News of more chilly dance grooves hitting our ears via Hyperdub just surfaced. UK DJ/producer duo Ill Blu has prepped two new jams for the bass-dealing label, entitled "Bellion" and "Dragon Pop." Each track flexes a particularly minimal style of future-house/UK funky that leans a bit more towards the darker, less-soulful end of the dance music spectrum, and focuses almost completely on rhythm, save for a basic bass synth or steel-drum melody. Read more »
This bit of future-boogie brilliance from SF-based producer B. Bravo is catching a re-release on a forthcoming compilation from BBC Radio 1 personality Gilles Peterson's Brownswood label (who also had Bravo interviewed recently on his website). Brownswood Electric is a beat-centric affair focusing on up-and-coming producers from across the US and UK's satellite electronic music scenes, which also includes tracks from the likes of DevonWho, Shlohmo, Mount Kimbie, and Mosca. B. Bravo's contribution, the title song from his previously released second EP for Frite Nite, Computa Love, opens the 15-track release with a thick, confident bass groove, slow-knocking beat, and loads of shimmering synth tones floating all around the smooth rhythm.
Next week, L-Vis 1990 and Bok Bok's Night Slugs label continues its reign atop Next-Level Awesomeness Mountain with the release of Lil Silva's Night Skanker EP. The six-track EP finds the young UK producer combining energetic, grime-influenced funky percussion with punchy synth melodies, and the results are spectacular. In advance of the EP's release, the Night Slugs crew has passed along the first two songs for us to preview on the XLR8R website. Read more »
We didn't think it was possible for anyone to love former cover stars and bliss-loving Spanish ravers Delorean any more than we do, but after watching this video, we stand corrected. These dudes are loving Delorean and loving life, and we can only stand back and gawk in amazement. Read more »
Elusive front man of Pennsylvania's psychedelic pop collective Black Moth Super Rainbow, Tobacco, has a bit on his plate as of late. The relatively anonymous fella is barely a week away from dropping his latest solo effort, Maniac Meat, and will be following up the release with a couple of weeks spent on the road sporting his wares. Read more »
We Are Standard (pictured) may be stuck in a time when Franz Ferdinand ruled the hearts of indie kids, but John Talabot performs a breathtaking and new turn on this remix of "Don't Give Up." The track is slowed and given a nice proto-house kick along with pulsing synths that recall KZA, or even the early lushness of Luciano. The original's vocals are almost nowhere to be found except in a pitched-up recurring snippet, and shimmering harmonies cascade towards the piece's end. Quite impressive work from one of Spain's best new exports! (via Pitchfork)
Glaswegian beat-making wunderkind and one of XLR8R's favorite saviors of music last year, Hudson Mohawke has long been a producer of interest for this publication. His recent remix for UK grime icon Wiley sent our heads spinning with its alter-dimensional rave sound, and now here's something a bit more personal from the beatsmith. Read more »
Over on the Fabric blog, UK funky phenom Scratcha DVA has curated an interesting selection of YouTube videos (check out the drumming three-year-old!) and offered up a free mix in anticipation of his FabricLive set. Check out the mix and tracklisting below!
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Another addition to Los Angeles' near-capacity beat scene, Asura sent over this track from his recently released self-titled debut LP, which is also the first album from LA label Non Projects. "Manzanita" takes its time to introduce any kind of rhythm; the whole first minute and a half is void of drum sounds, and is filled instead with thick atmospheric noise, delayed guitars, and a distant, muffled booming. As far as beat music goes, the classically trained Asura seems to be one of the most interested in melody, mood, and, surprisingly, singing along with his bedroom productions.
XLR8R favorite Jubilee is about to undertake a massive European tour, and to whet fans' appetites, she's prepared an excellent mix showcasing some of her current favorites. The mix is titled "BQE," and you can download it here. Check out the tracklisting and her tour dates after the jump! Read more »
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