Helsinki's Femme En Fourrure duo has a brand-new EP ready to drop via its hometown's Top Billin label on March 18. "Bronco" is its deep, brooding title track, and is paired with an equally dark and far and away more sinister music video here, courtesy of the Cocoa production team. Read more »
Glasgow's Graeme Clark is The Revenge, a contemporary artist mining the classic sounds of New York and Chicago house music for use in his modern productions. This analog-built tune, "Elements of Fife (Tone Mix)," is one such composition, and comes from a forthcoming compilation of similar tracks to be released via Steve Bug's Poker Flat imprint, called Forward to the Past (read more about it here). Clark wastes no time laying down the heavy 909 groove for his seven-minute jam, but does quite slowly add to the sparse, percussive mix with ticking rhythms and the subtlest of melodies. And though The Revenge calls upon the salad days of house to inspire "Elements of Fife," its aesthetic is still perfectly in line with many of the club burners we've been hearing of late. Here's to timeless dance music.
A seeming newcomer to the San Francisco electronic music landscape, National Park System is Bay Area resident Nicholas Yu, a producer of interstellar atmospheres, moody beatscapes, and the occasional leftfield pop hook. On his latest short-format release, A Visitor's Guide (pictured above), Yu offers four songs that highlight each of his stylistic strong points—sometimes all at once. "Silver Miner" melds together heavy industrial rhythms with brooding synth washes, audio snippets from otherworldly source material, and a hint of psychedelia. National Park System's music explores an eclectic range of styles that interplay quite effortlessly, setting him apart from most of the other production work coming out of San Francisco lately. You can hear the rest of National Park System's A Visitor's Guide before it's released in June, here.
Germany's Poker Flat label has a brand-new compilation in the works, and is set to drop the record on April 4. The 12-track offering is called Forward to the Past, and will feature only brand-new, exclusive tracks from the likes of Kink, Redshape, label head Steve Bug (pictured above), Martin Landsky, and others. Read more »
Globe-trotting techno artist Kate Simko is only months away from adding her first solo studio album to the long list of various releases she's had a hand in over the past five years. That LP, which is called Lights Out, features 10 tracks from the producer, and will be released in May through Berlin's Hello? Repeat label. Read more »
Nearly a month after we heard the first song that trickled off the forthcoming new EP (and LP, for that matter) from LA cassette-music guru Matthewdavid, we're treated to another of its four tracks—this one being exclusive to that impending release. The Leaving Records boss starts things off playing with a thick and heavy bass drone surrounded by obscured audio artefacts, sounding not unlike his more formless noise/ambient output, but eventually joins those psychedelic sounds with a light-hearted rhythm seemingly built from the sounds of a Casio SK-1 or some such vintage toy keyboard. However, the song is anything but child's play; Matthewdavid's production rises and falls on your head with a crushing weight, and leaves an indelible mark on your psyche that can only be filled by more of his warm, hiss-addled beat work. (via Pitchfork)
Burgeoning UK basscase Hyetal already has quite a trail of excellent singles, EPs, and mixes behind him (his exclusive podcast for XLR8R being one of them), but on May 2, the talented producer can add a full-length LP to his repertoire. The 10-track Broadcast will drop via Bristol-based imprint Black Acre, which will also release the preceding single, "Diamond Islands," on April 11. Read more »
Dubstep icon Mala recently sat down with the folks of Little White Earbuds for a lengthy dialogue. In the interview, the well-regarded DJ/producer talks to LWE about the current state of the music world versus 10 years ago, his subconscious, his production process, his thoughts on the ever-changing sound of dubstep, and many other heady topics, as well. Read more »
Following the March 21 release of the FABRICLIVE mix by DJ/producer David Kennedy (pictured above), which he crafted under both his Ramadanman and his Pearson Sound monikers, the widely loved artist will hit the roads of North America with longtime tunesmith Zed Bias (a.k.a. Maddslinky). Read more »
This one has been in the works for a long time. Back when XLR8R tagged Mexican cumbia-bass maestro Toy Selectah as an Artist to Watch in early 2009, the veteran DJ/producer was already at work on his EP for the Mad Decent label. While waiting for its release, Toy has certainly kept himself busy, taking tribal guarachero crew 3Ball MTY under his wing, traversing the globe as a DJ, and even remixing the likes of Vampire Weekend. Next week, all that waiting will come to an end, as his EP will finally see the light of day. Read more »
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