How rad would it be if up-and-coming, genre-defying beat makers like Clams Casino provided the soundtrack for some of live television's biggest moments? Wouldn't it be doubly mindblowing to hear the misty expanse of a track like "Gorilla" (posted for download here) while seeing a space shuttle launch or watching your country win Olympic gold? Read more »
DJ/producer Jason Burns comes from Cleveland, Ohio, a place best known for its sports teams and shrines to rock 'n' roll, so you could understand that we were slightly taken aback when the he dropped this heart-wrenchingly soulful, UK-centric bass tune in our inbox the other day. Called "Back 2 You," the unreleased production corrals all the hallmarks of a contemporary dancefloor heater—R&B vocal samples, deep sub-bass tones, sparkling synth hooks, and skittering club rhythms—slowing them down into a syrupy 2-stepper that'll make you want to slow dance with whoever is standing closest (maybe even grind on 'em a bit, depending). The more we listen to Burns' work, the more it reminds us of low-end- and R&B-lovers like Brenmar and Kingdom, albeit with a heavier dash of proper dubstep soundscapes. Look for more of these jams from the Midwestern tunesmith when his first record drops via Sam Supa's Brap Dem! label later this year.
This wonky, hyperreal tune opens the forthcoming Colortronics EP by San Francisco producer Comma, which is scheduled to drop on May 24 via Salva's Frite Nite label. Awesomely titled "Ken Griffey Jr." (we're actually surprised that no one's used the iconic baseball player's name on a blunted, laser-infused beatscape before now), Comma's production boasts many sonic layers that all work towards the effect of wearing 3-D glasses on your ears, or something. Each element of the beat jumps out from the haze with a crack, only to slink back into the mix again. Synth sounds ebb and flow from the aural mist below, spreading outwards into your peripheries. A goopy bassline sits on top of everything, wriggling in place before it slithers away to make room for whatever unreal sound Comma pulls from his arsenal next. If that kind of listening suits you, make sure to check the six remaining tracks on Colortronics when they're made available next month.
This slice of sleek, contemplative techno from veteran producer Santiago Salazar comes to us as part of the Soul Aid Project , a project that gives away music in hopes of soliciting donations to help the currently devastated country of Japan and its community of musicians. The Underground Resistance affiliate takes this one pretty far out on a late-night tip, leaving only a bouncing bassline and skipping tech-house beat to hold down the groove amongst the tune's more ethereal elements. The track showcases a slightly different side of the LA-based producer than the last time Little White Earbuds delivered one of Salazar's top-notch beats for free, but we're just as happy to pass it along. (via Little White Earbuds)
Minnesota's preeminent purveyor of retro-tinged bliss pop, John Maus, has dropped a video for "Believer," the closing track from his forthcoming full-length, We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves. The heavenly, vastly expansive tune is matched by a similarly dense layering of abstract and psychedelic images to stunning effect. And for those seeking more Maus-related video, we've dug up an XLR8R TV episode from the 2008 vaults, which features the weirdo-pop craftsman waxing philosophical on his music, lyrics, and the like. Read more »
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