In memory of Steve Reid, the legendary jazz drummer whose prolific career included working with James Brown, Miles Davis, and Kieran Hebden, among others, before passing away last year, BBC Radio DJ/Brownswood head honcho Gilles Peterson has founded the Steve Reid Foundation. Read more »
In this issue, we talk with dubstep's elder statesmen, Kode9 and The Spaceape, about their new LP, Black Sun, and what's become of dubstep in the last decade. We also chat with dubstep periphery seekers Instra:Mental on their new album, and venture into the sweaty ballroom underground with the likes of DJ MikeQ, Angel X, and Vjuan Allure. Read more »
When we made a quick stopover in Stockholm, Sweden a few weeks back, we got to meet up with producer Peder Mannerfelt (of the Van Rivers and The Subliminal Kid production team). We chatted a bit about his studio with work Blonde Redhead, Fever Ray, and Glasser (which you'll get to check out in an upcoming issue of XLR8R), but he also tipped us to his other side-project, the motorik, Kraut-influenced duo Roll the Dice, with friend Malcolm Pardon. Today they've announced here first that their Live In Gothenburg – August 7, 2010 EP will feature 15-minute versions of two tracks from their self-titled debut last year, recorded, as you've already gathered, live in Gothenburg last year. Read more »
Back in January, we announced that after 20-plus years as a contributing member to the worldwide dance music community, Detroit house legend Rick Wilhite was set to finally release his first artist album, Analog Aquarium (artwork above). Well, today is the day his LP is set to hit the streets, and we've got a little album taster here in the form of "City Bar Dancing (Basement Mix)." With its one dark chord, frighteningly deep bassline, and miniature tribal percussion, the feeling the track evokes isn't too far off from its title. Wilhite is slow to build upon the initial groove, letting the song's elements repeat until they've enveloped the listener in a trance-like state, eventually adding rhythmic vocal loops and some soulful oohs and ahhs along with a short-lived funky synth sample in methodical fashion. At times, it sounds like the song was taken directly out of a DJ set, as Wilhite inserts drops and even runs the entire track through a flanger effect for a bar or two. An intriguing peek into Wilhite's creation and one you can build upon by getting your hands on Analog Aquarium today.
Chicago-based rapper/producer Jeremiah Jae delves deep into some collage-style beatmaking with this cut from his recently released Rappayamatantra EP (artwork above). Kicking off with a menacing scream, the beat rolls along with loose hand percussion and a round, lazy bassline. Completely incomprehensible mumblings loop to the point of creating their own rhythms on top of which Jae throws any number of samples, from bubbling synth sparks and fuzzy guitar to foreign language field recordings and woodwind screechings. It seems most any sound source is fair game on this instrumental track, yet Jae seems to find a fluidity in the arrangement of his collage pieces, adding and taking away elements in such a way that they are only as jarring as the producer intended them to be. Hard to imagine where this one will fit in amongst the EP's eight tracks (at least a few of which surely feature the rapper's raspy vocals), but Jae has never been one to follow a rigid path in his musical outings, and we certainly wouldn't want it to be otherwise. (via Altered Zones)
Mexican electronic musician Fernando Corona (a.k.a. Murcof) has been crafting dark, textural soundscapes for almost a decade now, first appearing as Murcof for his Leaf Label LP, Martes, in 2002. In the time since, Corona has put out multiple LPs under his Murcof moniker as well as collaborating and producing a host of other projects, including making the logical jump to scoring films. Which brings us to his forthcoming release, La Sangre Iluminada, a re-edit of the compositions Corona crafted for the Mexican film of the same name. Read more »
A quick glance at Ghe20 Gothik resident Physical Therapy's Soundcloud and you'll notice that the East Coast producer has an affinity for flipping radio R&B jams into slow, percussive, bass-minded tracks. Take, for instance, his newly released mixtape, Therapy Sessions Vol. 1 (that you can download for free over on his new site), which comes sprinkled with refixes of past and present radio jams like this one of bubble-gum R&B singer Lloyd. Physical Therapy takes only small snippets from the original's intro strings along with a few choice vocal parts and skillfully rearranges them, crafting a slow, methodical, half-time head-nodder in which spacious 808-style kicks and skittering percussion supplement the smooth R&B source material. Whether Physical Therapy is just making sweet remix love to some guilty-pleasure tunes or actually commenting on some deeper post-modern consumer-as-creator-type thing is still unknown, and that’s fine by us as long as he keeps hitting us with tracks like this.
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