It's hard to imagine the techno world of the late '80s and '90s without Belgium's R&S Records. The Ghent-based label not only first introduced Aphex Twin to the world, but it was also the home of some of the era's biggest names and releases, from Derrick May to System 7 to Joey Beltram, whose "Energy Flash" might be the label's most famous single. Read more »
Love Remains, the touching and visceral debut album by Brooklyn's lo-fi-obsessed R&B experimentalist How To Dress Well, didn't quite make it onto our year-end favorites list for 2010, but that's not to say we weren't avid fans of artist Tom Krell's shattered ethereal pop. We even had the opportunity to premiere HTDW's music video for the lovely "Ready For the World" cut, and now we're pleased to give you two more clips for "Suicide Dream 2" and "Suicide Dream 1." Read more »
From the forthcoming The Windtalker EP (pictured above) by Swiss-French artist Consor, we have this remix of the title track by LA beatmaker and Non Projects acolyte Asura. Seeing as how both producers have distinct interests in organic sources and texturally dense music, bringing together their individual takes on those sounds for "The Windtalker (Asura's Fur Ana Mix)" is basically a no-brainer. Asura dips the whole song into a warm bath of synth pads, hushed vocal melodies, and overwhelming spatial atmospheres and injects the once-beatless tune with a clattering, rhythmic pulse—effectively giving Consor's original track a serene-yet-driving vibe, the likes of which we haven't heard much of since Aphex Twin's ambient days. Make sure to keep an eye out for the rest of the eight-song release when it drops on March 7.
Many moons ago—if you'll remember with us—we premiered a brand-new song from the burgeoning post-rock artisans in Chicago's A Lull, entitled "Weapons For War." Since that song went live on our website back in October 2009, the boys of that band gave it a bit of a facelift in preparation for its official release as the lead track on A Lull's debut LP for the Mush label, Confetti—not to mention the Weapons For War EP (pictured above), which drops on March 1. Also on that EP are a handful of remixes, including this one from fellow Chicagoans Houses. The electro-pop-inclined pair reformat the original song's baroque layers of percussion and busied melodic elements into a simple and bubbling tune that floats somewhere in between The Postal Service's more sullen moments and that one song from the '90s about a phonebooth by Primitive Radio Gods. But instead of sampling B.B. King's bluesy vocal hooks, Houses nabs a lyric from singer Nigel Dennis—repeating "We'll all lay down when it's time to/Not one minute early/Not one minute early" before trailing off into the remix's gradual comedown. A Lull's Confetti is out on April 12.
To be released through Tectonic, a forthcoming 12" single from label boss Pinch (pictured above) will feature two collaborative tracks the DJ/producer crafted with the help of fellow UK tunesmiths, including Swamp 81 honcho Loefah and Rinse FM's Roska. Read more »
The fine folks over at Kompakt just unleashed this gem on their Soundcloud the other day, a patently bass-laden and hyped-up remix of Rainbow Arabia's "Without You" by fellow LA-based duo Nguzunguzu. The two groups' musical ideas work almost perfectly here, as both the remixing couple and the couple behind the original track have insatiable hungers for tropical instrumentation, tribal percussion, and dubby soundscapes, and yet Nguzunguzu do much more than just up the tempo. What was once some kind of warped, islander dance-pop tune ready for radio rotation is now a club-friendly piece of cyclical space-juke ready for your next footwork battle on the moon. And don't forget that Rainbow Arabia's debut LP, Boys and Diamonds, will drop on February 29 via Kompakt.
UK producer Jon Hopkins has been hard at work as of late, and it looks like he won't be letting up any time soon. After dropping a remix 12" with tracks from fellow English artists Four Tet and Nathan Fake and prepping a new collaborative album with King Creosote, the musicmaker just finished up his own remix of a new track by director-turned-producer David Lynch, and he's got a tour coming up, too. Read more »
Back in November XLR8R posted "Fail Forever," a single from Danish group When Saints Go Machine, a track that channeled Arthur Russell in lead singer Nikolaj Manuel Vonsild's voice as much as the music channeled disco and baroque pop. Now with the release of their debut album of the same name, !K7 is offering up a remix of the track from nascent techno producers dOP. In this version, the French trio accentuates the most obvious elements of the original—further distorting and pitching Vonsild's voice, updating the disco to techno, and allowing the original's string sections to bask in their own soothing glory for the final two minutes.
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