Munich's Schlachthofbronx team up with South African MC Spoek Mathambo once again on a dancehall track inflected with some excellent moments of kuduro-inspired percussion. Perhaps what is most "ayoba" (South African slang for "cool") about this track, though, are the vocal rhymings contributed by Spoek's wife, Gnucci Banana, who brings a palpable sense of young, sexy fun to the beats. Take the cue from her, and stay out tonight!
The original is taken from Texas-based producer Ernest Gonzales' artistically ambitious forthcoming album, Been Meaning to Tell You, but the matthewdavid remix of "When You Are Lost I Will Find You" is a relentlessly warped piece of psychedelia that offers almost no intelligible connection to its source material. Instead, the LA producer guides us through a warbling haze until additional amorphous sounds that somewhat resemble a beat kick in. The track is one of 16 remixes—including offerings by Daedelus, Copy, and Yppah—that, along with a book containing notes and illustrations and the album's 13 original songs, help complete Gonzales' highly-involved album. You can find more info on the upcoming release here.
2-step, grime, dubstep, bassline, funky... the family tree of UK garage never stops sprouting new branches. The latest mutation to sprout up—an intriguing combination of classic house, atmospheric dubstep, and percussion-led funky—doesn't even have a proper name, so Fabric has assembled this cheekily titled compilation. Read more »
At the NAMM 2010 Conference in Anaheim, CA, Ableton has made two announcements that are bound to shape the way electronic music is produced and performed for the foreseeable future. The first announcement is perhaps the most exciting, as it involves what is being called The Bridge, a program that promises to span the gap between music production and DJing, creating a natural link between Ableton Live and Serato Scratch Live/ITCH. More details after the jump! Read more »
Romanian future-garage (or whatever you want to call it, someone needs to name this genre soon) producer TRG (a.k.a. Cosmin Nicolae) recently made the decision to de-simplify his moniker, expanding it to Cosmin TRG. Following the change comes this exclusive download of "Love 2 Hide." The song's repetitive beat utilizes a number of classic drum sounds along with chopped-n-screwed vocal samples, ambient synthscapes, and a throbbing bassline, all of which add up to a solid club track. Chances are, when Cosmin TRG takes the decks during his appearance at the next FWD>> + Rinse event, he'll be playing plenty of equally tasty beats. Check out the party info here.
With his song "Un Chat Dans Mon Jardin" (which translates directly to "A Cat in My Garden"), fresh-faced French DJ/producer Luca Cazzoni is given the first release slot of Slant's 2010 catalog. A newcomer to the label, Cazzoni's track is equal parts energy and atmosphere—the churning bass and cowbell percussion evened out by reverberated synths and lilting melodies. It's an understated piece of minimal tech-house made even more desirable by the fact that the entire EP is available for free download. Consider it a free sample, as Slant has Cazzoni's even tastier Tourniquet Time EP, featuring remixes from Pezzner and Let's Go Outside, on tap for early February.
In the landscape of re-released indigenous pop, the Caribbean sticks up like Mount McKinley—the briefest trend from the tiniest island can quickly be deemed box-set-worthy. Yet throughout all those calypso/ska/soca/reggae/etc. compilations, Soundway Records has managed to come up with something not only original, but exciting to chin-stroker and rump-shaker alike. Tumbélé! collects music from Francophonic islands such as Guadeloupe and Martinique that slinks Paris-café style while still shaking with Afro-Latin rhythms. Read more »
The most recent release from San Francisco's Mi Ami, a 12" record containing the two songs "Cut Men" and "Out at Night," finds the band in a far more frantic state than it was on their debut full-length, Watersports. Through copious amounts of jangly guitar riffs, syncopated basslines matched with propulsive drumming, grating vocal yelps, and sparse electronics, "Cut Men" sounds as if Mi Ami are channeling the incendiary post-punk of their former entity, Black Eyes. It's a uniformly energetic piece of contemporary no-wave which is hopefully a foreshadowing of sounds to come on their upcoming second album, Steal Your Face.
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