Oxford band Fixers recently hooked up with its neighbourhood tunesmith Chad Valley (pictured above), resulting in this starry-eyed remix of the indie-pop outfit's "Iron Deer Dream" song. As he often does, producer Hugo Manuel cuts the vocal samples into candy-coated hooks that should keep listeners humming along while his thumping dance beats move your feet from side to side. The rest of "Iron Deer Dream (Chad Valley Remix)" is all glowing synthscapes, spacey percussion loops, bouncing basslines, and a couple of classic piano breakdowns that add a new level of sophistication to the artist's repertoire. You can check out what the original version of Fixers' number sounds like here, and pre-order a copy of that 7" here.
Next Friday, London's burgeoning grime label Butterz is set to host Fabric's Room 3 with sets from Terror Danjah, Swindle, Champion, Logan Sama, and label heads Elijah & Skilliam (pictured above). To help spread the word, both Elijah & Skilliam and Terror Danjah have made mini-mixes available over at Fabric's site. Read more »
Hessle Audio co-founder (along with Ben UFO and Pearson Sound/Ramadanman) Kevin McAuley (a.k.a. Pangaea) has a new 12" single slated for release later this month on his own label. The "Inna Daze" b/w "Won't Hurt" single is said to find the veteran producer exploring "his own take on UK bass music." Considering Hessle Audio has been on the cusp of forward-thinking house, dubstep, and UK bass music since its inception, we can only imagine that this single will further the imprint's well-deserved reputation. Read more »
Chairman Kato is a new producer on the London bass music scene who recently joined the ranks of the Pictures Music crew—a roster that also includes the likes of Dark Sky and Seams—for his debut EP, Wildfire (pictured above). You can preview some portions of that forthcoming release here, but first we've got a full download of the second tune on Kato's debut, "No Coincidence." Of his music, the producer has said, "I knew I wanted to make something that was cohesive and not necessarily something that was going to move dancefloors," a sentiment which rings particularly true on this cut. Kato's song certainly has beats, but these are broken rhythms more closely associated with the Flying Lotus continuum than that of the UK club scene. And over those herky-jerky drum patterns, sheets of sizzling white noise compete with ghostly moans and rickety synth loops. It's certainly no coincidence this production made it onto an EP called Wildfire; Chairman Kato makes it sound like you're in the middle of one.
Yesterday, we caught wind of Brooklyn duo Games changing up the name of their, uh, game, opting to call themselves by their respective last names instead, and today we discovered that buzz-producer Joy Orbison has simplified his own moniker, too. Under the name Joy O, DJ/producer Peter O'Grady has already got a new single coming down the pipeline through the label that broke his excellent "Hyph Mngo" tune, Hotflush. Read more »
Back in January, we let you know that the Berlin-by-way-of-Holland producer 2562 had launched his own label, When In Doubt. Now, with its first release (a 10" single from the label head himself) only a few days behind it, the imprint has announced it will release a new LP from 2562 in the form of a disco-inspired concept album entitled Fever. Read more »
More than two decades after the start of Marcus Intalex's music career, the drum & bass DJ/producer and Soul:R label owner will finally release his debut full-length album via his own imprint on April 18. The 12-song LP is called 21 (named after how many years Intalex has operated under that moniker), and features collaborations with the likes of Calibre, S.P.Y., Zed Bias, and more. Read more »
It's been quite some time since we fell in love with the second LP by Buenos Aires DJ/producer Matias Aguayo, 2009's Ay Ay Ay, but we more than welcome this late-coming clip for his bouncing "Ritmo Juarez" tune. Donning a variety of festive outfits, Aguayo and multitudes of his likeness dance about on screen while colorful, hand-drawn images of city skylines, stormy weather, and Nickelodeon-esque dancefloors rapidly alternate in the background. Read more »
Keeping hard at work after releasing his second solo album in four years, 2010's XXX, Jimmy Edgar just dropped a brand-new single via !K7, called "New Touch." That 12" holds a few remixes of the track, including one from Montreal's Jacques Greene and an alternate version by Edgar himself. "New Touch (Jimmy Edgar's Hard Makeover)" is just about exactly what its title implies: a dark, sharp-edged rework à la the producer's usual proto-techno, '80s sex-jam style. Chilly synth arpeggiations dance around low-octave basslines and smashing dance beats while the auteur waxes robotic every so often, delivering tinny, vocoded hooks, sounding not unlike much of his recent output. Edgar might as well have called the track "New Touch v2.0."
James Blake, Pantha du Prince, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Field, Tim Exile, and More to Play 10th Annual Ether Festival
This Spring, London's Southbank Center will embark on its 10th year of hosting the always-innovative Ether festival, cramming loads of audio, visual, and other culturally relevant experiences into over a month-long stretch of concerts, exhibitions, and workshops. Artists such as Tim Exile (pictured above), James Blake, Micachu and The Shapes, Pantha du Prince, Wolfgang Voigt, Oneohtrix Point Never, The Field, oOoOO, and Apparat, among many others, will perform between March 24 and April 28 in the midst of flim screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Passion of Joan Arc (complete with live performances of the film scores), discussions with drummer Steve Reich, and the return of Killing Joke. But that's all just the tip of the iceberg. Read more »
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