This weekend Natalie Storm touched down in NYC to begin a short stint of shows in New York and San Francisco. And while you bide your time until she plays New York tonight, or later this week for the XLR8R-sponsored Tormenta Tropical, you can listen to Natalie Storm's free mixtape, Song's 2 F@#K and Fight 2, now available for download (which was originally going to be sold on tour, as we had previously posted). Read more »
Montreal's Matthew Hiscock (a.k.a. Hissy Fit) is quickly becoming a producer of note on the post-dubstep side of things; first he released an EP for Scottish blog-turned-label Phuturelabs, and now he's about to drop a 12" from new Canadian label Swing & Skip. Here we have a dub of the a-side, "Berry," in which Hissy Fit pares down the hyper feel of the original track, leaving intact the slow, growling bass and steady beat. As the track lazily rolls along, the melodic elements fade in; some vocoder chirps here, some fuzzy chords there, climaxing around the three-minute mark before beginning to break the pieces back down to where they began. "Berry Dubby Dub" can not be found on the forthcoming 12", but the original and a remix from Submerse can be when it's released on December 13.
Though rendered less retro-flashy as their music video for "Chains", Brooklyn duo Gatekeeper's latest audio/video pairing, for the "Serpent" track, which was also realized by Thunder Horse Video, has its own kind of nostalgic vibes from not too long ago. The footage is certainly a sort of tongue-in-cheek homage to the kinds of low-budget b-movies likely to be found in the old Sci Fi Channel original films series—complete with the slight blur of a greased lens, crappy special effects, and camera work of a less-than-inspired production. Read more »
Toronto-based imprint No. 19 Music—responsible for dropping records for the likes of Jimmy Edgar and label head Jonny White—will soon have the hono(u)r of releasing the first-ever mix album by Boston's disco-, boogie-, and house-lovin' DJ/production duo Soul Clap. The forthcoming album will be the second installment of No. 19's ongoing Social Experiment mix series, and finds the Bostonian party starters throwing down fresh, exclusive, and classic cuts from fellow music makers Jamie Jones, Nightplay, Deniz Kurtel, Benoit & Sergio, Art Department (featuring Seth Troxler), Gadi Mizrahi, and more. Read more »
The world of underground hip-hop has been undergoing a serious reconstruction as of late, with many familiar faces receding to the fringe, or worse, complete absence. One such case is the inimitable New York-based label Definitive Jux, run by producer/rapper extraordinaire El-P. Definitive Jux is currently on indefinite hiatus, putting a halt to what has been a consistent and essential output of brutally honest, beat-contorted hip-hop. Though thankfully, El-P hasn't kept quiet, dropping the epicly titled Weareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3 on Gold Dust earlier this year. An album made up of instrumentals, it tended towards a lighter, funk-based side of El-P. That said, don't go in expecting softness with this new, previously unreleased track titled "Lab Rat Bravely Escapes on Hovercraft Only to Crash Directly Outside of Gates." As much a mouthful as it is an earful, this El-P beat apparently didn't make the cut due to technical difficulties, and after listening, it's understandable why. Your lowly laptop speakers are no match for the decibels on this one, and good luck finding headphones that will do the trick either.
Although a quick spin of Oriol's debut LP, Night and Day, will likely seduce you into its world of subdued, jazzy, post-breakbeat electro-funk, the London-based producer, known formally as Oriol Singhji, just wants to make a banger for the dancefloor. "I wish I could make a big club tune, but that's not where my head is at most of time," he explains. "I spend more time at home or in the car than in the club, so I guess that affects the way I listen and make music." Read more »
If we knew anything more about CSLSX than that it is a collective based in Philadelphia and has a handful of great tracks to its name, we'd be happy to tell you. But we don't, so the track will just have to speak for itself. The title seems rather appropriate, as a number of elements from the song could have originated in 1987; the initial drum loop and giant tom fills have '80s drum machine written all over them and the chopped, incomprehensible vocals could easily be a sample from an '80s freestyle group. It even could have been an instrumental for a Paula Abdul song, that is, if she had been really into psychedelics and was a little more concerned with boarding the mothership than dancing with giant cartoon cats. Decades-old pop-culture references aside, the track is an excellent mix of the cheesy and the majestic, pairing the '80s elements with swirling pads, sparkling percussion, bouncing arps, and globs of reverb and delay. Our curiosity has certainly been sparked for the mysterious group, whose identity appears to be safe now, but for how long? (via Altered Zones)
Zed Bias, star of a recent XLR8R podcast, is a man who operates under many monikers, including Maddslinky and Funk Bias. The latter is actually a collaboration with production partner Funk Butcher, a Rinse FM host and purveyor of house and broken beat sounds. It's been confirmed that the two have a release forthcoming on Loefah's Swamp 81, and Zed got us hip to some of their tracks on his podcast. But Funk Butcher also has his own story to tell, most currently with this re-interpretation of late-'80s Chicago disco/house singer Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation." Riding Butcher's own "Sinister Boogie," Holloway sounds both classic and of-the-moment over Butcher's warm, chopped, garage-style organs and plush high-hats. There's still no word on the date of Swamp 81's Funk Bias release, but we do know their track "Last Forever" has made the cut. Listen back to the Zed Bias podcast for a preview of that, and download Funk Butcher's "Sinister Boogie/Love Sensation" right here. (via FACT)
Cologne's Kompakt Records is now on the 11th of its Pop Ambient series, an idea conceived of and curated by Kompakt's co-owner Wolfgang Voigt (who usually appears on the compilation under one of his many guises). Over the years, the compilation has gained a reputation as an excellent collection of majestic ambient tracks, all of which have a slight pop tinge or melodic emphasis, and this edition appears to be no different. Read more »
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