We're still about a week from the release of Shackleton's contribution to the ongoing Fabric mix series, Fabric 55, and just to make sure you didn't forget about that stellar set of new, unreleased, and classic material by the Skull Disco co-owner, both the producer and the label have relinquished a downloadable tune from the disc. The previously unreleased "International Fires" is nearly right in the dead center of Shackelton's mix album, so it's no surprise he's knee deep in a bed of throbbing bass tones and erratic rhythms built from reverberated percussion and otherworldly vocal samples. The sparse production of the tune might give this one a quieter vibe, but if you try talking over "International Fires" in a club, your voice is likely to find itself muffled by the oppressive frequencies having their way with the airspace.
Essentially Humanly Impossible: Four Tet's Kieran Hebden Delivered One of 2010's Best With 'There Is Love In You'
Over the past 12 years, Londoner Kieran Hebden (better known as Four Tet) has forged an impressive career crafting music that is thoroughly modern yet somehow timeless, expertly mashing hip-hop, jazz, folk, techno, and house in a thoughtful blaze of abstraction. Read more »
One of Berlin's overachieving musical busybodies, Jason Forrest (a.k.a. DJ Donna Summer, co-head of the Nightshifters label) just resurrected his eponymous musical endeavor for its first release in six years. The four-song Utopia EP came to fruition when Forrest was approached by Brian Miller, head of the LA-based Deathbomb Arc label, about contributing to his digital singles club, and Forrest opted to do a full EP instead, releasing it ahead of an upcoming full-length album. But don't expect any of the same raucous party music the multi-faceted tunesmith slangs from his more active outlets; this is leftfield, instrumental audio geekery through and through. As "Ciccone Youth" is the first track on Forrest's new EP, the track takes its sweet time swelling to a proper volume, as if it's slowly preparing you for the onslaught of buzzing electronics, churning rhythms, and indecipherable ear candy that's about to overcome your brain. It's a fine example of noise music with a serious taste for melody and tempo, more of which you can download for free from Forrest's Utopia EP, here.
In the dead of Canada's most brutal season, Montreal will host the nine-day Igloofest, a revelry of the world's varied DJ and producers spread across three weekends in January. The fifth edition of this annual outdoor (!) festival will go down at the Quays of the Old Port, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, and will feature the likes of Poirier, Seth Troxler, Ikonika, Kid Sister, Egyptrixx (pictured above), Carl Craig, Akufen, SBTRKT, Isolée, and many others doing all they can to keep you moving in the blistering weather. Read more »
Roman DJ/producer AD Bourke is no stranger to the music-making game (he's had a beat tape out for nearly three years, now), but the recently released Mirage EP for Citinite seems to be the only full-formed record written under his name so far. Taken from that list of eight funky and soulful tunes (well, there's 10 if you buy the digital version), "Diff Star" is a sort of boogie-flavored hip-hop jam that somehow invokes the vintage sounds of Miami, LA, Detroit, and New York all at once. The track's bassline sounds ripped out of a lost G-funk joint, the beat might as well be an over-compressed break from hip-hop's early days, each sparse guitar pluck bears the aftertaste of Motown, and the whole thing is enveloped in the sunny, drug-fueled decadence of South Beach. AD Bourke probably isn't a geographer of any sort, but the dude certainly seems to have his modern music history down pat.
We picked up on some sad news late last week with the passing of Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson, a founding member of the legendary industrial band Throbbing Gristle and of iconic ambient darkwave producers Coil, in his home in Bangkok. Read more »
Now that the paganistic Manchester duo of Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty (a.k.a. Demdike Stare) has finished its three-part series of albums for 2010, the string of LPs will coalesce into a box set of sorts next year. The label responsible for all Demdike Stare releases thus far, Modern Love, will drop Tryptych, a three-disc record that compiles Forest of Evil, Liberation Through Hearing, and Voices of Dust along with 40 minutes of never-before-released music, on January 24. Read more »
Back in October, UK grime godfather Wiley offered up yet another musical freebie in the form of the Prodigal Entertainment-produced "It's Wiley," a gift he brought back from his well-Ustream-documented trip to Jamaica. Read more »
Party Guy Records wants to make sure everyone knows that not all low-end-dedicated club music comes from the UK, and it does so in spades on its latest release, a compilation of talented US producers called Future Sounds of North America (you can listen to it here and grab it for keeps here). Though his own production work doesn't make it into the tracklist, Pacific Northwesterner and XLR8R-approved Bubblin' tunesmith Cedaa was asked to give one of the compilation's tracks a remix, and the juke-loving youngster delivered quite a doozy. His take on Clicks & Whistles' "When I Feel" more or less retains the same sonic palette of the original—overwhelming bass frequencies, a thinly sliced vocal sample, and a soothing din of a synth melody—within the re-work, but utilizes the sounds in a far more frantic way. Cedaa spends the whole time with his influences split between the music of UK nightclubs and Chi-Town's underground footwork parties, though he never sounds divided. In fact, it seems more like the producer has found an untrodden path smack-dab between those well-traveled roads.
Out today from the Banana Clipz project, made up of Bersa Discos' Oro11 and Ghetto Bassquake's Chief Boima, is the duo's entirely free, seven-track self-titled EP. Inspired in part by the two artists' love of cumbia and coupé decalé respectively, the EP hardly consists of just those two genres alone, but instead taps into a long, rich history of Latin American, African, and Caribbean musical cross-pollination. In addition to the Los Rakas-featured "Afro Latino" we posted last week, the EP features other standouts like "Push Am," a slow-burning coupé decalé rhythm that supports ripe synth lines and a wanton bassline. Check the rest of the tracklist below and download the whole EP here. Read more »
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