When we asked Nite Jewel (pictured above) and fellow LA synth-maestro Dâm-Funk to get together and collaborate on a song, their pairing made perfect sense. However, Nite Jewel joining the twinkling synth tones and poignant melodies of her own style with HEALTH's barren noise-rock soundscapes seems less likely to flourish, and yet here we are. A surprisingly upbeat, though perfectly somber, instrumental was written by Ramona Gonzalez as the backdrop for HEALTH's translucent vocal track. The two elements work together ideally, both in the quietly bubbling intro and the song's more buoyant second half. Which leads us to ask, Nite Health, anyone? (via FADER)
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Recently featured Bubblin' artist Balam Acab (pictured above) is a little less than two months from dropping his debut EP, See Birds, on the brand-new, 20 Jazz Funk Greats-affiliated Tri Angle label. Before we start going ga-ga over the shadowy tunes to be heard on that release, we're going to get lost in the hypnotic textures of producer Alec Koone's remix of this Pink Priest track, "Tell Me Something Awesome Before I Go to Sleep." Slowly, Acab's remix grows in intensity—if you can call it that—with synth and vocal loops climbing up to the forefront, but quickly dissipating soon after. It's reminiscent of the trademark interludes scattered throughout Boards of Canada's albums, but presented instead as a fully realized song and not the middle-place between tracks. The See Birds EP is out on 12" and digital formats August 16.
In keeping up with its annual mix series, Top Billin associate and Finnish party-starting production duo Sharkslayer just hooked us up with the latest addition to its downloadable DJ sets, Dead Men Tell No Tales, and now we bring it to you. Sharkslayer's mix is bass-heavy and club-ready, to be sure, but in ways less typical than most. Read more »
Brooklyn's Nick Chacona (pictured above) released his debut album Love in the Middle earlier this year on Moodmusic. Now, the former XLR8R columnist has rallied a handful of the more recognizable producers from the world's house and disco scenes for an EP of remixes of Love's monstrous boogie track, "The Fear." Read more »
Two members of the veteran Detroit techno collective Underground Resistance have come together on a new project, which will be exhibited this Saturday, June 19 at 10 Critics in Detroit. Entitled Something in the Sky, the show is an audio/visual performance dreamt up by Jeff Mills (pictured above) based around the sights, sounds, and emotions surrounding the idea of UFO encounters. Read more »
Toronto is undoubtedly abuzz this week, and while a good portion of that buzz can be attributed to its many diverse neighbo(u)rhoods flaunting their national pride during World Cup, there's much to be said for the city's NXNE festival, which takes over 50 venues for seven days, with music, film, and all sorts of music-related goings on. Read more »
Rustie's remix of "G41," the new single by UK producer 8Bitch, starts off with very little fanfare. A booming kick and loud-cracking snare work out a beat over some slowly oscillating sound effects and subtle synth tones for almost a minute before the initial bass synth chimes in. It all paves the way for the flourish of crystalline melodies and rhythmic space-noise elements to take the spotlight moments later. You couldn't really call this club-ready, even if the beat does knock, and there's really no hook to hum along to. Still, Rustie (pictured above) keeps his remix interesting by subverting tendencies to make the track overtly accessible, and instead relying on his penchant for making uniquely danceable, wonky tunes.
First The Grey Album, then Girl Talk, and now this. Bi-coastal producer Jason Drake (a.k.a. Cassettes Won't Listen) prepared this meeting of seemingly disparate musical entities between studio sessions for his forthcoming new full-length album, and is now unleashing Animal Ox, a meeting of Animal Collective and Cannibal Ox. Whether this is a "hipster's wet dream" or not, the basis for the idea has interesting roots. Read more »
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