For a label that's only been around for a year, Night Slugs already feels like a proud institution of London-centric dance music. Not content with being London's rave kingpins, the collective headed up by Bok Bok and L-Vis 1990 made its own entire scene. Taking the splintered ends of dubstep, bassline, and UK funky, they soldered the frayed wires together for a powerful charge that revived the corpse of early grime. Mated with the spirit of classic '80s and '90s house, Night Slugs was born. Read more »
The first single to come from shadowy Brooklyn production duo Creep, "Days" (featuring Romy Madley-Croft of The xx), has been making the rounds on the internet since it first premiered in early December, and it's all in anticipation of the track's forthcoming physical release. But while the song itself is a tastefully, uh, creepy tune with a solid groove, we find ourselves gravitating a bit more towards the remixes it's yielded. The Soul Clap version we shared just before Christmas certainly kicked the energy of "Days" up a notch, but it's this high-octane rendition by Toronto's Azari & III (pictured above) that really got us moving. Basically, the outfit's remix commandeers Creep's brooding soundscape and Madley-Croft's breathy vocal performance, and re-applies them to a serious club production propelled by tumbling sub-bass tones, churning dance rhythms, and arpeggiated synth melodies. You can nab this one along with UK producer Deadboy's take on "Days," not to mention the original track, when Creep's 12" drops on January 25 via Young Turks.
Delivered quite unassumingly on his Tumblr page, "Callers" is a fresh, beat-centric single from South Carolina producer Noah Smith (a.k.a. Hard Mix), which apparently won't be featured on the forthcoming split 7" he's dropping with fellow beat maker Star Slinger via Double Denim. Not unlike his partner-in-crime-to-be, Smith's tune appropriates some uncredited source material—mostly vocal clips, which are promptly warped into oblivion—and applies those sounds to skittering hip-hop beats that are simultaneously head-knocking and poignant. And he does it well, too, so if "Callers" won't be found on Hard Mix's first physical release, we can only imagine the caliber of the tracks he's saving for his auspicious first record. (via Gorilla vs. Bear)
Most people know Will Wiesenfeld as Baths, one of the litany of young scamps that emerged from LA's exploding beat scene in 2010. But Wiesenfeld is a man of many talents and many projects, including a more ambient outing known as Geotic. Over the weekend, a new Geotic album, Mend, was made available for free download. Read more »
Normally we'd put some witty banter in this space, but it's our first morning back in the office after more than a week off and things are getting off to a sluggish start at XLR8R HQ. Let's just keep this simple. We like Roska. We like cartoons. That makes posting this animated clip for his song "Jackpot" a real no-brainer. Read more »
Labels We Love: Honest Jon's—A Portobello Road hipster haven's in-house label has its best year yet.
Whenever brick-and-mortar record shops resemble endangered, tusk-less elephants displayed in zoo cages for hipsters and mourners to feed handfuls of peanuts to every National Record Store Day, and whenever indie labels seem to be nothing more than cute names attached to stolen downloads, Honest Jon's is there to smack one upside the head. Read more »
London's West Norwood Cassette Library (a.k.a. Bob Bhamra) isn't a producer that we shined a big light on in 2010, but we couldn't help but notice that his tracks kept popping up in the sets of many of our favorite DJs, most notably the stellar XLR8R podcast from Ben UFO. Read more »
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