Montreal producers Drew Kim and Brendan Neal (a.k.a. Grown Folk)—who you may remember from a tune we posted about two months back—have decided to give away another gem, this one an admittedly "ravey" track of their own creation. Hailing from a city becoming more and more renowned as a hotbed for up-and-coming bass music acts, this duo continues the steadily growing tradition of quality house-flavored sounds arising from the area. "U Know The Time" is one for the club, a production built around a progression of '90s house stabs and driven by an uptempo, straight-forward rhythm. In short, labeling this track "ravey" is categorically perfect, as the song's flowing chords and playful melodies dance wonderfully with the cut-up classic house vocal snippets. Grab this rave throwback below and be on the lookout for future works from Grown Folk.
This animated piece of visual psychedelia comes to us courtesy of director/creator Igor Bastidas and Caracas, Venezuela-based producer Pacheko (a proponent of his city's so-called "raptor house" scene), who remixed veteran reggae artist Max Romeo's "Protest to M1" for the accompanying track. Read more »
Danish producer Nick Eriksen (a.k.a. Taragana Pyjarama) has somehow managed to take this piece of already-blissful Spanish dance pop to even more blissful heights—and we're sure glad he did. "Grow" (originally from Delorean's 2010 LP, Subiza) has its tempo noticeably slowed down and all traces of a recognizable vocal stripped away, but this version stills feels familiar in the most comforting sense. How could one object to the bubbling, heavenly synths and twinkling arpeggiators that adorn its mid-tempo, feel-good core? How could one resist the warm, glistening pads or the bubbling tropical percussion that simmers beneath the remix's surface? We sure can't. All that's left to do is hope that Taragana Pyjarama has some new material coming down the pipeline, as we'll surely be craving more of these sun-soaked vibes in the coming months. (via Esquire España)
In August of last year, Hercules & Love Affair mastermind Andy Butler (pictured above) unveiled a collaborative single produced by himself and San Francisco DJ Jason Kendig, the vintage house-inspired "And I'm (So In Love With You)." That 12" was the first record to drop from Butler's Mr. INTL imprint, and set the groundwork for a fresh dance music hub with one strict rule: Nothing can sound "pre-'85 or post-'94." Mr. INTL has since remained true to its ethos—releasing stellar club-specific music like Kim Ann Foxman's "Creature" and two industrial-tinged tracks from Mark Pistel, Ben Stokes, and Jack Dangers (of Meat Beat Manifesto). We stopped Butler in the middle of his hectic schedule to pick the multifaceted artist's brain on his lovely new label, its self-imposed limitations, and, of course, its brilliant display of classic house. Read more »
With a new album from Machinedrum just over a month away, the NYC-based producer has dropped this bonus track for the forthcoming Room(s) LP (artwork above) as a little taste of what's to come from his first full-length for Mike Paradinas' Planet Mu imprint. Along the lines of what we've come to expect from the producer in recent years, "TMPL" sees Machinedrum deftly existing between a few genres, carefully hinting at the drum programming of Chicago footwork/juke while gathering select pieces of UK bass and futuristic R&B to go alongside. About the only thing that even resembles Machinedrum's now long-ago works of ADD hip-hop beats (mostly found on the now-defunct Merck imprint) is his penchant for incredibly detailed, shape-shifting soundscapes, which serve as a curiously enjoyable contrast to his percolating take on the footwork-style drums which push "TMPL" along for almost all of its four-minute duration.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of this year's MUTEK festival in Montreal, we snagged a few of our favorite artists for a quick chat about their impressions of the festival, the city, and, of course, some chatter about their music. Argentina's Chancha Vía Circuito brought something different to the MUTEK lineup this year, and here he talks about his opinion of Montreal, what it means to take part in the festival, and how he feels about his music being labeled as cumbia. Read more »
Globe-trotting, Irish-born duo Bicep has offered up a track from its new EP, which came out earlier this week on Throne of Blood. "Silk" is a throwback house tune with toned-down percussion and thick, driving 808s pulsating under a soft-square bassline reminiscent of traditional acid squelch. The song—which owes no small debt to such classic offerings as Mr. Fingers' "Can You Feel It?"—builds patiently as reverb swells to fill the silence between the syncopated rhythms. Progressing swiftly, this floor-oriented track is geared toward the early-morning crowd with its intricately modulated synth work that seems to effervesce between and behind the underlying beats. Apart from turning out top-shelf house productions, it's worth noting that the pair also helms the excellent Feel My Bicep blog. Give it a read, snag "Silk" below, and be on the lookout for the new EP.
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