UK bass imprint Senseless recently celebrated five years of dropping club-ready tunes from the likes of Warrior Queen, Pacheko, Jack Sparrow, and Kanji Kinetic, and continue with the festivities with impending release of a five-part, limited-edition music and art series called Synesthesia. The first installment comes on July 25, a three-track 12" with hand-screened artwork and an exclusive insert, not to mention fiery cuts from The Phantom, Rossi B & Luca, and, featured here, Venice Calypso. The London-based artist's "Drifting" kicks off that slab of vinyl, and is a prime example of the skittering, next-level club music you can expect from Senseless' forthcoming series, which is apparently all about the "marriage of art and music" and "the five senses." Look for the other four parts of this endeavor in the following nine months or so.
This clip from The Creators Project may be entitled "Meet Squarepusher," but we certainly don't assume you'd be reading XLR8R without at least having cursory knowledge of the veteran Warp artist's 15-plus year music career (we did recently feature him in our "Building an Iconic Sound" issue). Regardless of your familiarity with Tom Jenkinson's work, this video interview is an interesting watch across the board. Read more »
After the untimely death of founding member Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson late last year, the future of pioneering industrial outfit Throbbing Gristle was thrown into question. Thanks to a new post on the band's website, that question has been partially answered. Read more »
Although it seems like his name has only risen to prominence in the past few years, New York City's Fred P. (a.k.a. Black Jazz Consortium) is no newcomer. After quietly logging time and paying his dues in the New York DJ circuit, the man began turning out deep, thoughtful, jazz- and soul-infused house that eventually caught the ear of artists like Move D and DJ Jus-Ed. Read more »
UK producer Matt Kidnap (a.k.a. Kidnap Kid, although his given name seems to be enough on its own) recently released an EP for the Squelch and Clap imprint entitled The Great Confusion, which featured the original version of "If." Somewhere down the line, Kidnap tapped fellow Leeds-based producer Jamie Grind (pictured above) to work some remix magic on the track and it appears that Grind has taken to the task swimmingly. Leaving behind the traces of juke that characterized his last EP (aptly titled Footwork), Grind instead locks "If" down further into its rolling house vibe with an army of slow-moving chords and an irresistible shuffle. He also manages to hone in on a few of the vocal samples sprinkled throughout the original version, utilizing them for both rhythmic and melodic purposes and placing them just outside the tune's dazzling array of swirling synths. We're not sure how this syrupy reimagining didn't make it onto the EP alongside remixes from Tête de Tigre and Arcade, but we're certainly glad it still found its way to us.
The pairing of John Tejada and Kompakt is not a surprising one, with both parties holding arguably legendary status within the techno world. Tejada is a prolific chameleon of sorts, having releases to his name on a number of respected labels (Plug Research, Immigrant, ~scape, Poker Flat) over the past ten years while also running the excellent Palette imprint, where he's often found crafting adventurous 12"s along with the likes of Josh Humphrey, Justin Maxwell, and more. Yet the LA-based producer remains most widely known for his 2004 tech-house anthem "Sweat on the Walls," a stellar track that nonetheless only highlights a small section of the man's talent, as proven by his newest full-length, Parabolas. Read more »
The up-and-coming "experimental-pop" label known as Cascine has recently added a fresh band to its slowly growing roster, Nova Scotian duo Southern Shores. Producers Jamie Townsend's and Den Dalton's debut EP for the label is scheduled to drop on July 12, but before then, we're treated to the lush sounds of "Night is Young." The track firmly roots the band in musical territory among the likes of Delorean, Air France, and labelmate Chad Valley, as we hear Southern Shores mining the blissful sounds of Balearic dance music and soulful vocal samples to great effect. You can catch this upbeat tune amongst five other tastefully ecstatic dance-pop productions when the pair's Atlantic EP is released.
Brooklyn's Star Eyes unveiled a new EP entitled White Gloves (artwork above) earlier this month on the Trouble & Bass imprint, of which she is a founding member. Building upon the haunted-house vibe of her last EP, Disappear, this cut from Star Eyes' newest release is straight-up sinister. With catastrophically giant snares leading the charge, the evil bass line is not far behind, accompanied by distant vocal glitches and Star Eyes' own vocal refrain, "You make me loose my mind." Existing somewhere between the worlds of grimey house and utterly demonic bass music, "Ride or Die" is more of a stomper than a stepper, and definitely something that leans more towards the late-night tip, as only the baddest of badmen could even imagine playing a tune this heavy early in the evening.
If you'll remember with us back to the beginning of May (it's difficult, we know), we were head over heels for the first single to leak from UK DJ/producer SBTRKT's forthcoming self-titled album for Young Turks, and not much has changed since then. Now, you can hear why, because the blog-aggregating music hub Hype Machine has the whole thing streaming online. Read more »
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