece of dancefloor heat. (via Altered Zones)
The latest sub-busting number to drop from Philly bass cadet Dev79's hard drive and into our anxious ears is a cut the producer describes as "future garage meets street bass," called "In Grain We Trust." And while that may be an apt comparison, we'd like to note how much the Pennsylvania native's new track reminds us of early '00s Tigerbeat6 fare. The tweaked reggae samples, the 8-bit sound bytes, the obtuse bass tones, playful synth melodies, and the incessantly ear-slamming beats all bring us back to the kinds of warped, dancehall-inspired rave jams that label boss Miguel De Pedro (a.k.a. Kid606) had a lengthy affair with back then. Dev79 does the sound justice and then some on this hyped-up title track from his new release. You can check out the rest of the In Grain We Trust EP (pictured above) over on Juno, here.
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